How to Cover a Cake with Fondant | Cake Decorations

How to Cover a Cake with Fondant | Cake Decorations

Hi, my name is Amanda Oakleaf. I am owner, head baker, decorator of Amanda
Oakleaf Cakes in Winthrop, Massachusetts where we do custom cakes of all kinds — wedding
cakes, birthday cakes, sculpted cakes. Anything you can think of we can make it into
a cake. And today I will be talking to you about cake
decorating. So next we’re going to cover a cake in fondant. We have a cake already crumb coated. We use the same technique for butter creaming
the cake. Just a little bit thinner, and it’s okay if
some of the cake shows through as long as it’s nice and square and level we’re all set. So that’s our cake. We’ve had it in the fridge for a few hours. That helps it to stiffen up a little bit. The fondant we have already softened. If you have it sitting overnight then you
might need to throw it in the microwave for a minute or two to really soften up and knead
it. So you need a little bit of corn starch. You could use powdered sugar as well but we
find that corn starch is more silky and it’s easier to work with. With some on your table cover the bottom of
it and you want to press it into a circle to start with because you want a big circle
to cover the cake. So you want to use the rolling pin to roll
it out into a circle. You don’t want to get it too thin. Maybe between a quarter and an eighth inch
thickness. Make sure its not stuck to the table. If there’s any air bubbles from kneading it
you can go ahead and take your knife and just make a little slit and then push the air out. This one looks pretty smooth. Then you want to lift it up and center it
right over the cake. You want to unfold the ruffles a little bit. Keep it flat. Then you want to start at the top with your
fondant smoother, and you want to press out any air bubbles from the top of the cake. Press them out to the side. Then work your way around the side, pressing
the air down and out. Once it’s stuck to the side use your fondant
smoother so you don’t have finger marks, and then keep it straight up and down and that
will help adhere the fondant to the side of the cake. We’re also going to cover the base, the cardboard
base. I like to score, you can feel where the cardboard
is underneath, just go with your finger where it is and then you can take a pizza cutter
and cut right along the edge. And there you have it. You want to knead back the rest of your fondant
back into a ball, wrap it in plastic wrap until you’re ready to make decorations.


  • raquel__

    August 4, 2011

    @mojoribs marshmello

  • Khadija Alano

    August 17, 2011

    I also want to be an owner, head baker and decorator xD

  • Loverlhine Ivy

    September 11, 2011

    i wanna be your apprentice.

  • Karmen Hakvoort

    October 2, 2011

    What's better for a cake, fondant or marzipan?

  • Chris Algoo

    November 2, 2011

    0:47 – Come back, rolling pin!

  • kourucerl

    November 5, 2011

    can we just put the fondant on top of the cake without cream base? maybe just put water to glue it?

  • Bjørg Rubeksen

    November 10, 2011

    the table moves! :O magic 🙂

  • Tzvety Alexova

    December 20, 2011

    Amazing! Amazing! Amazing! Amazing! Amazing! Amazing! Amazing! Amazing!

  • Niamh Gartland

    December 29, 2011

    oh, ill just use my fondant smoother…. of course i have one of those… -_-

  • Claire Smith

    March 18, 2012

    @DadaAlano same

  • Claire G

    April 13, 2012

    Do you use butter cream to cover the cake before adding the fondant?

  • asha mahesh

    April 20, 2012

    hi,, ur sessions were really useful… i have a question,,,, my firend birthday is on next week,,, wanna prepare a cake with fondant before night only,, should i keep in freezer the whole night or leave it outside

  • Brigit Brown

    May 9, 2012

    You have you have some kind of frosting on the cake before adding fondant.

  • chhuy2

    June 18, 2012

    Why would anyone dislike this? It's easy to understand and straight to the point

  • thespianreads

    July 19, 2012

    That fondant is waaaaaaaay too thick.

  • aoibhealfae

    August 11, 2012

    actually if its slightly thin, it will crack when you can wrap it around the cake (even if the fondant is not dry).

  • aoibhealfae

    August 11, 2012

    this might be late but depends on the cake but the fondant might absorbed your fridge's smell so if you can, wrap it with plastic foil. You can let it outside (the fondant does act as a moisture barrier) or in air tight container or around water since fondant attract ants.

  • bella smith

    December 24, 2012


  • ROSES Jas

    January 28, 2013

    i made fondant from marshmallow but its to sweet, and do you really have to cover the cake w/ icing first before the fondant?

  • Maldita Krazy

    February 24, 2013

    fondat taste like clay..but it looks really cute…dhu

  • S Ar No

    February 27, 2013

    Marshmallow fondant is amazing, regular fondant is nasty.

  • Joseph Grayson Lee

    March 10, 2013

    your not on cake boos dont think you are

  • Becca Diaz

    March 18, 2013

    If I wanted to make a 2 teir cake what size pans would i use?

  • Lisa Nichols

    March 26, 2013

    I really think these mats are the way to fly for easy: I found mine here: allaboutcakeart.

  • Lilzchilz

    May 27, 2013

    kinda like buddy from cake boss 🙂

  • Niamh Browne

    August 16, 2013

    Is fondant just icing with glycerine in it?

  • Wanda Thorpe

    August 28, 2013

    Thank you sooooo much for this video. I was wondering why my fondant kept tearing and learned that #1 I need to make it thicker, and #2 I need to make it longer:) Who knew? LOL! Tks!

  • christiana stephen

    August 29, 2013


  • Niko TheImpaler

    September 12, 2013

    No. Her recipe is made with marshmallows, water, powdered sugar, and gum tragacanth powder(optional). She has a video on how to make her fondant.

  • SuperCookingMania

    September 21, 2013

    It's not her way it's just a way to make fondant, I use the same method

  • Lamoya Johnson

    March 27, 2014

    Hey whats the recipe for that foundant?. Im doing a hat for my practical and i want it to be just like what you have there before you shape it.

  • Reonan

    June 25, 2014

    This looks like a lot of fun :O!

  • Sergio John

    July 31, 2014

    Love her cakes!

  • NYCgirl

    September 23, 2014

    Does it have to be buttercream frosting

  • superwomen505able

    February 7, 2015

    You made that look so easy. That's some soft fondant:)

  • badette naniong

    May 13, 2015

    I just made a fondant cake.. it was ok at first then when I was about to box it, I noticed its sweating and my butter cream is starting to melt and its oozing from the sides. Im not sure why but im thinking maybe its bec of the weather we're having.. right now its very warm here. Can you help me out pls

  • Rafah . Zn

    May 30, 2015

    Please … Where video supplementing this Cake 

  • Trevor Hickman

    September 2, 2015

    That was great – you did it so well!

  • Confuso Hoje

    December 18, 2015

    I am having so many problems with ridges around the cake its not even funny…I have tried everything but it just has nt worked out for me yet…hmmm

  • MacPrincess98

    February 25, 2016

    What if you don't have a fondant smoother…

  • NesmaMusic

    June 17, 2016

    I have a question. if you make a chocolate cake with chocolate frosting, Will it have Any affect on the colour of a White fondant?

  • sarah aq

    July 8, 2016

    can i use whipped cream instead of butter cream frosting???

  • rashid Suke

    August 31, 2016

    How you are mixi that fondant you make

  • Wilson Laguer

    January 7, 2017

    Hi how did you prevent fondant from sweating

  • Rahul Jagtap

    February 15, 2017

    Show some new design


    March 31, 2017

    Wonder if there's any chance this is as easy as you made it look! 😂

  • Abigail Ellis

    March 14, 2018

    What inch is the cake

  • emily reyes

    March 17, 2018

    All the germs in her finger nails

  • saima naseem

    April 12, 2018

    It looks so soomth your cool

  • Disney _doll YouTube

    June 8, 2018

    Do you need buttercream if your covering your cake with fondant as my cake is already perfectly level without butter cream x?

  • Kate Chong

    June 9, 2018

    You make it looknso easy😖

  • Ann T

    June 18, 2018

    How can i store fondant if i will make fondant icing 3weeks before the party

  • Eboni_M12

    July 19, 2018

    Do you need to add icing onto the cake or can you just add the fondant On?

  • Watch hits

    July 20, 2018

    Amazing <3 Also check these Amazing Unbelievable Fondant Cakes by Sugar King- Zhou Yi-
    that made him win gold 3 times :

  • Risikat Abubakar

    August 26, 2018

    U r wonderful u make my work easier.

  • Ava Allen

    September 4, 2018

    I love how she says pizza cutter. she ain't lying


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