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. 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.