mrssambo Posted 3 Sep 2006 , 4:19am
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Hey everyone,
I am after ideas for different cake boarders - I have the shell down pat and am wondering what else I can do- any pics and ideas would be appreciated.

Thanks
Angela

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mkerton Posted 3 Sep 2006 , 4:27am
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I really like the reverse shell and the rope....but reverse shell is my current favorite (but I am just learning).

jbink24 Posted 3 Sep 2006 , 4:32am
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My current favorite is the reverse shell, i'm fairly new, so I'm sorta playing around with borders that I know and messing with the lenght between shells and stuff. I really want to try the rope border, but it elludes me, can someone explain it alittle?

Cake4ever Posted 3 Sep 2006 , 4:37am
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To do a rope border pipe an S shape -- more elongated though and place the tip under the left side and pipe over making another S shape. Remember to keep it tight.

Practice, practice, practice! thumbs_up.gif

playingwithsugar Posted 3 Sep 2006 , 4:39am
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My fave for gals or wedding cakes is the reverse shell.
For guys and the basketweave, it is definitely the rope, with a star tip.

Theresa icon_smile.gif

Monica0271 Posted 3 Sep 2006 , 4:40am
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Quote:
Originally Posted by jbink24

My current favorite is the reverse shell, i'm fairly new, so I'm sorta playing around with borders that I know and messing with the lenght between shells and stuff. I really want to try the rope border, but it elludes me, can someone explain it alittle?




I am not sure if I can explain the rope border but its my FAVORITE! I can do it so easily. I can not thumbsdown.gif do the shell or reverse shell icon_cry.gificon_cry.gif .

I will TRY to explain:

I start with a crooked "S" with the top over more to the right. Then I start again in the lower part of the "S" & make sure the icing "goes under" that part. icon_confused.gif I am not too sure if that was a good explaination.

Can you explain the shell to me? I praticed last weekend. My shells were wavy icon_cry.gificon_cry.gif

all4cake Posted 3 Sep 2006 , 4:43am
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I like the crown border combined with drop strings. It's shown on a few of the cakes in my photos.

KylesMom Posted 3 Sep 2006 , 4:57am
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Quote:
Originally Posted by jbink24

My current favorite is the reverse shell, i'm fairly new, so I'm sorta playing around with borders that I know and messing with the lenght between shells and stuff. I really want to try the rope border, but it elludes me, can someone explain it alittle?




I'll try my best, but it's confusing. Instead of thinking of it as an "S" laying on its side, I think of it more as a check mark without any sharp angles. icon_confused.gif Be sure to tuck your tip when you begin the next "check". I'm sorry that I can't explain it better. icon_sad.gif Don't give up; you'll get it!

mrssambo Posted 3 Sep 2006 , 8:24am
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thanks for that but do any of you have pics - i dont know what it looks like. Also what is the crown boarder never heard of that one.

Thanks

nickdrewnjaysmom Posted 3 Sep 2006 , 8:49am

Hi,
here is a link for reverse shell..

http://www.bakedecoratecelebrate.com/techniques/reverseshell.cfm?cat=9

here is a lnk for tons of borders!!

http://www.cake-decorating.us/cake-borders.html

I hope this helps!!
JoAnn

mrssambo Posted 3 Sep 2006 , 11:59am

thank you so much for those links - I am guessing I will be making lots of cakes to practice on - hubby wont be complaining neither will work.

KylesMom Posted 3 Sep 2006 , 9:06pm

If you don't want to make a cake each time you want to practice your borders, you can just turn your cake pan upside down and use that as your model. icon_smile.gif

justfrosting Posted 4 Sep 2006 , 12:32am

I love that link.

Anne-Marie Posted 27 Oct 2006 , 12:15am

thank you for the links !! icon_biggrin.gif

dogluvr Posted 27 Oct 2006 , 12:20am

Wow, All4Cakes, I love your crown and string borders. I wish I knew even where to start making something that nice...........is it hard to get that good.

ValH Posted 27 Oct 2006 , 12:57am

Thanks for the links.

chelleb1974 Posted 27 Oct 2006 , 1:45am

I will try to attach a photo showing the rope border - it is one of my favorites!!!! Another border I like uses tip 352 or 353 (either one will work). One is shaped like a V and the other like a U. I hold the tip with the points at the top and bottom and hold the bag at about a 45 degree angle. The V shape will produce sort of a heart shape border.

I'm not sure what order the pics will post in.

The Thanksgiving/Fall cake has the border done with 353 (the U shape tip). The Bridal Shower cake has the border done with 352 (the V shape tip). The Easter Basket cake has the border and handle done with the rope border. The handle was done in Royal Icing, let dry and piped over the back.

If you can't see the borders that well, PM me and I will try to send a closer-up photo.

~Chelle
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crafty01 Posted 27 Oct 2006 , 1:48am

How did you make your handle if you dont mind sharing. Im in course 2 and would like to add a handle to my final cake.

mocakes Posted 27 Oct 2006 , 1:53am

A website that I love shows all the different tips to use and what the border or design would look like. Check it out:

http://www.atecousa.net/learn/cake_manual.shtml

Not sure if I did that right. I don't think it attached as a link...can anyone tell me how to do that?? icon_redface.gif

mocakes Posted 27 Oct 2006 , 1:54am

Hey....what do you know?! It worked!! icon_surprised.gif Duhhh.....

acgref Posted 27 Oct 2006 , 1:57am

The rope border is one of my favourites. It's really easy to do and looks great. Also, people aren't used to seeing it so they think it's fantastic. If only they knew how easy it was. It's hard to explain, but I'll attach a picture that I learned from. I can't remember where I got this from. I hope that helps. Also, I've done a few using two colours so it looks like two different coloured ropes intertwined and it looks great. It really adds that something extra to the cake.
LL

chelleb1974 Posted 27 Oct 2006 , 1:06pm

Crafty,

I measured the distance between the sides of my cake pan, allowing for some shrinkage of the cake as it bakes and cools. I then free-hand drew the handle on paper. Then taped the paper to a cake board and taped wax paper over it. I piped the rope over my drawing and let it dry for 1 or 2 days, until it was hard. This will vary depending on humiditity. I then carefully removed it from the wax paper and flipped it over. I then put a lollipop stick at each end of the handle and piped another rope on the back of the first one, thus sandwiching the sticks between ropes. I left about 3" of the sticks sticking out in order to put into the cake. I let this dry another 2 days before putting into the cake. I don't know if I mentioned it before, but I used royal icing - not sure which consistency......I think medium.

~Chelle

berryblondeboys Posted 27 Oct 2006 , 1:17pm

Wow, this thread was incredibly helpful and I did a lot of bookmarking and then I saved the whole thread in my favorites!

Thanks! Melissa

all4cake Posted 27 Oct 2006 , 1:25pm

it's not hard...just takes patience and FOCUS. i can't have any distractions when doing drop strings.

Parable Posted 27 Oct 2006 , 2:32pm

Thanks for all the info! I have been in search of the person who, a month or so ago, posted a bunch of pictures of very creative borders. I think they were mostly on sheet cakes but they were great! Bad news is I didn't save any and I don't remember who it was. :-{

Does anyone else remember this?

springlakecake Posted 27 Oct 2006 , 4:49pm

I love the rope border, it is easy and looks great. I also love the look of the reverse shell, but I seem to have problems with it so I havent really done it on a cake. Could someone help me with it? Here is what I am wondering...

Any tricks to going opposite directions with each reverse shell? I mean it seems like I am often doing it in the wrong direction. I tried telling myself, "clockwise, counterclockwise" but I still mess up.

Also from reading the book it makes it sound like when you start the shell you go from like 6 to 3 to 12 to 9, like almost a full circle with the tail, but when i took the course 2 our instructor said it was just more like a wavy shell. which is right?

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