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Fondant Quilting Techniques

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Fondant Quilting Techniques

Here are two very different fondant quilting techniques, both giving a beautiful, fabric finish to your decorated cakes and demonstrated by cake artist, Marilyn Bawol.

I want to share with you two interesting quilting techniques that I’ve actually used in a non-cake environment.  I was getting ready for a bridal show and wanted to highlight tiered pillows with a high heeled shoe on top.  I decided to use one of the quilting techniques on the pillow and it turned out really nice. 

fondant quilting suppliesYou’ll need some gum paste or you can mix a 50/50 mixture of gum paste and fondant, a fondant mat and roller, a small wooden dowel, a metal pick tool and a sugar glue.  You can use some of the pre-mixed sugar glue products available on the market or you can create one of your own by mixing 2 teaspoons of CMC with ½ cup water. 

1. I use an Ateco mat because it has blue squares marked on it rolling out fondant square

2. I know that I’ve rolled the gum paste thin enough if I can see the blue lines underneath.

3. You can then use a pizza wheel to cut the 1 inch squares but I prefer using a bench scraper which gives me a straighter cut.

4. Cut only a few squares at a time so that they don’t dry out.  Keep the unused ones covered.  Using a paintbrush, spread about a ¼ inch square of sugar glue at the center of the square.

5. Then using your pick tool, lift each corner and press it into the center glue spot leaving some empty space underneath the fold.

6. If the fold flattens too much, use your wooden dowel to lift up the gum paste.

7. Starting at the center of a row, spread some sugar glue onto a 1 inch square and attach your finished quilt.

8. Make sure the corners align with the squares that are already in place.

9. You can then insert a ball or a decoration into the center of the square to complete the look.


I used a slightly different technique on my daughter’s quilt so I wanted to try it out for cakes, too.

1. You start out with the same square of gum paste but now you slightly lift the center of each side so that the side curves in a little.  As you do that, you grab the corner and lightly squeeze it.  Continue this until all the sides are curved and the four corners are attached.

2. The interesting thing about this technique is that when you place the squares together so that the corners touch, the color of the fondant underneath shows through.  You can also put a color, a flower using a plunge tool or some edible paper decoration into the middle of each square providing you with a lot of design options.

I mentioned that I also created a high heeled shoe to put on top of the stacked pillows.  I used an interesting impression roller called Malayka (created by Norm and Zane from The Sweet Life) for the bottom half of the pillow and the inner sole of the shoe.

So here’s the final product with all the quilting squares in place.  I also added a twisted rope border and tassels for the corners using an extruder.