If you’re new to baking, it’s easy to get frustrated with how to make fondant for cakes. I know I did. It isn’t as simple as buying the ingredients and looking at a cookbook…You’d have to have the patience of a mad scientist instructing lab mice in a complicated science experiment. Fondant is the squirmiest “quinea pig” you can work on!
Problems with fondant
When I first learned how to make fondant for cakes, I would spend all day making around 5 – 10 versions (all bad) of a basic recipe I found in some cookbook. I soon learned a “method to my madness” approach could never work. Baking is not the same as cooking a dish, where you taste a little at a time to know if its going the right way or not. Believe me, tasting 10 bad fondants, one after the other, can make even the most enthusiastic baker turned off by cake.
So… I overcompensated. I’d spend half of my pay on the latest baking tools, gizmos and expensive cookbooks. (I didn’t really have the time or money to be able to go to formal classes.) Yet, I still made fondant that looked like (and sometimes tasted like) glue! Now, not only did I make the kitchen a mess making something incredibly inedible, I had gone broke doing it.
Where’s the Julia Child of Baking?
Being sick and tired of this vicious and extremely expensive cycle, I had an aha-moment about how to make fondant for cakes one day. I was watching a movie about Julia Child, a famous celebrity TV chef, who set the bar on cooking demos. I thought, why can’t they make something like that for baking?
I was unimpressed watching youtube homemade tutorials so I went around the net and looked for something that could satisfy ALL my questions about baking and showed me how to do things the way professionals did.
Baking has been a blissful experience ever since.
Eventually I found out that these are what you need to do it right:
Since knowing how to make fondant for cakes takes a lot of practice, having the right tools can cut the time you spend baking in half. The trick is to just buy what you will actually use. Don’t get carried away with buying complete sets. Initially, just get the basics: mixer, bowls, spatula, fondant mat, rolling pins and storage containers.
Kneading is the most basic skill in learning how to make fondant for cakes. One tip is to buy cheap fondant and start working on it before you graduate to your own homemade version.
Excellent Learning Resources
To round out everything, you really have to get good teachers. Grandma is good, but what if she’s not available? Fortunately, there are experts out there putting up online lessons for everyone to enjoy.
It’s not only cheaper than formal classes but it gives you the same professional and practical advice you can use in the kitchen. Just rich learning experience right at your fingertips.