If you’re looking to add a bit of extra pizzazz to your cakes and biscuits, fondant icing is the perfect way to do it! Fondant icing is a type of sugar paste that can be easily moulded into different shapes, and it gives your baked goods a professional-looking finish. In this blog post, I’ll show you how to make fondant icing from scratch. So whether you’re planning on baking a celebration cake or some festive cookies, read on for our top tips!
What is fondant icing, and what can it be used for?
Fondant icing is a sweet sugar paste that can be rolled out to cover cakes or used in moulds for iced chocolates. It can also be made into sugar flowers or figures, which are sometimes used on wedding cakes.
Fondant icing tastes sweet, but it doesn’t actually contain any sugar-it’s normally flavoured with cocoa powder or vanilla extract and coloured brightly with food colouring pastes.
Because it contains gum, fondant icing has a lovely smooth texture that won’t crumble away when you bite into it, whereas buttercream tends to taste more of butter than anything else, so is softer at room temperature. Most people tend to use fondant icing if they want the decoration on their cake
The best ways to use fondant icing on cakes and biscuits
1. To create a simple finish, spread fondant icing thinly and evenly over your cake using a palette knife or the back of a spoon.
If you’re trying to hide any bumps or little cracks in the cake underneath, you can build up several layers. Once it’s on there, you can smooth out any wrinkles with a bone tool or round-bladed knife by dipping it into boiling water and running it over the icing surface.
2. If you want to get really creative, you can use cutters to make out all sorts of patterns, animals, hearts and flowers that will sit right on top of your iced cakes.
You might need to dry them before they go onto your cake by leaving them overnight in a cupboard somewhere at room temperature. Tip: Use a fondant roller to roll out small pieces.
Can You Colour Fondant Icing?
If you’re like me, you’ve likely never heard of anyone colouring fondant icing. I’d seen it done on TV, but the only thing that people seemed to be using was gel or paste food colouring.
Pastes are used in the UK and contain an additional ingredient that helps with spreading consistency; however, these products are not available in North America, to my knowledge.
I’ve also used gels, but they never seemed to give me the result I wanted. The first time I saw someone colour-coloured fondant icing was just recently on Facebook. After seeing it done, I was intrigued, to say the least!
How to add colour to fondant icing
The woman who posted the colouring fondant icing tutorial shared several different items that she’d used to colour her icing (all available for purchase on Amazon). There was liquid food colouring, pastes and gels, all of which gave great results.
I prefer the liquid food colouring, and all you have to do is add a few drops to your white fondant and knead it in until it all blends. Make sure you wear gloves, so you don’t stain your hands!
Remember that when you are adding liquid colouring, you are adding liquid, so you may need to add more icing sugar to your icing so that it doesn’t become too soft.
You will need the following:
60 ml ( 4 x tbsp) Cold Water
20 ml (4tsp) or 1 sachet of Powdered Gelatine
125ml Liquid Glucose
15ml (1tbsp) Glycerine
1kg Icing Sugar
How to make fondant icing from scratch
Place the water in a bowl and add the gelatine powder and stir. It will look a bit spongy. Stand the bowl over hot water (not boiling) and stir until dissolved.
Add the liquid glucose and glycerine and stir until blended and runny.
Sieve the icing sugar in a large bowl and slowly pour in the liquid ingredients string consistently. You can also do this in your electric mixer.
Place your sugar paste onto a surface dusted with icing sugar and knead until smooth. If it’s too sticky, add more icing sugar.
Use immediately or wrap in clingfilm and store until needed.
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Easy Fondant Icing Recipe For Beginners
Fondant icing is a versatile sugar paste that can be used to cover cakes or create decorations. It can be made at home with just a few ingredients, and it’s relatively easy to work with. This fondant recipe is a great option for beginners, as it only requires a few simple steps.
Fondant Icing Recipe For Cakes And Biscuits
- Place the water in a bowl and add the gelatine powder and stir. It will look a bit spongy. Stand the bowl over hot water (not boiling) and stir until dissolved.60 ml Cold Water, 20 ml Powdered Gelatine
- Add the liquid glucose and glycerine and stir until blended and runny.125 ml Liquid Glucose, 15 ml Glycerine
- Sieve the icing sugar in a large bowl and slowly pour in the liquid ingredients string consistently. You can also do this in your electric mixer.1 kg Icing Sugar
- Place your sugar paste onto a surface dusted with icing sugar and knead until smooth. If it's too sticky add more icing sugar.
- Use immediately or wrap in clingfilm and store until needed.