what the "best" way to put fondant on just the sides of a cake is? I did a house cake last week and it was DREADFUL because I didn't put it on right. I have to do another cake this week that requires fondant on just the sides. Last time I misted the cake with a little bit of water and this time I am thinking that I will cover the sides of the cake with piping gel so that it might stick better. Any ideas? Thank you.
I recently did a humidor cake in which I wanted box like sides with nice crisp edges. I first rolled my fondant and cut approximate squares a teeny bit bigger than my sides. I laid them on flat parchment lined boards and froze them. Next I iced my cake as I usually do and applied the frozen boards to the sides. I went back with an exacto and trimmed the sides and oila nice edges.
Do you not have icing on the cake? You don't need anything other than the icing to stick the fondant to the cake.
I do have icing on the side, but since it is so heavy it doesn't want to just stick to the side. I don't have a problem when I put fondant on the entire cake.
Thanks for the suggestion onceuponadreamcakes. Freezing sounds like a good idea to make it a little bit stiffer.
You can also roll it thinner and then let air dry for a while before applying it. If it is on a round cake and you need it curved, use a cake dummy of the same side. Set it on its side and let the fondant dry to give it the curve you need.
Occther, great ideas. I really like the one of letting it dry on a dummy cake. Unfortunately I have to cut part of the round part off (I am making a bag). I will keep that in mind for my future cakes. Thank you so much for your ideas.
I ended up rolling it thinner, letting it dry for about 5 hours before putting it on and then I froze it for about 10 minutes. It worked pretty well. Thanks for all of the help.
If my buttercream crusts too fast before I get the fondant on, I'll just sprinkle on a few drops of water on the buttercream to help the fondant adhere. With all the other tips though, I think you'll be all set.
I did try the piping gel. I took the cake apart 2 times. I got up at 4 this morning to finish the cake because it was due this morning. I took it apart this morning and finished it and the buttercream held it without the piping gel.