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HELP! Smooth "seamless" fondant between layers

post #1 of 36
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Hi! I am making a 4-tiered wedding cake this weekend. The design the bride and groom chose is gorgeous, but I am nervous about making it. Normally, I put a border or some sort of decoration around the bottom of each tier so that the uneven edge of the fondant doesn't show. The cake they would like, and in the picture (posted), the fondant between layers appears to be "seamless." Does anyone have a good technique for blending/smoothing the fondant between layers to make it look as if one, large sheet of fondant was smoothed over the assembled cake? Any ideas would be greatly appreciated! Thank you!
LL
post #2 of 36
Beautiful cake. I have seen a video on Satin's Ice website where she (I believe her name is Maria) takes a paddle/fondant smoother after the cakes are stacked and guide the fondant down to the edge with the smoother. Your fondant can not be rolled too then thin for this trick.
post #3 of 36
I don't have any suggestions about the fondant, but I wanted to quickly ask if those were gumpaste flowers? I would love to see your finished cake icon_smile.gif
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post #4 of 36
I would suggest using a fondant smoother right down to the bottom of each tier and then cutting by hand with a knife (as opposed to a pizza or pastry cutter) for a cleaner, smoother cut.
Once stacked, use the smoother again to have the fondant touch the tier it's sitting on.
post #5 of 36
I agree with the other posts that you can use pizza cutters to get the fondant cut as smooth as possible, but if you have any little gaps between the cake and the cake board, why not pipe a tiny bit of buttercream of the same colour to fill in the gap?

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post #6 of 36
you could also pipe royal icing or buttercream into space and smooth out with fondant smoother or another item that will not damage fondant.
post #7 of 36
I find it kind of tricky to get right, but the bottoms look nice and neat if you leave an inch or so of fondant hanging off the bottom and then just... tuck it under. Instead of cutting it right up to the edge, I mean.
post #8 of 36
I hope you don't mind me hoping on this thread! I am way out of practice of making cakes and a bride has asked me to do the cake pictured above. I think it is destiny to find it on the forum, don't you? icon_smile.gif I am practicing to make the flower petals and I have questions!!
1. Does anybody have ideas on how to attach them to the cake? It will be all fondant and all real.
2. How to get that look of the petals? What tool was used or technique?
I am assuming they are gum paste which I am thinking of mixing with fondant 50/50. This method was suggested by an instructor I took a class from. Any thoughts on that?
I hadn't even thought about the bottoms of each tier, so this forum is really helpful so far!
Thanks in advance for helping a returning newbie back into the game!
post #9 of 36
I use a piece of acetate to smooth and finish the bottom of my cakes, it gives you a really nice clean finish right to the bottom of the tier. If you have any small gaps you an fill with royal and smooth it away with your finger , it is pretty undetectable especially if it is a white cake. It also makes the cakes a bit more secure in my opinion.
post #10 of 36
@kreisner88

1. You can either attach the petals to the fondant with edible glue or buttercream.

2. To the get the "ruffled" on on each petal a "ball tool" is used its like a tool with a metal ball on the end that rolls. The petal is placed on a spongy surface and the ball tool is pressed and rolled around the edge of the petal to give it that realistic look, here's a video to see what I mean,
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zPuzGpdlyeI

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post #11 of 36
Thanks JamandButtercream for the quick reply. Now to find a ball tool! I was amazed at how soft his petals looked. Have you used his method of fondant and CMC or tragacanth?
K
post #12 of 36
I have yet to use his method, but I'm definitely going to! The results look amazing! icon_biggrin.gif
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post #13 of 36
After I cover the tier in fondant, I trim, leaving leaving an inch or two around the base.
Next, I place it on top of a smaller bowl or Crisco can, so that there is room to run a knife under the edge. With the knife exactly horizontal to the bottom edge of the tier, trim the excess fondant away.

When placing it on top of the lower tier, sometimes BC will crumble out from bewteen the cake and fondant, but that can be easily brushed away.

The acetate works great for smoothing the edges down, and the icing in a matching shade is great for fixing flaws.
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No pressure... no diamonds.

WASC Gourmet Flavors
http://docs.google.com/Doc?id=df4f9hbq_46cs9f28fs
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post #14 of 36
Thread Starter 
Thanks for all of your great suggestions! I ended up just piping small beads along the bottom of each tier. Here is a picture of the finished cake!
LL
post #15 of 36
Beautiful! Thanks ever so much for sharing!
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