I have the 20" wilton roller for fondant, I know--pushing it with the size. Should I just wrap the sides with a long piece and then make a top? (It is a gift box, after all)
I'm starting to get worried! The cake is for tomorrow and this fondant is driving me nuts. Help!
Heres a question... how do you put fondant on a square cake? Those corners killed me last night! I was able to camoflauge them a bit but wow, didn't realize a square cake would be so difficult compared to a round. (corners were an issue when I did the "box top" piece of fondant.) I know not using enough fondant probably plays a part.
By the way--where can I find this chart with amounds of fondant for cake size?
Thanks for the help.
When you're putting fondant on a square cake do the corners first. There are some very helpful videos on youtube to take you throught the process. I'd get you a link but I'm at work and youtube is filtered out, so you'll have to check it out on your own.
I was going to suggest more fondant as well. It is truly amazing HOW MUCH you need for a large cake! You can't use your weenie Wilton mat for a 20x20 piece of fondant or larger. I find that I need to make my fondant about 4-6" bigger all round than the size actually needed for the cake. (I've only done about 10 fondant cakes so far.)
The video above actually mentions a product called The Mat. I've purchased one but haven't used it yet. Here's a Wilton thread about The Mat:
Here's a link to my Humongous Killer 18" rolling pin that helps me roll out fondant for large cakes:
I've only used it 3 times, but it was worth every penny just for those 3 cakes. It's also great for burglars.
That rolling pin is great. Your comment about burglars cracked me up! Caught me off guard there. :-)
My San Diego Cake Club just had a show and the guest of honor was Mike Elder, of Black Sheep Custom Cakes (FAMOUS, FABULOUS!). He used pre-made 1/2 sheet cakes, commercial buttercream and Fondx and made this Ronald McDonald shoe for the opening ceremonies demonstration. He did it all in ONE HOUR and talked and joked at the same time!!!!! It was amazing!!! Here's a picture:
Mike actually used a regular rolling pin (not a huge one like mine, but I did see an 18" in the supplies if any of the demonstrators wanted to use it) and rolled out 10 lbs. of white fondant for the red, then airbrushed it. He used another 3-4 lbs. for the trims (heel, sole, etc.).
Does the fondant work well for cut out designs? Or would SI gum paste be better and how's the taste? By this I assume you mean the little design you can produce by using cutters? The fondant will work fine for this. You wouldn't have to add tylose or gumpaste I don't think. It might depend on the cut out or design though.
I just read where Tylose can be added to fondant for cutouts? Does it change the taste? As I said above, I don't think you necessarily would have to add tylose. If you do use it, there will be a change in both the texture and taste that you might not find appealing. Fondant tastes better without the addition, imo
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