I'll write a series of posts of the tools, ingredients and how-to's of how I started instead of writing all of them in one post. I don't want to overwhelm you with information. I just want to help you get started and kinda get a feel of whether or not this is something that you want to venture on.
Here's a few more things I learned from my mistakes when I made my first cake:
- Fondant loops or bows should be done in advance for it to dry and hold it shape.
- DO NOT use facial tissue to hold the shape of the bows because the paper will stick to the fondant. Use paper towel or wax paper instead instead.
- DO NOT refrigerate the cake once it is covered with fondant. The condensation in the refrigerator will make the cake sticky.
- 2 - 9" round cake pans from my bakeware set to bake the cake
- Big and Small Rolling Pins - this is used to roll out the fondant. I used a regular rolling pin. Later on, I bought the Wilton Fondant 20" Rolling Pin (about $20)and the Guide Rings ($4-5) that helped roll out fondant to the right thickness. I also had a small rolling pin I used to roll out small pieces of fondant for the decoration. I'm not even sure where I got it. It's almost like a toy. You can stick with the big rolling pin but for convenience I recommend the Wilton Fondant 9" Rolling Pin.
- Rolling Mat - a nonstick surface for rolling out fondant. It's also pre-marked with circles and one-inch square grid which is a big help for measuring, rolling and cutting fondant. It's about $10.
- Round Cut-outs - helped me cut the circle shapes. The set is $3 from Michael's.
- Star Cut-outs - cookie cutter for the star shapes.
- Easy Glide Fondant Smoother - essential tool. You use it to smooth the fondant onto the cake when you cover it.
- Ruler - helped me make the ribbons and loops. Later on, I bought the Wilton Ribbon Cutter and Embosser set for around $15 at Michael's.
- Cutter/Embosser - this is what I used to make that zig-zag mark on the fondant bow and ribbon.
Stay tuned for the remaining posts in this series:
- How to make home-made Marshmallow Fondant
- Preparing your cake to be covered
- How to cover cake with Fondant
- How to make a Fondant Bow