A Question About Fondant.

Decorating By LearningHowToBake Updated 4 Feb 2009 , 10:18pm by Caths_Cakes

LearningHowToBake Posted 2 Feb 2009 , 8:18pm
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I haven't worked with fondant much, but I am the one responsible for making my best friend's baby shower cake in March.

I recently made a birthday cake for my husband and used fondant. I decorated the cake with fondant circles I had cut with a cookie cutter.

My question is how do I get the fondant to look 'perfect' after placing it on the cake. I noticed there was some powdered sugar around the edges of the fondant cut outs. I tried brushing a little bit of water on these spots, but then they turned shiny. I didn't want them shiny.

Also, the edges of the circles were very hard, how or what could I do to smooth the edges out some?
LL

9 replies
agroeve Posted 2 Feb 2009 , 11:01pm
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not so much of an answer as a bump. to get the sugar off i use a soft dry brush. not sure if you meant the edges went hard or that they looked blunt edged. fondant will dry out quite a bit and as far as i know this is unavoidable. if you want softer looking edges i would roll the icing out thinner.
hth

sarahpierce Posted 3 Feb 2009 , 12:35am
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You could also use shortening to cut out your shapes instead of rolling the fondant on powdered sugar. This way there is no white mess and the edges won't get so hard.

CakeMakar Posted 3 Feb 2009 , 12:42am
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Find a spray bottle with a very fine mist and fill with vodka. Spray it over the cake when you're finished and all the sugar will disappear and the vodka will evaporate.

Robingeo Posted 3 Feb 2009 , 1:02am
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Don't use water; it will make everything sticky. First go over the cake with a pastry or small paint brush. Then lightly coat your fingers with Crisco and rub down the cake. It will be shiny at first. But it will dry and your powder sugar or cornstarch (I like cornstarch MUCH better) will be gone. This is one of my favorite tips I have gotten from this wonderful website! HTH!

nisha_ru Posted 4 Feb 2009 , 7:51pm
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Quote:
Originally Posted by CakeMakar

Find a spray bottle with a very fine mist and fill with vodka. Spray it over the cake when you're finished and all the sugar will disappear and the vodka will evaporate.




Will this leave a taste?

CakeMakar Posted 4 Feb 2009 , 8:31pm
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Nope, no taste! No shine. You can't touch it directly after doing it or it will be sticky and leave a print, but once it's dry its just like you never did it. I've seen a lot of pros do this or recommend it as well. I learned it here on CC. Duff sprays his in an airbrush.

nisha_ru Posted 4 Feb 2009 , 8:56pm
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Awesome!!! I saw others talk about it but was scared to try it because I was worried about how it might taste!

tastyart Posted 4 Feb 2009 , 9:24pm
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I brushed a fondant cake with vodka once. It left a slight shine, kind of a semi-gloss. Worked great.

Caths_Cakes Posted 4 Feb 2009 , 10:18pm
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i find the spraying leaves a very slight shine also, but i think its a good thing. . Kind of . . perks it up a little icon_smile.gif

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