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Decorating Fondant

If you loved playing with clay as a kid, you'll love decorating with fondant now! You can roll it out and cut it, imprint designs, create dazzling color effects and form it into just about any shape. Rolled fondant is the flexible, easy-to-shape icing that lets you do it all: create easy heart or flower cut-outs and simple hand-shaped ball or ruffle borders. Impress your guests with fun figures like clowns and dolls or spectacular floral bouquets and embossed accents.


Add Color or Flavor to Fondant

Tint a small ball or enough fondant to cover a whole cake. As with any icing, tint colors at one time; matching colors later may be difficult. Add just a little of the concentrated icing color at a time, until you arrive at the exact shade you want. If you'd rather not mix color yourself, use pre-tinted fondant in a variety of pastel, primary, neon and natural shades. Any type of flavoring can be used -- regular food flavors (vanilla, almond, etc) or candy flavorings. Candy flavorings are very concentrated and should only be added by drops. Flavor the fondant lightly so it does not detract from the flavor of the cake.

Step 1
Roll fondant into a ball, kneading until it's soft and pliable. Using a toothpick, add dots of icing color or drops of flavor in several spots.

Step 2
Knead color or flavor into your fondant ball. We suggest using food-safe gloves when coloring fondant to keep your hands stain-free.

Step 3
Continue kneading until color is evenly blended; add a little more color or flavor if needed.

Fondant Color Blending Chart

It's easy to blend your own custom colors using fondant in the combinations shown below. Combine white and pre-tinted pastel, primary, neon and natural fondant shades to get just the look you want. You can create school and sports team colors, match wedding or shower colors, produce business logos and much more. Just roll balls of fondant in the size recommended, knead together, then adjust as you wish, add more color to darken, more white to lighten.

Use the combinations below to get the colors you want. 4 oz. of fondant equals a 2 1/2 in. ball. Each mixture will produce between 4 and 5 oz. of fondant. Multiply as needed to cover a cake, using the fondant coverage chart.

  • AQUA: 2 1/2 in. white + 3/4 in. primary blue + 5/8 in. primary yellow
  • BRIGHT GOLD: 2 1/2 in. neon yellow + 1/2 in. neon orange
  • BURGUNDY: 2 1/2 in. neon pink + 3/4 in. natural black
  • BURNT ORANGE: 2 1/2 in. primary yellow + 1/2 in. primary red + 1/2 in. natural dark brown
  • BUTTERCUP YELLOW: 2 1/2 in. white + 1 in. primary yellow + 1/4 in. natural dark brown
  • GRAY: 2 1/2 in. white + 1/2 in. natural black
  • IVORY: 2 1/2 in. white + 1/2 in. natural dark brown + 1/2 in. primary yellow
  • LILAC: 2 1/2 in. white + 1/2 in. neon purple + 1/8 in. primary blue
  • MAUVE: 2 1/2 in. white + 5/8 in. neon pink + 1/4 in. natural black
  • NAVY BLUE: 2 1/2 in. primary blue + 5/8 in. natural black
  • SAGE GREEN: 2 1/2 in. white + 1/2 in. primary green + 1/8 in. natural black
  • WARM GOLD: 2 1/2 in. primary yellow + 1/4 in. primary red
  • PASTEL BLUE: 2 1/2 in. white + 1/2 in. primary blue
  • PASTEL GREEN: 2 1/2 in. white + 1/2 in. primary green
  • PASTEL PINK: 2 1/2 in. white + 3/8 in. primary red
  • PASTEL YELLOW: 2 1/2 in. white + 1 3/8 in. primary yellow

See also: Decorating Basics Color Tips

Covering Cookies with Thinned Icing

This subtle color treatment is an easy way to add richness to your cake. You can marbleize using white fondant with icing color or blend together white fondant with pre-tinted Fondant Multi Packs.

Ingredients: Icing Color(of your choice), Ready-to-Use Rolled Fondant (2 or more colors)

Tools: Roll-N-Cut Mat, Fondant Rolling Pin, Toothpicks

Step 1
Dot with color. Roll fondant into a ball, kneading until it's soft and pliable. Using a toothpick, add dots of icing color in several spots.

Step 2
Knead fondant. Knead fondant slightly until color begins to blend in, creating marbleized streak. Roll out fondant to desired shape.

Step 3
Twist fondant together. Roll a log each of tinted and white fondant. Twist one log around the other several times.

Step 4
Knead fondant. Knead fondant slightly until color begins to blend in, creating marbleized streaks. Roll out fondant to desired shape.

Applying Fondant to Fondant

Quick tip on how to attach your fondant accents to your fondant covered cake using a decorator brush and water.

Step 1
Brush back of fondant decoration with damp brush. Be careful not to use much water or the fondant decoration can slide around rather than staying in one place. If using colored fondant, this will leave a tinted residue if it slides.

Step 2
Position decoration onto fondant covered cake. Press lightly with finger to smooth if needed.


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