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Masterclass: How to Cover a Cake with Sugarpaste/Fondant | Cupcake Jemma

Want to learn how to cover your layer cakes with sugarpaste and get perfect, professional looking finishes? My mate Sally (Head of the Crumbs & Doilies kitchen) is here to show you her tips and tricks to ensure you get it right every time!

What you’ll need:

4 layers of sponge (we used Madeira cake)
Buttercream & Jam
White chocolate ganache (check back next week for recipe!)
Palette knives (big straight and small off-set)
Piping bags with large round nozzle
Cake scraper
Cake board/drum
non-stick rolling pin
Non-stick board
Corn flour
Mini palette knife/small sharp knife
Cake smoothers ( one straight an one right angled)
A pin!


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  1. Bianca Kozma says:

    best tips ever! thank you so much!

  2. Sofia Marfany says:

    You are amazing cake makers! You made my cake look amazing! Just one question; what is better for a vanilla sponge, fondant or sugar past?

  3. Karen Netherland says:

    Beautiful work Sally! Thank you so much for all your tips. Not so afraid to try it now.

  4. Suzanne Mathison says:

    You're so awesome! Thanks for the lessons!

  5. Thierry-Luc Denichaud says:

    What cake Turntable is she using? can someone please link me to the item possibly

  6. Jackie Harris says:

    Did you make a video showing how to make ganache? Thanks love your channel.

  7. robina mohammad says:

    Hi loved the tutorial. Could you remind me how much fondant we need for this cake? Thanks.

  8. Spooder Sisters says:

    No one:


    this is just a joke Jemma is amazing hehehehe

  9. S Ainsworth says:

    Wow!! Those edges are flawless ! 😍

  10. Patricia Daniels says:

    Thank you so much for being so detailed you have helped me a great deal I appreciate it thank you for sharing your knowledge

  11. Winnie Mumbi says:

    Great video Jemma. Please share recipe for the fondant.

  12. Verity Deen says:

    Hi Jemma. Sorry if this is a stupid question, but how do you make the sugarpaste? Or do you just buy it? And is Sugarpaste and Fondant the same thing? Thanks in advance.

  13. B l u e B e r r y's says:


  14. sana beg says:

    Isn't just a crumbcoat enough for icing with fondant? Many people don't really like buttercream

  15. sana beg says:

    Ganache is really tasty..but if we r using buttercream do we really hav to double coat it with butter cream ?even though we r gonna use fondant on it?

  16. Mon Soymon says:

    I didn't know you can smear on chocolate ganache the same way you do with butter cream. I thought ganache is very runny and has to be poured over.

  17. Petra Seymour says:

    Thank you for your videos really helped me

  18. success nancy says:

    This is really awesome. Thanks

  19. Cathy Horne says:

    Can you post a link for the clear fondant smoothers you were using to get the sharp corners?

  20. Shrushti Rokade says:

    Please provide the overall recepie of sugar paste sheet .. I just love your recepies Jemma

  21. 18VFP013 Jesintha gnana Soundari.j says:

    Plz post the preparation of fondant …i didnt know how to make fondant like thiz…

  22. Kristy Haseley says:

    Could you please advise how much ganache you would need for this? Thanks!

  23. Chioma CHIOMA says:

    Still relevant after 4 years….thank you Jβ€β€πŸ’›πŸ’›πŸ’›

  24. Gemma Plant says:

    I have baked this Madeira cake for my sons birthday. Does any body know where I can find the quantities needed to cover it?

  25. Rachel McGraddie says:

    What sugarpaste/fondant brand do you use?

  26. Kimchiberger691 says:

    Ahaha yes using my cupcake jemma book ehehe love this video guys πŸ’•

  27. Mackenzie Z says:

    The most British thing to say: It's not a cake without jam

  28. Lauren Brown says:

    How do you get the cakes so level before you put the crumb coat on before she even shaved it with the bread knife they looked pretty level how do you get that?.

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