What Am I Doing Wrong With Fondant?

Decorating By shaonh Updated 30 Jun 2009 , 4:09am by katherinem

shaonh Posted 29 Jun 2009 , 3:14pm
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Hey guys,

I don't work a lot with fondant, I've has success in the past, but i'm having some problem recently. The problem i'm having is after I apply the fondant on the cake, the fondant starts to sweat and get a big glossy.

So i know it's probably sweating because the cake was still cold. But, here's my steps and please let me know what i've done wrong:

1. Friday night: Tort, fill and crumb coat (i did a slightly thicker crumb coat)
2. In the fridge over night (approx. 6 hours)
3. Take the cakes out of fridge
4. Roll out fondant and cover one cake at a time (I'm slow to roll the fondant out, so this step took some time)
5. Assemble cakes * by this time the fondant surface is already lost it's matte finish and became glossy

So, what am i doing wrong? Is it the crumb coat being too thick? was the cakes too cold? should i have dusted the top of the rolled fondant with cornstarch/icing sugar before placing on the cakes?

I appreciate any tips and suggestions you may have!

Thanks so much.
Shaon

14 replies
cylstrial Posted 29 Jun 2009 , 3:23pm
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Why are you putting the cake in the fridge? Is the filling perishable? If the filling was perishable, I would put it in the fridge for an hour. And then bring it out and put the fondant on it. Then you can stick it back in the fridge. It's sweating cause your cake is too cold. You would have to let it get to room temperature.

But if your cake doesn't have a perishable filling, just leave it out on the counter overnight.

cylstrial Posted 29 Jun 2009 , 3:27pm
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You could even just pop it into the freezer for 10 minutes and then cover it with fondant. (Sugarshack's method). Then stick it in the fridge.

shaonh Posted 29 Jun 2009 , 4:02pm
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i was looking for the sugarshack method instructions. Does anyone have a link?

shaonh Posted 29 Jun 2009 , 4:04pm
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Sorry... i clicked submit too quickly.

The filling i was using is perishable (whipped cream fillings).

mbt4955 Posted 29 Jun 2009 , 4:07pm
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Sharon Zambito (SugarShack) has some video's but I think this "method" is from her Flawless Fondant DVD ... http://sugaredproductions.com/Fondant_DVD.html. I highly recommend all of her DVD's. I have three, but will be ordering Totally Topsy Turvy next. I haven't ever done a TT, but I never did fondant either and she made it look so easy!!

cylstrial Posted 29 Jun 2009 , 7:37pm
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I have her Flawless Fondant DVD too. It's a great video!

tiggy2 Posted 29 Jun 2009 , 7:42pm
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I highly recommend all of her DVDs!

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