I have a 6" strofoam ball I need to cover with fondant. Do I need to put anything on the ball before I put the fondant on or will it adhere to it without anything being put on it first? I'm covering the entire ball (it will be a topper for a cake).
I would cover the ball with Piping Gel and then cover it fondant. The piping gel will make the fondant adhere. Yes, it can get a bit messy, but I believe it will help. Hope that helps.
If I have to cover stryofoam, I always put something on it for the fondant to stick to. I use MMF and either cover it with buttercream or piping gel, ya know the clear stuff that you can use for water. Good luck
Not sure since I've never done it, but I think I've heard alot of ppl say to cover in buttercream first so that it is smoother and you don't get the bumps, etc. in it.
I use either sugar glue (piece of gumpaste disolved in hot water) or even plain water should do the trick. Simply apply it onto the ball with a brush.
I did the beach ball in my pictures. I just misted the styrofoam ball with a spray bottled and placed the fondant strips on it.
I have never done this, but at one point I considered doing it for a cake competition (I ended up using BC instead), anyway, the advise I was given was no, it will not stay on the cake by itself and the suggestions were to either lightly mist the Styrofoam with water or to thinly spread shortening on the Styrofoam.
This is so funny - I was going to make pretty much this same post posing this question.
Now I guess I can save the time and start coving my styrofoam.
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All my styrofoam pieces in cakes (whether cake box topper or in competition pieces)... I just used water and the fondant STUCK like glue to the styrofoam. Watch when placing the fondant - it sticks quick and is hard to move once on... not like BC on a cake!!
A great tip I learned from Susan Carberry's classes is to paint on a coating of shortening on the styrofoam. It's so much easier using a paint brush ( 2" wide or so). No need to use up buttercream and so much less messy than piping gel. The fondant will stick to it just fine.
I use piping gel.