Cake designer Paola Levy guides us through her homemade fondant recipe with instructions for DIY fondant in any weather.
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While commercial fondant is more commonly used among bakers and home decorators, it is widely accepted that homemade fondant tastes better! It really isn’t as time consuming as people seem to think, but it does require some elbow grease in the kneading stages.
Plus, you can experiment with the recipe to get the right consistency for your particular style. You can go with a more flexible structure to cover the cakes, and a more rigid structure for your toppers. At that point, you can easily make your own gumpaste!
What you need for this fondant recipe
- 1 spoonful of gelatin
- 1/4 cup cold water
- 1/2 cup of glucose
- 1 spoon of glycerin
- 2 tablespoons of white shortening
- 8 cups powdered sugar (one cup is for kneading)
- 1 teaspoon light vanilla (to ensure a white fondant)
- CMC powder (optional, for gumpaste)
How to make your own fondant at home in 4 easy steps
- In a medium bowl, sprinkle the gelatin evenly over the water. Let rest for 5 minutes. When it looks solid, put it in the microwave for a few seconds at a time until the gelatin dissolves.
- In another bowl, combine the shortening, glucose and glycerin. Microwave for short bursts of time (under 30 seconds) until the shortening is mostly melted and the mixture appears to be liquid. Add the vanilla.
- In the bowl of your stand mixer (greased with shortening) pour 6 cups of sugar and make a well in the center. Add the glucose mixture to the center and mix with the paddle attachment on very low speed.
- Transfer the fondant to the table and finish kneading in the rest of the sugar by hand until it is the desired consistency for your decoration project.
Alternatively, you can just mix the fondant in a bowl with a rubber spatula. The stand mixer is completely unnecessary and mixing by hand is great for the triceps!
You know your fondant is ready to use when it holds a ball shape.
Adjusting the recipe for your climate
To customize the recipe, you just need to know the purpose of the ingredients, so you can change the amount accordingly.
- Glycerin: for moisture and shine (substrate 1/4 of the amount in high humidity)
- Shortening: for shine and elasticity (add more if the fondant is too hard)
- Sugar: for taste and shape (add more if the fondant is too soft)
You may also want to try different flavors and colors as well passionfruit fondant since now you can make your own fondant and the fun has just begun!
Turn the fondant into gumpaste
To make your fondant at home in homemade gumpaste, just knead 1-2 teaspoons of powdered CMC (Tylose) into 1 pound of fondant. In wetter climates, more CMC will be needed. Let it rest overnight for the most practical consistency.
The advantage of gumpaste, also called sugar paste, is that it dries a little harder than fondant, so it makes a good material for figurines and cake toppersand above all sugar flowerswhich must be very firm so as not to break during delivery, or even as sweet memories!
Add a drop of your favorite food coloring gel to a portion of the fondant or gumpaste punch to experiment with different solid shades and marble. So, when you’ve been inspired by your homemade fondant experience, share your thoughts in the comments section!