I need help with Fondant. I was coloring fondant yesterday and after getting the color I needed I noticed that while kneading the fondant it looked dry and cracked in some spots. Is this because of overkneading or could the color do that to the fondant. I wrapped it up and I am hoping that when I am ready to roll it out to put on the cake it will not be like that, If it is still looking like that when I'm ready to roll it out does anyone have any suggestions.
Is there a certain way or technique to knead fondant? Please help me as the cake is due this Saturday. Thanks so much!!! :)
Great info Karen. I colored some Satin Ice Orange a few years ago and it gave me fits no matter what. Was too sticky, then it cracked, streatched etc... so I just try to buy the precolored fondant and mix it for bolder colors. I do like the Americolor gels the best for fondant though if I have to go that route.
I found that my Ateco Mat... (I know I push this thing all the time) has saved almost any and all problems I ever had rolling out fondant. I NEVER use shortning or cornstarch on it. It just works like a dream. If you can... I'd start with an Ateco Silicone Mat.
I just wipe the surface with a bit of water and the mat sticks right to the water. My Ateco Mat is one piece of equipment I'd never be without! I have 2 of them because I accidently cut a hole in the first one so I cut it in half and use it for flowers and small projects and keep the big one for rolling out fondant for cakes. I dont' tape it down because I pick the mat up and flip it over on top of the cake and peel it off and the fondant is so nice and smooth as a babys butt!
Teresita...You can call my cell 239-398-3334 it is also my business line. I have a doctors appointment but will be available by noon. I can guide you over the phone as to what you are looking at and possibly we can figure out the cause. It could be the food coloring, temperature inside or outside your shop, fondant brand or recipe, fondant storage (if you plastic wrap it should go inside a plastic container too as the plastic wrap alone with a running AC unit can dry out and crack...)
Hope this helps :-).