Do I Have To Ice The Cake Before Putting On Fondant?

Decorating By Adiem Updated 22 Sep 2010 , 5:21pm by dchockeyguy

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Adiem Posted 22 Sep 2010 , 4:18pm
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Hi all,

I made this square/cube cake and the cake turned out perfectly right out of the oven. I want to put fondant over it to give it that polished smooth look, but I am just terrible at icing cakes!

Question: Do I HAVE to ice the cake first before putting on the fondant? Can I just put the layer of Fondant directly onto the cake? I have found that nobody eats the fondant anyways and there is already layers of icing in the cake.

Help please!

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kansaslaura Posted 22 Sep 2010 , 4:28pm
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I've always put a layer of buttercream under the fondant.

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sweet_honesty Posted 22 Sep 2010 , 4:33pm
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It's up to you. You don't necessarily HAVE to put a layer of buttercream under fondant. You can stick the fondant to the cake with cornsyrup, an apricot glaze...or just put so thin a layer of buttercream that you don't risk messing up the shape. I mean see though thin.

The cake just needs to be tacky enough for the fondant to stick....what "glue" you use is entirely up to you.

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dchockeyguy Posted 22 Sep 2010 , 5:21pm
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You also have the option of putting a layer of marzipan on the cake before the fondant, then just use some cooled boiled water or apricot glaze to attach it.

The fondant needs something to stick to, however.

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