(This entry is from my weekly blog over at http://www.WeddingAces.com)
By now you’ve probably had more advice on wedding planning from friends and family than you can stand… and to make it worse it seems everybody has differing opinions. Fortunately there is one exception that your friends and family probably agree on 100% … “Fondant is disgusting”. From many accounts it would seem that fondant is responsible for global warming, the country’s economic issues, and the deaths of countless baby seals. However, fondant is also responsible for creating some of the most beautiful and intricate wedding cakes. So what do you do?
Well, I’m here to tell you. . . . .It is absolutely not true.
Yes, I am actually saying fondant can taste good. I know, you’re thinking “if fondant is so good, why does everybody hate it”? It is actually the fault of a single brand of fondant that truly does taste horrible and as an added bonus, it leaves you with an aftertaste that will linger well into your honeymoon.Unfortunately this brand of fondant is available nationwide at places like craft stores, Wal-Mart, etc. and it is actually intended for beginning cake decorators to practice with. And, because it is so readily available, it has become the most widely used fondant amongst cake decorators in this country.
There are some truly delicious homemade and commercially available brands of fondant out there (A good fondant tastes almost exactly like a marshmallow), so if you love a design that will look better in fondant (and most do), don’t be afraid to taste test your baker’s fondant so you can decide for yourself. Also, most bakeries put a healthy layer of buttercream frosting under the fondant giving you all of the flavors you want and that super smooth fondant look.