I Thank You All For This Cake!!!

Decorating By gscout73 Updated 2 May 2008 , 1:48am by gscout73

gscout73 Posted 23 Apr 2008 , 4:05am
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thumbs_up.gif I want to thank everyone who has given me advice on my shells, advice on making sure I buy up as much original formula Crisco as I could find, and all the professionals icon_biggrin.gif who continue to give tips and hints to hobbyists like myself icon_smile.gif . And, I can't leave out Alan at Global Sugar Art. The bride was coworker whom I've worked with for 14 years now and I highly respect.

I made the shells out of fondant pressed into candy molds very thin as I wanted to make them as real as possible. Then they were painted and or dusted with pearl and luster dusts. I hope you all like it as much as she did.

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Momof4luvscakes Posted 23 Apr 2008 , 4:22am
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You did an awesome job!! Those shells look great! icon_biggrin.gif

gscout73 Posted 23 Apr 2008 , 5:28am
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Thank you. I really took my time with the shells. I wanted mre than just dusted molded chocolates.

sparklynne Posted 23 Apr 2008 , 9:48am
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wow icon_eek.gif Your shells are fantastic!! I can only hope to achieve something that good! You have a right to be proud! Your work is stunning! Very Nice!

nancylynwallace Posted 23 Apr 2008 , 11:44am
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You did a wonderful job!! Those shells are perfect!! thumbs_up.gifthumbs_up.gifthumbs_up.gif


kakeladi Posted 23 Apr 2008 , 9:00pm
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Wow! Your coworker must have been really pleased with this beautiful creation! What a wonderful job you did.

hopesmith Posted 24 Apr 2008 , 2:28am
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Your shells are beautiful. Makes me want to head to the beach.

gscout73 Posted 24 Apr 2008 , 2:46am
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Thank you. I had a blast doing my homework visiting shell and souvenier shops to get the right colors (which there are plenty of here in SoFla). People thought I was nuts comparing shapes and colors of shells icon_lol.gif .

dg10148 Posted 24 Apr 2008 , 6:45am
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WOW very nice

psanders76 Posted 24 Apr 2008 , 7:23am
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Those shells look great.

AKA_cupcakeshoppe Posted 24 Apr 2008 , 8:01am
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wow. that is one awesome cake! great job!

ANicole Posted 25 Apr 2008 , 1:59am
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You can really tell you researched this and put a lot of thought, time and energy into it. Good job!

HBcakes Posted 25 Apr 2008 , 2:20am
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Those are the most beautiful shells I've seen on here!! Your efforts certainly paid off and they couldn't have been any less than ecstatic with the results!

staceyssweettreats Posted 25 Apr 2008 , 2:29am
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WOW! Beautiful shells! You did a great job!

AKA_cupcakeshoppe Posted 25 Apr 2008 , 4:17am
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can i ask how you molded the shells thin? how thin and how were you able to unmold them?

gscout73 Posted 26 Apr 2008 , 11:01pm
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Thank you so much for the compliments. Fist I dusted the molds with cornstarch using a larger paint brush. the large one that came with the fondant/gumpaste flower kit. For the larger shells I rolled 1.5" fondant balls and gently pressed them into the molds beginning in the center and worked my way to the outer edges.

When the fondant wanted to spread over the edgs I worked that fondant back in making sure the thicknesses were even. I gently pealed the shells out (they did stretch a little but the next step fixed that), re-dusted the molds and very lightly pressed back in to set.

Keep in mind that for thickness I was trying to match real shells thumbs_up.gif so I had several right there on the tray to keep an eye on. The medium shells took quarter size balls and the smallest took nickel size balls.

After several minutes I could tip the molds over and tapping the molds on a counter top or tray the shells would drop right out. I suppose you could put in a freezer, but I was not in the mood in the middle of the night to get up and down contstantly.

the ones that were dry dusted could be dusted after a day. But the ones that were painted needed to be completely hard/dry (about 3 days).

I used tan opal, super blue, antique silk, silk white, super gold, copper, super red, spanish moss, shrimp luster dusts; super pearl pearl sust; apricot sparkle dust; charcoal black petal dust.

lindy01 Posted 27 Apr 2008 , 4:05am
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wow that looks good

AKA_cupcakeshoppe Posted 27 Apr 2008 , 7:11am
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thanks for sharing that with us. icon_biggrin.gif it really is a wonderful work of art.

xstitcher Posted 27 Apr 2008 , 9:17am
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Wow, great job on the cake! The shells look like the real thing!

nikki72905 Posted 27 Apr 2008 , 9:56am
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you did an excellent job on this cake - Wow, I hope to be that good someday! Great Job!!!

Cakepro Posted 27 Apr 2008 , 3:13pm
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Holy freaking cow, thoe are the most amazing shells I've ever seen!! Wow!

So, what happened to the shells after the cake was eaten?

Shola Posted 27 Apr 2008 , 4:10pm
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Wow! I'm in awe, the shells are so realistic! thumbs_up.gif

gscout73 Posted 28 Apr 2008 , 10:54am
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Funny you should ask, cakepro. The kids that were there ate their shells and the adults weren't quite sure what to do. Many weren't convinced they were edible. Very few ate their shells.

cakegal Posted 28 Apr 2008 , 11:07am
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That's some beautiful shell work...
I have a sandcastle cake to make for my future daughter in law's bridal shower..
I don't know if I'll attempt such a task..
I love the turn out of your cake too...

lchristi27 Posted 28 Apr 2008 , 11:14am
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Gorgeous! It's a high compliment when someone says it's not edible!

Cakepro Posted 28 Apr 2008 , 1:27pm
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Originally Posted by gscout73

Funny you should ask, cakepro. The kids that were there ate their shells and the adults weren't quite sure what to do. Many weren't convinced they were edible. Very few ate their shells.

Girl, if I had made those amazing shells, I would have shed a tear every time I saw someone bite into one. icon_cry.gif

tasha27 Posted 28 Apr 2008 , 3:17pm
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Where did you buy your molds and dust from if you don't mind me asking?

poshcakedesigns Posted 28 Apr 2008 , 3:25pm
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Great JOB

gscout73 Posted 30 Apr 2008 , 2:58am
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Thank you all so much.

Cakegal, I can send you my left over shells. icon_lol.gif

Tahsa, I got one from Wilton, one from one of the dozens of websites I visited (can' remember which one) and one was a soap mold from Michaels. The dusts were from Global sugar art website. They have an amazing selection.

mommycakediva Posted 30 Apr 2008 , 3:21am
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Yes you did a great job, they look great.I bet she really liked her cake.

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