How Do I Get Sharp Edges On A Fondant Covered Cake

Decorating By Doughnut Updated 22 Feb 2010 , 4:22am by Doughnut

Doughnut Posted 26 May 2009 , 5:11pm
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Hey Everyone!

When I cover a cake a with fondant, the edges always come out rounded and there is a hump on top. Now, before I cover it, the top of the cake is cut to levle it off and the bottom is level too.

Any suggestions as to what I am doing wrong when covering my cakes?

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brincess_b Posted 26 May 2009 , 8:35pm
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it tends to just be the way that fondant goes, the weight of it means it doesnt really do corners! all you can do it make sure your cake is cut square, you bc is finished square, and you dont mush the fondant too much when you smooth it.

chanielisalevy Posted 27 May 2009 , 1:39am
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yes, the fondant weighs it down so the corners are not crisp. What I do is take the thumb and forefinger and very gently actually pinch where I want the corners to be, like the perimeter of a round cake and the four sides and top of a square cake to make the edges look crisper. Hope this is helpful.

Kitagrl Posted 27 May 2009 , 1:43am
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Make sure, too, that your icing underneath is perfectly level with sharp corners...and that will help your fondant be more flat and sharp, although the only way to get perfectly boxy corners is to dry panels ahead for a "box".

Rylan Posted 27 May 2009 , 3:43am
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I'm not sure what the username is. I believe it's adatay. She uses ganche under fondant and her cakes are fantastically sharp. SUPER SHARP.

leah_s Posted 27 May 2009 , 3:49am
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I personally think that part of the beauty of a fondant cake is the rounded edges.

ptanyer Posted 27 May 2009 , 4:16am
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Doughnut, is it possible that you have too much filling in the very middle of your cake layers? If so, that might be why you have a "bump" in the middle of the top of the cake after covering it with fondant. That used to happen to me when I first started decorating JMO icon_smile.gif

FionaB Posted 27 May 2009 , 9:28pm
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I found that by allowing the butter cream to set hard it really helps. Also using smoothers at rights angle will sharpen the edges check out youtube for demos.

mom2owen1 Posted 28 May 2009 , 2:19am
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I often get a big pocket of air trapped under the fondant on the top of the cake. This happens when I am trying to go to fast when covering the cakes.

Could this be the hump you are talking about?

Doughnut Posted 31 May 2009 , 6:21am
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Thanks all for the reply. I may be putting too much filling in the cake causing a hump in the middle. I will try the pinching on the perimeter.

sugardaisycakes Posted 21 Feb 2010 , 11:06pm
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I saw a tutorial one time where they used two fondant smoothers at the same time one along the side of the cake and one on top. The edges of the smoothers touched and made the sharpest edges Ive seen on fondant.
Hopefully that helps icon_smile.gif

Doughnut Posted 22 Feb 2010 , 4:22am
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Thanks to everyone who has responded. I am still working on my edges. I'll get them right one day.

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