Fondant Topper Directly On Frosted Cake? Is Covering A Cake With Fondant An Absolute Must?

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newbeeatcakes Posted 10 Apr 2016 , 10:21pm
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I am planning to bake a cake for a kids party. I was wondering if I can place fondant figurines and toppers directly on the cake covered with ganache/buttercream frosting? Or do I necessarily need to cover the cake with fondant before placing fondant toppers? Would appreciate your thoughts. Thanks! 

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cakebaby2 Posted 10 Apr 2016 , 10:27pm
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If they are heavier than what they are sitting on (buttercream) then they will sink. If you insert a toothpick into them prior to placing on a cake, then they wont?

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cakedout Posted 11 Apr 2016 , 5:40pm
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You can sit them directly on the ganache or buttercream - they may sink in a tad, but depending on what figures you are doing, that may be ok.  Inserting a small skewer or toothpick into the bottom of the figure before inserting may help with the sinking issue - Otherwise, maybe you could make a fondant plaque for the figures to sit on?

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Jeff_Arnett Posted 11 Apr 2016 , 6:59pm
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Unless they are pretty heavy you should be fine.  If in doubt, insert a thin straw cut to the height of your cake at the position where the figure will sit to act as a dowel to support it.  If you put a toothpick or skewer in the bottom of the figure, you can then stick it in the straw to anchor it.....try piping some icing into the straw to help secure it.

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newbeeatcakes Posted 11 Apr 2016 , 9:21pm
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Thank you for the tips everyone. Yes, the toppers are quite heavy, so I would go with your suggestions rather than risking them sinking. Thanks for helping out.

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