Newbie - First Attempt At Cake.

Decorating By ness5499 Updated 15 Mar 2011 , 5:11am by jessyummycakes

ness5499 Posted 12 Mar 2011 , 3:55am
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I have made a small christmas cake covered with fondant, but this is my first attempt at anything else.

It is fondant with a layer of buttercream underneath.

What I'd like is some feedback/advice.

How do I stop the fondant from cracking when I put it on?
Should the buttercream layer be thicker underneath, as you can see all the imperfections of the cake
How do I get the cake layers all square and level.

Thanks!
I couldn't add a photo as an attachment, so have had to put a link instead.

http://cakecentral.com//gallery/1969136

7 replies
NanaSandy Posted 12 Mar 2011 , 4:14am
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what kind of fondant did you use? Did you make your own or use store bought?
I put a pretty good layer of butter cream underneath mine, and you have to make sure your butter cream is pretty smooth when you lay your fondant or it will show the imperfections of your icing job.
I think you did a great job, especially since this is your first job!

mommynana Posted 12 Mar 2011 , 4:44am
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Just what NanaSandy said, Btw, you did a great job on the cake thumbs_up.gif

ness5499 Posted 12 Mar 2011 , 6:45am
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Thanks for the replies
Its store bought icing. Would I be better to try making my own?

NanaSandy Posted 12 Mar 2011 , 2:35pm
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yes I think so. It smooths better and is cheaper. I have never used store bought under fondant, so not sure how it reacts

jessyummycakes Posted 14 Mar 2011 , 9:49am
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You may have overworked your fondant, work more shortening into it to stop cracking. Very good job though. You will notice that you will improve quickly once you practise more. icon_smile.gif

ness5499 Posted 14 Mar 2011 , 7:16pm
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Yes I probably did overwork it, it took me along time to get it rolled out to the right size.

Do you add the shortening once its on the cake, if so how, do you just rub it in?

jessyummycakes Posted 15 Mar 2011 , 5:11am
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Originally Posted by ness5499

Yes I probably did overwork it, it took me along time to get it rolled out to the right size.

Do you add the shortening once its on the cake, if so how, do you just rub it in?




If the cracking is not very deep rub it on your finger and then gently massage in. If you notice that your fondant is cracking before you put it on just knead it in prior!

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