So there’s been a lot of cake discourse on the interwebs as of late. Are you cake? Am I cake? No one truly knows.
But from all this talk, one very valid point has stuck out to me the most and it’s worth repeating over and over again…FONDANT. TASTES. AWFUL.
Now don’t get me wrong, as a cake connoisseur I can appreciate all that fondant does for us. It makes for some beautiful, lifelike cakes, and it takes a skilled artist to work with it successfully. Half a point for talent.
But when you’re plopping what is essentially Play-Doh mixed with sugar on top of some otherwise delicious cake, you’re left with something that is cute for the eyes and offensive on the taste buds.
Ultimately, cake is supposed to be fun and delicious, and as far as I’m concerned, adding more fondant than cake just makes 50% of the experience inedible. There’s no bigger buzzkill.
And if you think I’m alone in this, say hello to my other fondant-hating Twitter friends:
Buttercream has what fondant wants. Royal icing is regal for a reason. Ganache is far ahead of the game. Hell, even those jars of frosting that we love to dip our fingers into could beat fondant’s ass in a fight.
The possibilities are endless for literally any other type of frosting/icing, and it’ll even taste better too! Just look at what you can achieve when you think outside the fondant box!
Now, if you’re a fondant apologist unlike me, then you might say, “Hi loser, tasty fondant does exist! Haven’t you ever heard of marshmallow fondant?!” Why yes Steve, I have. But eating fondant-topped cake shouldn’t be a gamble. This isn’t Vegas. If I see fondant, I’m eating the cake part and chucking the rest straight into the trash.
And as far as those who say that decorating with fondant is like cheating, I’m not gonna pretend that good fondant art doesn’t exist. It definitely does. But you know what’s equally — if not more — challenging? Creating cake art with something that isn’t quite as solid and pliable to begin with.
But let’s be real, some of y’all have taken the fondant art TOO FAR. Like, now I have to question my own reality.
This isn’t all to say that fondant needs to be canceled; I just need those who claim to enjoy cake to at least acknowledge that, despite being “edible,” fondant doesn’t have very many edible qualities in its default, chalky state.
So if you happen to discover that you are in fact made of cake, consider coating yourself in any other type of frosting, because you deserve better than what fondant has to offer.