Post # 1
I’m considering having a two tier fondant cake. It seems like fondant is a dirty word in the wedding planning world. There are a few threads I’ve poured over where the great debate of fondant vs. buttercream ensued, and it seemed like buttercream got the majority vote.
I do remember eating a slice of fondant birthday cake a few years back. I can’t exactly recall on how it tasted, but I definitely don’t remember having ill thoughts. I know I ate the entire slice, so it couldn’t have been that bad.
Are there any Bees out there who had a fondant cake and regretted it? Did any guests comment on not liking it?
We are considering ordering cupcakes or some other dessert just in case, but we are on a tight budget and I don’t want to needlessly spend money.
Are there any Bees out there who have attended a wedding where fondant cake was served? What were your thoughts on it?
Post # 2
SprinkleDonut: I happen to like fondant but it seems that puts me in the minority depending on the group. My cousin preferes buttercream only while most of my family will happily eat fondant. It also depends on how think the layer of fondant is. I have made fondanted cakes for my cousins kids birthdays and adults and children alike ate the fondant. The one person who didn’t like it just removed it and at the cake with the ganache or buttercream filling..
Post # 3
I had cupcakes, but had a top tier that was a small cake decorated with fondant. There was actually a layer of buttercream, THEN the fondant.
Honestly, I love how fondant looks but it tastes awful. I have worked at a wedding venue and tasted my share of wedding cakes, and have yet to taste a fondant that I like. It’s just …icky to me! Some people like it, but I’m not a fan.
Luckily for us, the guests got cupcakes and the top teir was just for cutting purposes. I just peeled the fondant off to eat it. haha
Post # 4
SprinkleDonut: My friend recently had a fondant cake and I didn’t care for it at all. But I also wasn’t appalled at her choice and judging her for it. I wouldn’t serve it at my wedding but that’s me. And as our baker said, you can’t appease every guest’s palette. It’s the bride & groom’s cake and what they like. IE: my FI is dead set on having a tier of lemon cake, which I cannot stand, but he loves. So that’s what he’s getting.
Is there any reason in particular you want a fondant cake?
I think you’ll end up with a split response here on this.
Just a little tip if you’re going to do small cupcakes — We’re doing a dessert table, and our baker told us that while most caterers will suggest having 3-4 pieces per person, that’s excessive. 2 per person is enough.
Post # 5
My cake was made with fondant and no one said a word (that I know of) about it. I know a couple people who don’t like it but they just didn’t eat the fondant. The baker still ices the cake with buttercream and then puts the fondant over it. So if someone doesn’t like fondant, they can just peel it off or eat around it and still get icing. It’s not as big a deal as some people on here make it out to be.
Post # 6
urchin: “I just peeled it off” hahahah. The idea of having to peel anything off a cake is just not for me.
Post # 7
My cake was fondant, and I’ve never had an issue with it. My guests raved about how much they loved our cake. We had a layer of buttercream frosting under the fondant, plus three layers of buttercream frosting in the cake as well, so maybe that helped with the taste if people didn’t like it.
Post # 8
- Wedding: October 2014 - Church
SprinkleDonut: I like fondant if I am the mood for super sugary … Buttercream can be really heavy and dense if too buttery. We are having a small two teir cake with fondant and cupcakes with light buttercream icing so guests can choose whatever they prefer. Fondant is really easy to take off if you don’t like it … I had some cakes where the fondant was the best thing about it because the cake was very dry. I also know that fondant is usually more expensive … So see what is in your price point. I also reccomend looking outside of the big bakeries. We found a great girl through friends who does it from home. Ssame with another friend.
Post # 9
One of those threads was probably mine 🙂 long story short even though the majority vote was for buttercream I had a change of heart at the end when our cake baker promised she could do the cake in fondant with a special technique (from memory it was a very very thin later only) that would taste fine – and she was right, it was great and I’m so glad I ended up changing the plan at the last minute! She even piped the lace pattern from my dress – which we used on the stationery too (same company did both) – on the cake!
Post # 10
Our bakery is about $2.50 per slice more for fondant and I see a lot of guests just peel it off. It’s not worth it, for us to be paying for it to be wasted, and nowadays they’re making buttercream look much smoother, than they used to. It’s according to who makes the cake, too. I saw a buttercream one (2010), that looked like amateurs made it. Maybe it was too hot, maybe a relative did make it (an aunt made cookies), who knows?
Post # 11
As a pro cake designer, I can tell you, it all depends on the brand your baker uses. I only use Satin Ice. Its the same one Cake Boss uses (we even get it thru the same company). It tastes like yummy melted marshmallows. I’ve converted 90% of my clients to fondant. Its easy to work with for me, and opens up a whole new world of possibilities for the client. Not to mention the beautiful clean lines you get.
Now, if your baker uses another brand, I’d skip it. Its expensive (so it SHOULD add to the flavor), and most brands taste like paste with some powdered sugar in it :/
Post # 12
Foundant was the rage during my first wedding. It looks beautiful and tastes awful.
Post # 13
I’m really confused. I’m not a baker professionally but I do cakes for family and fondant is made from marshmallows. It tastes exactly like marshmallows. Do you people not like the taste of sugar??
I mix in a little of the premade fondant to mine to make it a little denser. I use satin ice or CK and I’d eat both plain. It tastes just like frosting.
Post # 14
I loved my fondant because it tasted like marshmellows. There is usually a layer of buttercream underneath it so people can just remove the fondant if they don’t like it.
Post # 15
I like the loook of the cakes, but I had it once and though it tasted really bad. I think I would just peel it off.
Not to highjack the thread. But if you chose not to get fondant what did your cakes look like ladies? It seems that people choose fondant to make the cakes fancier.