Buttercream and fondant

Forum: Cakes & Cake Decorating

Hiya, would like your advice on applying buttercream before the fondant. Do you all first crumb coat it? And if so how long do you wait before applying second coat of buttercream and again before fondant?


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Fun Fiesta Cakes ...

If you are going to put fondant on the cake, you must definitely need to crumb coat the cake. This step seals in the crumbs that are natural in any cake and creates a smooth foundation for your fondant.

If time allows it, I like to crumbcoat my cakes the day before – I put it in the fridge overnight and take it out 15-20 minutes before putting the fondant on so there is a little bit of moisture needed to adhere the fondant onto the cake. If I can’t do this the day before, I crumbcoat the cake the day of, but still put it in the fridge for 30 minutes before covering it with fondant.

If I am able to make the first crumbcoating smooth, I don’t always do a second coating – although it all depends on the condition of the cake.

Sugarcha ...

thanks so much funfetti that was so helpful. Doesn’t matter that buttercream has nutella in it I guess right?

Sugarcha ...

Hello again, covered cake in buttercream and left in fridge for a good hour. When I put the fondant on, it kept tearing from the sides and looks squishy. This is why I don’t usually cover in buttercream. Any ideas why this might be happening? Could it be because the kitchen might have been a little hot?