When cake decorating, do you ever struggle with how to stick fondant decorations to cakes? Or maybe you don’t like your current method!? Here are 4 Ways to Stick Fondant Decorations to Cakes!
- Water. This may be the most convenient and obvious way to stick fondant to fondant. BUT, it’s my least favorite. If you’re not very careful, water can drip or run down the side of your cake. And let me tell you…. water running down the side of a fondant cake is not pretty! It will turn into a mess in a hurry!
- Tylose “glue”. You can take a tiny bit of tylose, mix it into water, then let it sit over night. It will be chunky and gloppy when you first mix it up, but by morning, it’ll be a clear, gelatinous glue. This actually works really great but waiting all night for it to congeal can be a problem for us decorators who
are super scatter-braineddon’t always think that far ahead.
- Sugar glue (or fondant glue). For this type, you melt marshmallow fondant with a little water! I learned this trick from CorrieCakes on Facebook and it’s a perfect, easy “glue” for all fondant decorations. It only takes seconds to make and if you decorate with mmf, you have everything you need on hand to make this “glue”. It’s thicker than water, doesn’t “run” easily and well… it’s just a great solution! You can get all the details for how to make this sugar glue HERE.
- Shortening. When I can get away with it (when the decorations are flat), I rub the entire surface of my cake with shortening and apply fondant on fondant. A good example of that is this Rainbow Chevron Cake! All of those stripes are adhered to the cake with shortening alone and it works great! I also use shortening almost all of the time now to put letters on. I can move them around without damaging anything if I discover that I’ve put a name on off-center or too high or low! With the other types of glue mentioned, moving things around is not always possible! I talk a little more about using shortening for letters in this post on How to Use Tappit Letter Cutters (near the bottom – when I’m putting them on the cake).
Note: For this post, I’m primarily talking about sticking fondant decorations to fondant covered cakes. However, some of these methods might also work for attaching fondant decorations to buttercream covered cakes. I don’t do many buttercream cakes so I don’t have a lot of experience with attaching fondant to buttercream, but I have used #3 (sugar glue) on a few occassions and it seems to work well. My friend Susan often uses water to stick fondant to buttercream.
My suggestion would be to experiment with the different options and see which you’re most comfortable with and/or which works best for YOU!
Do you have any other methods or suggestions for sticking fondant decorations on cakes? Tell me in the comments!