Hi, I tried searching for the answer to this, but didn't find it. I have a problem getting straight sides. The cake is straight on one side and saggy and bulgy on the other. I was using Michele Fosters recipe with a WASC. Am I not smoothing the sides enough? Should I be using two smoothers on the sides at the same time? Am I pressing too hard on the top? I didn't completely chill the cake, and I covered it with buttercream about a little thicker than a regular crumb coat. Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Thank you
If there is bulging, you maybe putting the filling too much. I put a dam around each layer and then put the filling, just below the dam. The icing you use for the dam should be quite stiff. And leave it to rest overnight. If you can see any bulging next day, use a knife to trim it. And don't roll your fondant too thin.
I recommend Sugarshacks fondant DVD, where she explains everything properly. Even I learnt from her.
I do have sugarshack's dvd but I am too lazy to do ALL her steps. I just use the VERY stiff buttercream dam and use that to fill in any uneveness (sp?). Then I do a very thin crumbcoat and stick it in the freezer while I roll out the fondant. That seems to do the trick for me.
i use a VERY stiff BC dam
let cakes settle
trim sides to make staright
flash freeze for 7-8 minutes
cover with fondnat using 2 smoothers