Please Help Asap - Simple Syrup

Decorating By tucan Updated 22 Aug 2008 , 11:08pm by tucan

tucan Posted 21 Aug 2008 , 7:42pm
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If one uses a simple syrup wash, is buttercream also used before the fondant?? or is buttercream altogether omitted?

This will be my first attempt at using the wash and am unsure. Thanks for any and all help!

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playingwithsugar Posted 21 Aug 2008 , 7:52pm
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tucan -

It depends upon where you are in the world, and what your taste is.

In the UK and commonwealths, it is tradition, but not necessarily written in stone, that you use melted apricot jam to apply marzipan, then fondant, to the cake.

Here in the US, most of us use BC icing as the glue to hold rolled fondant on.

If you would prefer to not use either, then you can try the simple syrup method, although I think it is too wet, and may melt the fondant. I could be wrong.

If you just use the syrup to apply the fondant directly on the cake, then every bump and hole in the crust is going to show.

Anyone else have any thoughts on this?

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JanH Posted 21 Aug 2008 , 7:55pm
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Hi and Welcome to CC, tucan. icon_smile.gif

Decoding CC acronyms:

Everything you ever wanted to know about simple syrup:
(Recipes and different application methods.)

Everything you ever wanted to know about making your 1st tiered cake:

Link to Wilton's updated cake making & decorating help:

Illustrated guide to cutting neat slices of cake by indydebi:


tucan Posted 21 Aug 2008 , 11:31pm
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Thank you both!

playingwithsugar - It makes sense that without the buttercream everything would show through. I will definitely use the buttercream over the syrup before adding the fondant.

JanH - I have never been to a website where everyone is so caring and so unselfish about sharing their knowledge. Thank you for the wealth of information.

Reading through the forums has given me the courage to go forth and try to achieve a dream of creating beautiful and tasty cakes, too.

JanH Posted 22 Aug 2008 , 12:38am
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You're very welcome, tucan. icon_smile.gif

Look forward to seeing pics of your cake. birthday.gifthumbs_up.gif

Tona Posted 22 Aug 2008 , 12:52am
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I would use simple sugar then cover with buttercream after that I add fondant. I usually do not use simple sugar. I use Buttercream them cover with fondant

playingwithsugar Posted 22 Aug 2008 , 1:02am
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tucan -

Please do not use the syrup on the sides of the cake, only on top of the layers. I am afraid that your sides will be too wet. When your sides are too wet, the BC will not stick, and will peel off.

Use only BC on the sides.

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tucan Posted 22 Aug 2008 , 11:08pm
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Thanks, Tona, for your input... I have certainly enjoyed watching your "How To" videos.

playingwithsugar - Thank you again! Your suggestion makes a lot of sense, and had you not suggested it, I would have "painted" the sides, too.

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