Why Why Why Do I Always Have Air Bubbles In My Fondant??

Decorating By kello Updated 6 Mar 2011 , 9:52pm by kello

kello Posted 5 Mar 2011 , 6:41pm
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No matter what I do, I always have air bubbles in my fondant when rolling it out. I've tried microwaving it to soften and it happens. I don't nuke it and it happens. Am I kneading it too much? kneading it wrong? (is that possible?)
Cake drums look awful when I put the fondant on.

Any tips for a really smooth fondant? BTW, I make my own, MMF and MFF

Thanks.

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sugardugar Posted 5 Mar 2011 , 8:00pm
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Air bubbles on the cake or when rolling?

Sometimes when kneading you knead air into your fondant. Stick with pin, push out, and smooth.

On a cake they are caused by air escaping during the settling process. To fix, poke with pin, push out and release. Pushing the pin in at a diagnal makes it easier to cover the hole. To avoid this, allow cake time to settle so all air escapes prior to fondant-ing.

HTH!

Spectra Posted 6 Mar 2011 , 2:29am
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Kneading with too much "folding" will cause the air bubbles. Try not to fold the fondant onto itself while kneading. It's a bit tricky, but it does help.

cheatize Posted 6 Mar 2011 , 7:18am
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How do you knead without folding? I push the fondant out with the heel of my hand and pull it back with my fingers- is that the kind of folding you're talking about?

DianeLM Posted 6 Mar 2011 , 4:33pm
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Here's how I knead without folding... Push out with the heel of hand. Stand stretched fondant up on it's side. Push down. Turn. Repeat. It doesn't prevent bubbles 100%, but it keeps them to a minimum.

kello Posted 6 Mar 2011 , 4:44pm
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Yes, it's the air while rolling out the fondant. I was folding it on itself. It's the only way I have done it. (like bread dough) I will try to not fold it so much. I have used a pin to 'pop' them, but there are so many small bubbles and it does leave holes that I can't seem to cover so well.
Thanks for the tips on kneading. I will definitely try them.

Sorelle Posted 6 Mar 2011 , 4:44pm
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Covering a too cold cake can cause them too.

mrsb37 Posted 6 Mar 2011 , 8:27pm
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Bubbles happen to us all...pop those suckers and keep making those beautiful cakes! icon_smile.gif

zespri Posted 6 Mar 2011 , 8:33pm
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I think I need to see a video on how to knead without bubbles, I have the same problem too. Interestingly, I only have the problem with fondant which has candy clay mixed in. Plain fondant doesn't cause bubbles for me.

cabecakes Posted 6 Mar 2011 , 9:35pm
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I also knead my mmf like bread, and I have never had this issue. Curious. What is your recipe for MMF. Could it be something your adding that I am not? I use only marshmallows, water, flavoring, and powdered sugar. Oh, and I never use cornstarch. Only small amounts of shortening to roll out or knead.

kello Posted 6 Mar 2011 , 9:52pm
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I would love a video too!
Those are the ingredients I use for MMF. I never use cornstarch either. I've tried to figure it out, but just haven't!

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