Embossing Technique on Fondant

Embossing technique is a basic form of cake decorating idea. It is an art of imprinting decorative designs on fondant. I have never tried embossing on any other types of icing except fondant, and can assure you, it produces stunning results and is definitely worth trying. 

Embossing technique has long been used in decorating cakes and is very easy to master. So much so, there are so many tools available in the market today. If you are new to cake decorating, if might be a little difficult for you to find some of these tools because they are not all called embossers. Some are called pattern presses, cutters and even impression mats. But they all do the same thing – emboss beautiful intricate designs and patterns on fondant. 

Easy Fondant Embossing Technique

Let me show you an embossing technique using just plunger cutters, plain icing nozzles or tips and  a pizza cutter. To do this all you need is fondant, plunger cutters or cookie cutters,round tip nozzles in various sizes and a pizza cutter. 

  • First, you need to roll your fondant and cover your cake with it. Again, the choice of whether you need to put the fondant on the cake first before embossing or emboss first before covering a cake would depend on the type of embossing you are doing. Generally, if you are using individual pattern presses or emboss sticks, you can cover you cakes with fondant first. However, if you are going to use an impression mat or a textured rolling pin to emboss your cake, then you will have to emboss the  fondant first before you cover your cake with it. 

  • And it’s the same for cupcakes. The embossing technique I am sharing here is for cupcakes, and since I am using individual embossers, I used my scalloped round cutters to cut our the fondant circles to cover my cupcakes.

  • Once you have your fondant pieces, simply press the plunger cutters and nozzles to create heart shapes and round shapes on your fondant pieces. For the straight lines patterns, I used a ruler and pizza cutter to mark the lines. The ruler was to guide the pizza cutter to imprint perfectly straight lines. 

  • This pattern here is done by using the back of my icing tips. 

  • To do it, I used the back of my icing tips as well some round icing tips. I randomly imprinted the circles all over the fondant piece. 

  • And finally, this third embossed pattern in made using my heart shaped plunger cutters. 

  • Again, since I had a set of the heart shaped cutters in varying sizes, I randomly embossed the patterns all over the fondant cut out. 


In embossing the pattern, always remember to not press the patterns all the way to the bottom of the fondant as that will result in your cutting out the patterns of your fondant. When embossing patterns on fondant, we only want to leave the pattern impression on fondant and not totally cut the patterns out. 

Hope you enjoyed reading this. 

Happy embossing on cakes :)

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