This is my first ever foray into using fondant! I've mentioned that I'm not an professional baker. There are a few dessert recipes I make but cone cakes have always been my go-to easy kid's treat. And I'm by no means a cake decorator. BUT, I do like experimenting with ways to make cone cakes fun, cute and easy. I thought it was time to try fondant! In case you're not familiar, fondant has a similar texture to play dough (GREAT for kids!) and is designed to be used on cakes and cookies.
Let me introduce you to Fondarific! They make amazing fondant which tastes great and comes in a nice variety of colors. They can be found in Walmart ("Celebrations" aisle,) on Amazon, in various store fronts (they are in all 50 states) and you can buy all their flavors on their website: fondarific.com (I tried their Grape flavor and it tastes like Skittles - yum!)
Equally important to me is that they are the ONLY woman-owned fondant company in the U.S.! I'm proud to know owner Laura Darnall and am grateful that she welcomed me to their warehouse a couple of weeks ago where I was taught some basics on using fondant, which I'll share below.
Please check them out on Facebook. They post loads of photos from their customer's creations and the talent is so impressive!
Ok, let's chat about these honey bees.
I wanted my first go at fondant to be something easy, Spring-y, and didn't require a lot of tools. My first thought was flowers, but they require cookie cutters, which I don't have yet. I've had these bees in mind for a while because one of my kids loves to eat Honeycomb cereal. I thought the Honeycomb would be cute atop a cone cake with a little bee!
The best way to show you how to make them is via video, so please check out the short one below. But first a few things you need to know about working with fondant:
1. You must have cold hands! If your hands are always warm, I'd strongly advise you to keep nearby an ice pack wrapped in a kitchen towel. The towel will prevent your hands from getting wet from condensation (you don't want to get the fondant wet).
2. The fondant might be very firm when you first open it. This is normal! There are instructions in the container, but all you need to do is microwave it in short (10 sec) intervals to get it pliable.
3. You can keep fondant in the refrigerator when you're not using it but it'll need to come back to room temperature before you start working with it.
4. Make sure your surface is clean, clean, clean! When you roll out your fondant it will pick up any crumbs on the table or mat. Speaking of mats, I did purchase one on Amazon, but this is not necessary if you have a smooth surface.
5. You can pop finished pieces in the freezer for about a minute to help them harden a bit, making them easier to handle.
6. A pizza cutter works wonders when cutting out straight lines.
7. Cookie cutters are easy to use with fondant. If your kids are helping, they can use the shapes from their play dough sets! Just clean them first.
8. Wash your hands after using black fondant! I learned this the hard way. :)
There's a lot of fondant tools available, just do a quick internet search and you'll see how much fun you can have! I did order some plungers (they cut out shapes and then the plunger pushes them out), a rolling pin, a mat and some molds. I'll let you know how I like them. I hope you give fondant a try and if you do, please let me know!!
I've got some more ideas coming down the pipeline this month so stay tuned!
Happy baking everyone!