This Spray of Hearts Is for a Cake That's Bursting With Love

Spray of Fondant Hearts on Wires | Erin Gardner | Bluprint

Whether it’s Valentine’s Day , a birthday or a special anniversary, celebrate love with a fantastic spray of fondant hearts. This project is a fun way to top any cake, and the method can be used with any shape — meaning all those cutters you have on-hand are about to be put to good use.

Spray of Fondant Hearts

Level: Easy

What You Need

  • Fondant (buy it or make your own)
  • Cotton-covered floral wires
  • Gum paste or tylose power
  • Heart-shaped cutters
  • Rolling pin
  • Small paintbrush
  • Candy melts or melted white chocolate
  • Straws (optional)
  • Instructions

    1. Add a Drying Agent

    Mix a small amount of fondant with tylose power according to the package’s instructions, or with an equal amount of gum paste. Adding these drying agents will help your shapes dry quicker.

    2. Roll and Cut

    Cutting Fondant Shapes | Erin Gardner | Bluprint

    Roll your fondant until it’s approximately ⅛” thick. Cut out two hearts for every wire you’re going to place.

    3. Add the Wire

    Brushing the Fondant Shape With Water | Erin Gardner | Bluprint

    Using a small paintbrush, apply a small amount of water to the wrong side of one piece of fondant. Place the end of a wire onto the moistened side.

    Pro Tip: You don’t want to saturate your fondant — only use enough water for the fondant to become sticky.

    Adding the Wire | Erin Gardner | Bluprint

    Place the second heart on top, so the fondant pieces sandwich the wire.

    4. Smooth the Edges

    Smoothing the Edges | Erin Gardner | Bluprint

    Pick up the wire and run your fingers along the sides of the fondant to smooth over any rough edges and ensure they’re lined up correctly.

    5. Add More Shapes (Optional)

    Smoothing the Edges | Erin Gardner | Bluprint

    You can stop at this point, or you can add more hearts to your wires by repeating the steps above. Leave the wires flat to dry, so the fondant doesn’t bend or slip down the wire while it’s still pliable.

    Good to Know: Your toppers can take anywhere from a few hours to a full day to dry — it all depends on the humidity where you live, so plan accordingly.

    6. Insert the Wire

    Dipping a Wire in Candy Melts | Erin Gardner | Bluprint

    Dip the opposite end of your wire into melted white chocolate or candy melts. This prevents the wire from coming into direct contact with the cake, so it’s totally food-safe.

    Pro Tip: If you don’t want to stick a wire directly into what you’re going to eat, there are a few alternatives. You can insert the wire into balls of fondant, or styrofoam covered in fondant that’s set on top of the cake. If you’re placing a handful of wires in the same place, you could insert a straw into the cake, then place the wires into the straw — it’ll keep them contained and make for an easy removal.

    Spray of Fondant Hearts on Wires | Erin Gardner | Bluprint

    These hearts (and other wired fondant shapes) can be made well in advance of your cake. Store them in an airtight container at room temperature and they’ll keep for months.

    Photos by Erin Gardner

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