Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Tutorial: Fondant Scrolls 101

fondant scrolls

I love scrollwork! I love seeing them in jewelry, textiles, wrought iron, stationery and of course...cakes! Piping scrolls can be a bit of a challenge, but there's a simpler way to make scrolls. You can shape them out of fondant. If you've rolled out and cut shapes with play-doh, then you can play with fondant...and this is something you can actually eat :-)

Whenever I have some leftover fondant from a previous cake, I try to make little things out of it like flower cut-outs, plaques and scrolls. I keep them in a plastic countertop drawer so I always have some on hand.

This is a quick and easy technique to decorate cakes, cupcakes and cookies. You can attach fondant scrolls directly on almost any type of frosting. For fondant-covered cakes, you can either attach them with a little bit of royal icing or clear alcohol (i.e. lemon extract or vodka). With the holidays right around the corner, you can even try using fondant decorations on a gingerbread house along with the gumdrops and candy canes.

Here's what you'll need:
- rolled fondant
-fondant rolling pin
- rectangular cookie cutter
-pizza cutter
-lined paper

Materials for fondant scrolls


1. Roll out the fondant to the desired thickness then use a cookie cutter to make a rectangle.

fondant rectangle


2. Use a pizza cutter to cut a strip of fondant.

cutting strips

3. Pinch the ends to taper them and start curling them inward.

taper ends

4. Voila! A fondant scroll.

scroll

5. Transfer the scroll on top a piece of lined paper. Use the lines on the paper as a guide for making all your scrolls the same shape and size. You can use the scrolls once they've dried and they retain their shape when handled.

Quick and easy fondant scrolls...

15 comments:

Anonymous said...

Thank you so much for sharing this, Rianne. You make it easy :)

-Rouvelee

blueberrycheesecake said...

ooohh! so this cake's scrolls are made of fondant! i thought you used buttercream icing to make these! =)

very lovely Art of Dessert! now i know how to do this...thanks a lot!

i think i have a lot to try once i learn making fondant! =) tee-hee! so excited!

yatt said...

great tutorial! cant wait to apply this technique on my cake :-)
thanks for sharing

Jill said...

Oh my goodness! You're amazing! I never would have thought to cut the rectangle and then cut strips. I always grab a ball and roll it out with my hands and it's NEVER even! And the paper is GENIUS!! The perfect template for the size!!

KUDOS!!!! and THANKS A MILLION!!!

Cyndi said...

I have been following your pics on Flickr for quite awhile and I am sooo EXCITED that you started your own blog!!! And thank you so much for sharing your scroll technique....it seems like it is your "signature" and now I can (attempt to) make a cake as beautiful as yours!

melena said...

Hi Rianne,

This is so great. I am glad you directed me to your blog, now I just hope my cakes turn out half as nice as yours!

Art of Dessert said...

Thank you everyone for visiting my blog! I can't wait to share more tips and recipes :-)

De Koekjesfee said...

Thank you for the excellent explanation !

Cake Artisan said...

What a great idea! Once again, thank you for sharing! :)

patty(mapat) said...

hello...imn´t speak english, but you are amazing, i´m mexican, sorry for my english... congratulations ...you´re a big artist

your mexican friend...patty

patty(mapat) said...

IM NOT SPEAK ENGLISH, BUT ONLY SAY YOU ARE AMAZING...YOU´RE A BIG ARTIST
YOUR MEXICAN FRIEND ..PATTY
SORRY FOR MY BAD ENGLISH

Art of Dessert said...

Muchas gracias Patty :-)

Anastasia said...

your cake work is beautiful. brightened my day!

Michèle said...

After you cut strips, do you roll them? They look round in picture. Very nice technique. Thanks for sharing!

Art of Dessert said...

Hi Michèle! Yes, I roll the fondant strips after I cut them. If they're too soft, I wait a few minutes to let them dry a little and then try to roll them then. Hope this helps :-)

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