How to repair elephant skin - Pretty Witty Cakes
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07 September 2018

How to Repair Elephant Skin 

Ahhh - elephant skin on cakes.  When you envision a perfectly smooth cake but actually ened up with one that is all wrinkly and not smooth - just like elephant skin. Watch this tutorial to know how to repair that. 

Why does elephant skin happen?

Elephant skin can happen because the fondant is dry, because the weather is dry, the paste is not attaching to the cake and drops down or because you need a little more practice

A basic fix

For a basic fix, take a bit of trex (crisco) on your fingers and push up the paste that has dropped (as shown in the video). The warmth of your hands combined with the trex helps smooths out any wrinkles. 

Using a smoother

If you have a bunched up wrinkle near the base of your cake, you can use the round edge of a smoother to push the paste flat and gently massage if down.  It is alll about working the paste and going back and forth.  You can also add a tiny bit of additional paste and work it in. 

Using glue or water

If there is elephant skin and there is a hole as well, you can use use a bit of edible glue mixed into some fondant to make some gunge.  You mix the two together on a board (see the video). 

Once you have a consistency like toothpaste, you can then spread this on to the dent or hole on your cake fondant. 

You will need to use this method if the fondant has already set when you try and fix it because you won't be able to use the other smoothing methods above on set fondant. 

This gunge method also works well around the top of the cake edges if there is any cracking. 

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