Fondant Decoration On Cup Cakes Disaster~~

Decorating By clew Updated 21 May 2012 , 3:18pm by clew

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clew Posted 27 Jan 2012 , 7:47am
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i just found out that a cupcake set that i made n sold was kinda a disaster...
usually once i made them and hand them over to the customer, I never knew how it became once it arrives on the event's venue...

On this particular case, it was CnY and one of my relative ordered few sets of CnY cupcakes.
They were done, and few hours later i handed them to her. It traveled with her about 200KM away from my place in boxes, and like 2 days later on the event's date i was invited there.. And i was kinda disappointed with myself that the decoration i made was a disaster n since there were lots of others looking at my work too.

The most disappointing one is the one in the photo. the photo was taken once i finished making them. 2 days and 200KM away later.... that dragon was asleep lying on his belly facing down... icon_sad.gificon_cry.gif it was so bad taking a picture didn't even cross my mind...

i have been doing cupcake decorating for a while now, and now i am worried with the other orders i had and future orders. does that happens to anyone else? is there any advice you can give me?

i did put a spaghetti support inside, also i have read that some uses some kind of fondant hardener though i didn't (i don't like too put too much stuffs into my foods, let alone the massive amount of the food coloring already in it)

so there's it, if there's any advice i'll be truly grateful n thankful~!!


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Tails Posted 27 Jan 2012 , 11:56am
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I would recommend tylose powder or gumpaste in your fondant decorations to harden them up for decor use. icon_smile.gif

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DianeLM Posted 27 Jan 2012 , 2:54pm
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Were the boxes airtight? That may have been the problem. If there's no air circulation, the trapped moisture will cause the fondant to wilt.

Oh, and your deco is super cute!! icon_smile.gif

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clew Posted 27 Jan 2012 , 3:22pm
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@Tails yea... i read about using tylose powder as hardener.. but it kinda rare here in my country i think.. never seen it.. maybe i should try the gumpaste alternative no experience with gumpaste yet >_<

@Diane Thanks! ^_^ i refered to Kingston flashdrive dragon~ not too similar tho...
hmm i think they were... i guess ill make holes on the boxes next time to be safe.. icon_smile.gif

or maybe i should ask her whether she put it in the fridge... if she did then prolly it's the cause i guess...

Thanks for the advice! ^_^v

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cakeflake80 Posted 7 Mar 2012 , 3:32am
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It's definitely the lack of air in the box or container. I learned that the hard way when I made valentines day cupcakes for my girls. I had extra left over from an order so I decorated them and put them in a rubbermaid container overnight. In the morning, the fondant hearts were all melty and sticky and they had a wilted look. The buttercream had a melty look to it too.....but the cupcakes for the order that were stored in a cake box (not airtight) were perfect. I put them in the fridge to stiffen the buttercream up a bit. Lesson learned.

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clew Posted 7 Mar 2012 , 4:30pm
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@cakeflake80 Thanks for sharing =)

i started punching holes on my boxes since then~ ^^v

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HalifaxMommy Posted 13 May 2012 , 2:03am
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Did I read the OP's post right when she said the cupcakes travelled 200 km? That could have been a contributing factor.

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clew Posted 14 May 2012 , 2:34am
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@HalifaxMommy yea it did traveled that far, out of town 3hours by car. maybe the customer put them in the trunk, i have no idea.. haha

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Lynne3 Posted 21 May 2012 , 2:31pm
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How do you attach the dragon to the cupcake?
I use a piece of lollipop stick (stucking out of the dragon into the cupcake, and a few small dots of royal icing.

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clew Posted 21 May 2012 , 3:18pm
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I only used spaghetti for support and water to stick the dragon on the cupcake. never use royal icing as glue, i still find it a little troublesome making some and using them (based on a recipe i knew.. 1egg white 3cups of sugar and 1tsp lemon), not sure how to make smaller amount of that only for glue..
Thanks for the input though, probably the spaghetti soften up along with the dragon, since i didn't see it sticking out of the sleeping dragon.

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