Cake boards, Chocolate fondant, and making fondant do-able

by Sarah V
(Scottsdale, AZ)

I just found your site and LOOOOOOVE it. I am a newbie when it comes to this (just made my first fondant covered cake last week--it actually turned out cute!) so I have three questions for you.

First, I made marshmallow fondant and it worked really well for me and tasted great. But I am interested in using black fondant as well. I read on here that you should use chocolate fondant. How do I make that?

Second, where do you get your cake boards? Are they separate from the cake circles underneath the cakes on the turntables?

Third, what else do you use fondant for besides covering cakes? I saw the bow demonstration, but are there other uses? Can it harden? On the cake I am doing now, I want a stand up "G" and I wasn't sure if it would be better to do it out of fondant or one color chocolate.

Thanks in advance for all you are doing! This has been such a blessing!

From the editor:

Hi Sarah,

I'm so glad you're enjoying the site. To answer your questions:

1. To make chocolate fondant, replace 1 cup of the powdered sugar with cocoa powder. Other than that, follow the recipe as written. This allows you to use only a small amount of black gel food color to make black fondant, which means no bitter after taste from to much food color.

2. I usually make my cake boards by recycling boxes. Cut three of four circles or rectangles to the desired size, tape together and cover with fabric and clear contact paper, fondant or any other covering you like.

3. You can use fondant for covering cakes, making ribbons to use as borders, cutout decorations or any kind of flower you can imagine. You can also knead in a little Tylose powder to make gum paste which dries and hardens, making it useful for decorations such as the stand up lettering you mention. Fondant or gum paste can also be used for making figures (people, animals etc.) for cake toppers.

Good luck.

Michelle (editor)

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