How to Make Fondant / Sugar Paste from Scratch (for wedding and birthday cakes)

How to Make Fondant / Sugar Paste from Scratch (for wedding and birthday cakes), nigerian food tv

       Making Fondant from scratch is a fun task every pastry lover should try out. It is quite easy to prepare once you get the hang of it.
       Here’s how to make rolled fondant for large cakes and Cupcake decoration.

Rolled Fondant (Sugar Paste) ingredients:
– 1kg or 2 pounds Icing sugar (a.k.a Confectioners sugar) 
 – 500g Corn flour or extra Icing sugar(for kneading)(optional)
 – 60ml or 4 tablespoonful or 1/4 cup Cold water

 – 20ml or 1 sachet or 1 tablespoon unflavored Gelatin

 – 1/2 cup or 125ml Liquid Glucose (or White Corn syrup)

 – 15ml or 1 tablespoonful Glycerine

 – 1 tablespoonful Butter or Shortening (for rolling and kneading)

 – 1 teaspoon desired flavoring(optional)

 – 1 tablespoon Cmc or Gum tex(optional but highly recommended)

* Cmc (carboxy methyl cellulose) is the same as Tylose powder 

* Gum tex is the same as Gum tragacanth. 
* Cmc and Gum tex does the same work in fondant preparation.
 Some bakers make use of cmc in place of glycerine, but I like to add the two because Cmc makes the fondant really soft and easier to work with. It also makes it dry quickly when decorating the cake.


1. Sift the icing sugar into a large bowl, add the Cmc, make a well in the center and set aside.

2. Next, pour the water into a small saucepan and sprinkle the gelatin on top to soak up and soften for about 5 minutes.

3. Heat up the saucepan and stir until the gelatin is  clear and completely dissolved. But do not boil it. Then turn off the heat.

(Another method is to place the bowl of gelatin into a pot of hot water and keep stirring until completely dissolved)

4.  Add the glycerine and glucose  into the dissolved gelatin, and stir until well blended. Now you can add the flavoring(if you’re using) and mix well. 
 Tip: I added a little red coloring to mine because I wanted to get pink without having to do it by hand(the lazy way out

5. Pour the mixture into the well of icing sugar(in step 1), and mix until all of the sugar is well incorporated.  

6. Dust the work table with some of the extra icing sugar(or corn flour ) and transfer the icing sugar mixture onto the table; 

7. Rub some butter or shortening on your hands and knead until stiff ; if the fondant is too sticky, add more icing sugar, but if it turns out hard, add a little water or butter. 

8. Finally form into a ball and tightly wrap up the fondant in a nylon or plastic bag and place in a sealed container (do not refrigerate). 

How to Make Fondant / Sugar Paste from Scratch (for wedding and birthday cakes), nigerian food tv

See how to Make this beautiful Polka Dots Fondant decoration.

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  1. Unknown
    October 15, 2018 / 1:28 pm

    Thank you ma, pls ma I want to do different color fondant that look like rainbow color how do I mix the color. Thanks again

    • October 22, 2018 / 5:55 pm

      Make a white fondant and divide it into seven pieces,then color each piece with one of the colors of the rainbow. E.G: first piece ,red,second piece ,orange and so on

  2. phunkhe
    April 19, 2018 / 10:26 am

    well done ma,pls what is the measurement of cmc and gelatin on 500g of icing sugar?

  3. Anonymous
    April 18, 2018 / 7:46 am

    Hallow Nky..Can I use a normal beauty glycerine in place of cake glycerine?

  4. cha cha
    March 30, 2018 / 4:41 pm

    Enter your comment…Thanks ma'am . am always scared when ever am making a fondant icing but with this am going to try today and check the result.

  5. Sheva
    March 21, 2018 / 11:12 am

    Ma'am I wantto thank you for this fondant recipe I've been using it since last yearDespite being a learner in cakingI covered some cakes with fondant using ur recipeEven someone I look up to as my Oga was amazedU are so sweet ma'am

  6. Amastar
    February 9, 2018 / 12:28 am

    God bless you ma

  7. Olukose Shola
    November 4, 2017 / 3:04 am

    You are one Nigerian we should be proud of! Your clear-cut instructions in simple understandable language, giving available alternatives, pointing out exceptions that may arise with possible solutions and even posting pictures makes this a thorough work.its not my first but definitely my best so far. I moulded even the tiny bits without experiencing a crack! Awesome job.

  8. Unknown
    October 11, 2017 / 7:40 pm

    Hi mam, what if I don't want to add shortening will it come out well.

  9. toyin shopeju
    October 6, 2017 / 2:05 pm

    Thanks ma for the knowledge sharing.Please is the CMC the same as the CMC used in liquid soap making?

  10. Tina sito
    August 29, 2017 / 7:39 pm

    Hell ma,which brand of butter is best used for baking cakes

  11. Tina sito
    August 29, 2017 / 6:17 pm

    Ma pls,which butter is best for baking a cake!!

  12. irzana haleem
    August 25, 2017 / 4:29 am

    Hi Thank you for the lovely recipe. Can you please upload a very good flower paste recipe which will hold shape in 100% humidity. Thank you

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