Help Bulging Fondant

Decorating By suziecupcake Updated 3 Apr 2011 , 8:31pm by suziecupcake

suziecupcake Posted 28 Mar 2011 , 9:33pm
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what am i doing wrong shortly after i finish putting fondant on cake it starts to bulge how can i fix this icon_mad.gif

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tryingcake Posted 28 Mar 2011 , 10:58pm
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A lot of people here swear by this method It didn't work for me, and when I asked about it instead of getting helpful advice I got my rear end chewed out - but it seems to work for many and makes sense that it would work. Give it a try.

http://cakecentral.com/modules.php?name=Forums&file=viewtopic&p=7039906#7039906

MissCuteCupcakes Posted 29 Mar 2011 , 3:06pm
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maybe your letting the cake settle long enough. if not settled for a good amount of time air bubbles/gases get produced and cause ugly bubbling in fondant and buttercream. learned about this the hard way

debbief Posted 29 Mar 2011 , 4:14pm
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I kind of feel like this is a "work around" rather than a solution, but it's pretty much how I do it now. Crumb coat in ganache! That stuff is like cement...doesn't taste like cement thankfully, just seals the cake like it. Even if someone requests bc, I do at least a thin crumb coat with ganache first. Especially around the seam between the layers.

I used to have blowouts/bulges all the time. I've never had another one since using ganache. If you look at my gallery, the mario cake I did for my grandson was the last cake I did before trying ganache. Notice how every cake after that cake has no bulges, sags or blowouts.

I've also never had anyone complain they didn't like the taste. Only downfall, it's a little more expensive icon_sad.gif I really want to "solve" the problem so I don't feel like I'm a prisoner of ganache, but I just haven't had the nerve to try anything else since finding it.

tryingcake, sorry youve had such bad luck...with bulges and getting help! Maybe give this a try and see if it works for you.

tryingcake Posted 29 Mar 2011 , 10:55pm
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Quote:
Originally Posted by debbief

I kind of feel like this is a "work around" rather than a solution, but it's pretty much how I do it now. Crumb coat in ganache! That stuff is like cement...doesn't taste like cement thankfully, just seals the cake like it. Even if someone requests bc, I do at least a thin crumb coat with ganache first. Especially around the seam between the layers.




I have considered the ganache method. But what about those that don't like chocolate. This is assuming chocolate is OK on every single cake.. right? Or are you making a faux ganache using vanilla candy melts? Which is great if that works also.

This is what has kept me from doing this - the chocolate factor. I actually have several customers that detest chocolate, and my family is the same way.

Your thoughts?

debbief Posted 29 Mar 2011 , 11:07pm
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I use white chocolate for the occasion when you don't want chocolate. There's actually no "chocolate" in white chocolate. I'ts just like a vanilla flavor. It is pretty sweet though

DeezTreatz Posted 30 Mar 2011 , 1:51am
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Is it bulging where the filling is?
If so you need to build a dam with stiff icing - then fill with thin buttercream icon_smile.gif
Works everytime:

http://www.wilton.com/cakes/making-cakes/filling-cake-layers.cfm

Also - I put my cake in the fridge as soon as i'm done icing it - I take it out - cover in fondant - then back in the fridge until i'm ready to decorate - then back in the fridge - it seems to hold everything in place - just molds it all together! icon_smile.gif

Good Luck!

suziecupcake Posted 30 Mar 2011 , 8:06am
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thanks everyone for the great advise !! yes the bulging is where the seam is so annoying !! but i will try all solutions her on cc until i solve this

suziecupcake Posted 2 Apr 2011 , 6:58pm
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I was wondering if the thickness of the fondant had anything to do with bulging and sagging if it were thin would it tend to sag more ??

tiggy2 Posted 2 Apr 2011 , 7:06pm
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Bulging at "the seam" is caused by not letting the cake settle begore putting the fondant on.

suziecupcake Posted 2 Apr 2011 , 7:35pm
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HOW LONG DOES IT NEED TO SETTLE WOULD THIS BE WITH THE CAKE CRUMB COATED !!

tiggy2 Posted 2 Apr 2011 , 10:28pm
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Fill thne wrap lightly with plastic film and place a ceramic tile something similar on top for a few hours before crumb coating or let settle over night before crumb coating.

suziecupcake Posted 2 Apr 2011 , 10:38pm
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tiggy2 thats excellent i will try this asap as i am going round the bend with this problem does this work for you ?? and thank you for the tips

tiggy2 Posted 2 Apr 2011 , 10:41pm
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Works like a charm!

suziecupcake Posted 2 Apr 2011 , 10:59pm
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cant wait to try this, tiggy if this works your definately a star !!!!!!!

thegreatbambi Posted 2 Apr 2011 , 11:07pm
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What do you mean to let the cake settle? I haven't heard that before... icon_confused.gif

nikkigonzalez Posted 2 Apr 2011 , 11:19pm
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In my pictures you can see the square record player cake is bulging in the middle (look closely)and just seemed to start losing its shape after a while. This was the first square cake I did so I automatically blamed it on square cakes lol but I figured out what it was thanks to CC. I did this cake last minute and did not let it settle overnight as I do with all my other cakes, so Im assuming thats what it was since every other cake Ive done sits in refrigerator overnight and does not bulge. Hope this helped!

kearniesue Posted 3 Apr 2011 , 12:18am
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I haven't tried it yet, but I've heard that when you damn you should leave a little room on the outside edge to allow the damn to spread a little. Makes sense to me.

Also, if you use fondant, don't get your BC too thick under the fondant, so it doesn't sag. I learned that the hard way!

suziecupcake Posted 3 Apr 2011 , 4:08pm
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tiggy2 guess what i made a square cake for my daughter today for a sleepover and NO BULGING i am excited !!! is that sad ? haha

tiggy2 Posted 3 Apr 2011 , 8:17pm
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Glad it worked!

suziecupcake Posted 3 Apr 2011 , 8:31pm
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thank you so much !!

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