Is It Possible To Succeed Making Buttercream Only Cakes? Not Working With Fondant?

Business By cuky21 Updated 11 Mar 2019 , 12:48am by cuky21

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cuky21 Posted 9 Mar 2019 , 7:59pm
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Hi everyone, I hope you can give me your thoughts on this. 

I really love making pastries and mousse cakes and things like that, and my dream is to have a bakery someday, but since I can’t afford to rent a commercial place just yet, I decided to try and sell cakes online (for birthdays and things like that) to try to start a client base, but the thing is, I hate working with fondant!

I started making cakes but to me, working with fondant is a pain, and I really don't enjoy it. I feel it takes me way too long to do anything, way more than other people I’ve seen (even coloring the fondant), and I feel I am really not good at it (I've never been able to get sharp edges, I can't do 3D figures or anything like that) so every time I made a fondant cake, I spent days stressed out.

I have tried making buttercream cakes (with a ganache drip and things like that) and I have no problem with that.

So I'm wondering, is it possible to succeed making buttercream only cakes? From what I’ve gathered from the people who write to my Facebook page, most people want fondant cakes because of the theme they have for birthday cakes, or they want wedding cakes with lots of flowers or embroidery and things like that

 Does anyone reject making fondant cakes? And if so, how do you manage to make buttercream cakes when they want a specific theme, like a superhero or something? And how can you “convince” a client to change their mind and go for a buttercream cake instead.


Thank you very much for your input! 

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kakeladi Posted 9 Mar 2019 , 8:04pm
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I had 2 different bakeries doing some 95-98% b'cream cakes.   Fondant was added last into my 2nd bakery career.  So......I say YES! it can be done :) 

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kakeladi Posted 9 Mar 2019 , 8:07pm
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tmcakes Posted 10 Mar 2019 , 1:17pm
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Absolutely you can be successful working with just buttercream. Stick with what you are comfortable with. Just about any cake iced in fondant can be done in buttercream. Perfect the smoothness and you are good to go. I work mostly in buttercream and accent with fondant pieces. I have done fondant covered cake but I personally don’t care for fondant for many reasons. I find customers want foundant cakes because of the look but have no idea you can achieve pretty much the same look in buttercream. There are many success bakeries were I live that only do buttercream and they have been around for decades. I let them know if I can or can’t do something or give them another option most people are ok with going with something slightly different, you just have to inform them of their options. If you are on Instagram feel free to check out my page TMCAKES I’m no way perfect but I do ok and have people that have been with me from the beginning....all they care about is the taste and that’s what keeps them coming back. 

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cuky21 Posted 11 Mar 2019 , 12:48am
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Thank you so much! It gives me confidence to know you both have been succesfull with it. I'm gonna start focusing on improving my buttercream techniques.

Thanks a lot.

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