Beyond the collapsing cake, the biggest issue with this week's attempt was the fondant. It was just released in the USA, and I had serious problems with it right from the start. I finally contacted the company, and they agreed that there was a problem and offered to send me a new bucket.
But silly me I went ahead and used the "messed up" fondant. Big mistake, cause this is what I got!!
The first step in this magical fondant cure is mixing up a batch of gunge ...
(Note: recipe is at the bottom of the post.)
Fill the holes in your fondant with a big dollop of the sticky paste...
And then scrape it off...
Easy Peasy. You may have to do this a few times, but when you are finished, the hole is completely gone. Can you even see where the original crater was??
What a difference a little gunge makes...
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Gunge (recipe from Kaysie Lackey at Innovative Sugar Works)
200 grams Fondant
15 grams Whole Milk (Soy Milk works too)
15 grams Vodka
- Start out mixing 100 grams of the fondant will all of the liquid. I use an electric hand mixer fitted with a whisk. Be patient, this takes a while.
- When the original 100 g of fondant gets incorporated into the liquid, slowing start adding pieces of the remaining 100 grams of fondant until the mixture starts to look like stiff peak royal icing. You don't need to add all the remaining fondant; just add enough till the consistency look right.
- Sugar Smoother/Scraper by Innovative Sugar Works - This tool is great for scraping the gunge from the cake. It is light and thin, but super strong. The scrapper has other uses, but it is the go-to tool for gunge repairs. You can get Smoothers with a ruler inked on the side or Ink Free.
- Sugar Shapers are another great tool to use with gunging. If you have a gap between your stacked tiers, you can pip the gunge in the gap and smooth it out using the Sugar Shapers.
- An the best tool of all the the TurnTable Expander. When draping the fondant over the cake, my regular turntable is not large enough to hold all the extra fondant that pools at the base. The TurnTable Expander gives you an extra 8 inches of working space. The Expander fits my Cake Boss Turntable perfectly, but Innovative Sugar Works now sells their own turntable.
- And, No, I don't work-for or have any relationship with Innovative Sugar Works. As a hobby baker I just love their products.
Note 1: You can also half or quarter this recipe.
Note 2: If you use just water or just vodka as the liquid, the gunge patch will have a shiny appearance and stand out from the fondant around it. The milk is used because the fat in the milk gives the gunge patch a matte finish that will make the repaired area blend seamlessly into the surrounding fondant. I have also used Soy Milk and it works just as well as the whole milk.
Note 3: The vodka is used because it quickly evaporates when exposed to air so it helps the repaired area dry quickly and lose its stickiness. If you use water, the gunge will stay sticky for a much longer period.
So when your fondant is less than perfect - just GUNGE IT and forget it!!