It's important to know that there are different types of fondant icing used in fondant cake decorating, which look and taste differently. Some are shiny, and some dry to a matte finish. Some recipes, though they make for a stunning appearance, are not very tasty. Be sure to let your baker know what is most important to you, and see if you can taste a sample of your fondant wedding cake before deciding. Natural flavorings such as cappuccino, hazelnut, or raspberry can be added to fondant to improve its flavor.
Fondant is hands down the most versatile kind of cake icing. While a smooth, minimally decorated look is elegant in itself, a skilled cake "artist" can cut or sculpt rolled fondant into any design, no matter how elaborate. Imagine the lace of your antique wedding gown copied in the icing of your cake!
Fondant cake ideas center around the shape of fondant wedding cake you wish to have at your reception. Shapes cut from fondant can be adhered to the sides of an iced cake to form a raised pattern. Patterns can also be stamped directly into the fondant coating. For a surprisingly small fee, some fondant cake decorating companies will even print photographs on fondant. Send them your photo, and they'll send you a sheet of fondant in a specified size, printed and ready to position on your cake.
Fondant cake ideas are numerous and ultimately gorgeous! A fondant wedding cake is often decorated with flowers, leaves, bows, pearls, and other objects formed from either rolled fondant or sugar paste (same as gum paste), a fondant-like mixture. Most fondant wedding cakes are white, but fondant can be tinted to any color, or brushed or sprayed with edible luster or sparkle dust (these can be ordered online). It's also possible to paint on fondant cake decoration using an artist's brush and food-grade dyes.
Tiered fondant wedding cakes made to mimic stacks of wedding gifts are a perfect example of a creative fondant cake idea and how fondant cake decorating can create an illusion. These are so smooth it's hard to tell them from the real thing, and the added details really stand out.
A fondant wedding cake is a perfect choice for a theme wedding. For example, fondant can be made to mimic tooled leather for a western themed wedding. Cut-outs can be created in any shape, and painted any color. A nautical or beach cake might feature frolicking dolphins, seahorses, or tropical fish. A cake for an Irish or Scottish wedding could be circled with Celtic knots. Or how about a winter cake adorned with glistening snowflakes? Using fondant, it would even be possible to reproduce the red silk brocade of a Chinese wedding gown.
Fondant cake decorating is the right choice for cakes made to mimic objects because the details can be worked to look real. This would be particularly handy for a groom's cake, which is typically less serious than the wedding cake and usually designed to reflect his career or favorite pastime.
For something different, have your baker cut individual squares of cake and ice them with fondant. Ribbons sculpted from white chocolate tinted pink and flavored with raspberry extract (also available online) could be added. Stacked together, the cakes would be a conversation piece, and you'd avoid the problem of messy cutting.
If your reception will be held in hot weather, fondant icing is a good choice. Never refrigerate a fondant-covered cake. Store it at cool room temperature for up to three days. Fondant-covered cake does not freeze well. The icing can crack apart or become soggy. If you plan to save your top tier for a later date, you may want to remove the fondant icing first.
Fondant cake ideas awaken the imagination. Fondant cake decorating will cost a bit more than the alternatives, but the design possibilities it will open up for your fondant wedding cake far outweigh any extra expense.