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Oct 30, 2008 12:57 PM

Does anyone like fondant?

It seems like every semi-elaborately decorated cake is slathered in the stuff these days, and honestly, I'd be happy to never see it again. If I get a piece of cake with fondant frosting, I peel it right off (because it will come off in one whole piece) and go straight for the cake. I know technically it's edible, but the texture is so gummy and super-sweet that it completely overwhelms the cake it's supposed to be enhancing. I bet you could waterproof your deck with it.
I do agree that a professionally decorated cake, done with different colors of fondant and other frills, is often very beautiful. But it's usually better as a museum piece than as an actual dessert. Give me a good buttercream or chocolate frosting and I'm good. Anyone else?

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  1. I prefer a good chocolate icing but I don't mind fondant. I prefer almost any kind of icing over the cake, actually, except for some of those mass produced sheet cakes covered in tasteless lard-like "icing". Then it's all inedible.

    1. Way too sweet and thick, I'd opt for a cake layered on top with whipped cream instead.

      1. I loved The Fondants and I think I have all of their records!! Doesn't it sound like the name of a girl-group a la Phil Spector? Ladies and Gentlemen, the Fabulous Fondants!!! Can't stomach the stuff, too sweet and too hard to be edible...

        1. yuck yuck yuck. It has the most bizarre texture and really no *taste* to speak of. Oh yes the cakes are beautiful, but if I were to spend big bucks on a wedding cake I would make sure it was good looking AND delicious, no peeling required.

          1. I couldn't agree more! I love to decorate cakes and have studied cake design. I make certain decorations out of fondant, like edible pearls. But eat it? YUCK! Its like bad chewing gum. In my wannnabe professional opinion, the best designed and tasting cakes are covered with buttercream frosting and decorated with either buttercream, sugar paste, royal icing, or fondant decorations.

            The fondant covered cake is very popular in England, There, the cake is often a very dense fruitcake with a coating of marzipan and then a sheet of fondant is draped over it. Fondant cakes, look like something that needs to be dusted not eaten, so I agree with your museum piece assessment.