Best Cake To Use When Covering With Fondant


Question

I am new to decorating cakes, and I would like to know what the best cake to use with fondant would be.

Answer
The best cake to use when covering with fondant is a cake that is firm. My first choice is the best carrot cake recipe on this website with butercream or cream cheese filling. I have also used the chocolate cake recipe and the white wedding cake recipe many times with great success. These are the top three of my repertoire.

Having said this almost any cake recipe can be used with sugar paste. The trick is to fill your cake with something that will stay firm enough, such as chocolate Ganache or butter cream. Keep your cakes well chilled right up until you start the process of finishing them with buttercream and finally the fondant.

Once you place the it on you should not refrigerate the cake. But do keep it in a cool dry place.

Hope this helps :)

Links
Best carrot cake recipe

Chocolate cake recipe

White wedding cake recipe

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More on this fondant question
by: Abby

So, does this mean that I can use the cream cheese filling even though the cake is going to be covered with fondant and stay out of the refrigerator? Can I use a custard filling with a fondant cake?

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Fondant cake fillings
by: Lorelie

Hi Abby, I would not use a custard, the cream cheese filling is ok if the cake is not going to sit around for more than a day outside the fridge.

Buttercream is the best choice or a ganache' if it is a chocolate cake. Any filling that has a slippery loose quality like a custard and even cream cheese can cause problems. If you do use cream cheese filling put a dam of buttercream around the edges and keep the cake in a very cool, dry place.

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Is it possible to frost and fondant ice a ginger cake

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My daughter would like one of the tiers of her wedding cake to be a ginger cake. I have found a recipe which appears to have quite a dense consistency, but am still concerned to know if a thin layer of buttercream frosting and then fondant icing work with this cake?

Answer
I don't see a problem with putting a layer of buttercream and then fondant onto a ginger cake as long as it's sturdy. I use a variety of cakes for mine and have found that once filled, frosted and refrigerated they are fine. The cold keeps them all glued together. It is when the cakes are soft (after baking) and the temperature of the buttercream too warm and soft etc that it becomes a problem.

Sounds yummy and I am sure it will be beautiful. If you would like to send a picture of the finished cake, you can enter one of my cake decorating contests or post a story and photo of your cakes at the sharing wedding cakes page.

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Fondant over a chocolate cake

by Ambeline

The best chocolate buttermilk cake recipe on this website

The best chocolate buttermilk cake recipe on this website

Hi There,
Can I put fondant icing over a chocolate cake, and how long before the wedding day can I do it.
Ambelene

Hi Ambeline, Yes you can put fondant over a chocolate cake. You will need to first frost the cake in buttercream though so that the chocolate color does not show through and so that the surface is smoothed out.

I have quite a few posts on this subject. The problem that I have had with using fondant is that if you refrigerate it it gets sticky and shiny and loses that nice porcelain finish. So I wait until the day before if possible to put the fondant on the cake and then leave it out of the fridge which limits your filling choices.
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FONDANT OVER SPONGE CAKE
by: Ambeline

Thank you for your answer, it is most helpful and I have learned so much.
Ambelene

Your welcome Ambeline

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Rolled fondant icing on a moist carrot cake?

Use buttercream under the fondant.

Use buttercream under the fondant.

Hi-We are wondering if rolled fondant icing on a moist carrot cake would pose a problem? Will the moisture and oils come through the rolled fondant icing. And do we put a layer of royal icing underneath to prevent a problem?

Hi, I use a layer of butter cream and have never had any oils coming through. You could use royal but I would think that it would be too crunchy under the fondant as royal icing hardens as it dries. Another plus with the buttercream frosting is that it adds flavor and texture. People who do not like fondant can just peel it off and still enjoy the frosting.

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mudcake with just fondant ok ?



Can I bake a mudcake and ice with just fondant?

Hi Good question. The answer is yes you can ice a mudcake with fondant, although I would put a layer of buttercream under the fondant first as the cake may show through. Hope your cake turns out great!



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Box Cake Mix For Fondant Cakes

Can I use a box cake mix for fondant cakes. It is for a wedding cake. If not what is the difference?

Generally when using fondant to cover a wedding cake you want to use a firm cake. Having said that I think you can probably get away with using a box cake mix. Just find a good dense one, not too fluffy and light. A fudge chocolate one for instance or a yellow cake with whole eggs.

I don't use mixes so I don't know which one to recommend. Why don't you experiment a little and bake up a couple of box cake mixes and test them a bit.

Another suggestion is to use a firm filling like a buttercream, refrigerate it to get the cakes good and hard before crumb coating, frosting and en-robing with the rolled fondant.

Then make sure you use good strong dowel's to take the pressure off of the cakes on the bottom.

Hope that helps. Can you let me know how it went and what mix you ended up with so we can help the next person who comes along with that question.

You can upload a pic of your finished cake for us to see as well. Thanks so much for visiting and asking a great question.

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Boxed cake mix
by: Cherish

I have used boxed cake mix and covered with fondant and it turns out okay. I am sure the result would have been better had I used a more dense cake. I did use 4 eggs (instead of 3), milk (instead of water), a couple more tablespoons of oil and a box of instant pudding. It helps with the texture a little bit but not a lot. Goodluck!!



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