Does anyone have any tips/suggestions on how to get a fondant (MMF)handle/spout to stay attached to a teapot cake? I was assuming using some toothpicks to stick in them and then let them dry and then attach to the cakes. Any thoughts?
I'm a newbie so if there are better ways to do this, let me know!!
Toothpicks or even a bamboo skewer, the longer it is the less chance it will fall back out of your cake. Be sure to install the stick into your fondant before letting the fondant dry, or else you won't be able to bore a hole w/out risking breaking your fondant piece! May sound obvious but when I was a newbie I learned this the hard way
For the spout I'd even use two skewers, one at the diagonal, one horizontal, so the spout doesn't just spiral around on the pick.
I do as Ceshell does... except I tend to put some gum glue on the toothpick before I insert the stick into the piece. It dries and sticks to everything (I glued my paintbrush to the counter UGHH)
Another thing... make sure you turn your piece at least twice a day so each side can dry.. I have layed my piece on something to dry and not turned it over... the other side didn't get any air which caused it to turn soft on both sides later ...
Also when you attach the spout and handle to the cake (if you are using fondant on the cake itself) paint on a little gumglue on the part of the spout and handle that will be touching the cake and that will help hold it into place... you can kind of support it by placing something underneath it till it dries...
Ok, I may just be ignorant, but what is gum glue?
ditto waht they say!!
I just finished my 3rd teapot and learned alot from the first 2!! I definitely agree that a bamboo skewer works better than toothpicks== stability... and i use more gumpaste less fondant it seems to be lighter and dries quicker. And I never thought about rotating them! duh... I just use the foam paper that craft stores sell and lay it on that then cover it up with another sheet. That way it dries both sides at same time. I also learned that if you can incorporate a piece of fondant onto the teapot where you will be inserting the skewers it gives a little extra sturdiness for the handle and spout. In my photos the turqouise teapot I did this and dint have any problems with drivng across town with them in the cake... the other 2 I did... yea no driving aloud while attached!! hee hee... Good luck and post a pic!!
yummymummy it is a mix of tylose powder and water just a small amt of tylose (I think it is 1/8 of a tsp to 3 tsp water.)
Thanks! So is this the same "glue" I would use for making gum paste roses? I just got my first 5 petal cutter and it talks about glue in the directions.
Sorry, I sort of high jacked this thread! Many apologies!
Yes same glue
This isnt a tea pot cake, but it is a watering can cake that I just made. Pretty much the same idea anyway. Can I tell you how I agonized over those same details?????
Anyway, just stuck the handle on with royal icing and to my surprise, it stayed just fine. I was worried! It was flat though. I made it out of gumpaste and let it dry up.
For the spout I wrapped the gumpaste around a dowel (sharpened at the end). The spout could actually move up and down on the dowel, so depending on how deep the dowel went in, the spout moved to accomdate. does that make sense? I put a cakeboard between layers and drove the dowel through the cake board and into the base. It stayed just fine. I dont know if that would work for your teapot cake.
Thanks everyone! That helps a lot.
I wasn't sure what gum glue was either so thanks for the info. And do I have to by tylose powder online or is that something I can get in a store somewhere?
Just a design tip. The base of the spout should be fairly broad and near the bottom of the teapot then extend up to near the top. Think of how you pour from it. So many are too thin and up too high. If you have time, look at several real teapots.
When I did mine, I learned the hard way that you must insert the toothpicks/skewers at the proper angle. Make sure to hold it up and visualize how it attaches so the picks give enough support.
Also, you probably want to use gumpaste to keep it light and allow it to dry all the way.
I've never used gumpaste. Can someone fill me in on the details on how you make it/how it works/how it tastes? I'm assuming it is all very similar to fondant in how you manipulate it.