Cream Cheese Icing And Fondant ... What Happened??

Decorating By pieceacake830 Updated 22 Sep 2009 , 1:03am by kansaswolf

pieceacake830 Posted 14 Sep 2009 , 1:20am
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The wierdest thing happend to me yesterday. icon_confused.gif I made a carrot cake with cream cheese icing, and was putting assorted size fondant circles on the side, and they slide right down the side of the cake! icon_cry.gificon_mad.gif The cake was for a baby shower, and I also put a fondant baby blanket on the top of the cake. When I saw the cirlces sliding off of the cake, I picked up the baby blanket, and the entire back side of the blanket had liquified!!! icon_eek.gif I've never seen anything like it! Plus the color from the fondant pieces, bled into the cream cheese icing.

Thankfully I still had time to adjust the design of this cake, and the customer was thrilled wiht the results. I ended up putting a new fondant blanket on top of a piece of parchment, to give that a layer of separation. The dots on the side became dots of colored cream cheese icing. It came out ok, just not what I had originally planned.

Has anyone else ever had this problem? Why did this happen? Thanks for any advice!

13 replies
backermeister Posted 14 Sep 2009 , 1:41am
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Maybe a chemical reaction occured from the acids in the cc. I use marzipan for my modeled carrots, flowers, etc to decorate on cream cheese and have never run into this problem before. icon_smile.gif

Malakin Posted 14 Sep 2009 , 1:42am
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I've had it happen when I tried to cover a cream cheese icing cake with fondant. Even though I only put a thing layer, it still slid down the sides some and didn't stick. I am not sure at all what happened but I know I won't do that again.

SugaredUp Posted 15 Sep 2009 , 1:14pm
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This just happened to me. I had the hardest time with a wedding cake that was covered in cc and fondant. I was so glad when it was all done, but disappointed in the outcome. From now on, I'm sticking to butter cream under fondant.

anney Posted 17 Sep 2009 , 10:17am
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I think this may be because of the moisture content of cream cheese. Fondant generally does not play nicely with wet stuff, buttercream works as it is just fat & sugar with only a small ratio of flavouring, cream cheese has a much higher moisture content & if trapped under a layer of fondant it will just make the fondant go soggy where it touches.

Caths_Cakes Posted 17 Sep 2009 , 11:15am
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Yeah, anney is right, its because the cream cheese is really moist, the fondant just slurps up that extra liquid and turns it too mush! so sorry this happened to, but glad u had a chance to put it right !

debster Posted 17 Sep 2009 , 11:39am
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Moisture and fondant does NOT go well together.

pregu2 Posted 21 Sep 2009 , 9:06pm
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I'm soo happy you posted this. I have a cake sitting at home with cream cheese icing waiting to be covered in Fondant. Looks like I will be taking it off and filling it with buttercream. Thanks for the info!

FleurDeCake Posted 21 Sep 2009 , 9:27pm
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so how do you guys think fondant will work if I fill a cake with cc and crumb coat in bc then cover with fondant

mixinvixen Posted 21 Sep 2009 , 9:40pm
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i almost exclusively use cream cheese icing, and most of those cakes are fondant covered...i imagine it is a combination of the humidity in your house/location and the recipe you are using.

i use earlene's, or the the crusting cream cheese recipe featured in the recipe section.

kansaswolf Posted 21 Sep 2009 , 10:14pm
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I use cream cheese fondant... icon_wink.gif

my_4_dumplins Posted 21 Sep 2009 , 10:30pm
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Originally Posted by kansaswolf

I use cream cheese fondant... icon_wink.gif

Do you have a link to that cream cheese fondant?

Kitagrl Posted 21 Sep 2009 , 10:32pm
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I like a strong cream cheese flavor but that means lots of cream cheese and that's not very I just fill the cake with the cream cheese icing and then use another icing for the outside.

I suppose you could get a cheesecake flavoring for icing maybe...? Never tried it but I've seen the flavor before.

kansaswolf Posted 22 Sep 2009 , 1:03am
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Originally Posted by my_4_dumplins

Originally Posted by kansaswolf

I use cream cheese fondant... icon_wink.gif

Do you have a link to that cream cheese fondant?

Yup, my own special recipe! icon_biggrin.gif Here ya go!

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