A fondant wedding cake can be exquisitely beautiful and take on any creative shape or style depending on your wedding theme because the fondant, the type of icing can be shaped and manipulated by a clever pastry chef.
Do not mistake 'fondant' with 'poured fondant' which is a cream confection used as a filling for candies – think Cadbury crème eggs. It is basically sugar and water cooked to the soft-ball stage, cooled slightly and stirred until it is of creamy consistency.
This is not the same material used for a fondant wedding cake.
Rolled fondant or fondant icing is what is becoming increasingly popular for decorating wedding cakes. The recipe includes gelatine and glycerine, keeping the sugar pliable and creating a dough-like consistency.
Rolled fondant can also be made using marshmallows and powdered sugar. Fondant icing is rolled out like a pie crust and used to cover the cake, giving a smooth appearance.
Regardless of the shape of your cake, rolled fondant can be contoured to fit.
No need to be alarmed when your baker mentions a crumb coat or dirty icing. This is just a simple undercoating of icing, usually butter cream that will create a tacky surface for the fondant icing to stick to.
A word of caution – not everyone likes the taste of fondant. It has frequently been described as being too sweet or tasting like edible plastic. Sometimes adding additional ingredients such as white chocolate will make it more palatable.
Be certain to try a sample of the exact fondant icing that you are considering. If the taste is not right for you, work with your baker to create a fondant effect using butter cream icing. There are a variety of embossing tools that can create the delicate look of lace or filigree, a pretty paisley or quilting design and just about everything in between. Cookie cutters, cookie stamps and icing nozzles can all be used to add details to your cake.
Draped fondant, magnificent bows and sculpted flowers and figurines can all be incorporated into almost any cake for an exceptionally breathtaking effect.
I recommend browsing lots of cake photos and jotting down the elements that you particularly like. A talented baker can create just about anything you can dream up. As with all of your wedding planning, know your budget and stick to it. The average wedding cake costs around $600 and can quickly escalate when you get into a tremendous amount of custom work. Knowing where you want to spend your money before you start will help avoid decisions based purely on emotion.
In the end, a fondant wedding cake may not be right for you. Explore your options and choose a cake that ties in well with your theme and your budget.
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