I ALWAYS make my own fondant, I like how it feels, works, tastes. I actually get comments from clients on how surprised they were by how yummy it is. BUT I had this one bride who wanted a black barrel tier in the middle of her 5 tier cake. Normally I will just make my own black fondant (which in and of itself isnt easy) or I will airbrush. Well airbursh was out because I needed to put a design on it that would be unforgiving with the somewhat tacky nature of an airbrushed tier. And it is so hard to get a nice texture on homemade black (I can do it but with great effort) that I was concerned about covering a taller tier that way since that harder to avoid pleating to begin with. SO in desperation I ran to the store and bought black wilton fondant (I know I can hear the gasps lol) Well it covered fine, but then I noticed that after taking it out of the fridge it was a bit blotchy (no flames please I always refrigerate, I use smbc and all scratch made fillings and custards so a fridge is a must and I never have any issues with my homemade fondant no matter what the color) I was unhappy with that but it was really only noticeable to me, pretty sure no cake muggle would see it. Then the bride sends me a pic from the cake cutting and my cake eyes notice the slightest bit (I mean very slight) of elephant skin toward the bottom edge of the black tier. Now the reception WAS outside and it was a VERY humid day but the other four tiers had no marring, blotching, or sagging at all. To say I was disappointed would be an understatement. She said nothing (aside from how much she loved the cake) but it stuck in my perfectionist craw If another bride asks for a black tier, I will just make it....period.
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8/15/12 at 6:44am