Fondant Cupcake Toppers On Buttercream Gone Soft, Sticky And Floppy!

Decorating By xxjessbxx Updated 5 Oct 2013 , 9:37pm by mfeagan

xxjessbxx Posted 4 Oct 2013 , 11:57am
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Hi! I'm new to the forums and hoping someone can help.

 

I made a batch of cupcakes recently, topped with buttercream and a fondant butterfly. By the morning the butterflies had gone all soft and floppy and were tacky to touch :(

 

I had made the butterflies a week earlier from ready-to-roll fondant mixed with gum tragacanth. I piped the buttercream onto the cupcakes around 7/8pm and then put the butterflies onto the cupcakes around 9pm. I then placed them in a cupcake box (just cardboard box) that holds 24 cupcakes.

 

I then made a 6 hour journey (due to traffic - was only supposed to take 3!). We had the cupcakes in the cupcake boxes and kept the air con relatively cool so as not to melt anything. When we arrived at 3am I checked the cupcakes and all was fine (Phew). So I left them on the kitchen counter in the cupcake boxes.

 

When I woke up in the morning all the butterflies had gone soft and floppy and were sticky/tacky to touch.

 

Any advice please to stop this happening?

 

Thank you!!

 

xx Jess xx :-(

8 replies
Lynne3 Posted 4 Oct 2013 , 1:09pm
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If you place fondant decorations on buttercream cupcakes it is best to do it as late as possible. It would have taken 1 minute to place them on when you arrived. 

810whitechoc Posted 4 Oct 2013 , 1:58pm
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Originally Posted by Lynne3 
 

If you place fondant decorations on buttercream cupcakes it is best to do it as late as possible. It would have taken 1 minute to place them on when you arrived.

 

Totally agree, don't put fondant decorations on buttercream until just before serving.

sarahgale314 Posted 4 Oct 2013 , 3:05pm
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AFondant and gumpaste will both absorb moisture from the buttercream and turn gooey. You really must attach them only to fondant covered things. If I'm putting decorations on buttercream, I make them out of modeling chocolate instead.

OccCakesMT Posted 4 Oct 2013 , 3:42pm
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good tip.  Thank you:)

Kattyson Posted 4 Oct 2013 , 5:14pm
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Original message sent by Lynne3

If you place fondant decorations on buttercream cupcakes it is best to do it as late as possible. It would have taken 1 minute to place them on when you arrived. 

I agree. We'll u live and u learn that's what it's all about.:)

maybenot Posted 5 Oct 2013 , 1:26am
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If I have to put fondant decos [that need to stand up] on early, I usually coat the place of attachment with melted chocolate or piping gel. 

 

I also make sure that air circulates well around the decos as much as possible.  That helps to keep them a bit drier, too.

shebysuz Posted 5 Oct 2013 , 3:31am
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I am 100% sure that the culprit here was the closed box. The airtight environment created almost a sauna effect and the decorations softened. The buttercream icing will, over time soften the fondant toppers a little, but not enough to cause this problem. Solution is to add the toppers last minute or keep the boxes open. While air is good for keeping fondant toppers dry, it is an enemy of cake. So best way is to keep cuppies airtight and fondant toppers exposed to air.

mfeagan Posted 5 Oct 2013 , 9:37pm
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Originally Posted by shebysuz 
 

I am 100% sure that the culprit here was the closed box. The airtight environment created almost a sauna effect and the decorations softened. The buttercream icing will, over time soften the fondant toppers a little, but not enough to cause this problem. Solution is to add the toppers last minute or keep the boxes open. While air is good for keeping fondant toppers dry, it is an enemy of cake. So best way is to keep cuppies airtight and fondant toppers exposed to air.

 

I agree! Especially if there was air conditioning on the cupcake boxes, then they were set on a counter. There would have most likely been moisture in those boxes and possibly some condensation. I use fondant toppers on my cupcakes and have never had them melt like that. 

 

You may want to try all gumpaste next time as well...especially if you are making things that are supposed to stand up like butterflies. As the previous posters said - wait until the last minute and add your decorations! 

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