How To Stick Fondant/gumpaste To Iced Cake

Decorating By kellycat102938 Updated 11 Sep 2009 , 10:30pm by chriszie

kellycat102938 Posted 19 Feb 2009 , 8:06pm
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I have dried fondant/gumpaste cut outs that I want to put on the side of a cake. I also have not dried fondant cut outs that I want to put on the side of a cake. How do I attach this? Is there something I need to use. How early can I do this? Will it ruin my fondant if it sits too long on the icing?

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dance2874 Posted 19 Feb 2009 , 8:21pm
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I have never had a problem attaching them by just wetting the back with a little water. I have done it a day or so in advance and never had a problem with it falling off or ruining the fondant in any way.

rocketmom1985 Posted 20 Feb 2009 , 2:28am
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Hey, we are just learning this in our fondant/gumpaste class!

I have found a couple of ways:

* use piping gel with a paint brush

* use water with a paint brush

* make a gum paste glue from 1TBL meringue powder and 1TBL water Mix well ...keep in covered 'lil container...this is from Wilton. My note...I would shake/stir well before using.

* gum paste glue from Nicolas Lodge's web page:
1. Bring one cup of tap water to a rolling boil and remove from the heat.
2. Add 1/2 heaped teaspoon of Tylose powder to the water. Stir well with a fork to break up the Tylose. Allow to cool, stirring often to dissolve.
3. If necessary, place the mixture in the refrigerator overnight to allow the Tylose to dissolve.
4. Place in an airtight bottle when cool. Has a shelf life of approximately 30 to 60 days, but will keep longer if kept refrigerated when not in use.

* From Cakes to
1/4 teaspoon of gum paste
1 tablespoon water
1 small air tight container

Store in the fridge or it will grow hair....


newnancy Posted 20 Feb 2009 , 4:14am
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THANKS rocketmom, I needed that!

Cakepro Posted 20 Feb 2009 , 5:04am
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Piping gel will probably be your best bet since you're sticking dried fondant pieces to buttercream. No, the BC will not ruin your fondant.

FYI, you don't need to boil water to make gum glue with Tylose. Just put a pinch of Tylose in a quarter-cup of water and allow to dissolve overnight. I keep mine at room temp and it lasts for a couple of months. Refrigeration is not necessary.

rocketmom1985 Posted 20 Feb 2009 , 12:53pm
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You are very welcome kellycat! I have to bring some to class Friday, and our teacher gave us the Wilton info.

Cakepro, thanks for the tip. I haven't tried the tylose and water, but I did make the gum paste one from cakes to bake (a small amt of gumpaste in water, covered...the gumpaste melts and creates the glue) but mine did grow some interesting hair samples. icon_lol.gificon_lol.gif

I guess it grossed me out so much I decided to just keep whatever I make in the fridge...of course I just found something in the cheese drawer that I obviously didn't seal well enough and it almost made me scream it was to gross. How this piece of mozzerella got away from me I'll never know.... icon_rolleyes.gif

Cakepro Posted 20 Feb 2009 , 2:20pm
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LOL Dennise ~

It was probably just a fluke. I haven't seen any of my students bring hairy gum glue (GP dissolved in water). icon_smile.gif

There certainly isn't anything wrong with keeping it in the fridge, of course, and refrigeration will likely slow down any microbial growth but I haven't found that it is necessary...and now my students aren't always accidentally forgetting theirs at home. icon_smile.gif

kellycat102938 Posted 21 Feb 2009 , 2:22am
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Thanks everyone!
I used tylose powder and water as a glue for fondant to fondant. Do you think this will stick to icing? That is what I am trying to stick to.

Lots to learn

Cakepro Posted 21 Feb 2009 , 3:21am
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Dry fondant to dry fondant, no. Dry fondant to soft fondant, yes. icon_smile.gif

kellycat102938 Posted 22 Feb 2009 , 12:23am
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Hi, I am a bit confused. What should I put on dry fondant to stick to an iced cake?

indydebi Posted 22 Feb 2009 , 12:53am
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I just use BC as the glue on back of fondant pieces. Did this on my 50th birthday cake (the gold "medallions" on the bottom tier), when I put fondant circles on a BC cake, and when I put fondant stars on sheet cakes.

I'm working on a Halloween wedding cake (for a bridal show tomorrow) and attached the dried fondant bats and ghosts to the side with buttercream on the back of them.

kellycat102938 Posted 22 Feb 2009 , 1:00am
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hi indydebi,
Do you think it would matter if I used crusting cream cheese icing instead of buttercream and stuck it to crusting cream cheese icing?

hope so

indydebi Posted 22 Feb 2009 , 1:09am
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it's an icing that holds together when it crusts. sounds good to me.

Cakepro Posted 22 Feb 2009 , 3:11am
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Originally Posted by kellycat102938

Hi, I am a bit confused. What should I put on dry fondant to stick to an iced cake?

Iced in what? If the cake is iced in buttercream, I use piping gel to stick fondant pieces to the buttercream because it is viscous and very sticky. If the cake is iced in fondant, I use piping gel, gum glue, or royal icing.

What I was saying is that you cannot stick 2 dried pieces of fondant together with gum glue.

dreamdelights Posted 22 Feb 2009 , 3:28am
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Thank you all because today my fondant flowers dried hard and kept falling off my cake. Now I know I can use the piping gel. Which is better piping gel or royal icing.

Cakepro Posted 22 Feb 2009 , 4:48pm
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It depends on how heavy your flowers are. Piping gel works better for lighter weight items.

dreamdelights Posted 24 Feb 2009 , 1:56am
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so what works best for the heavy flowers

Cakepro Posted 24 Feb 2009 , 4:10am
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You can try royal icing, but if they are really heavy, you would be best to do them on wires or toothpicks.

kellycat102938 Posted 24 Feb 2009 , 11:53am
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has anyone ever tried corn syrop to stick dry fondant to icing? Would that work? I am just trying to look through the things I have in my house and I don't have royal icing or piping gel.

chriszie Posted 11 Sep 2009 , 10:30pm
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how do I "glue" a heart fondant to a butter cream cake? my email is [email protected] THANKS

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