I have only been making cakes a couple of months and I can't figure out how to avoid elephant skin in my fondant. I use a little crisco when it seems to be getting dry while I knead it. When I roll it out it seems smooth but then I cover the cake and the teeny tiny crack marks start to show. Any tips are much appreciated!!
I had that same problem until I began using Macsmom's recipe, which u can find in the recipe database...I think the inclusion of glycerine makes the fondant much more forgiving and super easy to work with...you should give this recipe a try, I think you will be very happy with it, HTH!
I want to try this too! Thank you
You could try rubbing the fondant with shortening. Thats what I have heard others do.
have you tried microwaving it just a tiny bit to get the chill out and make it more pliable, then you won't need to kneed and roll for so long before getting it on the cake?
It sounds like you're not working fast enough. Fondant dries out just like BC, and if you are taking your time getting the fondant on the cake, it will form "elephant skin" when you handle it again. When covering a cake in fondant, have everything ready right where you need it so you don't have to go finding anything half way through the covering process. Then don't stop to take a breath until it is covered and smoothed
i will second the need to work fast!
also, watch ur technique for moving the fondant - if that causes it to stretch u can get problems too.