After you put Fondant on a cake I feel like it is a race with the clock to hurry and serve the cake before the fondant hardens. Is there a secret to getting it to stay soft until eaten?
You can use a softer fondant, like Albert Uster's various fondants, or use a thinner layer.
I use Crisco when I roll mine and it helps it stay softer. Also, rolling it thinner does help.
1) you can rub some veg shortening on your palms and rub the cake gently. that will help the fondant stay softer.
2) actually fondant is SUPPOSED to get firm/hard on the outside.
Do you frost your cake before you put the fondant on? The buttercream frosting keeps your fondant from hardening.
Fondant gets hard with buttercream underneath.
I do use buttercream underneath it but if you rub it with crisco won't you taste the crisco? Gross!
Nah, the Crisco gets absorbed into the fondant, and shortening is actually an ingredient in fondant anyway, so you can't taste it.
You can also spray your fondant with spray Pam to give it a nice shiny look, which may help keep it on the softer side.