Saturday, March 12, 2011

First time with Fondant

I am so excited! My friend, Natalie, and I recently made a trip out to a baking warehouse where I bought many new exciting products. I finally, finally, got my hands on some fondant!



I also bought some embossed boards to roll out fondant on which creates a pattern on the fondant.  I was so pleased to find that they were easy to use and actually worked! I topped baby cupcakes off with buttercream icing, and then experimented with different flower shapes; the methods for which are below.  I also covered butter biscuits in the embossed fondant; the method for which is also below.

Ingredients for Flower Fondant Cupcakes

24 baby cupcakes
1 1/2 cups buttercream icing
300g fondant, colour of your choice
Fondant flower cutters, in different sizes

Tools
Chopping board
2 sheets of baking paper

Method for Flowers
It is best to work with fondant at the temperature of 21.5 (degrees).  Place 1 sheet of baking paper on the chopping board.  Place fondant on top of paper and then place the 2nd sheet on top of the fondant to create a 'sandwich'  effect.  Take the rolling pin, and roll the fondant out until it is roughly 3mm thick.  Now take the largest flower fondant cutter and cut a shape out from the fondant.  Place on top of buttercream. 

To make the roses, roll out the fondant.  Cut 1 strip from this rolled fondant, roughly 5cm long and 1cm wide (rectangle strip).  Now roll this strip up, ensuring that as you roll the center is at a lower angle.  Place on top of buttercream.

 

Ingredients for Butterfly Embossed Biscuits

30 butter biscuits, shape of your choice
300g fondant, colour of your choice
1/4 cup buttercream icing, to act as a "glue" for fondant

Tools
cookie cutter, shape the same as butter biscuit
Embossed Fondant Boards
2 sheets of baking paper
Chopping board


Method
On a chopping board, place 1 sheet of baking paper; place fondant on top.  Now place 2nd sheet on top of fondant and roll out until it is roughly 5mm thick.  Using the cookie cutter, cut a shape out from the rolled fondant.  Place this shape on the embossed fondant board.  Cover with baking paper and gently roll a rolling pin over it to indent the embossed pattern.  Peel off from embossed board and stick ontop of a biscuit which has a light layer of buttercream spread on it.

I'm sharing this on Sweets for Sunday #8

55 comments:

  1. Working with fondant looks like so much fun! Everything looks beautiful.

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  2. They look so yummy...
    Thanks for stopping by my Blog. In regards to Rachel's cookbooks, try http://www.bookdepository.com/
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    Happy Cooking

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  3. sounds like you are really enjoying working on fondants, i'm bad at these but yeah, the cutters make the work so much easier otherwise it will be very time consuming.

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  4. Very pretty. Now if they could just make a nice chocolate tasting fondant lol

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  5. It looks like you really had fun with this and the cupcakes look adorable.

    Thanks for sharing your enthusiasm Brittany...always a real pleasure ;o)

    Ciao for now,
    Claudia

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  6. They are so cute! I love the embossed cookies. I hope to head over there next weekend to buy some goodies.

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  7. Your butterfly biscuits are adorable!
    Next thing you know, people will be asking you to do their wedding cakes. :D

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  8. Look amazing Brittany always I wanted make fondant!! beauty!!! gloria

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  9. Ils sont vraiment mignons tes cupackes. C'est vrai que je n'ai pas beaucoup travaillé le fondant dans ma vie et tu me donnes bien envie d'essayer!

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  10. I think fondant makes the most beautiful cakes but don't think the taste compares with buttercream. Can't wait to see more of your creations.
    V

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  11. Ca l'air que vous avez du plaisir avec le fondant. Mes talents ne sont pas si bons. Belles decorations.

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  12. I am so impressed, they look beautiful and I am sure they taste as good as they look. Diane

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  13. How perfect! You really have done a wonderful job. I've done very little work with fondant and what you've done today puts me to shame. Have a wonderful weekend. Blessings...Mary

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  14. They turned out so good!! I am jealous of your fondant skills :)

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  15. Beautiful work! Never tried fondant before but now I can learn from you...

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  16. ils sont très beaux et bien réussis, un grand bravo à toi
    bonne soirée

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  17. I love playing with fondant too and your cupcakes look so pretty...!

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  18. They are so cute! Looks like spring!

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  19. They look fantastic - isn't working with fondant fun :) - I'm looking forward to the girls' birthdays so I can use it again :)

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  20. ah, so cute! i love working with fondant.. its like a grown-ups play doh.. :D But i always make my own fondant.. its sooooooo easy to make it and in the end waaay cheaper than the bought one.. But good job for the first time.. really.. :)
    I love the embossing, but i just cannot seem to find any equipment for it here in Croatia..

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  21. Sooo cute! I have really enjoyed working with fondant too! It's amazing what you can create with it!

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  22. Everything looks beautiful, Brittany! Your cupcakes are just darling!
    Have a great weekend!
    xx,
    Tammy

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  23. So pretty! I've never used fondant before. It really does make gorgeous decorations- you've done them so well!

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  24. hi Brittany! You are one brave girl - I've never attempted fondant, but I'm not much of a baker. Your cupcakes are adorable! Thanks so much for stopping by my page today! -diane

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  25. Cute! I've been thinking about exploring fondant as cupcake toppers too.

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  26. Beautiful looking decorations for the cakes. Also that buttercream icing looks amazing!

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  27. Your cupcakes and cookies look gorgeous! I am so happy you found some fondant. You are so talented that you could make it look that good your first time. You should have seen my first attempt with it; it was sad...lol

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  28. You did a great job with the fondant! Your cupcakes look almost too good to eat!

    Have a great week!
    Linda
    www.mykindofcooking.com

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  29. Ooh. Good for you. These look great.

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  30. I haven't tried using fondant yet, it looks like playing with play dough. Your flowers and butterflies turned out so pretty

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  31. You are so good. The first time I tried Fondant it was a disaster. Never touched it again. Beautiful!!

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  32. So cute, especially the butterfly cookies! I've not tried using fondant icing but you make it look so easy. Perhaps I should give it a go someday.

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  33. I hardly comment on your posts, sorry! Anyhow, I just wanted to say how impressed I am by what you are proposing and performing! It's just excellent, it's art ... and so perfectly presented in your blog! Bravo!!!

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  34. Your cut-outs are so pretty! I never worked with fondant before - you make it look so easy!

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  35. Love the pretty textured fondant on your biscuits. I love to play with fondant too but always did a messy job :p

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  36. Fondant makes cute decorations ! Your little cupcakes are very nice !
    Have a nice day
    Hélène

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  37. Great job with your first try at fondant! I still need to take that step:)

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  38. That's your first attempt???? Scarily professional! Can't wait to see what you create when you're more proficient!!!

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  39. I still haven't worked with fondant yet but your creations give me hope that it can be done! Those flowers are so cute!

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  41. Brittany, tes cupcakes sont magnifiques et tes fondants très beaux.Bravo!
    C'est une matière que j'ai très peu travaillé jusqu'à maintenant.
    On dit :
    Une bonne idée pour pour ceux qui cherchent quelque chose de différent.
    Ton français est très bon.
    A très bientôt.

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  42. Vraiment très beaux! Je salive devant devant ta belle présentation! Caro xxx

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  43. Gorgeous! I have yet to experiment with fondant, but your post has encouraged me that it's maybe not terribly painful, and perhaps even worthwhile. Your cupcakes certainly did come out nicely.

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  44. And fondant is so fun! I love all the colours and how wonderful cakes and cupcakes look all decked out in fondant. thanks for the inspiration!
    Kim
    http://kim-thelunchbox.blogspot.com/

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  45. Beautiful! can't believe you are a first timer. Amazing!

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  46. You did an incredible job! Kudos to you, my dear.

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  47. Well done, they all look very pretty and impressive.

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  48. Bravo! Tes cupcakes sont magnifiques ;)

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  49. Oh such beautiful creations! I have yet to try using fondants!

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  50. Very pretty, wow! Great job for a firs time. Now next time, I'm expecting homemade fondant :o) Just kidding. I had my first fondant experience early last year and it was fun to work with. I did make it from scratch (but I had also bought a box from the store, just in case, ha ha).

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  51. You did beautifully! Love the little roses, especially!

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  52. I can't believe this was only your first time with fondant. You did an amazing job. Thanks for linking up to Sweets for a Saturday.

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  53. They are all gorgeous, but I am especially fond of the pretty butterflies at the bottom of the post.

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