So, I was making a cupcake tower with a 8in cake on the top tier for a 12th anniversary party tomorrow. I believe this was the worst experience I have ever had with a cake. I was supposed to be a 3 layer round cake covered in fondant with a black bow. Simple enough right.....The first two layers of the cake were perfect, the 3rd layer crumbled on me when I tried to level it. So I just made it a 2 layer (figured it was the easiest way to fix the problem) and went on to add the fondant. Used Duff's bc fondant for the 1st time. Well his definition of white, is not white . So I was going to have 50 white bc cupcakes and an off white cake on top. I was not happy!!! But it didn't really matter because the fondant was so soft and oily it kept tearing when I was trying to cover the cake! So I pulled it all off and trashed it because I was sooo frustrated. Now I don't have a finished cake for my order tomorrow!
S/N: I doing this away from home (actually out of state) and don't have all of my normal supplies with me. AND....the closest bakery supply store or craft store to buy some premade fondant is over a hour away!!! What was I thinking when I agreed to do this....
can you make the cake and ice it smooth and still place a fondant bow on top? I know some buttercream is so smooth I think it's fondant
Is there a grocery store nearby? You can easily make Marshmallow fondant! Its a little messy, but ingredients are easy to find! Also, I don't know where you are, but in a pinch, Walmart carries Wilton brand fondant. If you have any Duff fondant left I have heard several people who mix Duff fondant with Wilton or Marshmallow fondant...it would taste better than Wilton Fondant, but be sturdier than Duff's by itself.
I think I would try making a good crusting buttercream, and smoothing it well using the Viva or roller method. Put the bow on it and people may even like it better than the fondant. I hope things work out for you!!
Thanks for the tips. I only have a hand mixer with me, can I make mm fondant with that? If not I will just go to walmart and use Wilton's. Not fond of the taste but I will put another coat of icing on it so it will still be tasty if the choose to pull it off.
If the cake is due tomorrow and you want to decorate it today MMF is not going to be your best option. Homemade MMF requires a resting period of at least overnight to achieve optimum workability. If you make it today and try to use it right away you aren't going to have any greater success than you did with the Duff's.
Also, if you want a white that will exactly match your cupcakes you should cover your cake with the same product you are using on the cupcakes.
I'd either go with the Wilton fondant from Walmart or cover the cake with whatever you're using for the cupcakes.
you can make mmf without a mixer, but I think it works best when it has a day or so to sit so you may not have time. I think your best bet is just to use the Wilton. Once it's on the cake it tastes fine