Hi from Australia!
I work in a cake shop, this is my first job in a bakery. I used to do cakes at home for family and then when a job opened at a bakery I applied and got it / very happy about the change :-))
Anyway, I am still learning...
At the bakery they use Satin Ice fondant.
I find that I have some trouble covering tall cakes and I was wondering if i could have some advice / tips.
At home I use Bakels RTR and I love it.
My problem is that when I color the satin Ice fondant (usually in blue), and once I put it on the cake, I have some tear on the side.
I thought it was because I put the cake on the turning table so it was too high and the weight of the fondant created the tear. So I tried without the turning table and I still had a tear.
I thought it was because it was too thick. I then rolled it thinner but as soon as I picked the fondant up to put it on the cake, I had some tear.
What do I do wrong?
Is it the color? (I use gel colors)
It is the thickness?
is it the fondant?
Should I use a different method?
I don't know and I hope I can get some advices :-)
I am more than happy to answer any other questions you may have, to help me get there :-)
I am not an expert, but I would do the circumference of the cake first, then the top in a Marina Sousa
Jeweled Wedding Cake tutorial (crafty class) she used this method and I have tried it several
times and it works with high cakes.
I'll definitely have a look at the method.
Any thing that can help is always good :-)
Original message sent by savannah8
I am not an expert, but I would do the circumference of the cake first, then the top in a Marina Sousa Jeweled Wedding Cake tutorial (crafty class) she used this method and I have tried it several times and it works with high cakes.
I agree. If you think about, if a cake is taller than it is wide, then the weight of the Fondant on the sides is a lot heavier than the piece on top of the cake. So of course it will tear. I don't think there is much else you could do. I'm no pro though! Good luck!
We tried again on Friday. We tried to do a "Dr Who, phonebooth cake". The height was taller than it was wide. And again, we had to color the fondant with blue. And again, lots of tear. Horrible job really...
i haven't given up yet. I asked my boss to buy some dark blue fondant from bakels to see if it makes a difference. I believe adding so much color is wrong but because we have to use that product, I am not sure how to get away with it.
I did a Dr. Who tardis cake this summer for my Husband's birthday. I used satin ice fondant that i colored blue 2 days before using. I did each side separately and it worked well. I froze the whole cake boxed and wrapped in plastic wrap then foil and we went camping. The day before the party i put the boxed cake in the fridge . day of party i put cake on the counter to thaw. Satin ice held up very well.