Fondant cake decorations are much easier to achieve when you trace a template on the base layer of fondant that covers the cake. Whether you want to make a character's face or an abstract pattern, you can print out or draw the design and transfer it to wax paper to use as a template for the cake design. This is especially useful if you are just starting out with fondant or if you want to make several identical cakes.
Things You'll Need
- Wax paper
- Powdered sugar or corn starch
- Fondant roller
- Pencil or similar object
Cut out a piece of wax paper that is several times larger than the top of the cake, so it can be taped in place over the fondant while tracing.
Draw the shape and size of the cake top on the rough, non-waxed side of a piece of wax paper. It helps to simply place the cake pan upside-down on the paper and trace around it. Draw the desired cake design inside the shape.
Dust your work surface with a bit of powdered sugar or cornstarch to keep the fondant from sticking. Roll the fondant about 2 1/2 times the diameter of the cake top and about 1/4-inch thick. Fondant is often rolled out thinner to 1/8-inch thickness, but 1/4-inch thickness ensures you get a good imprint without poking through the fondant.
Lay the wax paper with the waxed side facing down on the fondant. Tape the paper to the work surface around the edges to prevent the paper from shifting while you trace the design.
Trace over the lines on the wax paper with a pencil, bamboo skewer or similar object. Press down firmly enough that you can feel the object pressing down on the fondant, but not so hard that you break through to the work surface. If desired, you can trace over the lines that mark the shape of the cake to make it easier to place it centered on the cake.
Remove tape from one corner of the paper and peel back the corner to check the impression in the fondant. If the lines appear too faint, tape the corner back in place and go over the lines a second time.
Tips & Warnings
- Fondant is typically rolled up on a rolling pin, placed next to the cake and unrolled over the cake. When working with a traced outline, you must be extra careful to avoid pressing down on the fondant and damaging the design.
- Wilton: Transferring Patterns
- The Complete Step-by-Step Guide to Cake Decorating: Carol Deacon
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