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Offline Bgreenwood

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Fondant or Flooding Gingerbread walls
« on: October 31, 2014, 10:50:37 am »
Great thank you! I live in Utah, it's not really that humid. I am planning on making a gingerbread house and covering it with Fondant so that I can do some airbrushing on it, but I wonder if it would be better to do a flooding technique with royal icing instead to get that smooth finish on the gingerbread house. Have you done either of these things? It is being donated to a Children's hospital benefit and will be on display for a while so I need it to be stable for transport and display.  Any tips or ideas would be a great help. I have a long background in cake and cookie decorating and have only made gingerbread houses for display at my house.  Oh and by the way I LOVE this site!
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Re: Fondant or Flooding Gingerbread walls
« Reply #1 on: October 31, 2014, 11:14:36 am »
Bgreenwood - I moved your post to the "General" topic, hoping that maybe others would chime in as well.  ;D

Yes, I have done both - covering walls in fondant (which I found very time consuming and only did once), and flooding walls with thinned Royal Icing.  Hands down, I would choose flooding walls over mixing/buying fondant, rolling fondant, applying RI as smooth as possible, then covering with fondant.  Way too tedious for me.  :D

Plus, flooding will naturally level off and provide a smooth wall in order to airbrush.  In my opinion.

A trick that I do to create sturdy walls, no matter how I am finishing the outside walls (leaving natural/gingerbread, flooding, candy/cracker covered, etc), I always, always, always frost the inside of large walls and roof sections (before building structure) with a thick layer of Royal Icing to provide me extra strength.  (see attached pictures)

Hope this helps!  I look forward to seeing pictures when completed.
Loreta Wilson
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