Last year I covered styrofoam balls w/fondant for a mickey mouse prop on a cake. I have another order for the same cake. Last time I iced it with buttercream, then put the fondant on.
THis time I'm using a fondant/gumpaste mix so it hardens better. My question is what should I put on the ball to make it stick? I've seen websites that say use drywall plaster, or royal, or water. I can see problems w/all of those. When I did buttercream, it was a little bit lumpy underneath, that's why I'm thinking of using something else this time. Has anyone done this?
I've covered styrofoam with RI, let it dry and then sanded the RI to get the smooth surface I wanted. It takes 3-4 coats to have a really nice surface, time and patience are needed. HTH
I've used a thin layer of piping gel and it works fine.
I just brush piping gel over styrofoam, too. I've never had problems with bumps, but if for some reason you have a bumpy styro, just roll the fondant out thicker.
Or corn syrup.
I just did one. I would suggest thicker fondant/gumpaste as well. I thought my ball was pretty smooth until I put on my fairly thin fondant. I just misted it with water and stuck fine. I would also make sure you have a sponge or something to rest it on as well.
Thanks everyone for the replies. I like the corn syrup/piping gel ideas. Royal is good too, but I'll pass on it this time because I already have c.s. and p.gel so that will save me time to use those instead of making Royal. Good to know I can use water too.
As for lumps, it was from the buttercream underneath, not the foam. The cream all 'bunched' together as I maneuvered the fondant, that's why I was looking for another idea this time.
I guess I better get started on it!!
Someone in here suggested me a while back, brushing shortening on to the styrofoam and it works great. I use this trick for my displays.
That's a good idea... it's not sticky at all though, I wonder if it would work on a ball like it does on a cake dummy...