ashleyb73448 Posted 6 Apr 2007 , 2:00pm
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i have lots of fondant...can i dry it out to make a handle? if so how long?

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crumbscakeartistry Posted 6 Apr 2007 , 2:05pm
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I am leaving to deliver my easter basket cakes in one hour. I made the handles out of fondant mixed with gumpaste to help it dry quicker. Let the handles dry for 48 hours. If you use them before that I have found that they have a much better chance of shifting, cracking, losing shape, etc.

jovigirl Posted 6 Apr 2007 , 2:09pm
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I made mine out of RI... You can see it in my pics MLP cake...

HTH

Sugar_Plum_Fairy Posted 6 Apr 2007 , 2:19pm
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I would suggest either 70/30 gp to fondant or all gumpaste for the handle.

Luby Posted 6 Apr 2007 , 2:22pm
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I used a piece of wire and royal icing. I bent the wire to the shape I needed then placed the wire on a piece of waxed paper. I then piped shells on the piece of wire, let it dry then turned it over and did the other side. I left about 1" of wire exposed on each end and stuck that down into the cake.

It worked great!

Sugar_Plum_Fairy Posted 6 Apr 2007 , 4:05pm
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That's a good idea, but what I like about the gp is that you can braid or twist it to get a more authentic look, especially if you do each strand of the braid in a different color (if you're so inclined to do the basket that way).

chelleb1974 Posted 6 Apr 2007 , 4:08pm
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I did one last easter and I used RI to pipe a rope in the shape I wanted for the handle. When it dried, I flipped it over, put a lollipop stick on each end of the handle and piped another rope over the back.

~Chelle

Luby Posted 6 Apr 2007 , 4:29pm
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I said shells, but actually it was a "rope" - sorry icon_smile.gif

Cookie4 Posted 6 Apr 2007 , 4:35pm
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If you want to make a great looking handle, just go to Wilton.com and take a look at the Easter Basket Cake covered with Cookies and a handle. It's very easy to do.

tiptop57 Posted 6 Apr 2007 , 4:38pm

ashleyb73448
Use at least 50/50 fondant and gumpaste otherwise your handle may break. Measure your handle and shape around a form, Styrofoam, bowl etc. let dry at least 24 hours. Cut lollypop sticks and insert in the handle bottoms before drying and when dry insert the handle into straws you inserted down in the basket. Good luck, and remember to post the pix. icon_wink.gif

anoldhippy Posted 6 Apr 2007 , 5:23pm

My fondant braided handle is on its 3rd day of drying. I live in Cent Cal with zero humidity.It already broke. I used Vanilla to try and glue it. didnt hold. I took a piece of fondant and tried to cover so that I can make a bow to try and hide the piecing together. The @#$% ribbon broke. I am off to Michaels to buy a purse handle like I used on my dummy cake for the fair (in my photos). Any idea why the fondant is just crumbling?

tiptop57 Posted 6 Apr 2007 , 5:44pm

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My fondant braided handle is on its 3rd day of drying. I live in Cent Cal with zero humidity.It already broke. I used Vanilla to try and glue it. didnt hold. I took a piece of fondant and tried to cover so that I can make a bow to try and hide the piecing together. The @#$% ribbon broke. I am off to Michaels to buy a purse handle like I used on my dummy cake for the fair (in my photos). Any idea why the fondant is just crumbling?




Sure, I'm thinking you didn't add gumpaste to it did you? I have found that Fondant is extremely fragile by itself and always mix it with gumpaste when needed for strength.

nsouza Posted 6 Apr 2007 , 6:04pm

Ive had similar problems. This is what I did use Sugar-plum- fairy's 70-30 ratio of fondant and gumpaste then get 20 gauge wire and than roll out snakes with the wire in it, then braid the snakes. the wire and gum paste add lots of additional support

anoldhippy Posted 6 Apr 2007 , 10:26pm

can I get gum paste at Joann's or Michaels? How fast does it dry?
Thank you so much for taking time to answer

dodibug Posted 6 Apr 2007 , 10:44pm

You can get wilton's gumpaste mix at micheals. It dries fairly quick (probably a day or so).

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marthajo1 Posted 6 Apr 2007 , 10:46pm
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can I get gum paste at Joann's or Michaels? How fast does it dry?
Thank you so much for taking time to answer




I buy gumpaste premixed at Joanns it is like $8 or so (without a coupon). or you can get the powdered stuff that you mix with fondant. Michael's probably has it too!

By the way if your happiest place is the same as mine then I'm closer. icon_razz.gif J/K I'm only 225.19 Miles!

Good luck with the handle

mdtargac Posted 9 Apr 2007 , 7:47pm

This may sound really strange, but I used a piece of Romex wire, like what they wire houses with. My husband had pieces left after wiring a new outlet for my cake freezer. I cleaned it really well, bent it into shape, stuck the ends in stryofoam,and coated it with two coats of candy melts. The brush marks in the chocolate made it look like wood. Then I stuck it in stryofoam and let it dry. Then carefully put in the cake when I delivered it.

I've attached a picture if you'd like to see.

Melissa
LL

Jopalis Posted 9 Apr 2007 , 7:57pm

I think you would have to be careful of non-edibles in the electrical wire....like lead...? Just a thought...not sure.

sweetbaker Posted 9 Apr 2007 , 7:57pm

I used 50/50 mix of gumpaste and fondant for the handle on my practice bunny cake (in my photos). It dried within a day but I didn't use till weeks later. I also inserted toothpicks into each end before it dried to stick into cake.

mmgiles Posted 9 Apr 2007 , 8:02pm

Has anyone considered using a hardened sugar to make the handle? I considered making an easter basket cake this weekend but then chickened out. I thought maybe it was possible to make a hard sugar handle. Meaning melting down the sugar with water and kayro syrup. It would be pretty brittle though, but I thought with a few different colors and a a few stringly layers it might hold up. I saw the sugar used for some other decoration on a Martha Steward wedding cake special and thought the idea might work. Any takers?

tiptop57 Posted 9 Apr 2007 , 8:06pm

Except for sugar flowers, I am a purest avoiding non-edible or "non-food approved" products in my edible cakes whenever possible.

I find it a fun challenge to figure out ways to create something with as little help support items as possible.

But, after last night and seeing Bronwen's cake and all the gee-gaw dohicky thingamajigs maybe I should just get over it - huh. icon_wink.gif

mdtargac Posted 9 Apr 2007 , 8:19pm

Ok, let me make this clearer. I read all about Romex before using it. It is a hard plastic sheathing that contains plastic covered wires inside.I removed the wires from the inside of the ends and was left with the stiff plastic sheath. Those ends then went into the cake. The only part of the wire that was left inside was towards the top and sides for the curve. Wiring is made from copper. I considered that since we use plastic boards, dowels, the plastic should be safe. I considered that since wire is consistenly used with gumpaste flowers and decorative fondant accents then leaving the wire inside the sheathing but not in the cake itself should be safe. I don't know how we'd make the elaborate cakes we do today without a little something not edible. I've had people think it's horrible that we use wooden dowels inside a cake.

tiptop57 Posted 9 Apr 2007 , 8:37pm

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I've had people think it's horrible that we use wooden dowels inside a cake.


Yeah, yeah my point exactly about the wooden dowels......like I said above, life changes to quickly and after Bronwen's cake last night on the Food Challenge it's my issue and I just need to get over it....... icon_wink.gif

marthajo1 Posted 9 Apr 2007 , 8:40pm

what was the deal with the cake last night?

mdtargac Posted 9 Apr 2007 , 8:43pm

Tiptop, I loved the handle on your Japanese teapot by the way. I'd have sworn it was bamboo. I guess we all have issues about our cake process that we live with. I know I do!!! One day we'll all get past them, maybe with lots of therapy!! icon_lol.gif

tiptop57 Posted 9 Apr 2007 , 9:08pm

marthajo1 - Bronwen had every nut, screw, PVC pipe, rubber coupler ever made in that cake sculpture. Looked like a hardware store. icon_biggrin.gif

marthajo1 Posted 9 Apr 2007 , 9:10pm

Is there somewhere to see a picture of it? I went to ther web site but it was hard to navigate. I don't get that channel. There looks like there are some fun shows.

Sydnye23 Posted 31 Mar 2015 , 1:54am

I need help with making an edible Easter basket handle. I don't have gum paste or fondant. what kinda candy can i make it out of ?Would the nerd rope work if I braided it and stuck it in the cake ?

Jopalis Posted 31 Mar 2015 , 3:21am

Does it have to stand up? 



Sydnye23 Posted 31 Mar 2015 , 6:44pm

I would like for it to

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