(Closed) Fondant or no fondant?

posted 12 years ago in Food
Post # 17
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2008

I was buttercream all the way.  There’s nothing yuckier than leathery fondant.

Post # 18
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2009 - St. Thomas of Villanova Church & the F.U.E.L. House

Ick!  No to fondant.  A talented baker can make buttercream look smooth and perfect, and as long as you’re not getting married outside in 100 degree weather, the cake will hold up nicely AND taste delicious.

Post # 19
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2008

Fondant tastes terrible and you can acheive a beatiful look with butter cream (and it costs less). I’ve never quite understood why someone would pay more for something that tates terrible! 

Post # 20
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2009

At the last wedding I went to I remember not liking the fondant and picking it off much more than I remember how the cake looked. And in the car my relatives weren’t talking about how pretty the cake looked, they were talking about how hard it was to eat and didn’t taste good. I’d much rather have a cake people enjoy eating and remark about in a good way.

Post # 21
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Newbee
  • Wedding: July 2010

ITA with asking for a sample of YOUR baker’s fondant.  Fondant is NOT one size fits all — b/c some bakers make their own with flavor add-ins some order it premade and there are different quality levels even among the premade stuff. . .

 If you are ordering fondant based on the smooth look — know that a GOOD baker can make buttercream icing just as smooth as fondant and u would never know.  Take one of the WeddingBee vendors Pink Cake Box — they had a buttercream cake on the cover of Knot and u would NEVA know it was buttercream. . .

 ETA:  I love the asthetic of a cake as much as the taste and I don’t think one has to be exclusive of the other — and a HUGE fan of icing that I am — fondant will not be going anywhere near my red velvet wedding cake!  Especially since I’ve seen firsthand what can be done with buttercream!

Post # 22
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2009

It all comes down to what you really want. A pretty cake that looks smooth and clean but doesn’t taste the best, or a cake that may not have the exact smooth look but tastes well. We decided to go with buttercream because we wanted guests to like the cake we chose rather than look good and dump it in the trash. I figure if we are paying that kind of money, people better like it enough to eat it! 🙂

Post # 23
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 2012

Mmmm.. nothing beats buttercream!!

Post # 24
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2020 - The Grand Old House, Grand Cayman

Our fondant had a yummy, marshallowy flavor–much better than I expected!  We had to do fondant because we got married in a tropical climate.

Post # 25
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2010

I love fondant.  I’ll have it again (had it for my first too).  It was gorgeous.  And it tasted good too.

I think it all depends on the baker.

To get the look I want, it’s gonna be fondant.  If you don’t like it, then you can easily take the topping off of the cake.  I’ve had good fondant cakes and bad ones too.  And I’ve also seen a buttercream cake MELT..yep. 

I had my son’s gorgeous buttercream cake I had for his birthday 3 years ago melt..from an expert baker too.  So all elaborate cakes in this household shall forthwith be fondant!!!

 

Post # 26
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Newbee

Done correctly, a buttercream can achieve as smooth a look as fondant. If you all are familiar with the very famous baker Sylvia Weinstock, she refuses to use fondant because of the taste. I bake wedding cakes on the side and tend to agree with her. I’m all for the flavor, the cake can still be a masterpiece and taste wonderful.

Post # 27
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2008

Ditto *jewelsfn* – I absolutely detest fondant.  I’m sorry if this is rude – It’s just a personal opinion.  It has actually been a subject of conversation among our circle of friends several times inthe past – all of them hate fondant.

BUT…my DH really wanted the "look" of fondant for our wedding cake.  I found an amazing baker who made our cake look just like fondant but used her own buttercream recipe.  Some of our guests didn’t believe me that it wasn’t fondant until they tasted it.  It looked beautiful and perfect and smooth but tasted great!

Here is a link to my cake pic (if I can get it to post):

http://tinyurl.com/d9vwg8

 

Post # 28
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2009

We are doing frosting for sure – buttercream, whipped cream, or cream cheese.  Its so good and I like the uniqueness it gives a cake. The right person can do so much with frosting

Post # 29
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Sugar bee

I don’t like fondant in look or taste.  I’m doing buttercream, which with a skilled baker can look pretty smooth.  Personally, since the cake is ultimately to be EATEN, I was most concerned with flavor!

Post # 30
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I’m on the buttercream team – I’ve tasted dozens of wedding cakes over the years and while some fondants were good the majority were just not my thing. On the flip side of all the buttercreams I’ve had only one was not to my taste – they over did the sweet.

Post # 31
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Bumble bee

ugh….I gotta side with the fondant Bees….I do NOT like buttercream…it tastes…well…buttery to me which I hate. We will definitely be choosing fondant for our cake.
It is a very subjective thing though as you can see from the various responses, you have to choose which taste you prefer, as some others noted you can get buttercream to look as smooth as fondant if you have a good baker.

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