I wrote this last night on the disasters forum but want to put it here in hopes of getting some help. How do I prevent FBCT lines from bleeding/feathering??
I had a cake order for this weekend, three cakes, one had a fbct in the center. I came out beautiful. I finished it this morning, boxed it and left them in the fridge. About an hour before pickup I took it out to take pics and there was some water beads on all of them. Lots of them. It poured all day yesterday so there was humidity early in the day. I took a Q-tip and absorbed some water off the transfer, just the biggest beads. But it looked wonderful. I put them back in the fridge, the customer picks them up and I'm opening the boxes, the first two were great, the fbct one had bled. THe black lines feathered and bled. I was mortified! I've had that happen a couple times, but on cakes it didn't matter with, or the colors camoflauged it well, on this one it looked so bad! I took a toothpick and scraped the feathered areas off as best I could, In the lighter areas. It looked way better within a few minutes. They didn't seem bothered by it and kept saying it looked great, but I know how it looked an hour earlier, and it was WAY better! They tipped me $25, so I know they loved it. (I knew they did before they paid!) But why did that happen!?? That's my first mortifying cake experience. I've had flubs and put fingers in the icing, misspelled words on the cake, etc, but this was the worst because it took me offguard. I was so proud of them and sure they looked amazing, and the to open the box and see it (with them) looking so badly, ugh! I hope it looks ok tomorrow for the party I'm worried it's going to look even worse by the time they display it. Any ideas on why it happened or how to prevent that? I will never do another for a customer unless I can prevent that!
I'm so sorry this happened and that you felt so bad. I have not had one do this, so I'm a little curious. I usually use Wilton's black to outline. Taking them out of the fridge and blotting water might have been your culprit. I'm thinking that just like taking fondant out of the fridge, if you leave the condensation, it will disappear on it's own without a problem. I hope someone else can offer insight as well!