A fondant banner provides a writing surface on a cake to write messages for all occasions, whether you want to say "Happy Birthday," "Congratulations" or a simple "I Love You." This allows you to add extra dimension to the cake instead of simply writing the message on the cake surface. If you stand the banner upright in the cake, you can read the message from across the room. Fondant is naturally pliable like clay, so you can make the banner wavy to mimic the look of a banner blowing in the breeze.
Things You'll Need
- Powdered sugar
- Fondant roller
- Sharp knife
- Rotary cutting tool
- Plate or baking sheet
- Paper towel
- Food coloring marker or piping bag and frosting
Roll a golf ball-sized piece of fondant back and forth in your palms to create a cylinder.
Dust your work surface with powdered sugar. Dust all sides of the fondant with the powdered sugar to prevent it from sticking to the work surface and the fondant roller.
Roll out the cylinder with a fondant roller to form a rectangle about 1/4 inch thick. The total length and width of the banner depends on the size of the cake and length of the message. A banner 6 inches long and 1 1/2 to 2 inches wide, for example, works well as a topper for an 8- to 9-inch round cake.
Cut both ends of the banner at a curve if you prefer a curved, wavy look to the banner. Alternatively, you can cut out a triangle at each end if you prefer a pointy banner with ends that resemble a forked snake's tongue. Cut the fondant with a sharp knife.
Cut a slight curve along the long, top and bottom edges of the rectangle. You can use a sharp knife, but a rotary cutting tool makes these cuts much easier. Fondant tool kits often include small rotary cutting tools for this purpose, but you can use a pizza cutter instead.
Lay the banner on a plate or baking sheet. Instead of laying it flat, push the ends in to bend the banner slightly, making it look as though the banner is waving. Curl the pointed tips at each corner of the banner slightly. Place straws or even rolled paper towels under the curves to hold the shape while the fondant dries.
Leave the banner out at room temperature overnight or until completely dry and hard.
Write the message on the hard fondant banner, using either food coloring markers or buttercream frosting and a decorating bag. Food coloring markers don't provide the extra dimension you get with buttercream frosting, but they work well if you lack piping skills because they write on the fondant the same as a regular marker. Additionally, you can use the food coloring markers to add color around the edges of the banner, whether for decoration or shading.
Tips & Warnings
- Fondant doesn't always dry hard, especially in humid environments. If you live in an area with high humidity, you can add tylose powder to the fondant, using roughly 2 tablespoons of the powder for every pound of fondant. Knead the fondant to incorporate the tylose powder. Wrap the fondant and allow it to rest overnight.