One of my favorite cakes are the fondant cakes, which in recent years has became really popular, but it originated in Europe in the 18th century, to decorate elaborate cakes, usually for royalty.
Fondant is a type of frosting or icing to cover and decorate cakes and cup cakes mainly. In french is means “melting”. It is also known as the baker’s Play-Doh because of it’s clay-like consistency and molding capabilities.The standard fondant consists of water, sugar and glucose.
There are two types of fondant: pourable fondant and rolled fondant.
- Poured fondant is a creamy confection used as a filling or coating for cakes, pastries, and candies or sweets. In its simplest form, it is sugar and water cooked to the soft-ball stage, cooled slightly, and stirred or beaten until it is an opaque mass of creamy consistency. Sometimes lemon is added to the mixture, mainly for taste. Other flavorings are used as well, as are various colorings.
- Rolled fondant or fondant icing, which is not the same material as poured fondant, is commonly used to decorate wedding cakes. It includes gelatin (or agar in vegetarian recipes) and food-grade glycerine, which keeps the sugar pliable and creates a dough-like consistency. It can also be made using powdered sugar and melted marshmallows. Rolled fondant is rolled out like a pie crust and used to cover the cake.
Here I provide some inspirational pictures of amazing fondant cakes I found on the web, I hope you enjoy them.