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How do I fix a Fondant Disaster!

post #1 of 23
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I just put the fontant on the bottom layer of my tiered cake and it tore in one place. What can I do?

I tried to repair it with crisco and to no avail!

PLEASE HELP! I am in tears and so frustrated. First wedding cake ever, messed up cake stand (I ruined it) and now this... plus I have 3 layers to go and may not have enough fontant (bride wanted Satin Ice). HELP!

How can I fix this?
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post #2 of 23
which part is it torn ? How big ?
two things you migh be able to do:

1) you can peel it off and replace it.
2) if #1 is impossible to do, you can cover the
torn part with decorations like flowers or draping or a row of leaves or anything like that. icon_smile.gif
post #3 of 23
Peel off the fondant and remove and crumbs. Knead any icing left on the fondant right into the fondant. Reice your cake and apply the fondant all over again. It helps to refridgerate your cake after you've base iced it, just for about 10 minutes to help firm up the icing so it doesn't slide around and cause tears. Also, roll your fondant a little bit thicker.
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post #4 of 23
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The cake is just white fontant with a ribbon across the bottom. The tear is about an inch long and 1/4 inch wide and about 1/2 inch above the ribbon. The fondant has now been on the cake for 20 minutes. too late to peel off and redo? What about the icing under the fondant?
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post #5 of 23
If you take the fondant off, you can go as far as taking a damp clean cloth and wiping it to make sure you remove any of the icing that may have stuck to it. RE-ice the cake itself to make sure it is evenly iced (just make sure it is smooth, don't add another whole layer of icing) Reroll the fondant, make it a tad thicker this time and re apply.....it should be fine!
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post #6 of 23
just pull it off. you can scrope off any excess icing and slap it back on the cake. kneed the fondant again (icing traces and all) and re roll it.
post #7 of 23
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OK, I tore the fondant off but it is stiff and crumbly, how can I get it smooth again? - I added some shortening -- was that bad?
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post #8 of 23
i've been in the same position before w/a wedding cake too!! so maybe i can help!!

http://www.cakecentral.com/cake-decorating-ftopict-37298-crown.html

that's the post about my cake diaster and repair!! but what i did was 'patched' the tear w/another piece of fondant. i just cut out a piece of fondant a little bigger than the size of the ripe and then placed on top of the tear and i secured the piece w/some royal icing. I was lucky to be able to cover most of it w/some last minute addition decos....but not all of it. but the worst part was in the back of the cake.

is there anyway to do possibly do the patch and get a bigger size ribbon to cover it up??
post #9 of 23
If you have left over fondant use that.. if not start another fresh batch.

I think it's best that you do NOT use the one you peeled off. icon_smile.gif
post #10 of 23
The shortning should not have hurt it. You can try microwaving it for a few seconds at a time and see if that helps make it pliable again. (be careful, it can get hot spots) I do 10 seconds at a time.
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post #11 of 23
On Ace of Cakes Duff uses royal icing to fix tears/cracks in the fondant.
post #12 of 23
ok, looks like i'm too late.......you already peeled it off!! i wouldn't suggest using the fondant you pulled off, but if you have no other choice...you're probably going to have to kneed it for awhile to try and get it workable again.

i haven't had much luck w/peeling off fondant and trying to use it again....mine always gets little 'bumps' of icing and cake.
post #13 of 23
Thread Starter 
Lucky for me I had a great royal icing that crusted over and so no issues pulling the fontant off. How, how to make it restick?

Also, I tried patch the problem, but to no avail.

Second attempt and the fontant tore again. Maybe third time is the key?
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post #14 of 23
Do you have anything that you could use like p-i-p-i-n-g g-e-l or maybe some apricot preserves (warm them up and brush them on the cake) you could also use corn syrup brushed on the cake to help the fondant adhere to the cake.

With the tearing issue, you must not be rolling the fondant out thick enough.

I hope 3rd time is charm for you!
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post #15 of 23
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Third time worked... not like a charm, but well enough I can hide any indescressions. Now time for layer 2.

I actually sprayed a mist of water over the frusted buttercream and it worked OK.

Lets try the next cake!
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