Plaid Sides Using Frozen Buttercream Transfer?

Decorating By pkgurl Updated 8 Aug 2008 , 6:00pm by Justbeck101

pkgurl Posted 7 Aug 2008 , 1:21am
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I want to do plaid on the sides of a round cake, on the bottom tier. I don't trust myself to pipe it with buttercream upside down, or to do it with fondant strips. I've been racking my brain for weeks trying to figure out how to do it to make it look right. Would a frozen buttercream transfer work? If I made it too tall for the sides, I could trim it, right?

I've never tried one before, so this would be a first for me. Any tips would be appreciated. Thanks.

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tracey1970 Posted 7 Aug 2008 , 1:47am
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You'd have to find a way to freeze it following the curve of the pan. You can't bend it once frozen, and once thawed, if you mess with it, you'll ruin it. Not sure how to go about this one??

all4cake Posted 7 Aug 2008 , 3:25am
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What I did when I made a fbct for the entire side of a cake was ...

I used a strip of waxed paper cut to the height and length of circumference =1"(to help with gripping) of the tier. crumb coat the tier....chill it just until firm...it doesn't have to be frozen. Create design on the waxed paper(if you have a clear board to work on(so you can see periodically the correct side) is nice but not necessary). Take each end of strip and align it with the tier...it is tricky and works best with two people...if you have to work alone on it, grab the piece at each end but toward the top.

After getting the piece onto the side, leaving the waxed paper on, with fondant smoothers, carefully smooth the piece while applying light pressure. Place entire tier with waxed paper still attached into freezer. Let it remain in there until frozen. Remove tier. Remove waxed paper. Clean up any lines with a toothpick

This will produce a flat surfaced image.

TexasSugar Posted 7 Aug 2008 , 5:40pm
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When I first ready this I was thinking exactly what all4cake said. Do the transfer, wrap it around the cake and freeze it all together.

all4cake Posted 7 Aug 2008 , 5:45pm
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OOPS! That was supposed to be +1" not =1"

Justbeck101 Posted 7 Aug 2008 , 5:58pm
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I posted this question the other day and received great answers! I found a pattern on line then went to walmart today and got it printed on the edible image paper. I plan in putting it on fondant and wrapping as a ribbon. There is an article about using edible images also.
Here is the link to my question.

http://www.cakecentral.com/cake-decorating-ftopicp-6046214-.html#6046214

or

http://www.cakecentral.com/cake-decorating-ftopic-598278-0-days0-orderasc-.html


If it does not come up then just search "Best way to get plaid fondant?"

all4cake Posted 7 Aug 2008 , 6:10pm
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My bad! I thought pkgurl was wanting to know how to do it with a fbct.

If that's an option pkgurl, the directions in Justbeck's link do produce wonderful results.

Justbeck, I couldn't help myself....I just couldn't stop looking at backgrounds...plaids, strips, swirls, dots...I'm not gonna have any memory left on this relic of a computer.

jessieb578 Posted 7 Aug 2008 , 6:12pm
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Justbeck101 - does WalMart do custom edible images?

pkgurl Posted 7 Aug 2008 , 9:28pm
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Thank you for all your input. I decided that due to my limited time and the fact that I have 2 small kids constantly running around my feet, it would be easier to get the EI printed, so I did that. Now all I have to do is make the fondant, cake and b/c...

Yeah, this is going to be a disaster icon_wink.gif

all4cake Posted 8 Aug 2008 , 2:04am
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pkgurl...the ei does not have to be applied to fondant. It can be applied directly to b/c. Just measure your cake height(at its' highest point) and cut strips of the sheets(if it's a large tier and you're covering the entire side, it's gonna take more than one sheet...try to line up the design, if possible). Dampen the b/c LIGHTLY if it has crusted over. Then, apply ei bands. Carefully trim the upper edges(small cuticle scissors work great..but actually any good, sharp pair will suffice).

It'll be fine.

Can't wait to see the results!

Justbeck101 Posted 8 Aug 2008 , 5:56pm
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Originally Posted by jessieb578

Justbeck101 - does WalMart do custom edible images?




Yes, Walmart does them. I took my plaid that I found online and they printed it for me! And the lady gave me 2 for the price of 1!!It costs $5 so if you dont own one then it is a good way to still be able to do it.

Justbeck101 Posted 8 Aug 2008 , 6:00pm
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Originally Posted by all4cake


Justbeck, I couldn't help myself....I just couldn't stop looking at backgrounds...plaids, strips, swirls, dots...I'm not gonna have any memory left on this relic of a computer.




I also spent hours looking! haha I had to stop or I was never going to choose. I ended up with my 2nd choice instead of my first. I took 2 different ones with me and the 1st one printed too blue instead of purple. The 2nd one I took I made sure I enhanced the image before I left so it was a really deep purple, when it printed it turned out nice. Now I just have to get it onto the Fondant and the CAKE!!!

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