Virgin Fondant

Decorating By Karen BB Updated 24 Apr 2014 , 3:21am by custard79

Karen BB Posted 23 Apr 2014 , 6:57pm
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Several months ago, I purchased premade fondant from a bulk food store.  Up until then, I had been making MMF which of course tastes the best; but, I had a quick project and chose premade.  I individually decorated twelve cupcakes with elaborate spring themed designs.  I had tulips, small buds, lady bugs, daffodils, leaves, teapots and tea cups, large and small blossoms, roses, etc.  The final products were lovely; however, what I woke up to was quite a surprise.  Before I tell you what happened, please be reassured that the cupcakes had been completely cooled, there was no heat source near the cupcakes, and the final products were and remained out of direct sunlight.  The following morning, the fondant had started to sweat a lot.  By the end of the day, it was clear that the fondant was melting.  By the next evening, it looked like very messy and runny icing had been used instead of fondant.  Has anyone else had this happen with Virgin fondant?  Please be warned that I suspect the same would happen on a cake.  If you are going to go to the effort of decorating something very detailed with this fondant, I strongly recommend a trial run first.

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Gingerlocks Posted 23 Apr 2014 , 7:38pm
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Are you talking about Virgin Ice from Bulk Barn? If you are; I've never had a problem with it, it's my fondant of choice..but a lot of what works best for each decorator depends on the climate you are living in. 

Gingerlocks Posted 23 Apr 2014 , 7:42pm
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And looking closer I see you are from Ottawa..which is pretty humid compared to Edmonton (any time of the year) and Virgin Ice is a bit more "moist" than other brands of fondant...which is exactly why I choose it for the dry Edmonton climate. You'll just have to find a "dryer" fondant brand; maybe the original Wilton fondant (can't comment on the New Decorator's Preferred fondant by Wilton yet). 

Karen BB Posted 23 Apr 2014 , 7:53pm
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AAgreed that the climate can affect things. I live in Canada though so our homes are fairly climate controlled. The humidity and temp were pretty much the same as they are throughout the winter. I uses the MMF and some other BBC brand and had no issue during the same conditions. Hoping this was a one time thing :-)

Gingerlocks Posted 23 Apr 2014 , 8:01pm
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If it still doesn't work, just use the fondant to make gum paste or something like that. Or you can even cut the Virgin Ice half and half with MMF to give it some stability. 

Karen BB Posted 23 Apr 2014 , 8:04pm
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And looking closer I see you are from Ottawa..which is pretty humid compared to Edmonton (any time of the year) and Virgin Ice is a bit more "moist" than other brands of fondant...which is exactly why I choose it for the dry Edmonton climate. You'll just have to find a "dryer" fondant brand; maybe the original Wilton fondant (can't comment on the New Decorator's Preferred fondant by Wilton yet). 

Karen BB Posted 23 Apr 2014 , 8:05pm
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AAwesome! Thanks!

mallorymaid Posted 23 Apr 2014 , 11:08pm
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I live in the Brockville area and have used the Virgin Ice Fondant from Bulk Barn and have never had an issue with it , it is my preferred "purchased" fondant. What did you have the cupcakes stored in after you finished decorating them?

Ellie33 Posted 23 Apr 2014 , 11:22pm
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AWhat kind of icing did you use under the fondant?

custard79 Posted 24 Apr 2014 , 3:21am
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AI've never had a problem with is brand unless I'm covering a cold cake. It will get shiny but after a few hours out it will dry back up and be fine.

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