Whether the occasion be a wedding, birthday or baby shower, a cake decorated in fondant icing is a perfect way to celebrate. Using fondant and a few simple tips, a beautifully decorated cake can be achieved with little time and minimal experience. Being mindful of some important information while working with this icing medium will ensure that any cake making endeavour be successful and rewarding.
All unused fondant icing should be stored in cling film inside of a plastic bag and then placed in a tightly sealed container to prevent it from drying out. To avoid additional drying, the fondant should also be kept at room temperature and should not be put in the refrigerator.
Dry or hardened icing can often be revived by popping it into a microwave for a few seconds and then kneading it back to a usable state.
For a perfectly smooth finish, make sure that the working surface, rolling pin and your hands are clean and free of lint or debris. Things such as jewellery on your fingers and wrists, long hair, long fingernails and loose, fluffy clothing could all get caught or leave marks in the fondant while it is being worked with. All fondant should be rolled at room temperature. If fondant is sticky, confectioners' sugar may be kneaded in.
To avoid sticking, lightly dust your work surface, rolling pin and hands with confectioners' sugar. Lifting and turning the fondant icing as you are rolling it will also prevent it from sticking, even with a dusting of confectioners' sugar.
Fondant should be applied to a cake prepared with a light crumb-coating of buttercream icing. Crumb-coating is the procedure of lightly frosting a cake prior to fondant application to smooth the surface and adhere any loose crumbs to the cake. Fondant icing dries and sets very fast and should be applied to the cake quickly within five minutes after it has been removed from storage and rolled out.
Layered Cake Assembly
Cakes containing a number of tiers should be iced individually with fondant before assembling it. If the cake is made prior to use it is best to store the tiers separately and to assemble it when it is finally needed.
To create a professional looking cake iced with fondant, make sure to cover any rough edges and join separate tiers with a decorative border around the cake with traditional frosting.
Finished Cake Storage
Once the fondant icing has been rolled out and applied, the cake can be stored without any problems for several days at room temperature.
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