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I was just looking thought the galleries, and I'm amazed at how perfect the bottoms of upper tiers look! After making cakes and struggling with getting the bottoms clean, is there a trick or technique that works? I gphave been cutting agar st the bottom of the fondant with a pizza cutter and that is better than using a knife, but not perfect like cakes I see here.

I was thinking of taking a course but at pastry schools, they are incredibly expensive! I wonder, do they jump start your decorating?

Thanks,
Nancy
post #2 of 34
I just use a pizza cutter like you. I don't go all the way around in one swoop. Try to do it section by section. I also do an up and down motion with the fondant smoother going all the way to the bottom before I start cutting...it helps define the edge
post #3 of 34
Oh my friends, do I have the solution for you. Best investment you'll ever make for perfect bottoms, and you'll throw those pizza cutters and knives out the window. Now I did say investment, so don't say I didn't warn ya.

Get a pack of those thin, plastic chopping mats from Wal-Mart or whatever, they usually come three to a pack. Cut about a six inch square from one. When you're ready to sever that fondant from the cake, lay your square up against the cake, and cup your hand to make it curve around the tier.With your other hand, gently push down until it slices thru the fondant thru to the table. Repeat all the way around. When you've worked all the way around the cake. Take that same plastic and start moving it up and down rapidly, and clean up the little straggly bits. I also use it as a smoother.

My favorite trick of all!
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post #4 of 34
And it's not an investment, it's like five bucks. Here's an example.

This really does make perfectly flush bottoms, and doubles as a great smoother. First time I did that, I was so ecstatic.

http://www.summerillandbishop.com/utensils/chopping-boards/flexible-chopping-mats.html
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I should also add, right before you start cutting, push the excess fondant that is laying flat on the table gently towards the cake, getting it as flush at the bottom as possible. Gosh I hope that makes sense. Anyways, this really is a very very good method, and will give you the smoothest cleanest cake bottoms ever. No need for borders!
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post #6 of 34
After awhile, you'll find that you can really move that plastic around rapidly, and with some force. You'll see how it really smooths down the fondant well, and you may just stop using traditional smoothers all together. Ok, enough out of me, but I really can't say enough good things about my method. icon_biggrin.gif

Oh, dust it with cornstarch if need be.
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post #7 of 34

a 6 inch square, so the edge of your mat does not touch the fondant, other than the bottom edge which cuts. ?

Ok I can sacrifice one of those cutting mats for a fondant smoother, it is inexpensive.  And quite frankly If I could get a fondant even a tiny bit looking like yours, I'd be elated.

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post #8 of 34
No, it does, you stand it up straight against the side of the cake, and bend it to fit the curve of the cake. Then press down, and it slices thru the fondant.
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post #9 of 34
You hold it loosely in place with one slightly cupped hand, and use the other to push with. I know it must sound confusing.
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Maybe I can snap some pics later.
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post #11 of 34

The cutting part you explained well, I can see that.  like a fingernail clipper. curved, cut straight down.

 

It's the smoothing part that seems like you'd be cutting the fondant with the edges of the mat while you're rubbing it.  But no you wouldn't as the edges are soft and pliant enough that it would just flair out away from the cake while you rubbed it.  (This is why I just keep reading this website.)

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post #12 of 34
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Oh my friends, do I have the solution for you. Best investment you'll ever make for perfect bottoms, and you'll throw those pizza cutters and knives out the window. Now I did say investment, so don't say I didn't warn ya.

Get a pack of those thin, plastic chopping mats from Wal-Mart or whatever, they usually come three to a pack. Cut about a six inch square from one. When you're ready to sever that fondant from the cake, lay your square up against the cake, and cup your hand to make it curve around the tier.With your other hand, gently push down until it slices thru the fondant thru to the table. Repeat all the way around. When you've worked all the way around the cake. Take that same plastic and start moving it up and down rapidly, and clean up the little straggly bits. I also use it as a smoother.

My favorite trick of all!

What a great idea!  This is why I like to read these discussions.  Thank you so much for sharing.  I have some of those at home.  Will have to try it on my next cake whenever that might be.  

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Guess there will now be a shortage of plastic mats in the world as we all rush out to buy them  Thanks AZ

post #14 of 34
Yep! Hope it makes enough sense.
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post #15 of 34

Thank you, thank you!  I also have a problem using a knife or pizza cutter to trim the bottoms of cakes.  Can't wait to try this.  I have those chopping mats and I'm sure I have one that hasn't been used.  If not, into the dishwasher it goes and then it gets cut up!  :)  Thanks again for this fabulous tip.

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