Sometimes The Fondant Almost Beats You

I had a bad fondant day yesterday...Sometimes it just tries to beat you no matter what you do. This was a little three-tiered cake that had fondant cutouts of flowers on it. I put it together, but I noticed that the fondant seemed a little strange when I was covering the cake. I decided to let it sit by itself for a while to see what it was doing, but it seemed okay, so I went ahead and stacked the cake.

After a couple of hours it was still okay, so I decorated it. I still didn't trust it, though, so I left it out at room temperature and waited to see if it was going to do anything funky. Sure enough, at about 8pm I noticed that the top tier was turning on me.

The fondant had pulled away from the sides of the cake, not making a bubble, which sometimes happens when gas escapes from between the layers, but kind of lifting an entire section of fondant away from the icing. It looked okay, but when I touched it there was an obvious gap between the fondant and the cake that was about 3" x 4". I tried to cut it down a little at the base of the cake, but of course it was right at the front, so I couldn't really do anything without ruining the design.

So I made the executive decision to redo the top tier. I had to cut through the fondant flowers and lift the top tier off, then unwrapped the fondant. Booooooo.

The second time I covered it the fondant ripped, so I started on it for a third time. Boooooo.

I finally got it together and covered the tier, re-stacked the cake, then let it sit overnight to make sure it wasn't going to freak out on me again. I redecorated the tier the next morning, so the cake didn't win in the end. It was frustrating, to say the least, but when I posted about it online I was definitely not the only person this kind of thing had happened to.

I even told the mother of the bride about it, and she told me a couple of stories about things that had happened to her when she was doing flowers for people's weddings. Both anecdotes involved refrigerator problems and ended up with her at the store buying new flowers half an hour before the weddings.

So what's the most annoying thing that's happened to you when you were doing a cake? I'm sure that we all have a story or two to tell...
 Kara Buntin owns A Cake To Remember LLC in Richmond VA, and cake supplies online at and