Hello all I am brand new to this site and love it already. I am preparing for my daughters first b-day and had wanted to use fondant but I live in Italy and where we are I dont have access to fondant or the ingredients to make it. If someone on here lives in Italy and can tell me how you make it, wonderful, or if you have a recipe that doesnt call for marshmallows, shortening, or corn syrup I'll try it but we dont have the above.
So, I can make/buy marzipan and am wondering if I could cover a cake with it the same way you'd cover one with fondant? And would adding dots or stripes work in the same way?
Any help would be greatly appreciated! I am soo exited to have found this site! deana if you see this, THANK YOU!
Have you tasted marzipan? It's got a strong flavour and a lot of people don't like it. You use it the same way you would fondant. I'm sure there are lots of recipes for fondant on here that don't use the usual ingredients. Have a look through the recipes, there is heaps and they are so good!
And I'm with you, this is a great site but too addictive!
Good luck with whatever you choose to make.
Yes, You can use Marzipan. I use it all the time. Tastes so much better. It is a little softer to work with. I color and paint on it. Make flowers and leaves and cut out designs. I just won't do super fancy, large cakes with it.. That is where fondant is easier to use. Since I am Swedish baker, living in America I find myself making more European style cakes hence I use my favorite... marzipan and of course whipped creams (with filler) instead of sugar icing.
Yes! I aggree, this is a wonderful forum... and you learn so much. Good luck!
Hi there, I used to cover fruit cakes in marzipan. I LOVE it. But now I have started to cover all my cakes with marzipan. Main reason for that is to get a nice smooth surface to work and the taste is so nice. I will PM you the recipe for fondant.
You say that you can't get the ingredients for fondant but, beware of names used on here that you might call something different in Italy.
I am in the UK we don't have shortening but we do have solid vegetable fat for baking we just dont call it shortening and it is known by the name of the companies that make it i.e., cookeen, we dont have gumpaste we have sugarpaste, gumpaste in the UK is something completely different. So all I am saying is you might not think you can get these things, but they may be called something different in Italy. We even sometimes call fondant regalice in this country. Just an idea!
Good luck with whatever you end up doing.
like already advised you can use marzipan in exactly the same way as fondant. it can be coloured, modeled and shaped in just the same way.
welcome to the addictive world of CC
I only ever use marizpan on fruit cakes, but being british thats a tradtion pretty much lol, Although ive had it on sponge cakes and i think its a terrible combination to be honest, marzipan has a such a strong nutty flavour which alot of peope dont like or cant have to begin with.
On the fruit cake I do for weddings, I usually cover with almond paste or mix the almond paste with fondant to get a type of marzipan. However, one big not, do not use cornflour or corn starch to come in contact with the marzipan, it causes the marzipan and your cake or cookies to go bad (some kind of chemical reaction producing a fungi).
Hope this helps.