What is the difference between fondant and buttercream, and which do you think is better?
"Fondant is a rolled icing made of sugar, water, and flavorings. It goes on smooth, protects the cake, and allows for more creative designs and sculpting. However, not everyone loves the taste and texture," Valastro says.
"Buttercream is a rich frosting made with butter and confectioner's sugar. It tastes delicious, but it's sensitive to temperature," he adds.
His verdict? Fondant on top of buttercream. "Fondant done right doesn'thave to change anything but the look. Most bakers layer it over the buttercream anyway. If they have a sheeter [a machine used for rolling fondant], they can use a really thin layer—your guests can peel it off if they want."