by Sharon Wee
Ask me anything is a weekly post where I answer any questions you may have about me. Cake decorating related or not 🙂
When ganaching a cake, many people recommend to let set overnight before applying fondant (to achieve sharp edges and so on) but in a professional environment when time is precious, isn’t it the same to just put the cake in the fridge to chill and then cover in the same day?
While it is possible to ganache and cover a cake on the same day, I would recommend letting the cake ‘rest’ over night. This way the ganache sets nice and hard. It is also possible to place the ganached cake in the fridge for a couple of minutes to quicken the process, but I find that it is still not as firm as letting rest over night. If you put the cake in the fridge for too long, you will find the condensation will make the fondant sweat and you will need to allow it to come back to room temperature before covering.
In a professional environment, I would spend one day ganaching all the cakes I have for the week and then the next day covering them all.
Do you think community college cake decorating courses are old fashioned in terms of techniques used in comparison to all the other classes on offer by private companies?
Personally, I think community college classes are old fashioned in terms of the design styles they teach. Their techniques however, are still great and they will be a good solid foundation to your cake decorating skills. It’s then up to you to apply these techniques to more modern designs.
I love the vertical stripes that you do, I have struggled doing these so precisely and straight in the past, what advice would you offer how to do these well?
Firstly, make sure the fondant stripes you cut are straight/even. Then the first stripe that is applied to the cake is the most important. It pretty much sets the ‘bar’ for the rest of the stripes. So when you apply it, take the time to ensure it is really straight by using a edge of a ruler to push against the fondant stripe. If it’s a bit wonky, use a clean knife to trim off the uneven parts. Then when you apply the next stripe, it should sit right against the first one. Again, use the ruler and knife (if needed) to even it out. ALWAYS make sure you take a step back and look at the cake as a whole after every couple of stripes. This is to make sure that you catch any wonky or uneven stripes before it’s too late.
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