I have 2 cakes to cover, one round and one square.
Taste aside, would you recommend a crusting BC with the Viva/Melvira method or Fondant?
I have tried Michelle's fondant recipe once and had no luck. I'm willing to try it again but since my cake has a large surface area I'm wondering if I should just do BC instead.
What would you say is easiest (and what is your favorite icing recipe)?
Personally I think it's easier, faster to cover a cake with MMF than then it is to get it smooth. Super easy. But I Love Sugarshacks buttercream and I Love the Viva and printer paper method. Melvira didn't work at all for me. I must not be smart enough of something...
I think it's much easier to cover a cake with fondant. I have better luck smoothing and having it look nice VS buttercream. That said, I do LOVE sugarshack's icing recipe. It goes on very smooth and using the viva method does work very well. By the way I gave up on MMF and only use Satin Ice now.(haven't ever tried Michelle Foster's recipe though) I just get it out of the bucket, knead and roll out; never have to worry about different consistencies etc with it
I only make cakes for family and friends.....
I have used mmf accents on b/c, but we're not huge fondant fans.
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I too have mostly used BC but love the smooth finish of fondant. Since I've taken to using Satin Ice, it's been a big hit in a family used to only BC on the taste issue.
I agree with the others.... Satin Ice is the way to go. I have tried making my own MMF a number of times and I can never get it the right consistancy. It always ends up droopy! If you choose BC, I recently discovered that my fondant smoother is a great way to smooth your BC. Let it crust and go to town.
Both! I like BC, but like the mmf for ease. So put a regular layer of BC on and then Fondant!