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post #1 of 65
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I am doing a wedding cake that has to be delivered at 1:00 p.m. tomorrow. 4 tiers covered in ivory fondant, gumpaste bow and gumpaste roses on top, with the streamers of the bow cascading down the side of the cake. Side to be stenciled with royal icing in a fleur de lis pattern. Simple, huh?

That's what I thought. Here's what went wrong...

1. Used Satin Ice and the fondant kept developing elephant skin before I every could get it picked up to lay over the cake. Tried PS, CS, and crisco. Not working. Tried 4 different times.

2. Mixed Wilton with the Satin Ice, 50/50 and finally got it to work without tearing.

3. Covered all 4 tiers and set them aside. They are looking okay.

4. Cut the dowels and started stacking. Everything seeming to be okay. All stacked and final dowel down the center for stability.

5. Fondant is starting to sag or developing air holes...oh, no...

6. Started stenciling and the first one almost done and then the stencil slipped and now the stencil is smeared. Tried to scrape it off and can't get it off. Tried to wipe the side of the cake with a damp paper towel, now that area is really messed up.

I don't know what I am going to do. I have been working on this cake since 1:00 p.m. this afternoon and am so upset...I just don't know how to fix this one.

Anyone want to buy some used cake decorating equipment? I think that this will be the end for me. I'll never get over this disaster. This wedding cake was really important to me and a lot of people I work with on a daily basis are going to see it and I am going to be so humiliated, not to mention how the Bride is going to react when the cake isn't what it should be. Guess she is going to get a big refund. icon_cry.gificon_cry.gif
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post #2 of 65
I'm so sorry! Take a deep breath and step away from it for 10 minutes to collect your thoughts. Can you cut out the smeared section somehow and camo the seam with the decoration you're doing on it? It might not look any worse than the smear.

Plan for the smeared side to be in the back.

Don't start thinking about quitting and refunds. No time to panic now. You still need to deliver a cake tomorrow.

Hang in there, sister.
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post #3 of 65
i wouldnt suggest cutting out a portion and seaming, it is likely to sag, and produce another problem.

i agree, take a break.

put the cakes in the fridge, sounds like they needed to settle first before covering, too late for that, so you need to do what you can at this point and refridgerate them so they can firm up. satin ice will be fine refrigerated.

i also agree, make the smudge the back IF it is not horrendous. if wiping with the cloth caused it to be really bad, i'd remove the fondant from that tier, chill and recover it.
post #4 of 65
Oh I feel so bad for you.

I went and reviewed a DVD from sugarshack and she says to remove a smudge of luster dust, lightly wipe it with everclear on a paper towel.

I don't know if this will work for your problem but if you get desparate you might give it a try.


good luck
post #5 of 65
How big is the area with the smudge? I know you said that there was to be ribbons cascading down the side, so any chance that the ribbons could cover it up?

I just took a look at your pictures, and you do great work. I know the feeling where you're at the eleventh hour and starting to lose it... just do as other posters have said and take 10-20 minutes for a break. Fix yourself some coffee or tea and just take a breather.

Sometimes we compound the situations by making them out to be worse than they are (or at least I know I do!). It sounds to me as though the cake is turning out fine...just for the smudge. Hang in there and don't give up!


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post #6 of 65
IM with Ruth0209... take a step away... go get a drink... walk outside and breathe.

Try getting the smeared part off with some crisoce/shortening on a paper towel. (let it dry a bit first and see what you can get off with a toothpick... if its Royal it will come off easier... if buttercream... let it crust then take it off)

It looks like a disaster now with bubbles and etc... but once it is stacked and decorated.. it wont look so bad.

If you are haviong cascading ribbons make sure you have royal icing to set them in place.

I say the same thing after each wedding cake I do (selling off my supplies and calling it quits!!)... but it gets better each time tooo... I learn so much

Good luck... maybe sleeping a few hours might clear your head.
Kim
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post #7 of 65
or

can one of the streamers be strategicly placed to cove it up

or an additional bow?
post #8 of 65
the alcohol works great to remove dust, paint or icing, afterwards letting it evaporate and dusting lightly w/ cornstarch on the spot. however since you've already used water, it may just compound the situation. but something to remember for next time. you can also use a paintbrush (craft brush). the idea to cover that spot with the bow streamers is a good possibility. give it a try if the area isnt too large.
post #9 of 65
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I am taking a break for a few minutes to see what I can try to fix things.

The cakes were torted and filled and crumb coated last night. They look really good this morning, with the exception of one tier that I had to trim some bulge off like in the sugarshack videos ( I have 4 of them) and used every trick she showed. Things were going well until today when the fondant started messing up. Finally got them covered and let them rest and then stacked them just in the videos, complete with a dowel going all the way through all 4 tiers. That last dowel won't come out, I got it in there really good. So I can't take anything apart to recover it.

So, after I posted the first request for help, my computer up and rebooted - guess it was ready to quit too! So I went and made some fondant strips and covered the cake board like sugarshack shows in her video. That is on and trimed and I even managed to fill in the seam where the two ends meet with icing like she also shows in her video.

You know I was really feeling good about things earlier tonight when we finally got the fondant to work - I was using all of her tips and even got some stretch marks on the edge of one of the tiers to disappear. Then I started to see bubbles...and that's when things started going south again.

You want to know something really funny? Not as in haha funny but when something strange happens but for the good? My son lost his job 6 months ago and he is married with 5 kids, 1 grandson and another grandchild on the way (and he will only be 30 this May). Anyway, he asked me the other day if he could come work with me and learn to decorate cakes. I was surprised, but also really appreciative, as who can't use another set of hands, specially when it come to kneeding fondant and gumpaste? He made my cake board for me and covered it with contact paper and it looks awesome. So we got to spend the afternoon and early evening doing something together. I was really enjoying myself, even with the fondant problems.

The stencil is what really pushed me over the edge. I'm going to go back to the cake and try to get the stencil to fit over what is left and see if I can get it to go again. thanks for all the encouragement and tips. Lets see what I can salvage. Wish me luck...
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post #10 of 65
Vodka or Everclear works great for smudges, as long as it's not black....Use Q-tips or a paintbrush and everytime you take a swipe, wipe the brush off, dip in alcohol, and keep going until it goes away. It will work. Sagging? I wait til it sags and cut the excess off around the bottom then Crisco the wrinkles and wait...It'll be thin in that area but I think it will look better. Take a break, step back, it'll come to you on how to fix it. Can you post a pic? It might help us to help you....I'm not an expert by any means, just trying to help with the same problems I've had before..

Trevie
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post #11 of 65
i have no idea if this work but,

one time i splashed full strength red americolr onto white fondnat. tried to get it off with everclear but could not get it all off and left a stain. i left it alone for a while and then later decided i would try to paint over it with white gel color. well when i painted the white gel color over it, it just made a wet pink paint mess. i hurriedly wiped that off and much to my amazement, everything came off clean like new!

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post #12 of 65
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Originally Posted by sugarshack

i have no idea if this work but,

one time i splashed full strength red americolr onto white fondnat. tried to get it off with everclear but could not get it all off and left a stain. i left it alone for a while and then later decided i would try to paint over it with white gel color. well when i painted the white gel color over it, it just made a wet pink paint mess. i hurriedly wiped that off and much to my amazement, everything came off clean like new!



No way!! I was just going to suggest diluting the white-white Wilton color stuff with alcohol and seeing if that would atleast fade it enough. Cool trick! Gonna have to try!!
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post #13 of 65
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Here are two photos of what I have so far. The stencil on the bottom tier dried and I put the stencil back over it and reapplied more royal icing. The next tier was the problem one and I was able to get most of the royal icing off. I can still see the residue, but the camera won't pickup on it. I went onto the 2nd tier and did 1/2 of the stencil, and when it dries I will go do the other side.

BTW Sharon, I knew that I should have purchased the cutters on your web site. If I survive this fiasco with any money left, they will be the first thing I order on Sunday...oh my, sounds like I plan to stay in this crazy business doesn't it??? icon_smile.gif

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post #14 of 65
Well, at least it isn't super strong colors. I can't tell a whole lot on the picture, and aren't wedding receptions kinda dark?? I am usually so chicken of fondant.....I had a cake that I practically ended up covering all the fondant in RI decorations just to hide all the mistakes I was making!
Good luck and maybe after it dries longer, it will disappear.
post #15 of 65
wow! your cake looks awesome! I can't see any mistakes at all!
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