Fondant Cakes


I have recently discovered the world of “cake decorating”. Last December, my second daughter turned 1 and I wanted to make a special cake to celebrate the occasion. It took me a few days of research and some more days of planning, but in the end I decided to try and decorate a cake with fondant. I had never done it before, so I was a bit nervous about it. I have to say that it is not as hard as it seems, but it does require a little practice, especially if you want to create the figurines or more complicated patterns.


  • For these cakes I had to buy some material and tools: white fondant, food colouring pastes, spatulas, a fondant smoother, a cake board, a sugar craft gun, modelling tools, an impression sheet for the grass and cutters for the flowers.
  • When you roll the fondant, make sure you work with some sifted icing sugar, so that it does not stick to the bench top or to the rolling pin.
  • Do not use a sponge cake if you want to decorate it with fondant! The fondant is too heavy for it and the cake may collapse! I used a butter cake, but pound cakes or mud cakes work just as well.


I use this basic butter cake recipe for my fondant decorated cakes.  I often make 2 of them for a “higher cake”.

Recipe adapted from Taste

Ingredients: (for a 23 cm square pan)
250g butter, softened
1 cup sugar
2 tsp vanilla essence
3 eggs
2 1/2 cups self-raising flour
2/3 cup milk

Preheat the oven to 160°C fan-forced. Grease and line 23 cm square cake pan with baking paper.

Using an electric mixer, cream butter, sugar and vanilla until light and fluffy.

Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating to combine.

Add half the flour and combine. Add half the milk and to combine.

Repeat with remaining flour and milk.

Pour the mixture into the pan and bake for 1 hour or until a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean.

Stand in the pan for 10 minutes. Turn out onto a wire rack to cool.

Now it is ready to decorate.


Here are some of the fondant decorated cakes I have created:

Moo Cake

South Pole Cake

Lola Cake

Hello Kitty Yogurt Cake

Dorothy the Dinosaur Cake


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  1. leng says

    hi there! i am planning to make a chocolate butter cake and cover it with fondant. a friend told me that it would be taste too heavy together. is it true? this is my first time to deal with fondant and i want my cake to taste and look good. hope to hear from u thanks.

    • says

      Hi! I have never made a fondant covered chocolate cake… so I don’t know how it would taste. I guess it would be ok if you use dark chocolate or cocoa powder… so that it doesn’t turn out too sweet. Another thing to keep in mind is that with a dark cake you really need to make sure you put a good layer of crumb coating and a thick enough fondant covering… so that the cake does’t show underneath. Hope it helps!

  2. andrea says

    Hello! This is going to be my very first time trying to make a fondant cake and im wondering if you have a chocolate butter cake recipe? Im afraid to use just any other chocolate cake recipe as it might be too moist and fail to withstand the weight of the fondant. Hope you can reply soon :) thank you for your time

  3. Andrea says

    Hello! This is going to be my very first time making a fondant cake and im a little nervous. But for the cake, do you have a good chocolate butter cake recipe? Im afraid to use just any other recipe as the cake might be too moist and fail to withstand the weight of the fondant. Hope you can reply soon:) thank you for your time

  4. Rell Hackie says

    Hi there! I usually make mudcake fir my fondant cakes, but I am out if time today. So, trying butter cake with butter cream between fondant and Cake. Just wondering if Green’s butter cake packet mix would be the same as made from scratch. Butter cake is butter cake, right? Looking forward to tour response :-)

  5. Jacqui says

    Hi, I love your blog! I tried the yogurt cake this morning, but had an epic fail :( I doubled the recipe to make two 23cm round cakes. The batter was quite runny, and after 1 1/2 hours of still not cooking through, I had to admit defeat! I now want to try this recipe. Is it also OK to do this in a 23cm round tin, or do I need to adjust the ingredient?

  6. Amy says

    Hi, I’m going to be making my first fondant butter cake – I wanted to make it a 2 layer cake – how do I go about it? Do I just put a filling in the middle and then lay the fondant over the top? Please reply as soon as you can, thanks :)

    • says

      Hi Amy. Yes, you just fill it and then cover it with fondant. Remember to do the crumb coating all over the cake before covering it with fondant (it’s just a simple thin layer of icing/frosting) and let it dry before covering it with fondant. This will help to “seal” in any crumbs and it will make your final cake look neater. Hope it helps!

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