Need Ideas On What I Can Use To Make Tumbleweed

Decorating By moralna Updated 14 Mar 2011 , 12:24am by h_rob

moralna Posted 19 Feb 2007 , 4:44pm
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I am going to be making a western themed cake and would like to add some tumbleweed. Anyone have any ideas what I can use to make the tumbleweed to put one or two around the cake.

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mcalhoun Posted 19 Feb 2007 , 5:16pm
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What about those things people make called birds nest. You could make them round instead.

psurrette Posted 19 Feb 2007 , 5:21pm
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Spun sugar...
Here is the recipe and something Martha Stewart used it for

2sdae Posted 19 Feb 2007 , 5:23pm
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get those small water balloons and drizzle chocolate around it, let it harden and pop and pull the balloon out. Then paint to look like the real thing. Or spun sugar around a small balloon in a golden color to look like tumbleweeds?

NewbeeBaker Posted 19 Feb 2007 , 5:47pm
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Ohh, I was just gonna say the same thing as 2sdae. I think a small balloon blown up to the size you want would work perfect for getting the right size and shape. Then when all dry, pop and you are done! Jen

bakincakin Posted 19 Feb 2007 , 5:59pm
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What about using the brown chinese noodles. I can't remember what they are called exactly. You could melt marshmallow and mix them together and make tumbleweeds out of them.

sweetamber Posted 19 Feb 2007 , 6:02pm
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Make some cakeballs, and after you coat them in chocolate but before it dries, roll them in a little shredded wheat cereal that has been broken up.

moralna Posted 19 Feb 2007 , 6:05pm
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These are great guys!!! Thank you!!

sliceofheaven Posted 19 Feb 2007 , 6:07pm
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how about shredded mini wheats? shred them up and then add some sort of "binder" for the texture/look...such as the marshmallow base for rice crispy treats? (LIGHT coating so they won't look too "balled up")??? Just an idea....good luck! post Pic's icon_lol.gificon_biggrin.gif

ShirleyW Posted 19 Feb 2007 , 6:23pm
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If you work with gumpaste you might try something similar to the barrel cactus I made for this cake. I rolled a piece of gumpaste out, cut a large circle and molded it over a styrofoam ball that had been cut in half. Laid it cut side down and shaped the gumpaste over it and cut the paste evenly around the bottom, but a bit shorter than the styro. so I could get it off when it dried. I made indentations on the cactus with a tiny metal ball tool, cut flower stamens and pushed them into the paste for needles or spines. I didn't let this dry completely hard, I took it off the foam while it was still slightly soft, but could still hold it's shape. I just set it on a cake rack so it would air dry inside as well as outside.

For a tumbleweed you might mold it this way and then cut pieces of excelsior (you know that straw packing material?) brush the paste lightly with clear piping gel or gum glue and kind of wrap it while it is still damp. When it is semi dry and you take it off the styrofoam, you might have to support the inside of the paste with some wadded up paper toweling or plastic wrap, let it dry completely and airbrush it dusty brown if you wanted to. Maybe even Raffia cut into pieces and wrapped around might work.

tiptop57 Posted 19 Feb 2007 , 7:37pm
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Melted chocolate drizzled over crushed ice placed in a dixie cup.

jmt1714 Posted 19 Feb 2007 , 9:12pm
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I was thinking spun sugar as well

adven68 Posted 19 Feb 2007 , 10:41pm
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If you have any stores nearby that sell Greek items....there is a phyllo dough that is used for a specific pastry called kataifi. It is shredded looks just like tumbleweed if you brown it.

h_rob Posted 14 Mar 2011 , 12:24am
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i wanted to use spun sugar as well for my cake but have heard it doesn't last long...any ideas as to how to make it last longer?

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