How to cover cupcakes with poured fondant

I have recived a lot of questions regarding the use of poured fondant icing on cupcakes. So in this tutorial I will try to show you how to cover cupcakes with poured fondant.

This is what I use:
White fondant
Abricot jam
Hot boiled water
Cupcakes (firm cupcakes works best)
Pastry brush
Tea spoon
Heatproff bowls
Optional: Flavourings and food colors.

Step 1:
Brush the cupcakes with a thin coat of hot abricot jam. Let it dry.

Step 2:
Place the fondant in a heatproff bowl and heat it gently in the microway oven for approx 1 min. It needs to be warm but dont let it boil. Give it a stir to get it smooth. It is important that you get the right consistency. If it gets too thick you will have difficulty to dip the cupcake properly and if it is too thin it will look transparent on the cupcake. Give it a few tries and you will find the right consistency. You can use boiled water, a tsp at a time, to thin it down. If it gets too cold gently reheat it in the microway oven a few sec.

Step 3:
Now take the cupcake and dip it upside down in the hot fondant. Carefully shake the excess fondant off. I like to dip my cupcakes so the fondant sticks to the paper cases.

Step 4:
Set the cupcakes aside and let them dry. If you like you can give them a second coat when the first one is dry.

Step 5:
Attach your choosen decoration on the cupcakes with dots of royal icing.

Note: Store the cupcakes in cake boxes. NOT in the refrigerator because that will dissolve the poured fondant. Also air thight containers can make the fondant melting.

Please visit my tutorial section if you want to learn other cupcake decoration techniques.

You can also see my tutorial where you learn how to make poured fondant icing.

Happy Caking!

Louise

Louise
Louise is the founder and editor of CakeJournal. She's a passionate, self taught, cake artist who has been doing cake decorating since 2002.
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Comments

  1. Maroes says

    I have a question. How do you make your cupcakes so round? Mine always get weird bumbs, like little valcano’s

    • Louise says

      Oh..it’s been a while since I last made cupcakes with poured fondant. I think I used about 500 grams of ready made poured fondant that I melted.

  2. Pinky says

    Hi Louise,
    Those pink fondant covered cupcakes are gorgeous looking. I tried to make it today using Martha Stewart’s PF. Unfortunately it didnt come out that good. It kind of flowed by the side of cupcake. It doesn’t stick to the cupcake much. Can u tell me what I can do. I have a hand mixer and was wondering if I can use your recipe for PF with hand mixer. Thanks a lot!

    • Louise says

      If the icing flew down the sides it sounds like it was to thin. It needs to be thick but still with a pouring consistency. I would not use a hand mixer to make the pf from scratch.

  3. Pinky says

    Hi Louise,
    Those pink fondant covered cupcakes looks so pretty. I tried it today and used martha stewarts poured fondant recepie and I had problems with it. when i dip my cupcakes into the fondant and take it out and keep it. It’s kind of flowing by the sides of cupcakes. I mean it doesn’t stick to the cupcake much. I have a hand mixer and was wondering if I can use your recipe of poured fondant.

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