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Decorating By CakeDesigns Updated 23 Dec 2008 , 7:29pm by archanac

CakeDesigns Posted 15 Dec 2008 , 4:47pm
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Hi, I need to make a snowflake cake this week and I'm interesting in finding out the best way to make snowflakes. I did a search and most of the posts are gone.

Is it better to do RI snowflakes, candymelt snowflakes with a mold, gumpaste using a cookie cutter and piping the design with RI or using a paper punch? What about doing snowflakes out of rice paper like those beautiful butterflies they make? Will the rice/wafer paper melt with the BC frosting?

Thanks for all your help!

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kakeladi Posted 15 Dec 2008 , 4:56pm
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It depends on how big you need them. I have done them in choco; some in royal & some piped right on the cake in b'cream. What's your poision?? icon_smile.gif

CakeDesigns Posted 15 Dec 2008 , 5:19pm
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I have a 4 layer cake, 9-12" rounds and would like to place the snowflakes from smallest to biggest down the side like an arrangement of flowers. Maybe from 1" to 3". I'm leaning towards using a paper punch to punch out GP snowflakes, what do you think?

I found this picture online, sorry I don't know who made it and think the snowflakes are made out of rice paper. They look very thin and nice.

tonedna Posted 15 Dec 2008 , 5:29pm
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They do look like rice paper..Its a beautiful cake.
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kakeladi Posted 15 Dec 2008 , 5:43pm
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Rice/wafer paper can buckle w/handling or any moisture.
I think those are made w/very thin rolled fondant &/or gp; parts are cut out w/aspic cutters to make the design.

Win Posted 15 Dec 2008 , 5:48pm
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Hi. I made my snowflakes from very thinly rolled gumpaste and a patchwork cutter. They dried beautifully and handled well with no breakages. I dusted them in "Snow" Mystical Dust.

Hope that helps!

CakeDesigns Posted 16 Dec 2008 , 5:28pm
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Those are beautiful snowflakes. Thank you for the idea.

CakeDesigns Posted 17 Dec 2008 , 1:30pm
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KoryAK made these beautiful snowflakes with a punch hole. Thanks KoryAK for posting an upclose picture of them.

This is the route I'm taking since they look so good and easy to make. I bought the punch but it's only about an inch so I'll probably have to make some with a 2" cutter. Let's see how it goes.

Jocmom Posted 17 Dec 2008 , 1:54pm
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Originally Posted by kakeladi

Rice/wafer paper can buckle w/handling or any moisture.
I think those are made w/very thin rolled fondant &/or gp; parts are cut out w/aspic cutters to make the design.

I make rice/wafer paper butterflies all the time - and experienced buckling until I tripped across this great tip:

After you've cut out your design, lightly "paint" your rice or wafer paper with a thin coating of corn or vegetable oil. I add a drop of food coloring to the oil when I paint my butterflies. Allow the figure to dry on paper towels overnight to absorb the excess oil. The wafer paper now has a protective coating and can be placed on buttercream frosting with no worries.

Also - I've used my Fiskar's snowflake punch to make small snowflakes from fondant. I give them a very light coating of piping gel and sprinkle on edible glitter.

CakeDesigns Posted 18 Dec 2008 , 2:08pm
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I found a thread with the heading: "I hate snowflakes". I think I'm adding myself to that list.

OK, I made a batch of tylose GP and tried to roll it out very thin (paper thin) with no avail. Then I tried the pasta roller, I have a cheap one from Michaels (or maybe JoAnn's) that goest up to 7. I used #3 and still the GP was not thin enough to put through the punch hole cavity. I tried using setting #2 put the machine was crumbling the GP. I finally decided to stick with #3 setting and then roll it out with the roller. This worked better but still had problems. Also, I had to roll out some GP let it dry for about 5 mins. and then put it through the pasta machine so that it would come out smoother and not sticking to the rollers.

I made about 90 snowflakes with a metal cutter. This method worked better and faster. Then I "glued" the small paper thin GP snowflakes to the bigger snowflake so that the bigger snowflake could have a design.

In all it took me about 4 hours to do about 100 paper thin 1" snowflakes, 90 regular 3" and 6 bigger ones (4-5").

Yes, now I hate snowflakes and hate the fact that I didn't charge enough for the cake.

I'll post a pic of the snowflakes later in the week.

CakeDesigns Posted 22 Dec 2008 , 5:55pm
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I just want to share the pic of the cake with the snowflakes. Thanks everyone!

archanac Posted 23 Dec 2008 , 7:29pm
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That is a beautiful cake--as with all of your cakes!

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