Trouble With Fondant Sticking To Buttercream

Decorating By ness5499 Updated 20 Mar 2012 , 5:30pm by sandyvrc

ness5499 Posted 19 Mar 2012 , 6:48am
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Can someone give me some hints please.

When I apply the fondant I brush a little water to allow the fondant to stick to the buttercream.
However when the cake is cut the fondant just falls away.
Is this normal?

If not, what do I need to do?


8 replies
ninatat Posted 19 Mar 2012 , 3:12pm
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hi i've never had a problem with fondant not sticking, i would not put water on your buttercream it's just thinning your bc, and will make your fondant stickey, i've seen cake boss put fondant on a thick layer of butter cream but i learned on mine it's better thinner because a got bumps on the cake under the fondant, are you using your fondant smoother it should help the fondant stick using light pressure, you can check out u-tube

ninatat Posted 19 Mar 2012 , 3:14pm
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hi not just sticky, but slippery it need to stick to the buttercream

ness5499 Posted 19 Mar 2012 , 7:57pm
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Ok, thanks.

So won't add water.

How long do I leave the buttercream before applying fondant?

I usually just do a very thin layer of buttercream.

I'm fairly new to all of this!!

Rose_N_Crantz Posted 19 Mar 2012 , 8:19pm
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You shouldn't have to wait at all if you don't want to. Some prefer to chill their iced cakes before applying fondant just because it's a little easier. The buttercream won't move around as much if it's chilled.

ness5499 Posted 19 Mar 2012 , 8:31pm
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So then is it normal for the fondant to fall away after the cake is cut?

myxstorie Posted 20 Mar 2012 , 3:11pm
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It shouldn't fall off the cake once it's cut - the moisture in the buttercream should be more than enough for the fondant to stick even when you cut it up icon_smile.gif Sometimes it can fall off, but it usually takes a big glob of buttercream with it, purely because the fondant itself is so heavy.

GGFan Posted 20 Mar 2012 , 5:20pm
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I ususally chilled my cake after I put the buttercream on and it usually crust already. I spray the cake a little with water. I know it is not quite a good idea but what would you recommend in this case. Thank you icon_smile.gif

sandyvrc Posted 20 Mar 2012 , 5:30pm
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well what i would do is definately no water, and i guess a new buttercream or fondant recipe? switch whichever one u think is the trouble-maker.

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