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post #1 of 13
Thread Starter 
Hi there! My cake starts to sag slighty after im finished decorsating it. I use ganache under fondant. Before I cover the cake in fondant I make sure my cake is at room temp. Any suggestions to keep my cake from sagging? Thank you!
post #2 of 13

How long are you letting them settle? I usually let mine set overnight and have never had a problem with them sagging.

post #3 of 13
Thread Starter 

Well I never new I had to let them settle.  But this last time I made a cake I let it sit at room temp for about 30 min before I covered with fondant. I normally use ganache under my fondant to so I was surprised that it started to sag. Idk what i'm doing wrong.
 

post #4 of 13
I'm not sure where you read to leave it at room temperature...it's quite the opposite. Your cake has to be cold, very cold.

Here's what I do...

- fill the cake and leave in the refrigerator for an hour. The buttercream or ganache will have hardened.
- cover with buttercream or ganache. Because the buttercream/ ganache inside the cake is hard the layers will not move when your cover it with buttercream/ ganache.
- leave in the refrigerator at least 4 hours...better result if overnight.
- brush the ganache with a very thin coat of hot water to make it sticky. If don't use hot water when I use buttercream.
- cover with fondant.

You will have much better results.
post #5 of 13
...and if your fondant is thin it will not crush the cake.
post #6 of 13
Quote:
Originally Posted by MKC View Post

I'm not sure where you read to leave it at room temperature...it's quite the opposite. Your cake has to be cold, very cold.

Here's what I do...

- fill the cake and leave in the refrigerator for an hour. The buttercream or ganache will have hardened.
- cover with buttercream or ganache. Because the buttercream/ ganache inside the cake is hard the layers will not move when your cover it with buttercream/ ganache.
- leave in the refrigerator at least 4 hours...better result if overnight.
- brush the ganache with a very thin coat of hot water to make it sticky. If don't use hot water when I use buttercream.
- cover with fondant.

You will have much better results.

The onetime I used fondant on a cold cake it sweated like crazy. You don't have that problem?

post #7 of 13
Depending on the temperature ( humid or hot) it can happen...But never like crazy.

But when it's dry, I don't have this problem at all.

When I'm done with the cake, I put the cake back in the fridge and it removes any stickyness on the fondant.

You should try it again.
post #8 of 13
Thread Starter 

I did have my cake sweat also and I didnt know waht to do about that.
 

post #9 of 13
Thread Starter 

So after you cover with fondant you put it back in the fridge? I thought fondnat shouldnt be refrigerated?

post #10 of 13

I refrigerate all my fondant covered cakes.  They do sweat a bit during summer months(not so much during fall and winter) since I am in Texas and it is pretty hot but it goes away after about a hour of being out of the fridge.

post #11 of 13
But once the fondant gets wet it gets shiny...
post #12 of 13

The shininess is the condensation and if you let it come to room temp, about a hour, it will dull back down and not be shiny.

post #13 of 13
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Originally Posted by reginaherrin View Post

I refrigerate all my fondant covered cakes.  They do sweat a bit during summer months(not so much during fall and winter) since I am in Texas and it is pretty hot but it goes away after about a hour of being out of the fridge.
Hmmm I'll give it another try. It is certainly easier to work with a cold cake. Thanks
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