My cake will be covered in fondant, and I've read that it is best to apply photos to fondant when the fondant is still fresh, before it has that dried out skin on it, so the photo sticks/melts into the fondant. I'm wanting to cover my cake a day before the event, but my cake is chocolate with a mock cream filling and I'd prefer to keep it in the fridge (it doesn't have real cream in the filling but I think it will keep better if it has been chilled).
So my question is is it ok to put the edible photo on the cake when I cover it in fondant and then keep it refrigerated for 24-36 hours? Will it cause the photo to go blurry or colours to run? Instructions say to make sure the photo is kept in the package until used and to make sure no moisture gets on it, but I haven't seen any details about after putting it on the cake other than to not touch it.
If I can't fridge a photo then is the only option to cover the cake with fondant a day ahead, and then on the day quickly dampen the fondant and put the photo on shortly before serving?
Thanks in advance for any advice.
Fondant does not like to be in the fridge..it sweats and can get soft...can ruin your design.
If at all possible and if the filling allows and you have the time..do everything that day...
I have put the fondant on and the edible image on the day before and the cake sat on the counter with no problem.
If you want to wait on the image, yes you can "slightly" dampen the top of the fondant and add the image..
Hope this helps.
The cake is needed by 9-10am on Sat and realistically I can't see myself getting up at 6am, especially when I have a toddler who could possibly be sticking their sticky fingers into everything (I loved the 'How to bake a cake' thread ). So maybe the best option is to work late Fri night and simply leave the cake out at room temperature?
I'm going to have to revisit my entire cake plan because I just did trial run on a 3 layer chocolate gateaux style cake I was going to do and it was such a disaster. It went wrong in so many ways that I don't have the time or space to list them all! Just as well I tested it out now instead of the day before our reunion.
So to be on the safe side I'm going to do a classic butter/pound cake instead and instead of a creamy filling just have a chocolate buttercream. I'm considering ditching fondant altogether and simply having a nicely buttercreamed icing.
Is it possible to put edible photos on buttercream or does the fat content leak through? The cake shop I bought it from didn't recommend it, they recommended fondant. Has anyone successfully added a photo to buttercream?
If it's not an option, how do you think adding a thin layer of fondant on top of the buttercream, the size of the photo would go?
I have used edible images on both buttercream and fondant..When I use buttercream I put the image on the same day if possible...and your idea of a piece of fondant on top of the buttercream and under the image would work too.
You could even make the fondant in a pretty shape to accent the picture..
My bottom cake is pound with a small coating of chocolate buttercream and covered in chocolate fondant, and my top tier is chocolate mud cake with chocolate buttercream and chocolate fondant again. I'd heard that dark fondant can show through the image so I rolled out a thin round of white fondant the same size as the image and placed that on top of the chocolate fondant, and then put the image on that.
Originally I was going to be fancy and cut a hole out of the chocolate fondant and replace it with white fondant where the image would be so the icing would all be the same level, but I was worried that it might be more effort than is warranted and I'm short on time and energy . So the image is a couple of mls up higher than the cake, but I've piped tiny chocolate buttercream dots around to frame the image.
I'm hoping my family will be most pleased. Pics to come soon, thanks
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