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How to make Fondant Decorations Without Tools

Updated: Oct 7


What is fondant?

Fondant is primarily a sugar dough. It is made two ways, either with icing sugar or melted

Cake with a Fondant Topper

marshmallows. Since fondant is 95% sugar, it is extremely sweet and not many people enjoy eating it. Fondant is like Play-Doh. Using food-safe colours, it can be coloured into any colour and shaped into anything.


Fondant is used for:

  • Covering entire cakes for a neat and clean finish

  • Making various customized figurines on theme cakes. For example, the lion and balloon on this cake have been made out of fondant. Fondant is a great way to personalize cakes and hence it is widely used.


With this blog post, I will kick start a small series which will show you a few techniques you can use to create simple decorations without purchasing any fondant tools and only the supplies readily available at home.


How to Make a Fondant Bow without any specific tools

Things you will need:

  • Fondant in your choice of colour

  • Rolling pin

  • Pizza Cutter

  • Corn starch or cornflour

  • Sharp Knife

  • Ruler

  • A few spoonfuls of water

  • A paintbrush (optional)

  • Two pieces of plastic or tissues

Procedure:

  • Soften the fondant by kneading it for a few minutes till its soft and easy to handle.

  • Roll out the fondant into a long rectangle, doesn’t have to exact using a rolling pin. The fondant should be 1 millimetre or so thick. If you don’t have a rolling pin, use a bottle.

  • Cut a strip of fondant, 4 cm wide and 16 to 18 cm in length. Also cut three more strips of fondant, 2 cm wide and 7 cm in length.

  • Take the largest strip and fold it in half. Pinch it slightly at the middle to mark the middle.

  • Now take the plastic/tissue and roll it like a cigar. Place the plastic in the middle half of the ribbon and fold the fondant over it. Similarly, do it on the other side as well. Using a bit of water stick the fondant to itself in the middle. Use a paintbrush or your finger to do so with very little water.

  • Using your fingers pinch the middle of the bow to itself.

  • Now using one of the smaller strips, fold over the pinched part of the bow and close the seam at the back, again using some water.

  • With the remaining two strips, cut out a small triangle at the bottom of each. Place these to strips on top of each at an angle and stick the bow on top again using some water.

  • Dry this overnight or till it hardens (can take a couple of days too) and then remove the plastic in between the fondant.

This simple and quick bow is great for a cake or cupcake. You can wary the size as per your base. To watch the full video of how I made this, please see below.


How to Make a Fondant Rose without any specific tools


Things you will need:

  • Fondant in your choice of colour

  • Rolling pin

  • Corn starch or cornflour

  • Round cutter (cookie cutter, bottle cap, nozzle etc)

  • A few spoonfuls of water (optional)

  • A paintbrush (optional)

  • Skewer

  • Mat to work on (you can work directly on your tabletop too)



Procedure:

  • Soften the fondant by kneading it for a few minutes till its soft and easy to handle.

  • Roll out the fondant till its a thickness of 1mm or lesser. If you don’t have a rolling pin, use a bottle.

  • Dip your cutter in the corn starch and tap off the excess then cut out circles from the fondant using a cookie-cutter/bottle cap/nozzle etc. The bigger the circles, the bigger the rose. Cut out 6 circles.

  • Place each circle of fondant in line, overlapping halfway as shown in the image below. You can use a bit of water to stick the petals to each other. My fondant was sticky enough, and hence, water was not required.

  • Using a skewer or blunt knife, make an indent in the centre.

  • With the help of a skewer, roll the fondant circles like a cigar, start out tightly and finish slightly loose.

  • Cut the cigar now in half. Take one half and open the petals. You can pinch the ends to make them thinner and more realistic.

  • Dry this overnight or till it hardens (can take a couple of days too) and top these onto cakes, cupcakes for a quick yet pretty decor.


This simple and quick rose is great for a cake or cupcake. You can create a bunch of these in advance and keep adding to your baked goods as pretty decor.


I hope this tutorial helped you. Please let me know what object you want to learn to make through fondant in the comments below and if you do try this out, do let me know and share your pictures with me!


Have a great day you guys!


Happily Creating,

Aanchal :)

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