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Basic Fondant Techniques

with Elisa Strauss
Basic Fondant Techniques
Build a sweet and solid cake decorating foundation with acclaimed cake designer Elisa Strauss in this free beginner fondant mini-class.

Fondant provides a pristine cover for your confectionary creations and a clean canvas to display your other cake decorating skills. In this free mini-class, Elisa takes you step by step through the process of rolling out fondant and covering round and square cakes. You’ll also cut out and attach buttons and flowers with Elisa’s easy fondant appliqué method. Add clasic fondant decorations like roses and bows. Learn to color and flavor fondant and brighten up your cake designs with an innovative fondant inlay technique that mimics mosaic tiles.  Once you’ve mastered the basics, you’ll be ready to move on to more advanced courses, like Elisa's Designer Handbag Cakes or Marina Sousa's Advanced Fondant Techniques.

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Lesson plan


Lesson 1. Welcome to Your Free Mini-Class

  • Experience a Craftsy class for free!


Lesson 2. Fondant Basics

  • Meet Elisa and get started flavoring, coloring and handling fondant.


Lesson 3. Covering a Round Cake

  • Learn how to cover a round cake flawlessly in fondant with Elisa's step-by-step instructions and helpful tips.


Lesson 4. Covering a Square Cake

  • Learn how to cover a square cake with smooth fondant. Achieve clean, sharp corners with these detailed instructions.


Lesson 5. Doweling a Two-Tier Cake

  • Elisa guides you through the process of doweling a two-tier cake — an important way to add stability to your confectionary creations.


Lesson 6. Fondant Rose

  • Make a realistic fondant rose as Elisa guides you through forming petals, assembling the flower and even adding leaves and a calyx.


Lesson 7. Fondant Bow

  • Learn to make fondant bows - a timeless decoration that will enhance the look of any cake.


Lesson 8. Fondant Appliqué

  • Learn how fun and easy it is to decorate with appliqué techniques. Elisa will show you how to quickly enhance appearances with cute embellishments.


Lesson 9. Fondant Inlay

  • Take your fondant decorating skills to the next tier by learning Elisa's stunning inlay techniques.


Lesson 10. Embossing & Texturing Fondant

  • Elisa shares her tips for embossing and texturing fondant - a versatile way to add interest and easily personalize your cakes.

"I really learned a lot from this class! Thank you for taking the time to teach us! I didn't know anything about working with fondant before. Now I can't wait to try some of this stuff out! Thanks again!"
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Sandy, Utah

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