I’m frequently asked by clients, “What is fondant?” Of course, everyone that enjoys cake is familiar with a traditional buttercream icing. How can anything compare to the rich buttery taste of a delicious homestyle buttercream?
For those of you concerned about fondant’s actual ingredients it is comprised predominately of confectioners sugar, light corn syrup, and water melted over heat and cooled to attain precise dough-like consistency. A small percentage of cakers produce their own fondant from scratch on site. Most others order their fondant pre-made and conveniently packaged for delivery in reusable air tight containers. Pre-made fondant is vegan/vegetarian and Kosher.
The best thing about fondant is that it provides a greater range for decoration. With fondant it is possible to attain a more refined and precise creation. Its decorative limits then, are bound only by the skill level of the cake artist. It can be painted upon with food coloring, dyed beautiful colors, cut into shapes, braided, or made to look like ruffles. Along with these more creative aspects, fondant can simply be rolled out and pressed over a cake to make the cake look perfectly smooth.
It also doesn’t hurt that fondant has a distinct marshmallow flavor that many guests will enjoy and probably rave over, because for many it may be the first time they have had the opportunity to sample a cake decorated in fondant. Children love it too because of it’s candy-like taste. Some fondant brands flavor their line to taste like marshmallow, chocolate, buttercream, or raspberry.
Still to some, fondant lacks the rich buttery taste many cake critics relish for. But fear not my buttery cake comrades, you can have it all and eat it too. Fondant is generally applied to a cake as a decorative covering. Therefore, most cakes are iced in a rich buttercream layer before fondant is applied. So you can enjoy your delectable celebratory splurge two ways and marvel at its intricate design all evening with guests.
Pricing for specialty fondant cakes varies. Fondant covered cakes are generally more expensive than buttercream cakes because of the high price of fondant. However, a simple fondant cake with minimal decoration may only be a few dollars more per serving as compared to a traditional buttercream cake. The price range for a customized fondant cake correlates mainly to the amount of decoration a specific cake design has and the amount of time it requires a cake artist to bring the creation to life. The vast majority of our clients prefer to order fondant covered cakes as opposed to simple buttercream covered cakes because of their unique design and stylish appeal.
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