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asked September 20th 2012

Dimples !!

ok im getting stressed…. iv covered many a cake and had no problems, but my latest cake (10 inch round) i did my usual of torting, cover with buttercream (didn;t warrant the expense of ganace on this one) and covered with fondant. I awoke this morning… checked the cake and it has dimpled in various spots over the cake…

please help ? is there any way of resolving this, or do i resort to covering with another fondant layer ?

Is my fondant too thin.. ?

Thanks in advance

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ok im getting stressed…. iv covered many a cake and had no problems, but my latest cake (10 inch round) i did my usual of torting, cover with buttercream (didn;t warrant the expense of ganace on this one) and covered with fondant. I awoke this morning… checked the cake and it has dimpled in various spots over the cake…

please help ? is there any way of resolving this, or do i resort to covering with another fondant layer ?

Is my fondant too thin.. ?

Thanks in advance

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Hi cake day dreamer

Is it dimples or air bubbles? If its air bubbles you may be able to pop them with the scriber tool and smooth out the fondant if it hasn’t dried out too much. Is it possible your crumb hadn’t crusted before you iced the cake? If your fondant is too thin it may be that you will need another layer. Sorry can’t be of more help, just a few suggestions, hope you sort it. x

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Hi Cake Day Dreamer,

Don’t give up…I was like yourself, determined to get it exactly right and it took a lot of practice. I used (and still use) dummy cakes of all shapes and sizes and practised every day. I still get the odd mishap as I suppose we all do. No cake is ever perfect but it is the sign of a good decorator to make the best out of it and by what you have said, you have done just that. The other day I made a chocolate cake in a hurry and it sank in the middle, I filled the hole with fruit and cream and we all enjoyed it.

Don’t forget to enjoy yourself, it should be a pleasant time and if you are relaxed then things will go a lot better.

So stick with it and be proud of your achievement’s, not everyone has the skills that you have. x

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cake day dreamer, I’m the worst decorator on earth, you’d best believe that! Perfection in baking and decorating or in life in general does not exist, it’s just a fallacy. As you get more experienced, your results will improve in leaps and bounds and you’ll wonder why you fretted so much. In one of the tutorials, can’t remember which one, Paul says, if you stress about your decorating it will show in your work. He is absolutely right, you have to enjoy what you’re doing, and as Jgibb says, be proud of your achievement. Take your time, remember small steps and giant leaps? it’ll all come good, promise! xx and xx ’cause you need them at the moment.

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Thank you.
it was definite dimples. I ended up taking off decoration and covering with another layer of fondant.

Really disheartened at the moment .. my cakes lack the clean precision i see.. i can’t seem to decorate a cake without it having some kind of indentation, or mark in the fondant… how do you get it so ‘clean ‘ ?

thank you again x

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Thanks guys i needed that pep talk 🙂 xx