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Fondant?!?!

Wedding cake fondant. Is it good? Whats it taste like?
Is it hard? Soft? I want a fondant covered cake but I don't
know if I'd like how it tastes. I went cake tasting but no
one offered to let us try the fondant. IDK. lol.

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kageneko
May. 15th, 2008 02:33 am (UTC)
Fondant typically tastes like crap. It's like chewing sugared plastic. Maybe that's why they wouldn't let you taste it. :)

Many bakers will put a layer of frosting under the fondant so it can be removed after the cake tasting. Personally, I didn't bother because if isn't going to taste good, it wasn't worth it for me to pay for it just to have it removed.

Edited at 2008-05-15 02:34 am (UTC)
geekkid
May. 15th, 2008 04:41 am (UTC)
Ditto. I guess it's if you prefer style over taste and don't mind more than half your guests peeling it off their cake anyway.

I've heard that some fondant isn't bad, but it's really stiff, and chewy.

BUT, I'm one of those gals who loves how soft and fluffy real frosting looks.
clarkieburger
May. 15th, 2008 10:33 am (UTC)
Now, this is not strictly true. I bake cakes and I can say that there is a lot of delicious fondant out there. Unfortunately, many bakeries go for less expensive stuff that doesn't taste good. But if you have a good baker then that increases your chances of having tasty fondant.
angeleclipse15
May. 15th, 2008 02:38 pm (UTC)
This is true... theres one fondant I've tried that was AMAZING... but then the majority of fondants that I've had are the cheap kind and they are horrible.

So there is a possibility to get a good baker that has a good fondant.. it just depends on the ingredients they used.
papayarain
May. 15th, 2008 12:51 pm (UTC)
I so agree! I can't stand fondant. It's too sugary for my taste, and I just can't stand anything that sweet.

Some people like it. My husband liked it for a while, but after a couple more bites, he just didn't want to have it ever again. That was probably one of the better "You were right" moments. :)

Fondant is great for making those awesome cake designs. But in terms of taste, we were better off without it.
peril_in_pink
May. 15th, 2008 12:53 pm (UTC)
I agree, I didn't have fondant on my cake either since I just didn't see the point of having it.
shellypants
May. 15th, 2008 02:34 am (UTC)
Its soft. We had a thin layer of chocolate fondant on our cake, and it tasted like tootsie rolls. :9 Delish!

Edit--the fondant on our cake was also handmade, I've read the pre-packaged stuff some people use is absolutely disgusting.

Edited at 2008-05-15 02:35 am (UTC)
ayanamisama
May. 15th, 2008 02:39 am (UTC)
Fondant typically tastes like ass, lol. It looks beautiful but I wouldn't want to eat it.
blueberryeyes17
May. 15th, 2008 02:39 am (UTC)
I think you're supposed to remove the fondant from a cake before you eat it? Like when it's sliced up and given to the guests they're responsible for removing it and not eating it. I could be really off, though.
_hindsightbias
May. 15th, 2008 03:42 am (UTC)
That's the idea, but most people don't know you're not supposed to eat it. My family, after attending my cousin's wedding, specifically requested that I didn't have "that weird rubbery crap" on my cake.
lrc242
May. 15th, 2008 02:43 am (UTC)
We tried fondant at our tasting, it was white-chocolate flavored and made by our baker, and I thought it was very good. (I was surprised, since many people in this community hate it). It was soft and stretchy. Our cake will also have a layer of buttercream under the fondant, so if people hate it, they can pull it off and still have frosting. But I thought it was tasty. I guess it just depends on what kind they use.
fbi_serenity
May. 15th, 2008 02:45 am (UTC)
I hated the fondant my baker let me try. She said she could make the fondant look with buttercream, so that's what we're going to do.
slicktrick81
May. 15th, 2008 02:48 am (UTC)
I love the look of fondant, but love the taste of buttercream. Our baker actually frosts all her cakes with buttercream (no fondant *ever*, she says), but it looks like fondant.

Here is their gallery. Maybe you could get a buttercream frosted cake that looks like fondant, like my baker?
porcelain_bride
May. 15th, 2008 02:53 am (UTC)
i love fondant! but then again, I'm also a super-sweet icing freak. its soft, & pliable and can be used to do things that buttercream can't. Most bakers will put a layer of buttercream icing between the two so that you can scrape off the fondant if you don't want it but depending on the type of cake, I've seen jams, marshmallow cream, & peanut butter frostings used to attach it. You could always use both types of frosting though- for example, buttercream frosting with a cascade of fondant & marzipan flowers so that the entire thing is edible.
dorkymanduh
May. 15th, 2008 02:55 am (UTC)
It honestly depends on the fondant. There are some types that do taste rather good while others taste like crap. The best way to describe the typical fondant taste is almost like iced tea with a not so great after taste. my boyfriend loves the taste where as I hate it. Typically, fondant is removed before eating the cake, but again it's up to the eater.

my boyfriends aunt makes cakes for a living and my boyfriend often helps so I've been exposed to it a lot. lol.
hwy360
May. 15th, 2008 03:00 am (UTC)
it really depends on how your baker makes it because it can taste different. when we went to our tasting she had made little fondant balls so we could try it and they were so goood. they tasted like marshmallows because she used a marshmallow base in her fondant and it was soft and had a good texture. she also never refridgerates anything so everythign is still really fresh and i think that also makes a difference in taste.
thisismorning
May. 15th, 2008 03:32 am (UTC)
Fondant = disgusting. Ew, ew, ew. We're using a buttercream frosting instead. Though it depends on the cake style you want. I was told some styles/designs require fondant while others don't.
mintytrina
May. 15th, 2008 03:37 am (UTC)
Fondant is nothing like icing....so I found it super nasty. The texture is very much like play dough. My baker added vanilla almond flavor but it was like eating vanilla almond play dough, gross.

So we instead went with buttercream icing, and the baker was able to frost it really smooth to give it the appearance of fondant.

Here's our cake for reference....much tastier! :9

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2386/2483935611_7ea87a82e2.jpg
debina
May. 15th, 2008 12:50 pm (UTC)
Ah! That's the exact style cake we want! Even the black ribbon, although we are doing different flowers, but yay! Beautiful! :)
roseleaf
May. 15th, 2008 03:48 am (UTC)
It's too bad they wouldn't let you taste it...my guess would be that it's the kind that doesn't taste good. We both love the fondant that will be on our cake! FH much preferred the fondant to any other frosting we tried, but he really isn't a fan of fluffy frosting. I like buttercream, but can't stand whipped cream frosting, and fondant is about as far from that as you can get.
heartgames
May. 15th, 2008 03:48 am (UTC)
EW! I'm not a fan. =X
bratlet
May. 15th, 2008 04:23 am (UTC)
my cake lady makes her own fondant and ive had it in the past and it was actually really yummy. It actually reminded me slightly of peeps (those marshmallow things that come out at easter) But they put a layer of icing under it so if people prefer not to eat the fondant, they can take it off and there is still frosting underneath it to enjoy with the cake.
kareyellen
May. 15th, 2008 05:52 am (UTC)
I thought it was okay. I'd eat it again.
(it worked with the cake pretty well)
I agree with that it tastes like a sugary, chewy frosting.
They can do some cool stuff with it.
I would consider it for my cake for sure.
mydreamwedding
May. 15th, 2008 06:23 am (UTC)
We thought it looked like play-doh and tasted like chewy bland semi-sugary crap.. Usually they have buttercream under the fondant and people peel the fondant off. Our cake place said no one ever actually eats the fondant.
kaysuiko
May. 15th, 2008 07:12 am (UTC)
I've heard that there are types of fondant that are really good... But the premade stuff is crap... A friend made her boyfriend a cake with cute fondant circles on it... it was adorable but the fondant was horrible, hehe.

We'll probably have fondant details (leaves and whatnot) but I want buttercream icing over the cake... Cuz it tastes so much better. :)

Oh, and my bakery asks that you request a taste of fondant if you want it... I guess so they can make sure they have extra ^_~
the_apricot
May. 15th, 2008 07:26 am (UTC)
Fondant can taste good or terrible depending on who makes it. But buttercream frosting generally tastes better.
maggiemac
May. 15th, 2008 01:03 pm (UTC)
Fondant is gross. If you find a good baker, they'll be able to replicate the smooth look of fondant with buttercream.
breath3air
May. 15th, 2008 01:59 pm (UTC)
ew, fondant is nastyyyyyy.
but it's so damn pretty.
greencudagal
May. 15th, 2008 02:21 pm (UTC)
It depends on the place. The cake place we're using has really good fondant that doesn't taste like fondant.
jparis27
May. 15th, 2008 03:12 pm (UTC)
I think fondant is beautiful. And while I've never had it myself, I have heard from many that they do not like it.

That being said, is the wedding cake going to be a centerpiece of your reception? As in large cake on a cake table with pinspotting? In which case you might really want something pretty and dramatic like fondant (also a lot of weddings serve dessert as well and no one really touches the cake). Or do you expect people to actually eat your cake? in which case you'd probably want to get the yummiest cake you can find!
Good luck
thedouchebag
May. 15th, 2008 04:20 pm (UTC)
It tastes terrible, but you don't eat it. It's for looks and gets peeled off in the kitchen before the cake is served and after you cut into it.
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