Fondant is one of the decorating medium that turns out beautifully decorated cakes. However it takes the appropriate fondant decorating tools for you to get it right.
There are myriads of fondant decorating tools; so much so that one might get confused as to which ones to use. We have put together this list so that you would know what you need as you start out decorating with fondant.
Basic Fondant Decorating Tools
We would not spend too much time explaining these basic tools because we’ve discussed them in a previous article. Click here to read it
But here’s a brief summary on them:-
Brief Summary on Basic Fondant Decorating Tools
When working with fondant, you need best quality tools so that you’ll get the best results. Rolling pins are used to roll out the fondant on a rolling mat.
Fondant rolling pins are specially designed to roll out fondant smoothly. Most fondant rolling pins have measurement rings; these rings help the rolling pin to roll out the fondant to the required thickness.
The best kinds of rolling mat for fondant are those that have measurement. These help you to get the right circumference of fondant to cover your cake.
When you’ve rolled out your fondant to the right thickness and circumference, you cover your cake with it. After this you smooth out the fondant on the cake starting from the top.
The final step is to trim off the excess fondant with a cutting wheel or knife.
With these basic fondant decorating tools you’ll have a perfectly fondant covered cake.
Advanced Fondant Decorating Tools
After you have used the basic fondant decorating tools to get your cake covered, you’ll need more tools to embellish the cake.
Here’s a list of some tools that you can use for additional embellishment of your cake.
These are rolling pins but they are not smooth like the regular fondant rolling pins. They have quilt designs imprinted on them so that when rolled over fondant the design is transferred to the fondant.
You can use this type of rolling pin to roll out the fondant for covering the cake. This gives the entire cake a quilted effect. Sometimes you can also use the quilt pattern rolling pin to roll out strips and ribbons for cake borders and other accents.
There are several designs of patterned rolling pins and each produces a different effect. With a patterned rolling pin, you might not need to use so many accents to decorate your cake. So this is a good time and emerging saving fondant decorating tool.
Fondant pattern embossers are tools that are used to imprint designs on cakes. These embossers come in different materials, designs and styles. There are embosser stamps, embosser mats, embosser rollers and embosser templates.
Fondant Embosser Stamps
Embosser stamps can be used to imprint different patterns on your cake and even create messages. If you have difficulty piping designs free hand, you can use an embosser stamp to create an imprint. When you’ve stamped on an imprint, you can then pipe over the imprint.
Embosser mats are rolling mats that have designs on them; these designs are transferred to fondant in the process of rolling it out.
There are different sizes of embosser mats; each size adequate for rolling out fondant for different size of cakes.
Embosser mats are used with plain rolling pins. You can use them to roll out fondant for covering a whole cake; they can also be used to roll out fondant for cut outs and other designs.
This versatile fondant decorating tool is a useful accessory in any cake decorator’s arsenal.
An embosser roller is a roller that has designs on the body. It’s designed just like a rolling paint brush. When you run the embosser roller over your rolled out fondant, the design on the embosser is transferred to the fondant.
Effects achieved include basket weave, quilts, bricks and block patterns. There are many more effects that can be created with embosser templates. All you need is an embosser template and a good dose of imagination.
All these embosser tools we discussed perform the same function but in different ways. And each design and style would be useful to different persons based on their preference.
Flower shaping bowls are small plastic bowls that are used to form fondant and gum paste flowers. This is a fondant decorating tool that’s an essential part o a flower making kit. They help to make the flowers look very realistic.
There are other designs of flower formers but these bowls are specially designed to accommodate large sized flowers.
Anyone involved in any form of artistic endeavor knows that brushes are an important tool for any decorator.
These brushes come in different sizes and shapes and each serves a different purpose. The brushes with a kind of rounded bristles are best for dusting colors and such tasks. Brushes with straight tips are best for painting with edible food paint.
Each of these types come in different sizes; when painting delicate designs, you need tiny brushes. These are better than large brushes because they produce more delicate effects, if you use a large brush, you’ll end up with painting that’s too thick and would also waste your paint.
The brush strokes of an artist’s brush determine the kind of picture that evolves, so also the brush strokes on fondant determine how the cake would look. It is important to have a range of decorating brushes since you can’t use one brush for every decorating task.
These are tools that are used to make fondant cut outs. They come in different shapes and sizes and are made of plastic or metal. Fondant cutters are similar to cookie cutters; some decorators even use fondant cutters and cookie cutters interchangeably.
Fondant cutters give you a lot of ease in cake decoration and help you to save time and energy. Though they are simple tools, they can be used to create outstanding effects in a short time. This makes them versatile fondant decorating tools to have in your kitty.
In the process of rolling out fondant and covering a cake, there’ll be smudges, fingerprint and corn starch. A cake steamer is used to give the cake a perfect gloss and finish. It is also useful for gum paste flowers and other sugar craft items.
Some decorators use large countertop steamers but have discovered that this steams up the whole cake. Furthermore, it doesn’t work out well for gum paste flowers; you may not also have any control over the steam applied.
A cake steamer is a handheld appliance that affords you better control of the steam and where it is applied to. This has proven to be a better option than the counter top steamer.
Many cake decorators tend to avoid dusting with corn starch because of the white residue that’s left on the cake. With a cake steamer, you no longer have to avoid those techniques that require a lot of dusting with corn starch.
Quick Tips on What to Look Out For When Shopping For Fondant Decorating Tools
Basic fondant decorating tools can be gotten in sets but when you need the advanced tools you might have to get them individually. There are some rules of thumb that apply to buying appliances of any kind including fondant decorating tools.
Some of these rules may seem obvious but for the avoidance of doubt, here are a few tips
Relevance and Functionality
There are so many fondant decorating tools in the market; they are churned out by the hundreds daily. There are also many tools that go by different names but actually perform the same function. So how do you avoid buying duplicate tools?
One sure way of ensuring that you don’t buy different tools that perform the same function is by reading reviews of the product. When you read several reviews on a product, you would know the best use for it and whether you really need it.
Another way of checking out whether you need a particular fondant decorating tool is by watching tutorials. When you watch a tutorial on a particular technique or effect you desire on a cake, you’ll get to see the tools used. You might find out that you already have the tools that were used in the tutorial.
Quality of Material Used For the Fondant Decorating Tool
Before you buy any fondant decorating tool, you have to ensure that they are made with top quality material. Bear in mind that you would be using your tools for edible stuff so they also have to be food safe.
If the fondant decorating tool is metal, it has to be made of food grade stainless steel. If it is low quality metal you stand the risk of getting tools that would rust.
Plastic tools also have to be made of food grade BPA free plastic to ensure its food safety.
The quality of the material also determines how long the tools would last. You wouldn’t want to keep replacing your tools often so it’s best to buy good quality tools from the get go.
Ease of Use of the Fondant Decorating Tool
Since there are many brands of fondant decorating tools, you can be sure that there would be many designs and styles. You are sure to get tools of different designs that perform the same function.
Some designs are easier to use than others but still produce the same effect with the complicated ones.
Unless you have other considerations, you would do well to buy the fondant decorating tools that are easier to use. Sometimes you wouldn’t know this by just looking at the tool; you might have to read reviews.
Another way of knowing whether a tool is easy to use is to watch videos of people using the tool.
Cost of the Fondant Decorating Tool and your Budget
Most times products are priced based on brand popularity and celebrity endorsement. For this reason, don’t base your assessment of the quality of a product on its price. Some expensive products are not really worth their price tag.
That said however, do not discountenance the fact that good quality products would cost a bit more than inferior ones. Do not base your choice of a fondant decorating tool on how cheap or expensive it is.
Be prepared to pay the price to get good quality tools that would enhance your cake decoration.
When making a choice do not just take the word of the advertiser, check out verified buyers review. This would give you an idea of whether the product is worth the price tag.
A cake decorator cannot have too many fondant decorating tools; the more the merrier. However, do not put yourself under any form of pressure to get every new fondant decorating tool that’s made.
With time and experience you’ll discover that you can improvise and still get the job done. Take your time, learn new techniques and buy the tools needed as you progress.