This fondant icing recipe yields a very versatile cake decorating sugarpaste. Not only can it be used to cover a cake, it can also be used for modeling on cakes, from flowers to fruits and human figurines. With the right texture and color, this icing can be used to decorate a cake in any way you want.
1 kg icing sugar, sifted 3 tsp gelatine 1/4 cup water 1/2 tbsp liquid glucose 1 tbsp glycerin 1/4 tsp rose essence
Pour water into a heatproof bowl. Add gelatin and mix. Double boil the mixture until gelatin is dissolved.
Add liquid glucose and glycerin. Stir well. Remove from heat and leave aside to cool slightly.
Meanwhile, place half of the icing sugar in a bowl. Make a well in the centre. Pour the gelatin mixture in the centre and using the back of a spoon, stir the sugar into the gelatin slowly.
Add icing sugar gradually and knead well.
Keep unused icing covered or it will dry up and harden.
Color and use it as desired.
Cake Decorating Frosting – Covering Cakes with Fondant
Here are the step by step instructions to cover a cake:
Measure the diameter and height of your cake. Cover your cake with buttercream, or chocolate ganache (if you are decorating a dummy, brush it with either royal icing or water).
Roll the icing to 1/8 inch thick and the diameter should equal the diameter of the cake plus 2 times of the height of the cake.
Gently and loosely roll the icing onto a rolling pin and quickly unroll it onto your cake making sure it covers the sides of the cake adequately. Press lightly with your palm all over the cake, and cut off the excess icing on the sides of the cake.
Using a smoother, smoothen the icing all over the cake to remove any visible creases. If you notice cracks on your icing, take a little icing sugar and rub it gently with your palm on the creases. The heat from your palm will melt the sugar and cover the creases, making it smooth and shiny.
Here is a video by Wilton on how to cover a cake with fondant. This is an excellent video for beginners, and don't worry if you get creases on your covering when you do it for the first time. It will definitely get better as you do more and more fondant covered cakes. If you want to practice, use a styrofoam cake dummy. The rolling mat she uses in the video is an awesome guide in make sure the rolled fondant is large enough to cover your cake.
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