Working with Fondant

Last week it came to my attention (from my own mind) that I needed to learn how to color and use Fondant.  What is Fondant?

Well it is:

Sugar, Glucose Syrup, Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil (palm and rape seed), Water, Glycerin, Tapioca Starch, Gum Tragacanth (emulsifier), Carboxymethyl Cellulose (thickening agent), Artificial Flavor (vanillin), Sodium Acetate (perservative), Acetic Acid ( perservative).

Got that?  Great. If you still don’t know what it is, it is made-up icing for fancy cakes like these.

I have never been able to decorate a cake that was worth seeing. So, I call for help.  My friend, Cindy, from church came to my rescue.  She sent me to Hobby Lobby to get Fondant.  It comes in huge boxes that cover an entire wedding cake, boxes that cover 8″ cakes, and several smaller boxes with different colors in it.  After breaking out in hives about what to get, I got the white that covers 8″ cake and some green food dye.  Thankfully, Cindy didn’t have to smack me and send me back to Hobby Lobby, because I made the right choice.

Here is my friend, Cindy, opening the box.  If it doesn’t dry out, it is good until Jesus returns.

This is what it looks like when you take it out of the foil.  According to Cindy, if you find any hard spots, just throw them away.  There is  nothing you can do with them.

Next just fold it over a few times, to soften it up, then add food coloring.

Then fold over again and again until you have incorporated all the food coloring and it is the consistency you want.  We didn’t have time to sit there long enough to get it a solid color, so she stopped after a few minutes.

See Cindy’s green thumb above?  That is a sign of true friendship.  A true friend will turn green just for you.

Cindy is so nice.  She gave me a small rolling-pin to help me roll the fondant.  She says you need a small roller to get the feel of the fondant and get it to the size you need, about 1/8″ of an inch.   Before rolling, place powdered sugar on the counter.  Just like using flour when you kneading bread.  Roll the fondant, then turn…

I love this rolling-pin because it is a tool not a gadget.  The difference is a gadget is used for only one thing.  A tool is used for many things.  This rolling-pin is great to use as a weapon to protect yourself, or to use as a disciplinary device, but we won’t get into that.

Roll the fondant, then turn a quarter around, then roll, then turn, then roll, then turn, then….never mind, you get the idea.

This is where I started to really watch and pay attention, which is why I forgot to take any picture of her rolling the fondant on the rolling-pin.

Once you have the desired thickness, gently roll the fondant on the rolling-pin.  Then gently place it on the cake you are decorating.   We she used the bottle of food coloring.  😀

If you end up with a big hole in the middle, you’ll have to just start all over.  So, do it right the first time.  Pray beforehand if necessary.

After this, we played with the fondant to make some shapes.  I can’t show you any pictures of what we made, because you will guess what I am doing.   If any of you know what is happening here, please don’t mention it.  It is a surprise and some of the people who this is for have access to my blog. 🙂

Part 2 of  Dissected Frog Cake.

Part 3:  Eating the frog.

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3 responses to “Working with Fondant

  1. Green! You got green??

    Not red???

    Not pink???

    sigh….

    😉

  2. Can’t wait to see what you are making. I never knew what fondant was…I’ve heard of it on a few other blogs that I read but have never seen it in action. That is interesting. And it sounds oh so healthy.

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