Fondant unfairly gets a bad name sometimes

I’ve noticed there are those who immediately react to fondant with a big yuck without even giving it a chance. I’ll admit, I used to be one of those people who left it on my plate without even trying it. The truth is, I didn’t know what it was. I knew it was some sort of edible material that was used for molding, so I thought it was like clay. I wouldn’t be surprised if this is the impression a lot of people get.

Also, there are some kinds of fondant that don’t taste that great. I’ll be honest, Wilton has a bad reputation for making a bad tasting fondant. I tried it once, but I only ate a small flower and not a whole cake covered in it. I actually thought that little sugar flower tasted good.

That brings me to my next point. Fondant = sugar. I read the chemical description of fondant, and it’s something about the sugar being supersaturated into a form where the crystals do something that makes it all smooth. I don’t remember exactly. The point is, cake is sugar. Icing is sugar. Fondant is sugar, too. Why hate on it when you know you love sugar? A lot of people even make it with marshmallows, and those are delicious!

Anyone who has ever seen any kind of cake show or looked at wedding cakes knows that fondant is very popular. It gives a nice smooth cover to a cake that can also be decorated with many different options. It can also be molded and sculpted into different items.

I’ve decided, to make fondant more appetizing. I’m going to start calling it something else. Sometimes, having a positive image is all about connotation. Some words have a negative or a positive one, and to some people, fondant brings negative ideas to mind.

Here’s my list of possible names I will start using (that I’m sure other people have called fondant already): rolled sugar, sculpting sugar, modeling sugar, and rolled icing. I think a cake covered in rolled icing sounds good as well as modeling sugar baby booties and sculpting sugar animals. I’ll probably only use one term at a time for an entire cake though because I don’t want to confuse people and make them think they are all different materials even though they are synonymous (or that I want them to think that).

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