Why is my fondant cracking?

Asked By: Johann Zarraga | Last Updated: 10th April, 2020
Category: food and drink desserts and baking
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Fondant that is rolled too thin or too thick can cause issues such as tearing and cracking. Tears and cracks can be repaired by filling them in with a fresh piece of fondant. Smooth edges with your fingertips coated in shortening. Cracks can also be smoothed out with an icing smoother or your fingertips.

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Just so, why is my fondant not stretchy?

If your fondant does not feel elastic enough even after kneading it well, add up to 1 teaspoon CMC powder, Tylose powder or gum tragacanth to the recipe. If your fondant feels dry and cracks or feels very firm or crumbly, knead in a few teaspoons of melted shortening.

Beside above, how do you roll fondant evenly? Before you roll fondant, sprinkle a flat surface with icing sugar to prevent it from sticking. Then, knead the fondant for between 5-8 minutes, or until it's smooth. Next, roll the fondant into a thick, even disk with a rolling pin, taking care to apply steady pressure so the fondant rolls evenly.

Also to know is, how do you smooth out fondant without a smoother?

Use leftover fondant dough shaped into a ball, dip your hands in cornstarch or use a piece of thick foam to smooth out the fondant on the cake. Roll out prepared fondant 1/4-inch thick. Use cornstarch to dust the work surface while rolling the dough to prevent fondant from sticking.

Does fondant melt in hot weather?

Before I go on, I should clarify that fondant melts at 35 degrees, so in hot weather fondant may melt and sag off a cake regardless of how well it was prepared.

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Can you stick fondant to buttercream?

Fondant decorations add a professional and polished touch to cakes and cookies iced with buttercream icing. If you are applying your decoration to fresh buttercream icing, you can skip this step. Fresh buttercream icing is a suitable adherent by itself. Press your fondant decoration, dampened side down, onto the icing.

How do you harden a fondant shape?

To harden fondant using a blow dryer, set the pieces on a sheet pan lined with parchment paper. Set the dryer to its lowest setting and hold it 1 to 1 1/2 feet away from the fondant. Dry the pieces for 5 to 10 minutes, depending on their size, moving the dryer as needed to dry them thoroughly.

Can you use hot glue on fondant?

Water will hold fondant to fondant. The liquid causes the sugars to melt together. Hot glue is artificial glue (and although I love my hot glue gun), it dries so fast and can't get spread thin enough quickly you'd be able to see the glue lines underneath fondant pieces. To glue fresh to fresh, water or gum glue.

Does fondant go bad?


Technically, yes, rolled fondant icing does expire and at some point it will go bad. Most fondants have a shelf life of 22 - 24 months. I will always prefer to use my fondant as freshly as possible, within the first 6 months of purchasing.

Can I add water to fondant?

Fondant is usually rolled into a thin layer and laid over the entire cake. However, do not add water to to moisten the fondant -- this will break down the sugar-based fondant, causing it to tear. Knead the fondant if you find tiny cracks in it, before you have placed it onto your frosted cake.