I have a cake this weekend with strawberry filling and white fondant. I usually just make a dam with buttercream around the tier before adding the filling, but I am worried about it leaking through. Has anyone ever made a dam in addition to the BC out of fondant, like a rolled snake of it to make sure it won't leak through? I had thought of it and wondered if that is something that has been done. Any other advice to help is greatly appreciated! I have to drive about 35 miles to deliver this one and I am a little nervous about getting pink streaks of fondant where white should be, especially with the heat and vibrations of the road making the filling softer and runnier. Thanks again!
i am quite sure that you can make a dam out of rolled fondant...just brush the underside and top of the fondant rope lightly so that it will stick to the cake.
The bc dam will work fine. Really. Just make sure the bc is very stiff.
You could make a dam out of fondant, but I wouldn't want to be the poor schlub who got THAT piece of cake
Like Leah says, a dam of stiffened buttercream is fine. I pipe mine with a pretty large star tip and go over it a second time. I also never fill to the top of the dam--that's tempting fate.
I have heard of adding some cake crumbs to the icing used for a dam to help strengthen it, too. I haven't tried it, but it sounds like it could work nicely.
Great advice, thank you everyone!