What Can I Do To Fix This Cake?

Decorating By laura4795 Updated 23 Mar 2012 , 1:30pm by LeeBD

laura4795 Posted 23 Mar 2012 , 3:07am
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I'm doing a 3 tiered wedding cake for a wedding next week. I did a practice cake this week to be sure I can stack 3 tiers properly. The fondant is really lumpy looking on this cake. What did I do wrong?

Let me give you my steps: I froze the cakes, then put filling in and did the upside down icing method that Jessicakes shows on her blog. I put them back in the freezer for about an hour, then applied the fondant. The fondant is just shy of 1/4" thick.

I used this buttercream recipe: http://cakecentral.com/recipe/chocolate-buttercream-crusting

I have the cakes stacked with boards and supported with bubble tea straws. I also did a wooden dowel through the center.

I know the ribbon and single rose look messy and stupid. I was just playing with those. I'm not worried about getting that part right. I just really need help figuring out how to make the fondant smoother.

I do have the fondant smoothing tools. Do I just need to be more aggressive with those?

Also, the top tier has a concave look. What did I do wrong?

Thanks in advance for the advice!!
LL

6 replies
ajwonka Posted 23 Mar 2012 , 3:27am
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Ganache under the fondant! Crisp edges, smooth surface to cover!

step0nmi Posted 23 Mar 2012 , 4:13am
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it's kinda hard to see what you're seeing as the photo is kinda small. there could be many factors... how much buttercream you put underneath the fondant? did you let the cakes settle for a couple of hours or over night? were the cakes warm or cold?

i do you the fondant smoother and i am "not nice" with the fondant. also, what type of fondant did you use?

laura4795 Posted 23 Mar 2012 , 5:11am
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Originally Posted by step0nmi

it's kinda hard to see what you're seeing as the photo is kinda small. there could be many factors... how much buttercream you put underneath the fondant? did you let the cakes settle for a couple of hours or over night? were the cakes warm or cold?

i do you the fondant smoother and i am "not nice" with the fondant. also, what type of fondant did you use?




Let me try to make the picture a little bigger. That way you can see the lumps.

The amount of buttercream that is under there varies a little based on the unevenness of the cake. I would say an average of 1/4" of buttercream is under the fondant.

What do you mean did I let them settle? Should I let them sit out after I do the crumb coat? I've always thought I should put them back in the freezer. Maybe I'm doing that part wrong? I did let them sit overnight before I stacked them.

They were definitely frozen when I applied the fondant.

The fondant I use is homemade mmf (just marshmallows, water, flavoring, powdered sugar, and crisco).

Thanks for helping me through this!
LL

cathyscakes Posted 23 Mar 2012 , 5:43am
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A simple white cake is the hardest, I think. When there aren't other decorations, every flaw is amplified. I don't think the cake looks very bumpy, its a little hard to see by your pictures. Its just that its all white and the fondant has to look perfect, I won't do a plain cake like that, it would stress me out too much, lol.. ganache does really work great under fondant. I coat the cake with ganache and put it in the frig to harden. I then slightly mist the cake and put the fondant on. There are alot of videos on youtube using this method.

Texas_Rose Posted 23 Mar 2012 , 1:10pm
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I have trouble using the smoothers when I put fondant on a really cold cake. It starts to get a little sticky and then sticks to the smoothers. I don't know if that's what's causing you trouble. It doesn't really look as bad as you're thinking it does, or at least the picture doesn't show the problems, if there are problems.

What did you mean about the unevenness of the cake under the buttercream?

LeeBD Posted 23 Mar 2012 , 1:30pm
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If you are freezing your cake you need to let it defrost before covering with fondant. Fondant doesn't adhere well to a frozen cake.

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