How Do I Make Fondant Look Like Wood?

Decorating By Misdawn Updated 20 Apr 2008 , 11:29am by abbystepmum

Misdawn Posted 18 Apr 2008 , 2:50pm
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My mother's 50th birthdya is the last day in May and I am throwing her a surprose partyy. My sister and I want to give her two cakes...the first will be a dummy made to resemble a pine box (like a cheap coffin in the old days) and the second will be her real cake. We want to do the first cake as a dummy because we are going to put 50 candles on it and give her a fire extinguisher to put them out!

So, how do I go about making a rectangular cake look like a pine box? I'm open to all suggestions... 'cause I ain't gotta clue! icon_biggrin.gif


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Misdawn Posted 19 Apr 2008 , 1:16pm
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bashini Posted 19 Apr 2008 , 1:32pm
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Hi misdawn. Well, Once I did a wooden floor. I'll tell you how I did it. First I role out some teddy bear brown fandant and cut out some thin strips. Before you cut it you can use the impression mat that has wood effect to get the real wood effect, and then cut it into thin strips. Then I glued one by one onto the board that I'm using. Then I use a blunt side of a knife to make sections. Then I use a pin to get the nail effect. Once everything is glued, I left it to dry. Once its dried, I used chocolate colour liquid coloring to brush it over.

Hope you understand what I said. But you can go to my photos and look up on the "Handyman" photo. It will make more sence.


Shola Posted 19 Apr 2008 , 2:19pm
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I've done tons of searching for cutters and stuff latly and I know I've seen wood impression tools and rolling pins, there's some mats here:

and ebay is a great place to find cheap baking accersories also! icon_razz.gif


Misdawn Posted 19 Apr 2008 , 4:15pm
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Is there a way to paint the fondant so that it looks like wood?

akgirl10 Posted 19 Apr 2008 , 4:41pm
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I made a crate for a wine bottle cake, and I scored a wood design with a toothpick. I started with a cream colored fondant, then painted wood grain with gel colors thinned with vodka. It was really easy and I think turned out well. The picture is in my photos.

mcook1670 Posted 19 Apr 2008 , 4:52pm
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when I did mine i covered the cake board with the fondant and then mixed some brown gel with some alcohol and used a paint brush, and used a knife to score some lines..hope this helps icon_biggrin.gif

aligotmatt Posted 19 Apr 2008 , 4:56pm
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I did a wood looking barrel of stuff inmy photo's... I made light tan fondant and rolled it and cut strips, then I placed each on individually.

I don't know if you have ever painted before, but there is a technique called dry brushing, I think. anyway, you get a hard bristled brush and dip into into your paint and brush the surface. I used this technique with a brown gel color (not watered down). then I used a paper towel and gave a quick brush over it to lighten up some areas and give the wood effect. I used the brush to paint on some knots, and then flipped it over and dipped the stick end into the color and poked it to make the nail marks.

julzs71 Posted 19 Apr 2008 , 5:00pm
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I make impressions in the fondant. Make some wood planks, then kinda take a knife and hit it on the fondant. Paint the box with watered down gel, let it set and then wipe it going in the direction of wood planks. It will have the appearance of wood. Then reapply with a thinned down brown gel.

Misdawn Posted 19 Apr 2008 , 6:08pm
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Thanks everybody! I have a couple of weeks to practice so I think I'm gonna go hit the kitchen and try some your ideas! Thanks Again!!!

janbabe Posted 20 Apr 2008 , 10:24am
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Depending on what sort of wood effect you are after, one way to make it look 'woody' is to roll a crumpled up bit of foil over the fondant.

This gives a kind of wood bark effect, once its dried, mix some brown dusting powder with a little alcohol (gin or vodka) and using strong strokes brush over the fondant, then over brush with a different shade of brown ot get the required colour.

If you want a plank effect, then like the others have said, you can mark and score it with a knife.

Homemade-Goodies Posted 20 Apr 2008 , 10:55am
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cakedout7 made a beautiful fairytale cottage using that technique for the may wanna ping her and ask.

Her picture:

abbystepmum Posted 20 Apr 2008 , 11:29am
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I used a pizza cutter to lightly score it, painted with watered down gel and wiped away excess. It took a couple of tries to get the "look" I wanted.

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