2 Questions: Please Read Need Help

Decorating By matwogirls Updated 30 Jun 2008 , 8:38pm by FromScratch

matwogirls Posted 30 Jun 2008 , 2:12am
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1.So how would I make the icing more ivory

So if I am using the sugarshack buttercream icing, how can I make sure that it is a off white ivory/cream colour. I have a bride that is worried the white icing will make her dress look dirty.

2. competely seperate bride wants a dress cake to look like her wedding dress below. any ideas what I could do to make the gathers in the rbc look like the dress. how do I make it stay inplace and what about the beading on the dress how would I go about doing this? I have attached her dress below.

Any and all suggestions would be greatly appreciated.


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leah_s Posted 30 Jun 2008 , 2:21am
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I do gown cakes a lot. I would only use the design from the bodice. And I won't use RBC under penalty of death. Not that I have stong feelings about it or anything.

As for color, that's jsut your bride stressing out. Advise her that the lighting will be "soft" at the venue. They will either turn the lights down or their will be candles which give a soft golden glow to everything. But if you need to color the icing (I would not) then use a tiny bit of ivory color.

Ruth0209 Posted 30 Jun 2008 , 2:30am
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A tab bit of regular vanilla will make your icing off-white, too. Not too much though, or it's beige.

Angelgirl Posted 30 Jun 2008 , 2:35am
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When I recently did a cake for someone who wanted off-white, instead of using clear vanilla flavoring, I used regular. It gave it just a hint of off-white- but not ivory- and they loved it.

matwogirls Posted 30 Jun 2008 , 2:41am
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Thank you so much for the fast replies. I tried to tell the bride not to worry, but then she got me starting to worry... newbie jitters and all.

So are there any ideas on how to replicate the bodice of the dress? as far as the beads go?


bwonderful Posted 30 Jun 2008 , 2:44am
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For the beading, I would use RI with luster dust and maybe some rock candy made in a gem mold for the larger accents.

leah_s Posted 30 Jun 2008 , 2:45am
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Just pipe the design. I can't see it clearly enough to tell you more than that. Doesn't have to be beads. In fact that many beads would break a tooth.

kayleighlovesjacob Posted 30 Jun 2008 , 2:47am
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i've used a teeny bit of brown and got a creamy ivory color... gl! hth...

leah_s Posted 30 Jun 2008 , 2:47am
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I know you wouldn't put actual beads on the cake. I was joking about breaking a tooth. Sometimes I also use fondant motifs. And edible pearls.

pjmw Posted 30 Jun 2008 , 2:51am
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I've used butter Crisco to make my b/c ivory...depends on how much ivory you want...good luck!


LeanneW Posted 30 Jun 2008 , 3:22am
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rbc, hmm, never worked with it, but, if I were doing it in fondant I wold literally pich the spots where you see the gathers and then decorate with whatever you used for the beading on the bodice on the pinches.

I have no idea if rbc would "pinch" like fondant.

I vote for adding a bit of regular vanilla for the ivory color.

once I tried to make ivory fondant with wilton brown and added too much, I ended up with an awful flesh color

FromScratch Posted 30 Jun 2008 , 4:04am
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Yes.. I know that awful flesh color you are talking about.. eeeek!!! I did that trying to make a sandy color.. never again.

I also vote for using extra real vanilla in your icing. I use butter and real vanilla when I make my SMBC and if you add enough vanilla it can be ivory.. but usually it's what I'd call wedding white.. not BRIGHT white. icon_smile.gif

ANother thought for the gathers woudl be to use a tool to impress the lines in the fondant. I'd use fondant if you can because RBC is moody stuff.

leah_s Posted 30 Jun 2008 , 8:06am
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With fondant, I'll bet you could use a crimper to make the pickups.

FromScratch Posted 30 Jun 2008 , 12:20pm
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I was thinking a dresden tool, but a toothpick or skewer would work just as well. Even the dull side of a butter knife woudl work.. just roll the fondant a little thicker than you normally would.

mgdqueen Posted 30 Jun 2008 , 12:30pm
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Her dress is beautiful. It's no wonder she'd want a matching cake. Soft fondant draping would look beautiful for that cake I think.

jess85 Posted 30 Jun 2008 , 2:52pm
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how about clear sanding sugar on the bodice?

matwogirls Posted 30 Jun 2008 , 3:51pm
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everyone is so nice to help me out. Thanks a bunch... Sanding sugar... I don't know what that is. Where would I buy that? I am going to go hunting online right now.


matwogirls Posted 30 Jun 2008 , 3:55pm
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ok, sanding sprinkles I think would work. Now to find them. I wonder if micheals carries them.

I don't have any crimping tools, but I do have two fingers so I think that I am going to try that out.

I have never made my own fondant, is there a favorite recipe out there that you could sugest for a first timer?


asmith Posted 30 Jun 2008 , 4:17pm
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I've used SophieBelles Jello fondant and MMF before and liked them both, but I by far prefer Satin Ice!

jen1977 Posted 30 Jun 2008 , 4:23pm
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FromScratch Posted 30 Jun 2008 , 8:38pm
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Ditto to Michele Foster's recipe.. the best fondant I have ever used.

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