why is my fondant cracking?

by Valerie

Hello, I was wondering why when I use store bought fondant, the edges crack. Did I knead it too much or not enough, did I add too much Powder sugar, is the cake underneath too cold?
I would really appreciate some help!



From the editor:

Hi Valerie,

I can't know for certain, of course, but it sounds like you may have added too much powdered sugar.

Next time, try rolling out the the fondant between two sheets of parchment paper. That way you don't need to add powdered sugar and this may help prevent the edges from cracking.

Good luck.


Michelle (editor)

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Dec 14, 2010
Try Crisco
by: Lucie Bérubé

I find it's easier to add Crisco to the clean counter I am working on then powdered sugar. I rub a small amount on the counter before kneading and rolling, this also keeps the fondant moist and helps with cut outs. Make sure you lift your fondant often when rolling so it doesn't stick to the counter forever.. haha.. and it makes waaay less mess and easier to clean up when you're done.

Aug 02, 2010
cracked fondant
by: Samee

Hi Michelle...

I have no problem using store bought fondat, they are more pliable and forgiving than homemade ones. I use MM fondant to cover my cake and uses store bought fondant for decorations ( flowers borders, laces, etc..) No need to add powdered sugar on store bought fondat. My cake decorating teacher never recommends microwaving the fondant. Don't over knead fondant, it dries it up faster and don't forget to wrap unused portion of your fondant with plastic wrap. Hope this helped with your reader's problem

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