how to make a basic fondant cake

today i am sharing with you something that i have been too scared to try: fondant! i know what you are thinking… ‘she is scared of fondant but she makes french macarons?’ – and you are right. it is just silly! so when Craftsy reached out to me about trying their amazing online classes for cake decorating i knew this was the perfect time to take a deep breath and create a basic fondant cake! 

haven’t heard of Craftsy? well you are in for a treat. they offer online crafting classes, taught by world renowned instructors who love the craft as much as you {and I} do. the classes are online, so they are available to you anytime you want for as long as you want, there is no scheduled class times, so you can enjoy them on your own schedule. i love this because my kids are young and trying to take an online class during the day would be impooooosible – so i like the flexibility with choosing your own schedule. each class is taught by an acclaimed instructor {you won’t believe some of the talented instructors – they are full-on celebrities in their fields} and they have classes on so many topics: photography, cooking, sewing {i should probably take this one lol}, fine art, jewelry, and more. 

since i am have a fondant-phobia i decided on the free (yes! they have FREE classes too!) mini class ‘basic fondant techniques‘ taught by Elisa Strauss -who is a super star cake decorator – seriously. her work is amazing. since this was my first go-round with fondant, i decided to keep it simple when creating my design and make a basic fondant decorated cake. everything that i did to make this cake i learned in this class from Elisa — rolling fondant, coloring fondant, covering a cake, and different techniques for decorating. the class was a great introduction to fondant and was overflowing with tips and tricks. it felt like Elisa was dishing all her secrets just to me and making me into a fondant-whisperer too. there were lots of techniques she shared that i didn’t include on this cake… but remember – this is my first one ever! 

during the class i was able to ask questions to Elisa and she responded to my inquiries which was amazing. there were some other questions i had about where to find certain materials but i didn’t have to ask them myself – you can see questions that other students have asked and click on those to see the responses. she had class materials to print that included recipes and tips which was really helpful to refer to when i started making my cake. at one point i stopped working on my cake and even went back to the video to be sure i was doing it correctly… which i wasn’t… but after watching back that section of the class that i bookmarked i got back on track quickly. 

i loved the experience of taking a class with Craftsy and HIGHLY recommend it. lucky for you, they have some free mini classes for you to try out and since we know you will be hooked, they are also offering my readers 25% off a full-length course! the only question is – what class will you take first?!! 


This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Craftsy. The opinions and text are all mine.


  1. Mindy, this is awesome! I despise fondant and always struggle when I have to do my own cakes, I can’t wait to check this out to see if it will help out this non cake maker! :)

  2. Mindy, this is so cute! Totally my level of cake decorating (simple shapes) 😉
    I had no idea about the online classes. Thanks for sharing!

  3. This is so cute Mindy. I love it! great work, and Congrats on all your successes, so proud of you. Hugs, jen

  4. Naresh Motiani says:

    dear Mindy thanks for sharing your innovate way of decorating cakes, keep-up