Using Fondant to Decorate Your Cupcakes

Photo Courtesy of Clever Cupcakes, Flickr

Photo Courtesy of Clever Cupcakes, Flickr

Fondant is a great way to turn your cupcakes from just the dessert of the party to the center of attention!

Fondant is used at the highest level of cake decorating. It is the ultimate way to upgrade your frosted island sans the frosting. Now, it will take multiple posts to go into detail on all the ways this edible play dough can be used, so for now I am just going to provide you with some resources that will ease you into working with fondant.

First things first, we need to know what it is! According to fondant is a thick sweet paste “made of sugar and water and often flavored or colored, used in the making of candy and the icing and decoration of cakes.” It allows you easily mold edible shapes and figures to decorate your cakes and cupcakes. It is amazing how this thing can be used. Just take a look:

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Awesome huh?

Well before you can get into all of that, read up on some things you should know about fondant before you venture out.

With lots of time and practice you too will be able to incorporate fondant into your decorating designs efficiently. But I suggest you start small:

Invest in some fondant cutters. They’re like cookie cutters that allow you to cut out shapes from rolled out fondant and place them on top of your cakes. There are various fondant cutters available, including flower, heart, and star shapes, out there for you to add quirkiness and elegance to your frosted islands.


There are fondant tools for more free hand designs. These can be found at any cake supply shop, Walmart, and even online. They slice, press, roll, and poke fondant into whatever you would have them be.


Okay, these are just the basics to using fondant. The uses for this paste is ever-changing and there is always something new to learn about it. Hope you’ll find these resources helpful and let me know about any tips and tricks for working with fondant that you learned. Leave a comment!


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