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post #1 of 18
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...without steaming? I had a disaster of water spots on my finished cake yesterday as a result of steaming to remove the white bits of icing sugar visible on the fondant. I was so upset! I've just started cake decorating this past August, and with every cake I do I learn a lesson, unfortunately for this one it was a lesson I couldn't fix before the customer picked up! They were happy with the cake and I know we're our own worst critic but I really don't want this to happen again! It was brand new, so not clogged, I probably didn't let it heat up enough, but aside from all of the things I could have done differently, is there any way to do this without steaming? I'm not a fan of the shiny look steaming gives anyway, but thought this was my only option. Or alternate ways to smooth without using icing sugar/cornstarch? That was how I was taught to smooth fondant.

Thanks in advance! I'm not a poster (yet) since i dont have much advice but I'm here reading almost every day!

Amy
post #2 of 18
I use either of two methods: Buff with a soft paper towel and just a little bit of shortening, (I scrunch it up first to get a nice, soft pad); or spray it very lightly with a fine mist of Vodka. The vodka evaporates almost immediately and has never left me with a spot.

I'm glad they were happy with the cake, and I know what you mean about our being our worst critic! I'm not always satisfied, either. I hope this helps you...

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post #3 of 18
I have used a barely damp (almost dry) cloth and rub softly. Never tried steaming though, it scares me!
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post #4 of 18
I use either of two methods: Buff with a soft paper towel and just a little bit of shortening, (I scrunch it up first to get a nice, soft pad); or spray it very lightly with a fine mist of Vodka. The vodka evaporates almost immediately and has never left me with a spot.

I'm glad they were happy with the cake, and I know what you mean about our being our worst critic! I'm not always satisfied, either. I hope this helps you...

Jan
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post #5 of 18
The easiest is simply not to use powdered sugar or cornstarch. I use the thinnest film of veg shortening on the counter to roll it out.
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post #6 of 18
I have purchased various non stick mats to roll out my fondant. I don't have to icing sugar it at all. I just roll it out and it never sticks. I got mine from:

http://www.goldaskitchen.com/merchant.ihtml?pid=6082&step=4

I also use a small one for making decorations.

I never liked to steam. It is such a fine line to getting it right.
post #7 of 18
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Thanks for the replies! It's not while rolling out that I'm using powdered sugar, it's while smoothing with a fondant smoother. Can I use shortening then also?
post #8 of 18
That is exactly what I was talking about. I use The Mat, so don't roll out on PS or cornstarch. It is when smoothing that I encountered the problem. And yes, you can use the shortening trick. I learned it from one of Sharon Zambito's DVDs. It leaves a soft glow on the fondant, not shiny.
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post #9 of 18
Rubbing it with a small ball of leftover fondant sometimes works. I usually brush with a dry brush first to remove most of it, then buff with a fondant ball. If there are still marks, I use the shortening on a paper towel method as others have described.
post #10 of 18
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Originally Posted by Soco119

Thanks for the replies! It's not while rolling out that I'm using powdered sugar, it's while smoothing with a fondant smoother. Can I use shortening then also?



I've never heard of needing to put on PS in order to smooth with a fondant smoother.

I, too, roll out on a fine film of shortening. I put the fondant on the cake "rolled-on side up" and use my smoother on the surface very easily. I don't turn my fondant over to the side that was on the mat--that side will be somewhat tacky.

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post #11 of 18
Quote:
Originally Posted by Soco119

Thanks for the replies! It's not while rolling out that I'm using powdered sugar, it's while smoothing with a fondant smoother. Can I use shortening then also?



Using shortening at this point will make it harder to use the smoother. You have to use cornstarch or powdered sugar. I use The Mat too and sometimes have this problem. I just try to use as little as possible. Then use the other tricks to get the cornstarch off afterwards.
post #12 of 18
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Thanks everyone! Great suggestions, I knew there had to be a way around it. I'll try some of these suggestions to see what works best. I was taught to use the PS with the fondant smoother but would much prefer not to if I didn't need to. Such a learning process!
Thanks again.
post #13 of 18
On the cake, I put some rose alcohol in a spritz bottle and spritz that. The rose alcohol is almost pure, so it dries immediately and does a good job of 'cleaning'. If it's on flowers, I just pass each one through some steam, it's gone in a wink.
post #14 of 18
a very thin wipe down with shortening will get it all off; the shortening will absorb and the fondant will look fabulous!

Sharon Zambito

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post #15 of 18
I'm a little "late to the party" but came across this thread and wanted to throw in my 2 cents!

I use The Mat to roll out my fondant, so no PS or shortening needed... but sometimes after putting it on the cake and smoothing with my hands first, it's a little to tacky for the fondant smoother... so what I've been doing lately is using a ball of fondant and it works like a charm! After I'm done with the that, if I need to, I can usually go back over with the fondant smoother.
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