I purchased the fondant imprint tools a couple of months ago and have not used them yet. I thought I’d stop by the Decorating Room and ask for a quick demonstration on how to use them. I am super excited to learn this new technique! Mary Gavenda, one of our senior cake decorators, helped out.
PREPARE THE FONDANT
Start by rolling your fondant to about 1/8” inch thickness. It’s easier to work with it if you spread a thin film of shortening on the surface where you roll it. It will also make it easier to pull the fondant out of the imprint tool. Once rolled, use the back of the imprint tool to cut out the rectangular shape that you will use to imprint the flowers. Remove any excess fondant around the edges.
IMPRINT THE FLOWERS
Place the rectangular piece of fondant in the Button Flower Fondant Cut & Press Set and press firmly to shape the flowers. Mary advises that after this step it’s better to remove any excess fondant from around the flowers, but leave the fondant that is inside the flower shapes and press one more time. This will make sure that the imprint will look nice and sharp on the flower surface. Use a pointed fondant modeling tool from the 10 Piece Fondant/Gum Paste Tool Set to gently remove the shaped flowers out of the mold. Mary also dusted the inside of the mold with cornstarch, to make it easier to remove the fondant.
After removing the flower from the mold, place them in flower forming cups and let them dry for a while. They will dry nicely and maintain the gentle curve from the cup, which will give them a more 3-dimensional look. If you are aiming at a 2D design, you can let them dry flat on parchment paper. Create your flowers in the desired colors in advance, as Mary did. Leaves are created the same way by using the Rose Leaf Fondant Cut & Press Set.
When your pretty flowers are dry, you can proceed to assemble them. Attach the small flower on top of the large one with gum glue adhesive or royal icing. Then attach the little button at the center of the small flower. The results are amazing! This flower is simple, yet it has dimension and texture. You can mix and match as many colors as you like to personalize it to your cake.
DECORATE THE CAKE
When the flowers are ready, it’s really fast to decorate the cake. Play around with the dry flowers and leaves until you have found a placement that you like. The pink flowers that Mary did worked beautifully on this chocolate icing covered cake. Voila’! Thank you Mary for your time. I can’t wait to create my own fondant flowers cake!