Fondant Help Asap (Cake Due In 2 Hrs!) Corn Starch All Over

Decorating By BlondiezBakery Updated 8 Dec 2008 , 1:38am by myphotos

BlondiezBakery Posted 7 Dec 2008 , 8:58pm
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I am doing my first fondant cake...and it is going well. icon_smile.gif

I have corn starch and powered sugar all over it, and need to get rid of it. I heard you use shortening...but it takes a few hours to look normal again.

Also...I need to add decorations on top of the fondant.

Any suggestions?

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kakeladi Posted 7 Dec 2008 , 9:06pm
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I've read you just need to airbrush it w/plain vodka.
Cornstarch should brush off easily but ps can be a bit of a problem from what I have read on here. HTH

lindav76 Posted 7 Dec 2008 , 9:07pm
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spray vodka with airbrsh ,my guess.

bizatchgirl Posted 7 Dec 2008 , 9:07pm
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I don't dust with cornstarch, because I never figured out how to get it off the darker colors. I just use crisco on my work surface.

I hope someone else has a better answer.

BlondiezBakery Posted 7 Dec 2008 , 9:08pm
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Thanks kakeladi!

I don't have an airbrush... icon_sad.gif Also, the cake has cornstarch and PS on it. I didn't know which would work better....

BlondiezBakery Posted 7 Dec 2008 , 9:09pm
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If I use it going to take forever to dry normal?

Also, if I have Crisco all over, can I still add my decorations on top?

Strazle Posted 7 Dec 2008 , 9:14pm
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I just use a paint brush dipped in lemon extract. Works well and makes the fondant smell wonderful. Good Luck!

kakeladi Posted 7 Dec 2008 , 9:15pm
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From what I have read using Crisco *very, very lightly* on your hands and rub all over the fondant it will make the fondant shiny.
Just use a dot or two of royal to attach your decos.

SpoonfulofSugar Posted 7 Dec 2008 , 9:25pm
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before using crisco try using a brush or even a paper towel to bruch the corn starch off the fondant.....this works for me

brincess_b Posted 7 Dec 2008 , 10:09pm
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i usually find the sugar brushes off, or try smotin git with your finger, or a bit water.

BlondiezBakery Posted 7 Dec 2008 , 11:21pm
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Thanks for the help! I went ahead and 'criscoed' it...even though I am thinking a papertowel might have been sufficient.

I finished the cake and am so excited about it...about to go deliver. This was really my first honest attempt at covering an actual round cake with fondant (had tried once with a dummy and once with a carved cake).

kakeladi Posted 7 Dec 2008 , 11:51pm
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Oooohhhhhh my! You have every right to be excited about that wonderful creationicon_smile.gif

LoriMc Posted 8 Dec 2008 , 12:34am
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I have used alcohol to get the powdered sugar/cornstarch off of a gumpaste/MMF bow. It worked really well for me.

This is my ongoing problem with fondant. Anytime I use it (for decorations only) I deal with the powdered sugar showing. When I have tried rolling it out on crisco, it gets really soft and loses it's shape. I can't seem to win.

bizatchgirl Posted 8 Dec 2008 , 1:19am
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We're very dry here. So besides the cornstarch or ps sticking, I feel it also makes it dry and crack too fast. Maybe that's why I'm able to work with just crisco, without making it goopy.

jlsheik Posted 8 Dec 2008 , 1:28am
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I keep a very soft paint brush handy to brush when I'm done it's whisks away. Has to be very soft or it will dent!!

myphotos Posted 8 Dec 2008 , 1:38am
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I agree with jlsheik. I use a very soft bristled paint brush, but I dampen mine with water and then brush the cake. It cleans up the cake nicely, and then you can add your dots or whatever because the water acts as glue, also!

Hope this helps for next time! Your cake turned out fantastic, by the way!!

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