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post #16 of 19
If the environment is warm a soft fondant can "melt" - I have had this happen. I don't use a crusting buttercream and typically don't have a problem. I have never used MMF so I don't know what typical issues people have with it, I use MFF. Was it warm in the car? if not, maybe the fondant was just way too soft so it just gradually started stretching with gravity and the jostling of the car.
post #17 of 19
I would venture to say, that possibly you didn't get enough powdered sugar in the fondant and it was stretching out on you or your cakes hadn't rest long enough. Cakes have air pockets in them and when you put the fondant on top it squishes the air pockets down. This shortens the cake which makes the fondant appear to stretch. I have heard of some on here that will actually place some type of weight on top of the cake to help with this problem. What I will generally do is put my fondant on and just allow it to drape for a few minutes before smoothing it down. It may not have been the fondant at all. Try another recipe and see if you still have the issue. If so, you may need to let the cake settle or weigh it down.
post #18 of 19
Thread Starter 
I had no idea about the whole air pockets thing, but it makes total sense! I know they are fluffy and have air, I just never thought about compressing it! And coupled with the fact that I probably didn't have enough powdered sugar, it was a recipe for disaster, lol!!

Thanks so much for the info!
post #19 of 19
Sounds like you didn't have enough powdered sugar in you MMF... It looks fine at first but when you put it on the cake gravity starts to work and the fondant 'melts'... HTH
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