How to Make Silver Fondant

Written by jennifer eblin
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Fondant is a thick dough used in cake decorating. Unlike frosting, which has a one-dimensional feel, fondant lets you make characters, ribbons, bows and other three-dimensional objects. Adding a small amount of gel food colouring turns the ordinary white fondant into bright colours suitable for wedding cakes, birthday cake and any other special occasion cakes. Making silver fondant takes a little more work, but gives the cake an elegant feel.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • White fondant
  • Cling film
  • Wood toothpicks
  • Black gel food colouring
  • Edible pearl dust
  • Small brush

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  1. 1

    Dip your hand into the fondant container and remove the dough. Roll it between your hands, warming up the dough and making it soft. Lay a piece of cling film on the counter, twist the fondant into a round shape and set it on the cling film.

  2. 2

    Press your thumb into the centre of the fondant, creating a small dent. Dip a wood toothpick into the black gel food colouring, coating the end with the colour. Press the toothpick against the dent in the fondant.

  3. 3

    Knead the fondant by pulling the top up and pressing it into the centre. Keep kneading the fondant, distributing the colour evenly throughout.

  4. 4

    Examine the fondant closely and add more black food colouring to increase the darkness of the fondant. If you need more colour, use a second toothpick and dab the colour against the top and knead again.

  5. 5

    Cover your cake with fondant and brush edible pearl dust over the top. The pearl dust has a slight shimmer that picks up the grey tones of the fondant, making it look silver.

Tips and warnings

  • For a more three-dimensional silver tone, add a small amount of the pearl dust to the fondant when you add the colouring.
  • Gel food colouring is highly concentrated and stains most surfaces. Using the cling film keeps the colour from touching your counters.
  • If the black food colouring isn't mixed properly, then it may have a slight green tinge. Add a small amount of purple or blue colouring to cut back on the green tone.

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