Fondant, So What's The Big Secret?

Decorating By clovely Updated 5 May 2009 , 7:56am by MrsMabe

clovely Posted 4 May 2009 , 1:12am
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So why can everyone do this but me? I've got like TEN pounds of ps in this and it's still sticking to everything. This mat I just bought with the great "non-stick surface" XXX!

What am I missing? What in the world am I missing? I can't get a piece rolled out more than about 4 inches and then pick it up. Is this some kind of joke?

I honestly think this will be my last will be my last cake. Can someone just get me through this night? I've got to get this cake covered by some miracle.

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paolacaracas Posted 4 May 2009 , 1:18am
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More cornstach on the surface, so is not stiky? dont stop trying, if we all can, why can't you?

in2cakes2 Posted 4 May 2009 , 1:24am
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Don't give up just take a deep breath. I had the same problem this weekend it took me 2 days to get my cake covered at some point I just had to wrap it up and do something else for a while. All of us are "fondantly challenged" at one time or another. Good luck thumbs_up.gif !

KrissieCakes Posted 4 May 2009 , 1:25am
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A very thin coating of crisco does it for me. By the way, what brand are you using? I usually use satin ice with no problems, but I just tried choco-pan (LOVED the taste) and it stuck to everything no matter what I tried! Finally I doused everything with a really thick layer of PS (ridiculously thick) and it finally worked!

debster Posted 4 May 2009 , 1:30am
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Sorry I can't help I've yet to find a texture fondant I like besides Wilton but Wiltons I won't feed to my dog, I only use it for small pieces on cakes. I've tried MMF too sticky, Satin Ice is ok but too pricey. What's a baker to do? I'm glad no one in my area really likes fondant. I would love to get it down though just in case someone does want it one day.

dmhart Posted 4 May 2009 , 1:56am
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Crisco!! Always helps me when I have a problem with my fondant sticking. I put a thin layer on my mat and on my hands. HTH thumbs_up.gif

JenniferMI Posted 4 May 2009 , 2:21am
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Make sure your work surface is dusted.... I use p. sugar.

Also, move the paste every stroke or two of your rolling pin. It won't stick if you do this...

Not all fondants are alike..there can be huge differences. Keep trying until you find one you love. I only use white chocolate fondant. It performs like a dream!

Best wishes to you...

Jen icon_smile.gif

dmhart Posted 4 May 2009 , 2:35am
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Originally Posted by JenniferMI

Not all fondants are alike..there can be huge differences. Keep trying until you find one you love. I only use white chocolate fondant.

Jen, what brand white chocolate fondant do you use? I have been thinking of trying white chocolate but wasn't sure which brand was best. I use Satin Ice white vanilla fondant right now. Thanks Debbie

ninatat Posted 4 May 2009 , 2:57am
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hehe sorry but once after making at least 20 batches i had a senior moment and forgot to criscc up my hand, and it was a mess, i live alone so no one could help. it was stuck on my hands so bad i'd try to take it off one finger at a time and more would stick i picked up the powder sugar bag to add more and it stuck closed, i just sat there, and to top it off, i'm a floor sitter, so i put a blanket out, have my bowl and mix away, hmmm try to get up not using your hands, i could do it years ago lol and i didn't really want to wash it off so i reached for the powder sugar again, and no luck ahhhhh so i'm hoping i never do that again. if you use a counter grease it well, and of course your hands, and during mixing, and before you put it away rub some on it. it's funny now, i remember sitting there and as soon as i stuck my hands in, i knew now remember i live alone going how stupid, stupid i can't believe i did this, then i thought i not the first dumb thing i've done. not laughing at you, just me. now anyway oh and i use mm fondant

in2cakes2 Posted 4 May 2009 , 3:17am
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icon_lol.gificon_lol.gificon_lol.gif ninatat I soooo understand!

clovely Posted 4 May 2009 , 3:28am
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OK, after many hours and many tears, I've got most of this thing covered - and it's hideous. Plus it's covered in cornstarch and has cracks everywhere. What can I do to at least make it presentable?

paolacaracas Posted 4 May 2009 , 3:34am
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Covered in cornstrach??????!!!!!!!
NOOOO it was just a little bit to make it less sticky, too much and it will make it dry.
Keep trying, you are not allowed to quit!!!

clovely Posted 4 May 2009 , 3:39am
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yea, ya think? A little bit - STUCK...a little bit more - STUCK...that's been my night. Ridiculous. I just want to get through this.

ejwillen Posted 4 May 2009 , 3:46am
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Hey Clovely,
I definitely understand how frustrated you are!! Try buying a piece of clear vinyl at Wal-Mart and using a very thin layer of crisco. You should be fine unless the fondant gets too warm. If you are using a colored fondant it is most likely made with chocolate that can get warm much quicker. Just refridgerate a little bit and take a deep breath. icon_smile.gif

clovely Posted 4 May 2009 , 3:50am
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11:45 and this is what I've got. Not looking good for getting any sleep tonight. I have no idea why I got myself into this. I appreciate the attempts at help but I think I'm about beyond help. Still so much to do.

....I don't think that picture was coming up right's 2am (so not good!) and this is what I've ended up with. I'm not happy with it - not happy about anything at 2am. But, if I can get the gumpaste pieces on it tomorrow without anything breaking, I'll be OK with it.

Thanks for the input.

JenniferMI Posted 4 May 2009 , 12:29pm
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Debbie -

I make a semi-homemade white chocolate fondant. I start with Pettinice. If you want more info, just e-mail me

Jen icon_smile.gif

Loucinda Posted 4 May 2009 , 12:53pm
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Whenever I am rolling fondant to cover a cake, I use crisco. If it is for small pieces that I want to dry, I use a 50/50 blend of cornstarch/powdered sugar. I also make sure to lift and move the fondant several times while rolling it to make sure nothing is sticking.

mclaren Posted 4 May 2009 , 1:32pm
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i find it hard to roll with either PS or cornstarch. so i used shortening, and never turned back.

i normally roll in between 2 parchments (my next target is vinyl, but haven't really gone out to shop for vinyl), and for large coverings, i lift the rolled fondant using the parchment, instead of bare hands or rolling pin, and flip it over the cake, then peel off the parchment off the fondant (parchment side of the fondant is on top).


p/s - i only use michele foster's fondant, and recently used the version with white choc added to it.

MrsMabe Posted 4 May 2009 , 3:18pm
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Clovely, maybe you can use buttercream to dress it up a bit? Accent the best parts to draw eyes away from your mistakes. I think you did well for your first time with fondant. It can be a huge pain!! Next time, I recommend getting several different kinds and experimenting on a practice cake until you find one you like. I spray my counter with baking spray and that keeps my MMF from sticking. I just have to lift the fondant and spray again if I roll it out for too long.

clovely Posted 4 May 2009 , 9:36pm
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This is what I ended up with. The decorations made it look OK. It all made it there in one piece and the class enjoyed it so I guess that's the measure of success. But it stressed me out!!! Thanks for all the input, everyone.

bisbqueenb Posted 4 May 2009 , 9:46pm
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Great Save! Bet nobody but you noticed any 'imperfections' ! Next time, these hints should make it less stressful for you! Since everyone has different ways of doing things, try some and see for yourself what works best for you.

dmhart Posted 4 May 2009 , 10:47pm
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All that worrying for turned out wonderful!! No one would have ever guess that was your first at any of it. You can make me a cake anytime!! thumbs_up.gif

dmhart Posted 4 May 2009 , 10:48pm
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BTW....thanks for posting an is always nice to see the outcome.

ninatat Posted 4 May 2009 , 11:39pm
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i'm sorry, i think the fondant looks nice, can you take the white off and put some fondant decorations on, like what you have around the bottom the top cake. I know you're tired, i've done many many crafts in my life and sometimes you just have to walk away, it hard. but it was to late for you to be working on it. the stress alone without realizing it, you could be rolling to hard, pulling and you don' t know it. can you draw some cut outs and add them i think they would look good on the sides of the cake. or circles, squares, dots. i find myself using alot of crisco when working with my fondant before i start to roll grease the counter with a light dust of con. but crisco does it for me. if it's to dry add a little water, but very little at a time. guess i should have read up, your cake came out really cool, ok so now to the next one your confidence has been restored

MrsMabe Posted 5 May 2009 , 7:56am
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It turned out great. I think most of us have at least one disaster story with fondant, and you certainly saved yours.

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