Quantities/amount of fondant needed?
Posted: 20 January 2009 09:39 PM   [ Ignore ]
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Hi everyone, I’m sure that many of you will know the answer to my question. 

I searched the blog and learned a lot, but did not find the answer to my question.  I was sure that there was a chart in the Cake Bible that was for the amount of fondant needed to cover various size cakes, but I was unsuccessful in locating it.  Once again, I went through the book and found all sorts of interesting tid bits but not the answer I was looking for. 

What I’m wondering is if there is a formula or ‘rule of thumb’ to use when trying to prepare for the amount of fondant needed?  As well, are there any sorts of buttercream that are best avoided when using fondant?  I’m planning on using fondant for the first time to make a cake for my grandmother’s 90th birthday party. A 90th birthday party, I think, is just the perfect occassion to make a spectacular cake, however I think most occassions need an awesome cake. I’ve read most (if not all) the posts that had anything at all to do with fondant at least once, and in a few instances numerous times.  I’ve learned a lot and think that what I learned will be invaluable for when I’m in the process of making my cake.

Thanks in advance for helping me out & all your advice!

Posted: 21 January 2009 02:00 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]
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  Good morning. All I can give you is, is a rule of thumb re~garding fondant amounts.

  1, pound= 1 1/2 to 1 2/3rds cups of fondant.
  1, cup will coat a 8 in. or 9, in cake.

  My suggestion then would be to make slightly more than you think you need… like 20, oz worth.

  If you require more assistance post back I am sure someone will be here to help you further.
  Good luck in your baking project & enjoy the rest of the day.

  ~FRESHKID. grin

Posted: 22 January 2009 06:38 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]
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Earlene Moore of Texas has a chart on her website that shows approximate fondant amounts for various cake sizes, Colette Peters also gives a chart in her books.  Earlene’s site is http://www.earlenemoore.com


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Posted: 22 January 2009 03:07 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 3 ]
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The recipe on page 532 of The Cake Bible state 7.5 lbs will cover a 12-9-6” wedding cake (tiers 4” tall).  The single recipe on page 306 states 2.5 lbs will cover a 9” cake (4” tall).


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