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Instead of using frosting or icing on cakes and cupcakes, fondant is an option that gives you clean lines and beautiful designs. You can make your own fondant using a few ingredients, dyeing the material so that it’s any color that you need to work with when you’re decorating. Most fondant recipes use a powdered sugar base. Water is also added to make a soft ball that is then kneaded after being cooked. Fondant supplies that you’re going to need include a candy thermometer and bowls that you can put in the microwave.

If you don’t want to bowl the water and sugar in a pot, you can combine tiny marshmallows and white baking chocolate in a microwavable bowl. You also need to add cocoa butter and butter along with milk or whipping cream depending on the consistency that you want. Microwave the ingredients for about 30 seconds at a time, stirring them together each time you take the bowl is removed from the microwave until you have a soft ball to work with.

When you begin working with fondant, keep in mind that it can quickly get very dry. This means that you need to roll it out with a rolling pin soon after it’s soft. One of the fondant supplies that you’ll need to store the material is plastic wrap. You need to ensure that the plastic is secure around the fondant so that no air gets through. Powdered sugar can be added to the fondant if it’s too sticky when you begin working with it so that it won’t adhere to the counter or another surface you’re using. A silicone mat is good to have on hand as you can usually get the fondant off of the material a bit easier than if it were on other surfaces. Cover cakes with a thin coating of buttercream before applying the fondant.

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