How Do I Fix A Fondant Disaster!

Decorating By taznjo Updated 24 Oct 2014 , 10:48am by julia1812

taznjo Posted 30 Nov 2006 , 6:34pm
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I just put the fontant on the bottom layer of my tiered cake and it tore in one place. What can I do?

I tried to repair it with crisco and to no avail!

PLEASE HELP! I am in tears and so frustrated. First wedding cake ever, messed up cake stand (I ruined it) and now this... plus I have 3 layers to go and may not have enough fontant (bride wanted Satin Ice). HELP!

How can I fix this?

25 replies
pinkorchid50 Posted 30 Nov 2006 , 6:40pm
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which part is it torn ? How big ?
two things you migh be able to do:

1) you can peel it off and replace it.
2) if #1 is impossible to do, you can cover the
torn part with decorations like flowers or draping or a row of leaves or anything like that. icon_smile.gif

DianaMarieMTV Posted 30 Nov 2006 , 6:42pm
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Peel off the fondant and remove and crumbs. Knead any icing left on the fondant right into the fondant. Reice your cake and apply the fondant all over again. It helps to refridgerate your cake after you've base iced it, just for about 10 minutes to help firm up the icing so it doesn't slide around and cause tears. Also, roll your fondant a little bit thicker.

taznjo Posted 30 Nov 2006 , 6:44pm
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The cake is just white fontant with a ribbon across the bottom. The tear is about an inch long and 1/4 inch wide and about 1/2 inch above the ribbon. The fondant has now been on the cake for 20 minutes. too late to peel off and redo? What about the icing under the fondant?

Loucinda Posted 30 Nov 2006 , 6:46pm
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If you take the fondant off, you can go as far as taking a damp clean cloth and wiping it to make sure you remove any of the icing that may have stuck to it. RE-ice the cake itself to make sure it is evenly iced (just make sure it is smooth, don't add another whole layer of icing) Reroll the fondant, make it a tad thicker this time and re should be fine!

starrchaser Posted 30 Nov 2006 , 6:48pm
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just pull it off. you can scrope off any excess icing and slap it back on the cake. kneed the fondant again (icing traces and all) and re roll it.

taznjo Posted 30 Nov 2006 , 6:49pm
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OK, I tore the fondant off but it is stiff and crumbly, how can I get it smooth again? - I added some shortening -- was that bad?

sugartopped Posted 30 Nov 2006 , 6:51pm
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i've been in the same position before w/a wedding cake too!! so maybe i can help!!

that's the post about my cake diaster and repair!! but what i did was 'patched' the tear w/another piece of fondant. i just cut out a piece of fondant a little bigger than the size of the ripe and then placed on top of the tear and i secured the piece w/some royal icing. I was lucky to be able to cover most of it w/some last minute addition decos....but not all of it. but the worst part was in the back of the cake.

is there anyway to do possibly do the patch and get a bigger size ribbon to cover it up??

pinkorchid50 Posted 30 Nov 2006 , 6:51pm
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If you have left over fondant use that.. if not start another fresh batch.

I think it's best that you do NOT use the one you peeled off. icon_smile.gif

Loucinda Posted 30 Nov 2006 , 6:52pm
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The shortning should not have hurt it. You can try microwaving it for a few seconds at a time and see if that helps make it pliable again. (be careful, it can get hot spots) I do 10 seconds at a time.

sondrad Posted 30 Nov 2006 , 6:53pm
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On Ace of Cakes Duff uses royal icing to fix tears/cracks in the fondant.

sugartopped Posted 30 Nov 2006 , 6:54pm
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ok, looks like i'm too already peeled it off!! i wouldn't suggest using the fondant you pulled off, but if you have no other're probably going to have to kneed it for awhile to try and get it workable again.

i haven't had much luck w/peeling off fondant and trying to use it again....mine always gets little 'bumps' of icing and cake.

taznjo Posted 30 Nov 2006 , 7:04pm
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Lucky for me I had a great royal icing that crusted over and so no issues pulling the fontant off. How, how to make it restick?

Also, I tried patch the problem, but to no avail.

Second attempt and the fontant tore again. Maybe third time is the key?

Loucinda Posted 30 Nov 2006 , 7:24pm
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Do you have anything that you could use like p-i-p-i-n-g g-e-l or maybe some apricot preserves (warm them up and brush them on the cake) you could also use corn syrup brushed on the cake to help the fondant adhere to the cake.

With the tearing issue, you must not be rolling the fondant out thick enough.

I hope 3rd time is charm for you!

taznjo Posted 30 Nov 2006 , 7:26pm
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Third time worked... not like a charm, but well enough I can hide any indescressions. Now time for layer 2.

I actually sprayed a mist of water over the frusted buttercream and it worked OK.

Lets try the next cake!

JanH Posted 30 Nov 2006 , 7:41pm
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What happened to my post?

Found it - you posted your question twice

Posted: Fri Dec 01, 2006 12:46 am

This might help:

Here's a recipe for faux Satin Ice:

Don't know if you saw this:

Loucinda Posted 30 Nov 2006 , 7:58pm
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Glad third time was a charm! (sort of??) icon_wink.gif You should be a pro now for the next layer! thumbs_up.gif

angelas2babies Posted 30 Nov 2006 , 8:02pm
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If you have a small tear and don't want to re-roll out your fondant again, royal icing works awesome! Kind of like caulking! If you ever have extra royal icing and don't know what to do with it...keep it. In a pinch like that, it really works. The biggest pain would be matching the color to the fondant, though.'s an option.

Otherwise...roll out fodant on the thicker side and always be generous so you have enough drape to work with and don't pull too much to cause the tear.

Good luck!! It sounds like you're going a great job!

taznjo Posted 30 Nov 2006 , 9:18pm
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The fontant is soft, but so dry. It tears now whenever I even roll it out. I spent $40 on this Satin Ice and I am so mad. I think I will try alternative MMF and see if I have luck. I have spent 10 hours on this cake and only have two of the four layers covered.

Heaven help me

pinkorchid50 Posted 30 Nov 2006 , 11:43pm
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I'm confused, if it too soft, why is it dry ? icon_eek.gif usually if it's dry, it is hard.

I have never used Satin because I always make my own MMF and I really never had a problem like yours. Do you stretch the Fondant after laying it on the cake ? Did you make it thicker ? your problem is really odd.
I wonder why.. icon_eek.gif sorry to hear you're having all these issues
. icon_sad.gif

taznjo Posted 2 Dec 2006 , 7:31pm
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I finished the disaster fondant wedding cake, that tasted GREAT and looked..... OK.... from a distance, with your eyes squinting. But, here she is!

valora387 Posted 3 Dec 2006 , 4:06am
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I think your cake looks great! Remember, we are our own worst critics!

patticakesnc Posted 3 Dec 2006 , 4:12am
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Wow! If that is a disaster I can only imagine what my cakes must be LOL.

It is gorgeous!

eowynisawesome Posted 24 Oct 2014 , 1:19am
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if the fondant you've pulled off the cake is crumbling, knead in some icing sugar. Usually works 

remnant3333 Posted 24 Oct 2014 , 3:08am
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Great fix!! Cake is beautiful!!!

julia1812 Posted 24 Oct 2014 , 10:48am
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AFyi...This has been posted 8 years ago..

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