Applying fondant to a cake is more simple than most people know. The reason that most people don't do it is because rolled fondant is not very tasty. Applying fondant to round cakes is easier than applying it to square cakes because there is less opportunity for it to crack and you don't have to deal with corners.
Things You'll Need
- Baked round cake
- Buttercream frosting
- Premade rolled fondant
- Rolling pin
Cover your baked round cake with a light layer of buttercream frosting. This ensures that the fondant will stick to your cake and not slide off; this is called a crumb layer. Apply only enough frosting so that the crumbs won't fall, no more than that. Set your cake aside.
Remove the premade rolled fondant from the tub. A little bit will go a long way; a small chunk will be more than sufficient. Knead it with your hands like Play-Doh until it is soft.
Set out the chunk of fondant on your work surface and roll out using your rolling pin. You want the fondant to be approximately 1/8-inch thick. Thicker than that, and your cake will taste gummy. Go in a back and forth motion. Starting from the bottom center, roll up to the right, down to the center then up to the left.
Dust your fondant with powdered sugar. Roll it up so that you can set it on the center of the cake and unroll it. Do not wrinkle or overlap the fondant as you put it on your cake, as that would make it more difficult to smooth out.
Press the sides of the fondant down using your hands. Go around the cake and smooth out the fondant so that there are no bumps or rough patches. If you have a smoother, this is the time to use it, although it is not necessary.
Cut off any excess fondant with your knife and add it back to the bucket. You can add it to the bucket only if you did not dye the fondant. If you added color, then wrap it tightly with cellophane so that it does not dry out.
Tips & Warnings
- If you want to add color to the fondant, add food coloring one drop at a time. Knead the color into the fondant.
- If your fondant feels tacky, sprinkle a little powdered sugar on it to get rid of the sticky feeling. Rub it gently over the sticky area with the palm of your hand.
- Dyeing your fondant will leave color marks on your hands. The best way to get the color off is with hot soapy water and hydrogen peroxide.
- Cracks may occur in your fondant; patch them using a little water and your finger.
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