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How To Cover A Cake With Fondant – How to Video

Love it or hate it, there is no doubt that a cake with a porcelain fondant finish is a thing of beauty. After you learn how to cover a cake with fondant you’ll be ready to create spectacular celebration cakes.

how to cover a cake with fondant

As I mentioned in my Rolled Fondant Recipe post, many folks hate the taste of fondant, but love the look.  Once you make your own and realize that it can actually taste good, you’ll be ready to cover your first cake with fondant.

Explaining to someone how to cover a cake with fondant is like explaining to someone how to ride a bike. It’s much easier to show than to tell, and in the end it’s a matter of getting the feeling for it.

So watch the video and practice a few times and you’ll get it.

how to cover a cake with fondant

Here are a few helpful hints for covering a cake with rolled fondant:

  • The fondant will not hide imperfections in the cake. Start with a perfectly straight, perfectly iced cake with sharp corners on the top edge.
  • Whatever type of fondant you use, my recipe, your own recipe, or commercially made, knead the fondant until it’s smooth and supple before rolling. If the fondant is too stiff, you’ll get cracking and other imperfections.
  • Work slowly and methodically to smooth the fondant from top to bottom. Don’t try to rush it or force the fondant into place.
  • Sometimes a “bubble” will form on the surface of the fondant. Use a pin to poke a hole in the bubble, then gently smooth it out with your finger.
  • Use powdered sugar sparingly when rolling. Too much sugar will dry the surface of the fondant, causing “elephant skin” (wrinkly patches) on the cake.
  • If the fondant seems very dry, knead in just a few drops of water. If the fondant is too soft, knead in just a little powdered sugar.
  • Left over fondant should be double wrapped in plastic and stored in an air-tight container. Properly stored it will keep for months.

Some helpful tools: fondant smoother,fondant rolling pin, pizza cutter, cardboard cake rounds, paring knife, powdered sugar sifter.

Watch the video to see How To Cover A Cake With Fondant.

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Love it or hate it, there is no doubt that a cake with a porcelain fondant finish is a thing of beauty. After you learn how to cover a cake with fondant you'll be ready to create spectacular celebration cakes. #rolledfondant #video #how-to

Lina

Saturday 20th of March 2021

Hello Eileen,

First of all, thank you for all the tips and recipes that you have posted. I have tried the vanilla buttermilk cake and was so happy with it.

I have been baking for a while now for my family and friends but have never decorated a cake with fondant, I am just scared of how to store the cake afterward? Can I fill and top the cake with cream cheese frosting or whipped cream and then top it with this homemade fondant? Or what type of filling and frosting would you recommend using under the fondant, if the filling has to be refrigerated? Also, how the cake should be stored afterward? would it 'melt' in the refrigerator?

Eileen Gray

Saturday 20th of March 2021

You can use any type of frosting under fondant. If you fill a cake with a perishable filling you will need to refrigerate the cake, even if it is covered with fondant. If your refrigerator is very humid (as mine is) the fondant can form condensation that could mar the surface. What you need to do is wrap the entire cake with plastic wrap, no gaps. If you happen to have a cardboard cake box, that would work to keep the surface dry too. I used to wrap entire 3-4 tier wedding cakes and refrigerate them with no damage to the fondant finish.

Kavya

Monday 4th of May 2020

Hi Eileen,

Which cake can we bake as the base to cover with the fondant? Do you have a reciepe for a 6inch Vanilla pound cake and a 6inch chocolate cake?

Eileen Gray

Monday 4th of May 2020

I have a vanilla butter cake recipe and chocolate butter cake recipe. I have used both of these cake recipes under fondant and they do very well. The recipes are sized for 8" cakes. 6" cakes are about 60% the size of an 8" cake. So you can divide the recipe in half for slightly shorter layers baked in the 6" pan or do 2/3 of the recipe for slightly taller layers baked in the 6" pan. Honestly, the easiest way is to bake in a 6" pan and bake the left over batter as cupcakes.

Cora Wilson

Tuesday 17th of December 2019

Can you add flavoring to the fondant? And, is there one I should never use?

Eileen Gray

Tuesday 17th of December 2019

Hi Cora. Yes, you can lightly flavor the fondant. A little vanilla, lemon or almond extract would flavor the fondant without affecting the texture or color.

Lani

Monday 21st of October 2019

will you post how to make this cake flower too I want to learn to make this cake on flowers please. : ) from Korean

Eileen Gray

Monday 21st of October 2019

Hi Lani. At this point I don't plan to post cake decorating videos. Maybe in the future, but for now I'm focusing on the recipes.

Kimberly

Saturday 13th of April 2019

I'm doing my first catering job, and its a wedding, Im exciting, so thanks for the tips. :)

Eileen Gray

Saturday 13th of April 2019

Great, good luck.