Fondant - Is It Normal?

Decorating By surfergina Updated 4 Nov 2007 , 9:35pm by surfergina

surfergina Posted 4 Nov 2007 , 7:50pm
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Wow, it's so nice to be here again. I've been MIA for several months due to busy schedule, holidays, etc. I miss y'all already!! So here's my question:

I made my first fondant attempt on a flower-shaped birthday cake recently. I was surprised that I didn't have any difficulty at all, like easy to lift and put it on a cake, no cracking/tearing, etc. I'm pleased with the look on the cake and stuff like that, but I have some question that concerns me:

1. I use Satin Ice fondant - it smell like sweet Play-Doh clay. Is that a normal smell?

2. Do fondant dry easily after you rolled and placed on a cake? Normal?

3. Some of party guest gently peeled off the fondant and eat the rest of the cake. Why? I'm too embarrassed to ask! icon_redface.gif

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playingwithsugar Posted 4 Nov 2007 , 7:55pm
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Hey, surfergina! Welcome back!

Yes, SatinIce, and all fondant (in my opinion) smells like sweet play dough. How sweet it smells depends upon the brand. Some actually have a sweeter smell.

Many people do not eat rolled fondant, so do not be alarmed when you see someone peel it off. It is too sweet for many people.

I roll mine to about 1/8 inch thick, which is a good thickness to use when rolling it out by hand. I know a master decorator with a sheeter who rolls his out to 1/16 of an inch, which is a perfect thickness. It does not seem to add or detract from the flavors of his cakes or icings. Wish I could afford one!

Theresa icon_smile.gif

CountryCakes2007 Posted 4 Nov 2007 , 8:06pm
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I've just recently started making fondant leaves, flowers and things. How long do these stay good? Do you dy them and put them in an airtight container? Also, how long does mmf stay good in an airtight container? Sorry for so many questions!!

playingwithsugar Posted 4 Nov 2007 , 8:10pm
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CountryCakes -

If you plan on keeping them for an extended period of time, then you should mix the fondant with 50% gumpaste, or add Tylose to the fondant.
Then put them into an airtight container.

I can't help you with MMF, as I do not make it or use it. I tried making it a couple of times, and I just do not care for it that much. I ended up mixing Tylose into it and made gumpaste for practicing gumpaste flowers.

Theresa icon_smile.gif

gateaux Posted 4 Nov 2007 , 8:15pm
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I am new to fondant and I roll really thin, I try to do it 1/8 or less.

But first I add a little flavor, I found that bubblegum works really good on a kids cake and lemonade is great on an adult cake.

I will try champagne flavor later this month on a grooms cake.

Good Luck.

CountryCakes2007 Posted 4 Nov 2007 , 8:22pm
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Thank you very much! I've never used gumpaste, does it taste like fondant?

surfergina Posted 4 Nov 2007 , 9:35pm
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Funny, when I rolled and put it on the cake, it was still soft, not dry. I kept the cake in the cake box and deliver on the same day to ensure the freshness. The cake was sitting in the box, for like a couple of hours, and when I touched the fondant, it was dry. I made fondant flowers on it and they're dry and stiff. Should I be using the airtight container instead of using the cake box?

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