Cake Decorating: Fun With Fondant (video)

Fondant adds a special zest to cakes, pastries, and candies. See for yourself as a cake decorator creates fun with fondant.

I’m one of those people who like to make things from scratch—when I can, which usually translates into when I have the time. But when it comes to birthdays I make a scratch cake whether time allows or not. I just make the time, even if I have to stay up extra late. For me it is a way of celebrating in a special way someone’s birthday. If you want to get sticky about it, it’s a way of showing your love.

Robin Hassett Working On a Fondant Cake

Robin Hassett , of The Dessert Tray applying finishing touches to one of her fondant cakes.

Which led me to Cake Decorating: Fun with Fondant.

I was scouring around on the internet, looking for something different to do. My son’s birthday was coming up, and he has such a sweet tooth. And I discovered fondant. It looked like so much fun. Great colors, endless possible shapes to make, and oh-so-sweet too.

In another life I could see me becoming a fondant wizard. I loved how the colors became more intense as the gel was added to the fondant and then blended as Robin kneaded it. As she rolled out each color I was reminded of my years making clay sculptures. She even had the same type of tool box and cutters as I did. Maybe I should have majored in fondant instead of clay. I wanted to put down the camera and get in there and decorate a cake!

Close-up of one of Robin Hassett's a Fondant Cakes

I went home armed with new possibilities. But wouldn’t you know it, my son requested good ole carrot cake with cream cheese frosting, which I was happy to oblige.

Recipes from the show: Chocolate Espresso Pot de Crème; Harvest Spice Cheesecake


  1. Susie says

    I’m making a wedding cake using fondant-the marshmellow recipe….going to make the ribbon red (wilton no taste food color) and was wondering if i decorate it on Friday and put in fridge will the red fondant run on the white? That’s my main concern. This is my 2nd time using fondant. The wedding is Saturday evening. Thank you!

    • says

      Hi Sue:

      I’m not the cake expert, so I can’t provide you with a definitive answer. I do think you be all right, the red ribbon should not run in the refrigerator. Let us know how it turns out. good luck!

  2. jocelyn says

    It felt like Robin was giving a mini tutorial. Thank you! That really peaked my interest. I’ve always been curious about cake decorating, but thought it a daunting task. Robin made it look fun and very creative.

    • says

      I guess it was a mini-lesson! Watching Robin decorate her cake reminds me of watching the Olympic ice skaters…after watching I would go ice skating myself but couldn’t do near what they did. =)

      Though, I have seen pictures and videos of peoples first time efforts of decorating with fondant – and they weren’t all that bad. Maybe just giving it a go is the approach to take. It does look fun!

  3. farah says

    does robin talk about how to stalk the cake, and why it helps and the fondant recipes, so basically a cake litteraly from scratch?

    • says

      Hi Farah:

      In the DVD, Robin gives step-by-step instructions on how to decorate a square cake and a 2-tier round cake with fondant – with many tips and creative ideas. She also shows you all the basic tools you might need to have on hand (and how she uses many of them), demonstrates how to make fondant from scratch (recipe included), and how to prep a cake for fondant decorating.

      Though Robin doesn’t take you thru the steps of baking a cake, she does include her own recipes for Chocolate Buttermilk cake and Italian Meringue Buttercream frosting.

      I hope this answers your question – if not, please let me know. Thanks!

  4. Alaina says

    Robin is amazing! I love to see true culinary artists f=get the recognition they deserve… this is the second time I have found this video on the web and I never get sick of watching it… I guess the fact that I am going to culinary school doesn’t hurt!

  5. Eva says

    You made it look so easy. I like the idea of putting the cake in the refigerater after your put on the butter cream.

    Thank you

  6. Betsy Milligan says

    Thank you to Rebecca and Fred! I got to watch a couple and now I’m off to cook dinner.


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