(Closed) Fondant v Buttercream

posted 6 years ago in Food
  • poll: What kind of icing do you prefer?
    Fondant - I like the look only but not the taste : (7 votes)
    7 %
    Fondant - I like the taste but not the look of it : (0 votes)
    Fondant - I like both the taste and the look of it : (9 votes)
    10 %
    Buttercream - I like the look of it but not the taste : (0 votes)
    Buttercream - I like the taste but not the look of it : (11 votes)
    12 %
    Buttercream - I like both the taste and the look of it : (64 votes)
    68 %
    Other : (3 votes)
    3 %
  • Post # 3
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    Personally, I think fondant tastes like northing, its just sugar. If the buttercream is done right it looks lovely. See if they have samples and cakes they have done and take a look. Im doing cupcakes with creamcheese frosting because I want them to look nice, and taste good too!

    Post # 4
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    Newbee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    Buttercream taste amazing. If the baker knows what they’re doing, the buttercream can also look amazing. Fondant can be made to taste good. They have a buttercream fondant, but I personally would just go with the buttercream! Good luck.

    Post # 5
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    913 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: April 2014

    Personally I don’t care for the taste of fondant but, because it’s on the outer layer, people can just eat around it if they want. Marzipan is another option that can be rolled out smooth and tastes good, but it’s not perfectly white.

    Post # 6
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    5662 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: August 2012

    Fondant reminds me of playdough.. Looks great but shouldn’t be eaten!

    Post # 7
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    388 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: May 2012

    I like buttercream and fondant both, but only home made.  The pre-packaged fondant tastes awful, but when it’s freshly made from marshmallows it tastes wonderful!  Same with buttercream.   I’m making my own cake and I’m going to have a layer of buttercream under a layer of fondant 🙂

    Post # 8
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    11357 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: May 2009

    I do not like the look or taste of fondant, but I love the look at taste of buttercream! The icing on my cake was made entirely of buttercream, and I think it had a very professional, polished look:

    Post # 9
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    1798 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: August 2011

    I went with buttercream for a few reasons. Number one, it’s significantly cheaper. Most importantly, I hate the taste of fondant and most other people do too. The purpose of cake is to eat, so for me the most important thing is that it tastes good. Bonus points for looking good, but that’s not as essential as taste.

    Post # 10
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    2104 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: November 1999

    Yeah, it really depends on the fondant, IMO.  Some of them are terrible, but the bakery we’re going with for our wedding cake has fondant that is super tasty!  Oddly enough, though, we’re still probably doing a buttercream cake since the fondant one is way too expensive for us.  

    Oh, and some food colorings affect the flavor too, so keep that in mind!

    Post # 11
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    3947 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: October 2011

    I love fondant.  I also used to make wedding cakes.  Without getting into too much detail, if your wedding is in June you really should do fondant.  Go to a cake shop where they don’t have any option BUT fondant and the price will be less than at a place where fondant is optional.

    Post # 12
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    7902 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort

    I say get a fondant cake, but have the baker put a layer of buttercream under the fondant. You get the smooth look and the great taste!

    Post # 13
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    1830 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: July 2011

    I don’t know anyone who actually likes fondant.  I have a major sweet tooth and even I don’t like fondant!  It’s pretty gross and makes me feel like my teeth are rotting out as I eat it.   Buttercream is much tastier and you will please a lot more people with it.  

    No, you probably won’t get absolute perfection in the smoothness of buttercream but I guarantee, if you polled your guests, 99% of them would say they would rather have a yummy tasting cake/frosting than one that looked perfect but didn’t taste very good.  

    Post # 14
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: June 2012 - Pippin Hill Farm & Vineyards

    The most readily available fondant, the Wilton stuff, is terrible.  A good baker should use a better quality fondant.  The one that my baker uses tastes like marshmellow. 

    That being said, I think fontant cakes are a little dated right now.  Buttercream fits our style a little better.

    I’m sure in three years, brides will be back on the fontant train, but buttercream seems to be extremely popular right now.

    Post # 15
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: June 2012 - Pippin Hill Farm & Vineyards

    By The Way, the amount of fondant on a piece of cake is pretty small.  Outside pices will have it on one side of the piece and maybe 1/2 of another side.  Interior pieces will have it on one side.

    People who don’t like it will probably gobble up the rest of your yummy cake!

    Post # 16
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    @KateByDesign:  for that June-wedding reason, can I ask if using a Swiss buttercream would be better (if the OP still didn’t want fondant).

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