My experience with making fondant look like wood

I’m in the middle of a “crawfish boil” themed cake and decided to make the cake board look like wood from a picnic table.  Taking what I’ve read of how to do this in Elisa Straus’s book, Confetti Cakes, and observing other people’s work, I decided to give it a try.

Here are the materials that I used:

  • Marshmallow fondant
  • cake board
  • Wilton’s cake color in brown
  • thin paint brush
  • vodka
  • cornstarch
  • rolling pin

Step 1:  Make the MM fondant – separate into two batches, one plain white and the other brown

Step 2:  Roll each batch into a log.  Then twist the white with the brown. Depending on the size of your cake board, you can roll and twist in sections.

Step 3:  Dust your workspace and rolling pin with cornstarch.  Flatten out with rolling pin.  You will notice as the brown and white fondant flatten, the colors “swirl together almost creating a marble effect.  In fact, if you want a marble effect, you can use this technique!  Have cake board ready with some frosting spread onto it so that rolled fondant will stick to the board.  Trim excess.

Step 4:  Dip paintbrush into the Wilton brown paint and slightly dilute with a little vodka to make the color more translucent, like watercolors.  (You do not want to use water because this will ruin or “melt” your MM fondant.)  Using gentle, long strokes, paint the cake board, making sure each stroke varies in the depth of color.  Have fun with it!  You don’t have to be a Picasso to do this.  Plus, wood can have irregularities and so can your painting strokes.

Step 5:  Let cake board dry overnight.  Viola!  A wooden cake board ready for some cake to sit on top of it!

Fondant wood cake board

Fondant wood cake board


2 Responses to “My experience with making fondant look like wood”

  1. Leigh Ann Says:

    When you rolled out the twisted fondant, did you roll it in any particular way? I tried it and my fondant wood, got very long, so I had to fold it over and I lost the long grain look. Any suggestions!

    • Felicia Says:

      Hi Leigh Ann, try laying a few twisted pieces next to each other and roll out. Think wood panels laying next to each other. I felt once I got to painting it is when the wood grain look really came through. Hope this helps 🙂 Good luck and thanks for reading!

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