What Is The Deal With My Drapes??? What The...???

Decorating By kellertur Updated 10 Oct 2008 , 4:09am by kellertur

kellertur Posted 9 Oct 2008 , 3:53am
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I am in Drape hell... icon_evil.gif Dante's cake inferno...
I've tried once before (and read many tutorials on making drapes) YET mine either tear because they are soft or crack when I add cornstarch/sugar due to stickiness.... Can someone PLEASE help me make these drapes???? What is the correct consistency for the fondant? I'm on my FIFTH fondant recipe... with similar results. It must be me. icon_confused.gif It's either chewing gum or dry-skin texture... dunce.gif

I'm in the middle of my 10th anniversary cake (surprise for husband) and these drapes are holding me back... but they are a major part of my design and I can't leave them out.

sorry to vent ~ I really need to master the drapes ASAP.

thanks in advance.

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kellertur Posted 9 Oct 2008 , 4:14am
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I realize my post is "all over the place", but I'm a bit frazzled and desperate ~ running out of time.

Thanks for any help ~

SMcDonald Posted 9 Oct 2008 , 4:31am
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I am definately not an expert by any means, but I have found that if I knead in a little shortening it helps dramatically in the elasticity without making it too sticky.

tiersfromheaven Posted 9 Oct 2008 , 12:08pm
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Knead in some gum-tex. Helps keep the fondant pliable. I also roll the fondant thin to where I can lift a rectangle of it and if drapes on its own.

kellertur Posted 10 Oct 2008 , 4:09am
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thanks for the responses...

I've posted my cake with the "mutant" drapes if anyone is interested. You'll see what I mean about how formless they are. I only posted it because I loved my cake design, despite the drapes.

I have trouble with fondant. When I knead in just a "little" sugar/starch it starts cracking and separating? When I add a "bit" of shortening it gets gummy and wants to sag and tear.... Maybe I should just stick to sculpting it... I only have trouble when I try to do decorative stuff. icon_mad.gif

thanks again~

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