Fondant is a really nifty way to make your cakes and cupcakes look amazing. You can use it to creature models of animals, objects and just about anything you want to put on a cake! Getting to grips with how fondant works and how to get the most out of it can be a little tricky to start out with but the more you practice, the easier it gets. So here are a few fondant tips we’ve put together for you along with some inventive fondant ideas to really get you flowing with the cake decorating business.

First things first, the brand of fondant that you use will affect the final outcome of your creations. Some brands are better for different things and they all taste a little different so you’ll need to test around if you’re really unhappy with the brand you’re using. For us, Wilton fondant is not only a great place to start but it’s an excellent all rounder. Tasting great and being pretty malleable, you’d be hard pressed to find a better fondant especially when you’re just starting to get a little more creative.

You need to be really active when it comes to using fondant and by that we mean, you need to get hands on. You won’t be able to just get it out of the packet and instantly make it into anything you want, you have to work the fondant first. This make it more pliable and much easier to shape into anything you want. To make sure you’ve got it to the right consistency you would expect to be able to roll a small amount into a ball using the palms of your hands without seeing and cracks appear.

For a really good polished finish then the edges are absolutely key. You might find it easier to use cutters to get the shape out in the first place but if the edges look frayed then it will affect the overall outcome of your decorations and you want to avoid that. A really simple way to improve the edges is to wiggle the cutter from side to side and up and down before you lift it. It will smoothen out most of the edges and if there are any niggly bits left then you can gently run your finger over these parts.

Using fondant doesn’t need to be scary and you can use it to make all kinds of decorations. From miniature figurines to objects that match the theme for a party, getting a little inventive with fondant can really pay back in dividends. Animals, flowers, books and random objects such as tired for your bike mad husband or dinosaurs for you little one’s first birthday, when you start using fondant to decorate your cakes you’ll be opening up a new world of possibilities.