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Downsides of fondant?

I really like the "look" of the fondant cakes but am afraid they are a little too pricy also. Are there any downfalls to fondant frosting?
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Re: Downsides of fondant?

  • SD3194SD3194 member
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    edited December 2011
    Some people don't like the taste. I don't mind it because there's still icing underneath the fondant.
  • edited December 2011
    It depends on the baker, but some fondant tastes gross. I found a baker who let me sample her fondant before I booked her and it was delicious! An upside to fondant is that if you're having a summer wedding, it won't melt, whereas I've seen many buttercream frosted cakes start to sag in the heat.
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  • jess9802jess9802 member
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    edited December 2011
    Cost is one reason, and taste is another. My understanding is that on a hot day, even fondant can be problematic because of the layer of buttercream frosting underneath. Our cake has buttercream frosting, and our baker has told us that if it is over 90 degrees on our wedding day, it should be outside for no more than one hour before cutting.
  • twilight.rosetwilight.rose member
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    edited December 2011
    We used fondant, and it tasted awesome. I did make sure to sample it at our baker's first, though, before I made a final decision.

    I think it depends largely on the baker, so you'll probably just have to try samples of both buttercream and fondant and decide from there. It mostly comes down to personal preference.
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  • edited December 2011
    Not all cakes have buttercream underneath the fondant. My friend's wedding cake was like that, and to make matters worse the fondant tasted like crap :(
  • jerseydeviljerseydevil member
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    edited December 2011
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    [QUOTE]Not all cakes have buttercream underneath the fondant. My friend's wedding cake was like that, and to make matters worse the fondant tasted like crap :(
    Posted by niquemel[/QUOTE]

    That stinks... It's supposed to have buttercream under it, I believe so that it stays on. How did it stay on?

  • AbbeyS2011AbbeyS2011 member
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    edited December 2011

    My MOH is making my cake, and she LOVES to use fondant.  I despise it, and think it tastes gross.  She explained the whole frosting under it, but my take on that is, then why put it on to be peeled off and thrown away? 

    My cake is going to be like the one in my avatar.  It is a bit blurry, but the frosting will be a whipped cream cheese frosting, and then the music notes stenciled on the fondant ribbon, so it will not be covering the entire cake.  I really like this design though.

    There are bakers who can make the cake look so smooth you would think it is a fondant-covered cake when it is not. 

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  • edited December 2011
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    [QUOTE]In Response to Re: Downsides of fondant? : That stinks... It's supposed to have buttercream under it, I believe so that it stays on. How did it stay on?
    Posted by jerseydevil[/QUOTE]
    There are glazes that some bakers use. Sometimes they're made out of fruit jams and sometimes they're tasteless, but they make the cake sticky enough to "glue" the fondant on.
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  • SSaltzman87SSaltzman87 member
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    edited December 2011
    It really depends on the baker since there are cheaper, less tasty brands of fondant (same goes for traditional buttercream frosting). It also depends on the design you want, if you have fondant, buttercream will be on the cake too cuz it helps make the fondant 'stick' so to speak.
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  • edited December 2011
    Buttcream is not always under fondant.  Ganache is becoming more popular to put under fondant because it is easier to cover/work with then.  Also, you get nice crisp corners instead of a soft curved corner.
  • edited December 2011
    We are using buttercream because I don't like the taste of fondant, but my baker is making some of the cake decorations out of fondant so it looks the way I wanted it to.  To do our cake in fondant would have been an extra $1.00/slice.
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