Urgent Help! Cornstarch On My Chocolate Fondant!

Decorating By firehorse Updated 30 Jul 2009 , 5:53am by Annabakescakes

firehorse Posted 13 Jun 2009 , 2:29am
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I'm hoping someone is online who can offer some advice. I have a cake to finish tonight for tomorrow morning. I thought I had read that cornstarch was preferable to icing sugar when rolling/smoothing fondant because you could just brush it off. The fondant was sticky so I put a bit on top so I could actually use my fondant smoother but now it won't all brush off. It looks like I have a snowfall effect on my nice smooth chocolate fondant. Actually it doesn't even look as nice as a snowfall effect, I just have white here and there and it doesn't go with my design at all!

Is there something I can do? I need to start the royal icing piping soon or I will be up all night. If anyone can offer a suggestion I would greatly appreciate it.

thanks in advance!

8 replies
Frankyola Posted 13 Jun 2009 , 2:34am
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Don't worry just rub some crisco or any vegetable shortening and that's it thumbs_up.gifthumbs_up.gif . You can use a little pastry brush or a paper towel or just with your hands and rub the shortening all ovear the cake thumbs_up.gifthumbs_up.gif

kr1970 Posted 13 Jun 2009 , 2:38am
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also you could brush some everclear or lemon extract on it - whatever you use to paint with. It will dry quickly and remove the starch

firehorse Posted 13 Jun 2009 , 2:49am
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thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you......I would have never guessed that in a million years. It's like a miracle! Now I just pray my royal icing turned out okay and I'm not up for hours piping.

thanks for everyone's generosity. I love this site!

OfficerMorgan Posted 13 Jun 2009 , 2:53am
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A spritzer with clear alcohol in it works great. I wouldn't suggest lemon extract-it takes too long to dry. Also, painting it may leave streaks. A spritzer with a nice, diffused spritz works wonderful.

Annabakescakes Posted 13 Jun 2009 , 6:53am
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I wouldn't use the crisco method under the royal icing. They are not compatible!!!!

Rylan Posted 28 Jul 2009 , 4:10am
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I didn't have problems with royal icing when I rubbed shortening under. I think that applies to the process of making the royal icing.

Annabakescakes Posted 30 Jul 2009 , 5:53am
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I have had royal turn to oozy foam when used with buttercream. I wonder if it's because of the amount used?

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