Attaching Fondant To Buttercream

Decorating By jfoster Updated 25 Sep 2014 , 10:47pm by mnurlife

jfoster Posted 29 Nov 2012 , 6:30pm
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is it possible to attach fondant to the side of a cake iced in buttercream?

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leah_s Posted 29 Nov 2012 , 8:54pm
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of course.  Just slap that fondant deco on the bc before it crusts.

jfoster Posted 30 Nov 2012 , 10:48am
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great, thank you

Corikiky Posted 30 Nov 2012 , 2:41pm
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I always use bc to attach the fondant to my cakes ;)

kimbm04r Posted 1 Dec 2012 , 3:52pm
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I used water to attach the fondant decorations on the cake I posted yesterday with the tractor and hay stack.

juleebug Posted 1 Dec 2012 , 5:10pm
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I use a thin layer of piping gel to attach fondant to buttercream after it crusts.

DGonzaba Posted 25 Jul 2014 , 7:21pm
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My buttercream has already crusted.  Using water to attach will still work???

Rosie93095 Posted 23 Aug 2014 , 11:19am
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Can I attach fondant decorations like molded lace to a ganache covered cake? My client does not want fondant covering the whole cake but wants fondant lace accents and emblems.

buttercreamqueenbee Posted 23 Aug 2014 , 6:06pm
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AYou can make an "edible glue" with a small amount if tylose powder and warm water.

Rosie93095 Posted 23 Sep 2014 , 2:28pm
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Thank you!

mnurlife Posted 23 Sep 2014 , 9:47pm
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How do you get the fondant not "melt" into the buttercream? I'm not sure if I should add more gum paste or not.

costumeczar Posted 23 Sep 2014 , 11:15pm
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It shouldn't melt into the buttercream...Did your fondant do that? What kind are you using?

mnurlife Posted 24 Sep 2014 , 1:10am
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I use Wilton's fondant for my fondant work.  I make the decorations the night before so it drys, but when left on the buttercream it gets really soft and sticks to the frosting.  I don't care for the taste of it and I always have to tell the people eating to try and take it off.

costumeczar Posted 24 Sep 2014 , 1:40am
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I don't think WIlton fondant has anything strange about it (other than the flavor) so it might get soft but it shouldn't totally melt. It might soften up and stick to the frosting but that's normal.

mnurlife Posted 25 Sep 2014 , 1:55am
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Yes, it more softens and sticks to the frosting. I always decorate the night before b/c of my schedule.  Is there any way around this?

costumeczar Posted 25 Sep 2014 , 10:19am
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Original message sent by mnurlife

Yes, it more softens and sticks to the frosting. I always decorate the night before b/c of my schedule.  Is there any way around this?

Not really. Sugar is hygroscopic, which means it attracts moisture, so if you put sugar on a damp sugar (icing) it's going to suck the moisture from the icing right into itself.

You could use gumpaste instead of fondant, that wouldn't get as sticky.

mnurlife Posted 25 Sep 2014 , 10:47pm
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Thank you for your help. I will use just gum paste for now and if I have time to decorate before a party I'll use fondant.


Thanks again!

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