Smooth and Shape Your Cake with a Fondant Smoother

April 18th, 2012 by Kim Feledy

I have been decorating cakes for awhile now. Whenever I decorate fondant-covered cakes I’m usually asked, “how do you get the fondant so smooth?” It does take some practice, but having one specific tool on hand makes it so easy – the fondant smoother.

I started out shaping and smoothing fondant with the best tools in the kitchen, my hands. However, by using my hands I wouldn’t always get the air pockets out and would get uneven lines or marks from my fingers or hands. Fondant Smoother Once I started using the fondant smoother, I was able to make sure the air pockets were out and no puffy areas would show up as I was decorating.

The new fondant smoother has a tall shaped handle design that is comfortable to hold and makes it easy to distribute even pressure as I glide my fondant smoother across the cake. This leaves me with a super smooth, even cake and nice finished edges. I can smooth out any minor imperfections in my fondant by using the smoother in a small, circular motion. The new smoother also has softly rounded base edges that prevent marking the surface of the fondant cake.

The fondant smoother is an essential tool for your fondant decorating tool collection. I recommend using two smoothers. I have a tendency to hold my cake with one hand while smoothing with the other. When I don’t have the fondant smoother in my hand that is holding the cake, I tend to leave deep impressions and have to re-smooth it out.

Here are a few different ideas that you can use the fondant smoother. Try using it on buttercream, using the paper towel method. Or try using it to smooth out cake batter in a pan or molding rice cereal treats into a pan. I have used it to smooth out candy clay and it leaves a very smooth and shiny surface.

Make the fondant smoother a universal tool in your kitchen. Do you have your own creative uses for the fondant smoother? I’d love to hear them.

Kim Feledy Kim is one of the cake decorators in the Creative Decorating Room at Wilton. She spends her day bringing the designers' sketches to life and adding her own creations. She loves working at Wilton because every day is something new. She enjoys helping people create creative art with food and still enjoy eating it. Before joining Wilton, Kim worked in bakeries, and she also has a degree in Culinary Arts. To expand her decorating skills, she has completed numerous of classes at the Wilton School of Cake Decorating and Confectionery Art. When not working in the decorating room she continues to make wonderful desserts that look and taste great for family and friends. She is always continuing to learn about decorating and arts every day, creating new innovative ways to create stylish desserts.

4 Replies

  1. Chris says:

    I’ve seen that technique done with buttercream, and a papertowel. My friend who was taking the Wilton course 1 with me did that with her cake and came out smooth, like you thought was fondant on the cake. Awesome.

  2. Lyn S says:

    The smoother is a fantastic tool, combining with a smooth spinning turntable makes it even easier to get superior smoothness.

  3. How do you use the fondant smoother when it doesn’t smooth over the fondant easily? it sticks making a tear I guess because its damp? Ami suppose to put sugar powder on it and if so what’s the best way to get it all off?

  4. […] I worked slowly and was eventually able to get the fondant to smooth completely over the body. The Wilton fondant smoother was a big help. Our butter knives have a squarish handle that I use to do a final smoothing around the bottom […]

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