Fondant offers a massive medium for cake decorating enthusiasts. One of the many requirements of learning how to use fondant is sticking it to each other.
Luckily, there are several methods to glue fondant shapes and figurines together. From sugar glue and shortening to water and melted chocolate, you can choose between multiple options.
Each method works for specific applications. For instance, water works for flat fondant shapes, while sugar glue can stick 3D shapes.
Stick around to learn more about the methods of sticking fondant to fondant.
Learning how to stick fondant to fondant is essential to elevate your decorating skills to the next level.
Your design potential increases as you create both simple and complex overlays and patterns.
Edible or sugar glue offers one of the most reliable stickiness levels for your fondant decorating.
Now, you can purchase commercial ready-made sugar glue or create your own using a mixture of tylose powder and water.
To do so, prepare a ¼ cup of water, then add two teaspoons of tylose powder or Carboxymethyl cellulose (CMC).
Afterward, leave it at room temperature until the mixture dissolves. Next, use a paintbrush to stir the solution until it’s clear, and use it to your liking.
Brush a few strokes to the desired area and leave it for a bit, so it becomes tackier. Stick your other piece of fondant.
Make sure to support the piece to secure it for a moment. Otherwise, gravity will likely pull it down.
You can dilute the mixture with water if you want it to be more runny. That said, you can keep it refrigerated for up to three months.
Storage-wise, it should be in a sealed container to prevent dryness and contamination.
Water is the most convenient option for fondant glue. Applying it to your layer will dissolve the sugar and make it sticky enough for another fondant piece to stick.
I suggest using cooled boiled water and a paintbrush when sticking the fondant with water. A little goes a long way.
If you accidentally leave a few drops of water on other parts of the fondant, it could leave an unwanted mark.
Besides that, the method works best with flat fondant pieces rather than 3D figurines since it’s not as strong of an adhesive as sugar glue.
You can use fondant to stick fondant to fondant. I know it’s a mouthful, but it works exceptionally well. All you have to do is grab a piece of fondant, place it in a bowl, and microwave it.
Then, apply some water to it. You should have a paste-like consistency ready. If it’s still too solid, you can add hot water to the mixture. Consequently, you’ll want to be extra careful.
Alternatively, you don’t need to use a microwave. Instead, gradually pour hot water over your fondant until it melts into a thick paste.
Afterward, let the mixture cool. Otherwise, you’ll melt the fondant you’re sticking. Using a mini spatula or teaspoon, apply a small amount of the fondant to the surface.
Attach the other piece of fondant to the melted fondant and leave it to set. This method works exceptionally well if you’re trying to attach heavy figurines.
You can also use the melted fondant technique if you’re sticking fondant-lined cake tiers together.
Vodka also works well as a fondant glue. Compared to using water, the alcohol tends to take less time to dry.
Plus, if you accidentally slip a few drops anywhere else on the fondant cake, it won’t leave a mark. Vodka doesn’t dissolve sugar as quickly, so you’ll have more time blotting it off.
You can use a paintbrush when sticking the fondant pieces. Don’t worry about the alcohol content, since it’ll evaporate by the time you serve it.
The sticking method, like water, usually only adheres flat fondant pieces since it’s not as reliable as commercial edible adhesives.
Icing is usually used for decorating or attaching gingerbread cookies, but you can also use them as fondant adhesive.
To make some, you’ll need three tablespoons of water and meringue powder and four cups of confectioner’s sugar. Mix the dry ingredients first before pouring the water.
After beating the solution, you can use a piping bag to apply the icing where you want the fondant pieces to stick. Be sure to use a color similar to the surface.
You can also use a brush and apply the icing to the piece of fondant you’re sticking to the surface. That said, the adhesive tends to be sensitive to humidity.
In turn, you’ll want to give it more time to dry. It can appear dry on the surface, but it might still be wet on the inside.
Melted chocolate offers a stable glue solution for fondant. You can also use candy melts. After melting it, you can use a teaspoon to apply the chocolate onto the surface.
Place the other fondant piece and wait until the glue sets before leaving it. You’ll want to ensure that the cake is in a cool area, otherwise, the chocolate can easily remelt.
Unlike other liquid-based options, melted chocolate is unforgiving. In turn, if you accidentally spill on other parts of the cake, it can take a longer time to fix.
In addition, you don’t want to use real cocoa butter-based chocolate, since it’s not tempered.
Instead, compound chocolate or candy melt is better suited because it doesn’t need to be tempered.
Shortening offers a mess-free fondant glue option. You can use it to stick flat fondant cutouts or stripes onto your fondant cake.
It’s highly forgiving since you can remove glued fondant pieces and the surface will simply absorb the shortening.
I suggest using a soft variety like Crisco for smoother applications. You can use the adhesive with a paintbrush.
Aside from that, shortening isn’t the strongest adhesive. If it doesn’t work, move on to another tackier method.
To conclude, you can choose between several methods of sticking fondant to fondant. Picking the right one depends on the fondant’s shape and size.
Heavy and 3D shapes are best left to sugar glue and melted fondant techniques. Meanwhile, flat fondant and small pieces can easily stick using water or vodka.
Fortunately, every method is beginner-friendly to apply. Now you have an added skill to add to your cake decorating itinerary.
Sarah is the founder of Baking Kneads, LLC, a blog sharing guides, tips, and recipes for those learning how to bake. Growing up as the daughter of a baker, she spent much of her childhood learning the basics in a local bakery.