How Would You Do This Cake???

Decorating By dogwood Updated 28 Jun 2008 , 8:44pm by dogwood

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dogwood Posted 24 Jun 2008 , 9:06pm
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I can't decide on how I should go about decorating this cake. I thought I would do the animals in fondant and then place on the cake but I'm not sure how to go about doing the green stripes and the plain white center.
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oliveoyle Posted 24 Jun 2008 , 9:14pm
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I'm not exactly sure what I would do perhaps frost in a plain white buttercream and then cover the perimiter in alternating colors of green fondant? sorry I wasn't more help

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mindywith3boys Posted 24 Jun 2008 , 9:29pm
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Do you have an airbrush?

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butterflywings Posted 24 Jun 2008 , 11:25pm
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personally, i think i'd make the cake striped, like the boarder, then make a plaque out of gumpaste with her name (if it's a birthday cake) or whatever saying you wanted. then i'd do the animals out of fondant or fondant/gumpaste mix and lean the plaque agains the cake, animals on either side at base of cake and on top of it.

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cake-angel Posted 24 Jun 2008 , 11:30pm
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An airbrush would make this easy. You could paint airbrush colors on with a paintbrush but it won't look quite as smooth. You could ice with white first and then use the large icer tip from wilton to add the green and then smooth it with the hot spatula. You would have to pipe a boarder to transition the the green into the white. Then for the stripes you could pipe swiss dots in a stripe pattern in a slightly darker shade of green. then add the fondant animals.

Option 3) A giant frozen buttercream transfer would allow you to get the geen and the white together before placing onto the top of the cake.

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dogwood Posted 25 Jun 2008 , 2:46am
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Thanks for your responses. I've been out of pocket for a few hours and just got back on the computer. I do have an airbrush but I haven't had a chance to practice with it yet so I'm kinda of leary of trying that. This is a baby shower cake that just came up for this weekend and I wasn't sure what would be the best way to proceed. I've done FBT's before but on a smaller scale. If I did all white buttercream and then used my airbrush how do you get the different color stripes? Do you lay strips of heavy paper down to protect one color while spraying another color?

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eiyapet Posted 25 Jun 2008 , 3:46am
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Paper is usually not a good idea to block areas off for airbrushing. It could either stick to the BC or the airbrish ink could bleed through it. Acetate sheets (if you have them), or any kind of thin lightweight paper with a coating to keep it from sticking. I usually save the backings from my frosting sheets I use for edible imaging to use for airbrishing later. Waxed paper might work...

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mindywith3boys Posted 25 Jun 2008 , 4:09am
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Make sure one color is dry before you start another color. And practice a bit with your airbrush before you use it on the cake. It took me about three cakes before I figured out that the reason it was splattering and spitting on my cakes was because I was holding the button down all the way (with mine you should only hold it about half way down).

I would only use the airbrush for the background colors. I would use CT or FBCT for the animals. It should be a cute cake!

PS I use cling wrap and painters tape to section areas. But, I've only painted fondant.

~Mindy

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miny Posted 25 Jun 2008 , 7:25am
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It took me about three cakes before I figured out that the reason it was splattering and spitting on my cakes was because I was holding the button down all the way (with mine you should only hold it about half way down).

~Mindy




So this is why!, I thought my airbrush was defective icon_mad.gif I even wanted to purchase a new one icon_redface.gif

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jammjenks Posted 25 Jun 2008 , 12:04pm
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I don't do a lot of fondant work, so I will tell you what I would do in bc.

1. Ice in white.
2. Make a square or rectangle using a toothpick.
3. Using the flat part of a basketweave tip, pipe flat lines in the alternating green colors.
4. After the green crusts, Melvira the stripes lightly to flatten them. Be careful not to press much or the lines will distort.
5. Use a pattern transfer method (I use piping gel outlines) to do the animals.

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dogwood Posted 25 Jun 2008 , 1:12pm
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Thanks everyone for your tips. I think I will try what JammJinks said except that I will probably do the animals in fondant.

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Bettycrockermommy Posted 25 Jun 2008 , 4:33pm
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4. After the green crusts, Melvira the stripes lightly to flatten them.





I love that Melvira is a verb now! icon_lol.gificon_lol.gif Only here at CC!! icon_lol.gificon_lol.gif

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jammjenks Posted 25 Jun 2008 , 5:21pm
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4. After the green crusts, Melvira the stripes lightly to flatten them.




I love that Melvira is a verb now! icon_lol.gificon_lol.gif Only here at CC!! icon_lol.gificon_lol.gif




I knew everyone would know exactly what I was talking about. We CCers seem to speak the same language.

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dogwood Posted 25 Jun 2008 , 6:34pm
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Bettycrockermommy wrote:
jammjenks wrote:

4. After the green crusts, Melvira the stripes lightly to flatten them.



I love that Melvira is a verb now! Only here at CC!!


I knew everyone would know exactly what I was talking about. We CCers seem to speak the same language.

Yeah, I knew exactly what she meant. icon_smile.gif

I was just at the cake supply store and they suggested an edible image. Sure would be easier considering the short time frame. Would that cheating?

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Bettycrockermommy Posted 26 Jun 2008 , 1:32am
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I don't think that it would be cheating. Whatever makes it easier for you.

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dogwood Posted 28 Jun 2008 , 4:23pm
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Here's what I ended up with. What do you think? Would you be ok if you received this?
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CakesByLJ Posted 28 Jun 2008 , 4:34pm
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Thanks for your responses. I've been out of pocket for a few hours and just got back on the computer. I do have an airbrush but I haven't had a chance to practice with it yet so I'm kinda of leary of trying that. This is a baby shower cake that just came up for this weekend and I wasn't sure what would be the best way to proceed. I've done FBT's before but on a smaller scale. If I did all white buttercream and then used my airbrush how do you get the different color stripes? Do you lay strips of heavy paper down to protect one color while spraying another color?




I realize I am too late for this cake icon_sad.gif However, for the future... I use a fine screen to hold down stencils, templates, etc to airbrush with... I obtained this from Roland Winbeckler years ago.. It is basically like a fine mesh screen in a frame. It is lightweight, but heavy enough to hold down the stencil and I just spray over the screen. I hope this makes sense... icon_confused.gif

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mona1949 Posted 28 Jun 2008 , 4:39pm
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You did an excellent job on the cake. I am sure they are going to love it. Great job. icon_biggrin.gif

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CakeWhizz Posted 28 Jun 2008 , 4:41pm
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Elaine, I don't know about anyone else but I would be delighted to receive the cake. Well done to you!

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Sugar_Plum_Fairy Posted 28 Jun 2008 , 5:06pm
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Hey, if you feel like it you can make that cake for me, too! icon_biggrin.gif I wouldn't mind at all getting a cake like that. You did an incredible job replicating that invite! I'm very impressed with how precise it is! thumbs_up.gif

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Bettycrockermommy Posted 28 Jun 2008 , 6:02pm
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I think that it is beautiful! Great job!

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dogwood Posted 28 Jun 2008 , 8:44pm
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Thanks for all your comments. I will be leaving in about thirty minutes to deliver this cake and I was nervous about how my customer might view the cake. Oh, I wanted to mention, I can't take the credit for details of the invite it's an edible image.

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