Complete newbie, can anyone tell me are they the same thing? Thank you kindly
Fondant is one form of icing. There are many types of icing, such as butter-based buttercream, shortening-based buttercreams, meringue (or egg) based buttercreams, or whipped icings. Take a look at the recipe section and you will see all shorts of different types of icing. But fondant is the type that you can roll out like dough. I hope this helps!
Thank you Jardott I understand this now.
It depends where you are from, In the uk, we dont call fondant fondant, we call it icing (usually)
Fondant in the US is like a sweet sugar dough that covers cakes. The cake can have a regular layer of frosting under it or a thin coating of something to make it stick to the cake.