Moist Cake Recipe And Filling For A Fondant Cake

by Afzia
(Austin, Texas)

Chocolate Buttermilk Cake

Chocolate Buttermilk Cake

I am looking for a moist cake recipe and a tasty filling for my fondant cake. My question is can we use any kind of cake recipe for use with fondant?


I have heard that pound cakes are the best but I it turns out to be a bit dry especially with only one layer of butter cream icing in between the layers.

Can I use jams and other different type of filling? I am scared that if I use different frosting other then butter cream icing the fondant might sag because of moisture.

I plan to use butter cream icing for covering the but can I use other icing or jams in between layers. Will it sag or destroy the fondant? and what can we do to make fondant cakes more tasty and less dry ?

Lorelie's Response
Hi Afzia, Sure you can use other cakes besides pound. I use carrot and chocolate cakes all the time when making fondant wedding cakes.

Here is the best carrot recipe that I use and it is VERY moist and delicious. You can fill the layers with cream cheese filling just make sure that you build a dam of butter cream icing around the edges as it will help to hold the cake together.

I also use this chocolate buttermilk recipe almost exclusively. This particular one is VERY moist. It is an oil based recipe. You will need to work with frozen cakes to keep it all together as you are filling and frosting, especially with this recipe.

You may want to go with a butter based cake like this chocolate stout recipe with a chocolate ganache. The butter based ones are great at room temperature but as you learned from the pound cakes they tend to be drier than an oil based recipe.

If you want to try using a jam just make sure that you do the dam of buttercream. Why not try adding the jam to the buttercream frosting, it makes a nice filling. Or adding fresh raspberries to buttercream for a yummy filling for a chocolate cake.

The filling will not cause your fondant to sag. Moisture from your refrigerator however can cause sagging fondant. To prevent this leave the finished cakes out once you place the fondant on. The fondant will get slick and start to bead up with moisture if the cake is stored in the fridge but it the surface will eventually dry.

NEW: Some decorators say that Satin Ice Fondant can be refrigerated without a problem.

Cake decorating is a tricky business and I notice that everyone has their own techniques that work for them. These are just suggestions and have worked for me over the years, I hope my tips can help you out. Thanks for visiting:-)


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Nov 11, 2010
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Really helpful
by: Anonymous

Your explanation has been really helpful. Most of the new cake decorators working with fondant have the same issues.

Nov 11, 2010
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Anytime
by: Lorelie

I'm glad it helped, I know there is a lot of worry when using fondant. I prefer buttercream myself. I was thinking of starting an anti fondant movement. LOL

Let me know how it goes with your cakes though. It may help all of us.

Feb 23, 2015
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Lemon Curd Buttercream
by: Bere

Hi Lorelie, is it safe to fill a cake cover with fondant with your lemon curd buttercream recipe or cream cheese filling? As after the cake is cover with the fondant it has to stay at room temperature?
Thank you!

Feb 25, 2015
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Recommended Fillings for Fondant Cakes
by: Lorelie

Hi Bere, I would not recommend the Lemon Curd for a fondant cake. The cream cheese filling however I would say yes to. I have done the cream cheese and left it out for a couple of days after the fondant went on. Just keep it in a cool spot.

Mar 10, 2015
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Thanks!!!!
by: Bere

Thank you so much Lorelie for so much helpful information!!
I have another doubt, the couple who is getting married wants to keep the top tier cake for their first anniversary, so I was wondering if you can help me telling me what kind of cakes and fillings are safe to freeze and eat after one year.
THANK YOU so much AGAIN !!!!

Mar 26, 2015
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freezing the top cake
by: Lorelie

Hi there. The carrot with cream cheese filling and the chocolate cake with chocolate mousse are great fro freezing. Chocolate ganache is also great for a filling to freeze. Any of the cakes can be frozen as long they are wrapped very well. I have had many brides tell me they ate the top a year later and that it still tasted good. Im sure not AS good but its more about the symbolism. Thanks for the great questions.

Aug 21, 2015
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Frozen top layer for a year
by: I love cakes

Hi, another type of cake that can be frozen and eaten after one year is the fruit cake, as long as it is wrapped properly and protected from moisture.

Aug 26, 2015
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by: Lorelie

Thanks "I Love cakes" for the fruit cake comment addition! Fruit cakes have the potential to stay well for years if they are properly soaked in liquor and wrapped very well. I have heard of one instance (It is in one of the comments on my pages here) that 7 years later a bride ate her cake that had been stored in the pantry and it was still good. Wow! I probably would not go that far.....but good to know they are very hardy cakes.

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