Flawless Fondant DVD review

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It was with excitement that I received the three dvd’s (Perfecting the art of buttercream, Successful Stacking and Flawless Fondant) from the talented cake designer Sharon Zambito. I decided to start off with the Flawless Fondant DVD as I decorate most of my cakes with fondant.

Sharon shows how to prepare the cake so that it will not only make the covering easy but also make the cake look beautiful when it is finished.

You will see what kind of equipment she is using for the job. I really love the blue silicone mat so I just had to buy one;-) Then you will be guided through different ways on how to roll out your fondant, cover the cake and how to smoothe the cake. She shows that on both round and square cakes but also on difficult shapes like petal and hexagon. You will also see how you can decorate with impression mats, crimpers and pearls to make it look even better.

The part I love is where she shows how to get rid of air bubbles, white dust on the fondant and how to cover up small marks on the cake. The Flawless fondant dvd have also a bonus dvd with a small taste sample from Perfecting the art of buttercream. I think it is a “must” have if you are new into cake decorating because of the great step by step guides and it will help you to not give up if you have problems with your fondant. I also think that those with more experience including myself can learn from it aswell.

Happy Caking!

Louise

Comments

  1. Louise says

    Venessa Iti: Enjoy watching the dvd’s they are great!

    Louella: Welcome “back” I hope that you will have fun here on Cakejournal

  2. Louella says

    Dear Ms. Louise,

    Thank you so much for sharing so many helpful tips and information in your web site. It took me weeks to be back here because I didn’t add this to my favorites the first time I visited. The long search is all worth it! I’m very glad to be back and this time, I have added it to my favorites. I wish I was in your country and visit you and watch you work your magic with your creations and get to know you better (you leave a positive impression to your readers). Well, maybe someday. 🙂

  3. Vanessa Iti says

    Thank you so much for taking your time to review this dvd!! I am so excited as I’ve just order all 5 dvds!!! Can’t wait till they arrive!! So I can learn the tricks of the trade!! You are the best!!

  4. pinkbox says

    Sharons DVD are absolutely a must. It was the best investment I have ever made in cake. My skills improved 10 fold.

  5. sunny says

    I just ordered all you cake dvds i hope my daughter and i have fun watching and trying these trick of the trades. can you please e-mail me i had some truble with the ckout. i am hoping that they didnt charge my credit card twice. thanks

  6. Julia Mooney says

    I have just received this dvd and it is amazing. Sharon is great and her techniques are really confidence inspiring…..

    I have been struggling for so long with fondant, and now its not a problem. I even have the buttercream cracked…..Thank you so much for recommending this dvd and to you Sharon for making it

  7. Louise says

    They are both the same product. I guess it it different from place to place what name are used.

  8. Juno says

    I really love your website, i have a question about the difference between icing sugar and confectioner sugar!! Are they the same?

  9. says

    Great review! It’s so good to know that such a great source is out there. A lot of my experience with fondant has been simply trail and error. I’m slowly working it out, but it sounds like this video will help me tremendously! Thanks so much for sharing!

  10. says

    Thank you, Louise, I am much better now. Having a kidney stone is never fun but I am just happy I finished the cake and the kid was happy.
    Are you planing to visit the Tulsa show (Wedding Cake competition and sugar art show) in September?

  11. Louise says

    Tandoori: it was only a very very light coating of crisco on the mat shown in the DVD otherwise i too think tat it would slide off the mat;-). I hope you are feeling better by now.

  12. says

    Hi Louise,
    I haven’t seen the video you are talking about, but I’ve tried with Crisco on the mat ( I read a review in Amazon that stated it was better), but I wasn’t very happy with the result. Probably I’ve put to much, but instead of sticking a little bit ( just so you can roll it out evenly), it was sliding really bad, I had to knead it again, and wipe the shortening. But as I said, maybe I’ve used too much, I was so sick yesterday that I could barely stand, let alone measure perfectly the Crisco :-), but it turned out to be a really nice Lightning McQueen cake . The mat is definitely one of the best things I’ve “invested” in 🙂 I am finding so many useful things I want to buy that I am worried the kitchen can’t take any more and I’ll have to move in the basement lol 🙂

  13. Louise says

    Tandoori: That sound good. I would like to try it like Sharon does by rubbing it with a thin layer of Crisco before rolling out.

    The cooking ninja: THX

    Katarina: Hmm I am not sure I know a secret place;-) but have you tried Dessertdragen: http://www.dessertdragen.dk/ ?? it is also here in Copenhagen city.

  14. says

    Hi..Thank you for your answer…I hoped maybe you could recommend another place…a secret one you know…:-):-) But La Glace is absolutly “the place” everyone should eat cakes. I have never eaten cakes there, because it always have been som much people there 🙂 🙂 So thats is a nice sign.

    Yes , I live in Copenhagen. Near Rikshospitalet 🙂

  15. says

    Hi Louise,
    I have the silicone mat you are talking about- it is amazing! It is so much easier to work on it and you don;t need any powdered sugar at all!
    It is really a must have!

  16. Louise says

    Hi katarina,

    Thank you! Well a favourite place I am not sure because it is mostly bakeries and confectioner’s shops here. But a nice piece of “lagkage” from La Glace is always yummy 🙂

    Do you live in Copenhagen??

    Louise

  17. says

    HI Louise.. I just want to say – You are such a talent!! I found your blog few days ago and I love it. Thank you for your inspiration.

    Do you have a favoritt place for some nice cake here in Copenhagen?

  18. Louise says

    Daya: Lucky lucky you. I soo want a pink KA.

    Shannon: 😀 They are really good all three. You will hear yourself say: ahhh and ok to many of the things Sharon shows.

    jenni: What Sharons teach/show is how to get your buttercream & fondant covered cakes smoothe and how you stack cake tiers. So if you want to learn how to make sugar roses, modelling ect. then you will have to look for classes.
    have you tried to look on ICES? http://www.ices.org/index.htm maybe you can find help to look for other classes than the Wilton courses?

    Dana: Well nice to now that I should not use the blue mat when using my fondant cutters.

  19. says

    Great review for Sharon!!! I have the buttercream DVD and love it and I’m excited to order the fondant one.

    I’m a big fan of the blue mat too – just bought my second one because I cut my orignal by mistake while make some fondant cutouts.

  20. jenni says

    Hi Louise, I checked out Sharon’s website, and her work looks AMAZING! I have no doubt that her DVDs are great, but in your opinion, could they take the place of attending a cake decorating class? I have been wanting to do that for some time, but all I am finding are the wilton classes (how to make a basket weave decorated cake, and roses…blah!) Do you think I can learn enough from her DVDs to skip having to take a formal class? Thank you for your time and devotion to us novices! 🙂

  21. Daya says

    I received them mine too! I am rand new at decorating and al her DVDs are wonderful and very detailed instructions..I recommend everyone to try them! I have yet to try her buttercream recipe it looks sooo smooth! I just bought the pink kitchenaid mixer and i cant wait to get “caking” :}

  22. Louise says

    So nice to see that many already have the dvd’s from Sharon. I think with the blue mat & the bench scraber on its way to me I only need to make my own large turn table…. As I said buttercream covered cakes are not commen here in Denmark and I have heard of the paper towel method but I never thought of using it under fondant covered cakes. Ohh cant wait to try.

    Fabbys: If you click on the “Flawless fondant DVD” in the post it should take you straight to Sharons site.

  23. says

    Thanks for sharing the DVDs! I think that actually being able to watch how its done will help alot! I am putting these DVDs on my wishlist for my husband! Although my wishlist is very long these will go to the top!hehe!thanks again Louise!!Hugs!!

  24. Dee says

    Great news. Sharon and I are from Louisiana. It’s great hearing that she is getting the recognition she deservers. I have pondered about purchasing the vidoes, but this is confirmation that I need to.

    Thanks Louise!!!

  25. Mary MAK says

    Sharon is the bomb. You will not go away from any of these dvds without learning something valuable. I have all 3!

  26. Susan - Georgia says

    Louise, your CakeJournal is absolutely wonderful! Thank you for sharing your time with so many. I have Sharon’s DVD’s and highly recommend them! She is very talented and so very nice to share her lessons learned to make our cake decorating much easier. Thanks to you both!

  27. Kim says

    Great review Louise! I think Sharon is a wonderful and warm person and it really shows through on her videos. I have all 3 videos and would definitely recommend them all. I believe my work has improved greatly due to the many tips given on these DVD’s. Love the “lagniappes” (bonus material)!!

  28. LilCupcake aka Stephanie says

    I have the first two of Sharon’s DVDs and I agree, these are MUST HAVES! I LOVE them! That reminds me, I need to order the third!

  29. Jackie says

    Tnanks Louise for sharing your sources, i will add this DVD to my wishing list… i just bought Peggy Porschen’s Pretty Party Cake’s book, because of your recomendation, it is beutiful…..thanks for being do kind,

    Jackie
    Las deilicias de vivir

  30. says

    Good morning Lousie!
    These dvds sounds fantastic to me!
    I wish I had you talent in my hands! 😀
    Have a wonderful day and go on with your dreams!
    Silvia

  31. Sharon says

    Thank you Lousie for that wonderful review. I thank you for taking the time to do that. I hope that the DVDs will be helpful to many who struggle like I did! HUGS, Sharon

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