Help - My Fondant Looks Like Elephant Skin!

Decorating By MomLittr Updated 31 May 2009 , 6:00am by Rylan

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MomLittr Posted 31 May 2009 , 2:41am
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In the effort to keep it from sticking to rolling surface, I used powered sugar, now my finished cakes look like elephan skin. What can I do to fix this - delivering cake tomorrow! Is there a way to make a "paint" out of fondant and water and brush it on to smooth the surface? Any ideas?


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tonimarie Posted 31 May 2009 , 3:58am
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could you rub crisco on it to smooth it up? icon_rolleyes.gif

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sweetiesbykim Posted 31 May 2009 , 4:11am
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I've seen decorators use a clothes steamer on fondant to get rid of that dry look. I've tried the shortening on the surface and it helps some. I had a class with Michelle Bommarito, and she said the fondant needs special treatment as soon as it's opened. Break into portions, cover with crisco then saran, then vacuum seal each portion. She said no one tells decorators or fondant buyers this, and then we wonder why it never works for us -she's so right!

I had elephant skin on a wedding cake last year -fooled with it too long and too much 10X and cornstarch. I now just use a rolling mat, then pick it up on the mat and flip over onto the cake -no 10X used! On challenges they would tear it off and start over, but not sure if you have that much time or supplies left.

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Rylan Posted 31 May 2009 , 6:00am
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All I do is I just rub shortening. Sometimes it doesn't work and my only option is to hide it.

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