How to Prepare and Cover a Cake with Icing / Fondant

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For me one of the most important things when it comes to making cakes is making sure you have a well covered cake as a base to add your design. Now I usually refer to it as icing, but icing is exactly the same as fondant or sugarpaste, and I just love seeing icing covered cakes with smooth sides and that sharp edge along the top.

As this is my last video of 2017 I really wanted to share how I cover my cakes with you. In this video I go through step by step, from levelling my 6 inch vanilla cake, to covering it with a crumb coat of white chocolate ganache and finally covering it with some pretty pink icing. For this video I coloured the icing with a small amount of the Wilton rose pink to get this really pretty pink colour.

Covering a Cake with fondant icing

Getting smooth sides and sharp edges

When it comes to covering the cake with icing the most important thing is to get a smooth coating of ganache or buttercream on the outside of your cake before you add the icing / fondant. This makes it alot easier to get smooth edges and requires less smoothing. Some people have different methods of covering their cakes with buttercream or ganache but this is the way I have always done it and it has worked for me. When covering my cakes I then use both the solid plastic smoothers which help keeps the sides and top level, and then finish off around the edge with my Squires Kitchen flexi smoothers. These are amazing for creating that sharp edge and really allow you to work the icing beneath your fingers.

Tools I used

Below is a list of the tools I used to make the cake that you might find useful:
Turn Table:
Rolling Pin:
Metal Scrapper Tool:
Plastic Smoothers:
Squires Kitchen Belissimo Flexi Smoothers:

So if 2018 is the year that you want to create perfectly covered cakes then I really hope you enjoy this video and find it useful when preparing and covering your own cakes.

Also don’t for get to check out my ganache and buttercream recipes!

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How to cover a cake with fondant

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14 Responses

  1. Hi, when I crumb coat with buttercream, it gets rily sticky and messy on the inside when I cut open after a few days. Is this normal?

  2. Hola me gustaria la receta de tu cake de vainilla?!
    Donde la encuentro???!
    Recipe the cake de vainilla.
    Gracias buetiful creaccions.
    Saludos desde Argentina.

  3. Loved you video on covering cake with icing/ fondant. Was that pink icing? My icing is never that good. Do you have a special way of making it do pliable please?

  4. Good day. I like how simply you make your fondant cake. Can you share your recipe on your fondant? It seems so flexi as you cover you cover you r ganached cake. Can you share your recipe of your white ganache and your vanilla cake too? Thank you and more power?

    1. Hi Amy, The cake in this tutorial was a 6 inch round cake. I baked the cake in 2 6inch tins and cut those in half to get my 4 layers. I hope that helps.

  5. Morning can u please assist me with baby shower cake decoration like nappies and legs for the baby and Sofia the first decoration

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