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Topic: making corners sharp with fondant
kimodell 01/08/2010 12:16 PM
When I put fondant on a cake it is always rounded on the edges. Is there some way to make a sharp edge without damaging the fondant?
obesa 01/08/2010 2:15 PM
I use two fondant smoothers at once, flat sides together on the cake edge, sharpening the edge by "pulling" the smoothers toward each other.
kimodell 01/08/2010 2:27 PM
Is it easy to do or is it easy to wreck a cake? I am wondering if I need to practice. Do you do that technique a lot?
bunnywoman 01/08/2010 10:27 PM
I'd suggest practicing first. Maybe make up a couple 6" squares and see how it goes for you.
mmumsie 01/08/2010 11:01 PM
Watch Lorraine McKay do this technique.
http://vimeo.com/298002
Bainton 01/08/2010 11:47 PM
I'm thinking kimodell meant squared off top edges ... Lorraine's are very rounded/soft. I'd like to figure out how to do sharp edges too! I'll have to try obesa's suggestion ... hmmm
kimodell 01/21/2010 3:21 PM
Yes, that is what I meant. Sorry I didn't get back on line, have been sick and very busy but thanks for the input.
mmumsie 01/21/2010 6:37 PM
This youtube does the technique you're referring too.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=We26gwKS_tw&feature=related
mmumsie 01/21/2010 6:42 PM
You also need to remember a lot of pictures of fondant cakes are not cake at all. But, following this technique you can get a sharper edge.

Also, make sure your cake is dense enough to support the weight of the fondant. Cakes should be completely cooled, stacked and iced together. Then chill for a few minutes before covering. Cake and buttercream will hold up better.
kimodell 01/22/2010 10:02 AM
That video was awesome. Those smoothers look a lot higher then the ones you get from Wilton. I wish I could find some like that. Thanks.
bccaker 01/22/2010 10:11 AM
Check out this website: http://www.countrykitchensa.com/catalog/mini.aspx?T=1&ShopId=38&CatId=527&SubCatId=214

On Sharon Zambito's dvd, Flawless Fondant, she shows you how to the get sharp edges on fondant and she uses two of PME Easy fondant smoothers, like obesa said.
kimodell 01/22/2010 1:44 PM
I am definitely order 2 of those! Thanks.
kimodell 01/29/2010 12:21 PM
I watched that video 4 times to try to understand what she is putting on the cake to make the fondant stick. Do you know what it is? I am doing fondant tomorrow morning and would like to try her technique although I ordered the smoothers and they haven't come yet. I have 2 of the Wilton ones but they are too small to do that.
cupcake_123 01/30/2010 5:14 AM
The cake is a chocolate mud cake covered with a very smooth dark chocolate ganache then she brushes it with an apricot glaze/syrup to make it sticky. According to Planet Cake, the apricot glaze is made as follows:-

100g or 3.5oz or one third of a cup apricot jam whisked with 100ml or 3.5 fluid oz of boiling water until smooth. Remove any lumps and if you want you can stir in two teaspoons of orange liqueur for a bit more flavour.

According to the Planet Cake book, the big trick to getting the cake so flat with such sharp edges is partly due to the smoothers but also taking the time to get the ganache layer VERY VERY smooth with nice sharp edges with scrapers and hot knifes/spatulas before the fondant goes on.
kimodell 01/30/2010 10:30 AM
Is there anything else I can use to make it stick? I made buttercream and have frosted them and am going to do fondant in about 3 hours. I don't want to go to the store again!
cupcake_123 01/30/2010 11:05 AM
If you've crumb coated your cake and have done as mmumsie suggest and have chilled the cake then I would just boil some water, let it cool and very lightly brush it onto the crumb coat just before putting the fondant onto the cake.
kimodell 01/30/2010 11:48 AM
Ok, thanks. I will try that.
bleigh 09/02/2010 4:16 PM
ok so someone explain this. IF she is using the PME fondant smoother, then how is it wide enough cover the entire side of the 4" tall cake? All the ones I have found online are 3" -3 5/8"? Any suggestions?