Post # 1
I am getting ready to make some decisions about our cake. My venue cost includes a three tier cake but charges extra for Fondant. I’m just wondering if it’s worth it to pay more to get the fondant. Does it taste as good as frosting? Is it simply more visually appealing?
Post # 3
Fondant does NOT taste better than frosting. We tried to get a cake with only the buttercream icing, but you just cannot get a clean, finished look without the fondant. Plus the baker we hired doesn’t really work with cakes that don’t have fondant. Personally, I would not pay extra for it unless you really like the look of it. Icing/buttercream is just so much tastier.
Post # 4
Fondant, in my opinion, is gross…
The only thing it is good for is decorating. You do not want to eat it. Buttercream cakes can look just as appealing; sometimes more appealing, as cake done with fondant. It just depends on what you want your cake to look like and the skill of your baker/cake decorator.
Our cake is going to be done with buttercream icing, the flowers will be done in sugar, and the ribbons with be done in edible chocolate.
Post # 5
In my opinion, fondant is kind of gross. Some people like it (like one of my ‘maids) but I just don’t like it. I find that more guests tend to prefer buttercream over fondant.
Post # 6
Not a fan of fondant. Cakes look awesome in it but the taste is way off to me.
Post # 7
If you want the fondant look but not the taste, ask if the baker does marshmellow fondant. It’s delicious and looks the exact same!
Post # 8
I don’t like fondant…at all. If you are really a stickler for having a perfect looking cake, you may want to pay for the fondant upgrade. Otherwise, I would stick with the buttercream.
Post # 9
Marshmallow fondant is THE way to go with fondant. I’m a semi-pro baker and gave up on that terrible commercial fondant awhile back. Marshmallow fondant is actually quite delish and will not get peeled off like an orange rind and cast aside. People will actually eat it! That being said, it still must be done by someone who knows what they’re doing because dry fondant of anykind is not pleasing.
Post # 10
It definitely depends on how skilled of a baker is. We’re not having fondant because it’s gross. It will definitely make an otherwise delicious cake taste blahh. We’re very lucky that our cake baker is phenomenal with frosting.
Post # 11
It doesn’t taste as good as frosting. I really liked it at first but after having to eat our top tier within a month because we were moving, I got sick of it.
Post # 12
@tess75: I couldn’t agree more about the marshmallow fondant. I ENJOY the taste of it! I was a fondant-hater too until I tried the kind made from marshmallow. It’s actually good! And the layer of fondant should be very thin, so the only hint that the fondant is on the cake is that you can detect a little difference in texture (a very thin layer that is a little chewier than the rest of the cake).
The key is getting a good baker who is an expert in fondant. If they are not you will end up with nasty tasting fondant that takes away from the cake. In my experience very few people have had fondant that was well done.. if they had not so many people would talk about hating it!
Post # 13
For me, I think it looks great, but tastes disgusting. For us, the taste of the cake was more important than the aesthetic so we wouldn’t pay extra for it. If you really like the look, though, then why not go for it? I’ve never heard of marshmallow fondant, I’ll have to try it!
Post # 14
I love the look of fondant but not the taste so much. I asked our baker to put layers of buttercream (yum!) under the fondant and it turned out perfectly. Could you do that?
Here is our cake!
Post # 15
I am personally saying no to the fondant. I’m a fan of buttercream! 🙂
Post # 16
@Sulli301: What an adorable cake-so creative!
Marshmallow fondant sounds like it would be really difficult to work with! I will ask our baker if that is an option but if it’s not, I think I’ll go for the buttercream/frosting.