Baking 101: Cupcake Top Covering with Fondant

cupcake bakeSweet pastries are great choices for those who are learning how to bake. After mastering the traditional way of topping cupcakes, then it’s time to take your baking skills to the next level. Using a fondant may be challenging, but you’ll enjoy the designs you create once you get used to it. Here are some tips to get you started:

Materials Needed

Prepare rolling pins, mats, moulds and other sugar craft tools that could help you decorate. Buy fondant, food colouring, and cutters from cake decorating supplies stores. Choose the type of fondant according to the design you’re planning:

  1. Rolled Fondant – This has a consistency similar to dough, which you can roll flat and use to cover the surface of any pastry. It’s soft at first, but becomes harder as it dries. It can have a matte or shiny texture and additional flavour and colour depending on the recipe.
  2. Pourable Fondant – This comes in liquid form and is similar to a ganache, which you can pour using a piping bag. It spreads itself, so there’s no need to use a rolling pin or spatula. Dipping is another option for small pastries, such as cupcakes and cookies.
  3. Sculpting Fondant – This thick fondant is similar to modelling clay or gum paste. It’s thicker and heavier, making it ideal for creating 3D pastry designs, such as flowers, ribbons, and many more.

Prepping the Cupcake

After baking the cupcakes, let them cool to room temperature. If you’re using rolled fondant, prepare a small amount of icing to make it stick onto the cupcake’s surface. If you’re using pourable fondant, it’s best to remove the cupcake liners, so it will pour down to the sides properly. Create designs separately before attaching it using edible liquid glue. Let the fondant dry completely to make sure that it won’t break or fall off.

Decorating cupcakes with fondant is easier than decorating a big cake. Find a concept and try different designs to make them look delicious.