Okay I'm new to this, and am getting ready to apply fondant to my cake. It's a round WASC with a custard filling. Do I have to do anything to the cake before I put the fondant on? I read something on another site about applying a "crumb coat" before putting on the fondant, and I'm having a hard time navigating through old posts here to find an answer. So if someone could send me a quick note, I would eternally grateful!!
Yes, you need to apply a coat of icing so your fondant will adhere. The few times I have made a fondant cake, I used a bit more than a crumb coat and a bit less than I normally would ice. Does that make sense? HTH.
most people coat a cake in buttercream before applying fondant. some people do only a thin crumb coat, some people do a normal thickness, some do inbetween! comes down to personal preference, but just now, you probably want to stick to a thinner coat.
you can also just use some kind of jam, but you need a really perfect cake for that!
agreed with you all, it is just a personal preference on how much to put on before the fondant but you must put something on the cake or the fondant will have nothing to adhere to