What techniques do you use for holes, elephant skin, cracks, etc. I've done quite a bit of searching on here and haven't really found anything on this.
I haven't tried it myself, but our instructor took some fondant, added a little water, worked it until it became a paste, then used it like spackling on the tears in her fondant. Looked pretty good when she was done!
I've patched holes with a little r.i. but as for elephant skin I'm thinking the only fix is to take it off and start again...
That's a great idea mandysue! I'm eager to see all the ideas everyone comes up with for fixing their cakes. I did the unfortunate cover up tonight on a cake to hide my problems. It worked out and the cakes look good but I'll know they have mistakes underneath.
Cover with decorations. LOL!
If they aren't to big and not the whole cake I have taken crisco to smooth on and it fills in tiny holes and lines, it does make it a little shiney, so wipe off all the excess and use as little as possible. I have also used bc the same way. I just use my finger to do it lightly.
For holes and crack, try patching it with royal icing. I've done it on white on white and it blended in.
Sometimes covering it with decorations is the best way.