Advice From The "mini" Makers Out There! ;)

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muddpuppy Posted 22 Oct 2008 , 6:40pm
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Hi all!! I have 150 single layer minis to do for a friends wedding and I was just wondering if anyone had some tips or tricks for me to help it go a little faster...should I invest in a multi mini pan or just cut up a sheet cake? Should I torte and fill them or maybe try to inject them like a donut? I'll be covering each one with fondant and I'm thinking it will take forever!!! Any help would be greatly appreciated!!

Thanks again!!!

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PinkZiab Posted 22 Oct 2008 , 7:30pm
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I prefer to cut them from a sheet pan, but the only good advice I can give you is, don't charge less than $20-25 each!

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xstitcher Posted 22 Oct 2008 , 7:52pm
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I'd say cut them from a sheet pan too using like a cake ring or something like that! What size are these going to be?

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tiggy2 Posted 22 Oct 2008 , 7:53pm
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If you're going to tort them I would tort a sheet and then cut them from that.

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xstitcher Posted 22 Oct 2008 , 7:58pm
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[quote="tiggy2"]If you're going to tort them I would tort a sheet and then cut them from that.[/quote

Great idea! That would make it sooooo much easier! thumbs_up.gif

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antonia74 Posted 22 Oct 2008 , 8:06pm
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Yup, we cut ours from a sheet pan with square or round cookie cutters, fill the two layers, ice with a crumb-coat of IMBC and then semi-freeze them for an hour or two before the fondant goes on. (Makes for a much firmer/sturdier cake to fondant perfectly smooth!! icon_smile.gif )

Get ready....these take MUCH longer to do than you'd think. icon_sad.gif

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chutzpah Posted 22 Oct 2008 , 8:12pm
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start now.

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janine1972 Posted 22 Oct 2008 , 8:15pm
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Hi, the advice here is awesome!!
When i make mini cakes, i bake them in individual little tins - no, i didnt buy a bunch - lol i use our tomato paste tins to bake in - lol
and they are easy to work with, we dont torte and fill them here
i freeze mine, then put a thin coating of b.c, roll my fondant through my pasta machine and use cookie cutters to cut the right size fondant pieces, then start icing

it goes a lot faster, if you cut out a bunch of fondant circles, layer them with plastic and keep covered while working - saves a bit of time and frustration - lol

hope this also helps!

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kelleym Posted 22 Oct 2008 , 8:18pm
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Originally Posted by chutzpah

He who sacrifices freedom for liberty deserves neither.




I don't understand. Freedom and liberty are synonyms. How can you sacrifice one for the other?

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chutzpah Posted 22 Oct 2008 , 8:22pm
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Thanks for the heads up.... I think I had a brainfart when I wrote that quote...

He who gives up freedom for safety deserves neither.


My thanks to Ben.

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Deb_ Posted 22 Oct 2008 , 8:35pm
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I hope you have help for these minis, 150 is a LOT! I did these for one of my nieces a few years ago and it was SO much more work than I anticipated. I was trying to get each and every one of them exactly the same (I'm OCD sometimes).

I have another niece that just became engaged and the last time I saw her she said "Auntie, remember those mini............." STOP RIGHT THERE I TOLD HER, NEVER AGAIN WILL I MAKE THOSE FOR FREE!!!! The poor girl nearly wet herself icon_lol.gif

Anywho..............I made sheet cakes, filled them, than cut them out. I tried a poured fondant and that was a nightmare, so I decided to do a poured icing (like a white chocolate ganache) this worked much better and was quicker than fondant for me. It also gave a nice smooth finish.

I suggest playing around with some samples to see what works best for you. I started a few weeks ahead, baked, filled and cut them out and froze them until I was ready to ice and decorate.

God Bless You with the patience you'll need to make 150 of these babies, have a bottle of wine handy, it helps. icon_razz.gif

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indydebi Posted 22 Oct 2008 , 9:02pm
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Originally Posted by chutzpah

Thanks for the heads up.... I think I had a brainfart when I wrote that quote...

He who gives up freedom for safety deserves neither.


My thanks to Ben.




Actually, it's:

'Those who would sacrifice freedom for security deserve neither'
.... Benjamin Franklin

And yeah I agree on the $20-$25 each for these things.

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muddpuppy Posted 23 Oct 2008 , 2:48am
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Thanks everyone for the awesome advice!! I definatley will start super early and freeze them! Any size suggestions??

Thanks again!!

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chutzpah Posted 23 Oct 2008 , 4:17am
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Actually the original quote from Ben Franklin reads as such, as I learned it in third grade (I did a report on Ben Franklin).......

They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety.

I've used one of the many popular paraphrased versions.

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antonia74 Posted 23 Oct 2008 , 4:21am
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Originally Posted by muddpuppy

Thanks everyone for the awesome advice!! I definatley will start super early and freeze them! Any size suggestions??

Thanks again!!




about 2.5" to 3" is actually a very generous single portion once it's layered, filled and iced IMHO

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PinkZiab Posted 23 Oct 2008 , 4:26am
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Oh that $20-25 would be MINIMUM charge. When I interned at Pink Cake Box she charged $35 each, I believe.

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indydebi Posted 23 Oct 2008 , 10:47am
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Originally Posted by chutzpah

Actually the original quote from Ben Franklin reads as such, as I learned it in third grade (I did a report on Ben Franklin).......

They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety.

I've used one of the many popular paraphrased versions.



I gotta find some better quote resources! My collection will be marred! icon_cry.gifthumbs_up.gif

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