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Fondant vs Buttercream Frosting

Kate, on November 3, 2021 at 12:16 AM Posted in Wedding Reception 1 29
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Does anyone have any advice on this? My cake decorator suggested to use fondant, she said the perk to it is it can be peeled and not color my teeth. I’m nervous about not having tasty frosting for my guests. It is also a bit more expensive so I’m just trying to figure out if it’s worth it or will it make the cake taste gross. Attached is a picture of my inspiration cake.


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Latest activity by Kari, on November 7, 2021 at 5:44 PM
  • Hannah
    Master July 2019
    Hannah ·
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    Personally, I hate fondant. I think it tastes gross and chose buttercream for my cake frosting. That said, the inspiration cake is most likely made of fondant, so it would be much easier to recreate using fondant vs buttercream.
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  • JM Sunshine
    JM Sunshine ·
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    Fondant holds up better (and looks more elegant) especially in warmer temperatures but buttercream tastes WAY better!
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  • W
    Super September 2020
    Willow ·
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    That inspo cake is made with fondant. If you want it to look like that, I'd use fondant. Most people eat around it. It only covers the outside and is placed over a layer of buttercream
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  • KiwiDerbyBride
    VIP May 2015
    KiwiDerbyBride ·
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    Buttercream in that colour is going to stain your mouth like nothing on earth. The cake would still have a layer of buttercream under the fondant so the taste is there. I would go with fondant for the look and for the fact it won’t leave everyone with blue teeth.

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  • Expert June 2021
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    Fondant is great for designs and hold up better but definitely a personal preference per person it may not be for everyone. My husband and I were not fans of fondant and went with buttercream.
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  • Cece
    Master November 2022
    Cece ·
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    I have to agree with others, I was not a fan of fondant. Our original cake design definitely required fondant to execute it, but after tasting it, we decided to scrap our design altogether and go with something that could support buttercream icing instead. I would highly suggest setting up a tasting at a bakery so you can taste the difference yourself between the two. That being said, if this is 100% the design and color you plan to go with for your wedding cake, then fondant is definitely the only way to go. You will not get the same smooth texture with buttercream, and buttercream in that color will stain your teeth and lips (and anything else it comes into contact with)!
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  • Cool
    Super July 2020
    Cool ·
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    Buttercream 100%.
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  • Roenita
    Beginner May 2022
    Roenita ·
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    I like buttercream over fondant
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  • CountryBride
    VIP April 2022
    CountryBride ·
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    They can layer it in butter cream before putting fondant on, and I don't mind the taste I say use fondant

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  • L
    Lady ·
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    Fondant is gross, definitely use buttercream!

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  • Kathryn
    Master December 2021
    Kathryn ·
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    As someone that used to make cakes, I agree with fondant for that specific colored cake. The cake maker is exactly right, if you do buttercream in that dark color it will stain teeth and potentially taste weird depending on how they dye it. If you are set on that color, I'd do fondant.

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  • Jody
    Just Said Yes September 2022
    Jody ·
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    As a cake decorator, if you want a for sure cut and clean look for a cake I suggest fondant, if you want to make sure that its the correct color with out staining teeth I also suggest fondant. They might be able to make the cake and add extra buttercream to it.
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  • Mattie
    Devoted June 2021
    Mattie ·
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    If your heart is set on the look of your inspo cake, fondant is the probably the best way to accomplish that (and can be eaten around). Personally I’m not a fan, and we went team buttercream for our cakes. Not only was it delicious, but they can do some stunning things with buttercream
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  • A
    Savvy August 2022
    A S ·
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    I am team fondant. I personally hate fondant and buttercream equally so I’m doing a naked cake. I think that if you want that color and design, you’re better off going for fondant but if you’re happy to switch it up and like the taste of buttercream then it may be worth changing your design. Also if you dislike both then fondant is easier to peel off which is what I always do!
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  • Michelle
    Rockstar December 2022
    Michelle ·
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    Fondant tastes like extremely sweet play dough. It is expensive and often goes straight in the trash. There often only barely enough icing underneath to act as glue. With the advances in techniques used by bakers, you might be surprised to learn that a majority of cakes are actually buttercream. Even a lot of the elaborate ones. Get a tasting of each before you decide but be aware that many people will not. The buttercream/whipped cream/cream cheese keeps the cake from drying out.
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  • Kate
    Dedicated May 2022
    Kate ·
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    I’m getting my samples next Saturday but I definitely think they build them with a layer of buttercream to it in the middle.
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  • Fiona
    Super May 2024
    Fiona ·
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    I'm not a fan of fondant either and normally don't eat it on a cake and just leave it. But your inspo cake looks like it needs the fondant. Are you having a groom's cake or anything else that you could have the buttercream on? Smiley smile

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  • Genna
    Rockstar October 2024
    Genna ·
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    Fondant is beautiful but it tastes horrible. You can get a cake that's just as beautiful with the frosting of your liking and it will taste great. I wouldn't want a beautiful cake that doesn't taste good. Smiley cake

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  • Kate
    Dedicated May 2022
    Kate ·
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    What’s a grooms cake?
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  • Fiona
    Super May 2024
    Fiona ·
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    It must be more of an English thing because we don't have them in Australia either but I found this definition for you Smiley smile



    A groom's cake is a golden opportunity to let the groom's tastes and personality shine through. This is one wedding detail that is all about him. Like many popular wedding customs, this practice is rooted in tradition and has a special meaning. The groom's cake tradition started in England in the late 19th century and gained popularity in the American South during that same time.

    What Is a Groom's Cake?

    A groom's cake is simply a wedding cake entirely influenced by the groom, representing his tastes and favorite hobbies. The groom's cake is typically served at either the rehearsal dinner or alongside the wedding cake at the reception.

    Historically, the traditional wedding cake was considered too feminine for the groom, and it was thought the groom should have a cake of his own. Enter the liquor-infused fruit cake, which served as a groom's cake. Often gifted to the groom, this celebratory cake is most commonly incorporated into the rehearsal dinner or displayed alongside the wedding cake.

    The History and Meaning of the Groom's Cake

    "The origin of the groom's cake is from Britain and was originally offered as a second flavor option to be served to guests. It was typically a richer flavor of cake compared to the bride's cake and often includes alcohol or chocolate," says cake artist Rachael Teufel. Another old tradition was for single women to take it home and sleep with the (hopefully, still boxed) groom's cake under their pillow in order to have a dream about their own future groom.

    MEET THE EXPERT

    Rachael Teufel is the owner of Intricate Icings Cake Design. She is a luxury wedding cake artist and instructor based in Denver, Colorado.

    Today, the groom's cake can range from a chocolate replica of a sports arena to an edible homage to Star Wars. "I often tease that it's the one thing the groom gets to have at the wedding since his bride typically makes most, if not all, of the decisions. But truly, couples today are planning weddings that are representative of the couple, not just one or the other." Teufel says. Because the groom's cake is considered more a wedding favor than the main dessert, it's up to the couple how they want to serve it.

    When it comes to wedding cake etiquette, the groom's cake tends to be sliced after the wedding cake—doing so allows guests to have a choice between two flavors.

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