Help!!! My Fondant Won't Stick To My Cake!!

Decorating By TiffyB73 Updated 25 Feb 2011 , 6:24pm by TiffyB73

TiffyB73 Posted 25 Feb 2011 , 4:17am
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I can't seem to get my fondant to stick to my cake. It's like it just wants to slump down on the edges and I can feel that it isn't stuck on the cake. I have the same problem every time. I don't know if my buttercream is to crusted, my fondant is too soft, or what. What am I doing wrong?
Thanks!

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decoratingfool Posted 25 Feb 2011 , 4:27am
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try misting your cake with a bit of water, or you can use some preserves watered down and paint it on the cake, sounds like your frosting is to crusted..

cakemamaof3 Posted 25 Feb 2011 , 4:31am
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Sounds like you're waiting too long to put your fondant on. Make sure your fondant is thick enough also, if it's tearing it's too thin. I had that problem the first time I covered a fondant cake by myself and it tore terribly but was able to cover it up nicely, thank you decorations.LOL.

aracely30 Posted 25 Feb 2011 , 4:48am
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you can also "paint"your cake with a brush and some piping gel,the piping gel will let the fondant to stick to the cake,orrrrr you can spray the cake with a bit of water,but just a bit otherwise it'll be dripping all the cake! hope this help! icon_smile.gif

TiffyB73 Posted 25 Feb 2011 , 5:19am
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I brushed the hardened buttercream with a little bit of water each time and it still happened icon_sad.gif

NanaSandy Posted 25 Feb 2011 , 5:51am
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If I have waited too long to put my fondant on, and it has crusted too much, I always just put another thin layer of frosting on. I agree, I think your problem is the frosting is "wet' enough.

cheatize Posted 25 Feb 2011 , 6:04am
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If you mist too much water over the cake:
First thing: cover up your fondant to keep it from drying.
Wait a bit for the water to settle.
Take a Viva paper towel and carefully blot the cake.
Don't forget to blot the cake board. If there's water droplets on the board and the fondant touches it, the fondant will start to dissolve.

I use a very small spray bottle because it helps me to remember to mist it just a tiny bit. I usually let the cake sit for a minute or two before I put the fondant on to allow the water to soften the buttercream.

NanaSandy Posted 25 Feb 2011 , 6:24am
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the other thing I have done, is wet my paper towel, and just start pressing it all over the cake. Kind of like the Viva smoothing method, but your paper towel is damp. It is just enough to re-wet the frosting so that the fondant will stick to it.

andreamen1 Posted 25 Feb 2011 , 6:33am
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i just stick my cake in the fridge for a while and then pull it out and let it start to sweat and then cover

dchockeyguy Posted 25 Feb 2011 , 2:13pm
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Generally speaking, I crumb coat my cake and put it in the fridge to speed up the crusting. When it's done, I pull it out, let it warm back up and put another thin layer of buttercream on the cake, then apply fondant. It seems to work for me.

It is possible your buttercream is too thin. What formula do you use?

erimsy Posted 25 Feb 2011 , 5:05pm
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i use appricot jam and i find my fondant sticking very well

TiffyB73 Posted 25 Feb 2011 , 5:17pm
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dchockeyguy... I buttercream and refrigerate over night. The next day I cover it with fondant (I have tried covering right away and letting it warm up a bit and I have the same problem both ways). I do brush a little water on just before I cover it. But I haven't tried adding another layer of buttercream. I will try that. I use the buttercream recipe from the Wilton book "Celebrate with Fondant": 1/2 cup veg.
1/2 cup butter
1 tsp vanilla
1 # powdered sugar
2 Tbs milk
Should I use something different?

Thanks!

TiffyB73 Posted 25 Feb 2011 , 5:19pm
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erimsy... Do you apply the apricot jam on top of the crusted fondant?

Moondance Posted 25 Feb 2011 , 5:32pm
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\  he apricot jam is generally thinned down and painted over the surface of the 'under' coat - then put your fondant on top

TerriLynn Posted 25 Feb 2011 , 6:12pm
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Originally Posted by TiffyB73

I can't seem to get my fondant to stick to my cake. It's like it just wants to slump down on the edges and I can feel that it isn't stuck on the cake. I have the same problem every time. I don't know if my buttercream is to crusted, my fondant is too soft, or what. What am I doing wrong?
Thanks!



I had this same problem with my Christmas cake, but thought it was just me - ha ha Thanks everyone for all of the helpful hints!

TiffyB73 Posted 25 Feb 2011 , 6:24pm
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I also think my fondant is way too soft...

1 cup light corn syrup
1/2 cup shortening
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp vanilla
2# powdered sugar

It's really yummy (tastes like buttercream) but it is very soft.
Can I just add more powdered sugar to stiffen it up some?

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