Never Had This Problem Before -- Dry & Wrinkly Fondant

Decorating By tashistation Updated 14 Jan 2010 , 8:54pm by tashistation

tashistation Posted 11 Jan 2010 , 2:19am
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I've never had this problem before and hope you guys can help. After I rolled out my fondant, which looked smooth, was soft and pliable and lifted off the counter easily, I went draped it across my cakes and it instantly turned sort of stiff and dry feeling, and got elephant skin wrinkles allllllll over it.

I was working quickly so I don't think it was dried out, and I've done a bunch of other fondant cakes before and never had this problem... what other things could have gone wrong? Maybe too thick? It was so frustrating!


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newmansmom2004 Posted 11 Jan 2010 , 2:40am
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This happened when I was helping a friend with a wedding cake and after all was said and done we decided we just got a bad batch of fondant. I'd never had the cracking and drying with this particular brand before and it was a nightmare trying to cover this much so that we ended up not using fondant and going w/buttercream.

Sometimes you just get a bad batch.

TexasSugar Posted 11 Jan 2010 , 8:04pm
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Was the heat on or did it kick on while you were working on the fondant? Were you working near a vent?

Mug-a-Bug Posted 13 Jan 2010 , 4:15am
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Bad fondant. This happened to me once, I think my fondant was kind of old, and too dry. I don't know if you can fix broken fondant icon_lol.gif

Fraggle_07 Posted 13 Jan 2010 , 10:03am
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Oh this happened to me last week. I put it down to the heating being on. We've got loads of snow over here with -8 temps etc. The only thing i could think of.

I made my Guitar cake came down in the morning to put the finishing touches to it and it had all wrinkled and bubbled. Had to re-ice the cake icon_sad.gif

tashistation Posted 13 Jan 2010 , 7:52pm
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yeah the heat was on, it's been really cold here, well, at least cold for central texas icon_wink.gif

It was so frustrating to work with. The fondant really looked and felt fine until I lifted it off the counter and draped over the cakes. Then it instantly started seizing up and wrinkling. Looked really bad. I ended up covering a lot of the really bad spots with decorations...

sugarshack Posted 14 Jan 2010 , 1:36am
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what brand?

tashistation Posted 14 Jan 2010 , 2:48pm
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It was a brand new tub of FondX

Jaeger Posted 14 Jan 2010 , 3:28pm
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Interesting. I tried my first tub of Fondx recently and had the same problem. It rolled out nicely but as soon as I covered the cake, it seemed to start to dry out and get that lovely elephant skin around the bottom. It seemed a bit finicky to work with to me.


tashistation Posted 14 Jan 2010 , 8:54pm
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Hmmm... this was my 3rd tub of fondx and I didn't have this problem before. I still have half a tub left, I'm going to save it for a day where the heater isn't blasting and see if that makes a difference...

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