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I have not worked with fondant before and the cake my daughter wants is decorated with it. Can fondant be used on a layer cake made with boxed cake mix? I’ve seen you mention to use pound cake, but my daughter doesn’t like it. What should I do?

Tracy - from Durand , MI

A firmer textured cake will hold up better under the weight of the fondant, which is why we recommend using pound cake. That said, if your cake will not be multi-tiered or have a lot of elaborate fondant decorations which would add weight, a cake from a boxed mix would work ok.

Another option is that most box mixes include a pound cake variation/recipe on the box, which isn’t quite as dense as pound cake from a mix or from scratch pound cake, and it tastes almost like cake from the mix!


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