Cake Decorating Like a Pro
Cake decorating is a true art form. The medium is quite different than what a painter or a paper artist would use, but the principles are the same.
Fondant is a really popular edible decorating material used to make some really amazing looking cakes. It has the consistency of clay and can be colored, flavored, rolled out, cut into, shaped, and molded into so many beautiful and sweet decorations. An X-ACTO knife
and Free-Form Rotary Cutting Tool
can be useful tools when working with fondant to create beautiful free-form, yet precise shapes.
First, make sure your blade is completely clean and nice and sharp. It helps if the fondant is a little dry. You can roll out your fondant and let sit for about 20 minutes, or try chilling it in a refrigerator to make it a little firmer to work with. Make sure to continue to wipe off your blade to keep it clean. Any fondant residue left on the blade can pull at the soft fondant and make the edges rougher than preferred. After you have made your cuts with your blade, you can soften or smooth out any edges with a wet paintbrush or moist fingertips.
Whether you are a seasoned cake decorator or hobbyist, once you have mastered the technique of cutting and working with fondant, you will be well on your way to cake decorating like a pro.