Placing fondant on cake?
Hi Lorelie, PLEASE HELP
I'm in Australia and teaching myself the art of fondant? In the USA it seems buttercream icing is placed on cake before placing fondant on.
In Australia, some put sherry, others use 1 part apricot jam: 2 parts water. I'M CONFUSED.
What do I use to adhere fondant to a) fruit cake b) chocolate and carrot cake.
Is fondant too heavy for a sponge cake ?
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Catherine in AustraliaANSWER:
Hi Catherine, Yes we do generally use buttercream on the cake prior to en robing the cake in fondant.
Part of the reason for that is so the cake does not show through the fondant and also to make the cake as smooth as possible as fondant shows every bump, nook and cranny.
I have seen, in my Australian cake decorating books the jam and the sherry etc. and along with that a marzipan covering prior to the fondant. The marzipan would work well to make a nice smooth finish before adding the fondant.
I think the easiest way is to use buttercream
as it smooths the cake and acts as a glue for the fondant all in one step. Give it a try. You can use it for a fruit cake, carrot cake and chocolate cakes.
Hope this helps with your placing fondant on cake question.