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Okay, I made a tweety bird cake on Friday. And the first one out of rolled fondant turn out bad so I have some questions... This was the first time I have ever worked with fondant..

1. What do I do when there is a hole in it?
2. Is it okay to use with buttercream?
3. I made some simple flower out of buttercream and then put them on the cake. I tried boiling water and letting it cool, but the flowers would not stick. I finally used Karo Syrup and that didn't work to well.
4. What should I of used to make the flower, I put them in the frig, but they never did get hard
5. I cut a tweety out of rolled fondant and put it on the cake. And then on top of that did rolled eyes... it created to much of a layer... Anyone know how to avoid this?

I guess that is all the quesitons I have for now.
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Well, hope I can help you out with some of your questions!


Definitely ice the cake with buttercream before covering the cake with fondant. It helps make the fondant stick better and provides a bit of a sweet taste.

I don't know if you can do anything about a hole except start again. I'm still new to fondant so maybe someone more experienced can help out with that. I know that once I have torn fondant I can't seem to repair it.

Did you place the flowers on right after you covered the cake in fondant? If the fondant dries, then forget it! I learned that lesson the hard way. Try placing the flowers on right after the fondant. You could try clear vanilla to hold the flowers. I use it to "glue" fondant shapes to a fondant cake.

If you want the flowers to get hard, them make them out of royal icing. The flowers will need a day or so to dry first.

Not sure about your last question.

It's all a learning process! I bet your next one turns out wonderful! thumbs_up.gif
post #3 of 3
1. What do I do when there is a hole in it?

How did you get a hole in it? You cannot patch/fix rolled fondant - it has to be removed and done again. If the rolled fondant is rolled too thin, it will tear - roll no thinner that 1/4" [6mm]

2. Is it okay to use with buttercream?

Buttercream is a thin layer to stick the rolled fondant to the cake, not to provide an alternative icing [that's double icing - time consuming and expensive]

3. I made some simple flower out of buttercream and then put them on the cake. I tried boiling water and letting it cool, but the flowers would not stick. I finally used Karo Syrup and that didn't work to well.

Rolled fondant does NOT like water. It melts. Glue flowers using Royal icing, egg white, icing glue [Wilton has one] or fondant dissolved in water to make a syrupy-goo. Buttercream can melt the rolled fondant over time so leave attachment until the last minutes.

4. What should I of used to make the flower, I put them in the frig, but they never did get hard

If the flower is made of rolled fondant, it will dry out over 2-3 days, but it will be soft. The fridge will not dry out the fondant. The moisture in the fridge will melt the rolled fondant. Gumpaste modelled flowers or piped Royal icing flowers dry rock hard. Moisture will affect the Royal but not the gumpaste models.

5. I cut a tweety out of rolled fondant and put it on the cake. And then on top of that did rolled eyes... it created to much of a layer... Anyone know how to avoid this?

Cut the eye-space out and insert a cut-to-size eye into each hole.
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