This is my first attempt at creating pinecones ... I didn't wan't to do them out of buttercream since all the other decorations for the cake will be fondant - so I gave it a shot....I would do things different next time but I think they'll work fine for the cake I'm working on now.
I used leftover (from July) chocolate MMF which was made from choc marshmallows I found at Walmart this summer and a little leftover WCF I made a couple of weeks ago that was way too soft, and then I mixed in a little tylose powder so it would dry a little faster.
Any suggestions for improvement will be appreciated!
wow, those look pretty good! Doesn't look like a first-time project.
Well I think they look GREAT!!!
Oh they look adorable ! You did a great job on them .. The only think I can see is maybe change the rounded middle a little bit.. Im not sure how ,maybe not so big or so rounded?? But then again what do I know ! Nicely done !!
WOW those are awesome!!! what did you use for the center? i can't believe this was your first time making them!!! i dont see how you can improve, THEY'RE PERFECT!!! i love em
There perfect.......Great job....post the cake if you can.....
Those are really nice!!!
Adorable! You did a great job!
I think they look awesome! I wouldn't even begin to think of how to make them. Would love to see the completed cake when it's finished.
They look wonderful - would love to see the finished cake also!
Those look great!!
Definitely awesome! I would just make the next batch of them with a pointy tip and pointy "petals." Pinecones are sharp little suckers!
Yours are adorable.
They are great! Now it makes me wanna go try some!
I'd agree with the pointed 'petals'...also I think they should be a bit thinner...then I'd go so far as to either airbrush or dust the base of the petals a darker color to give it some 'depth'.
OK, I wasn't gonna make a Christmas cake for the fam....but now I want to go make pine cones!!!
Do you need some type of flower former or cutter for those? I would love to learn how to make them.
Nice, please tell me how you did them?
very nice, thanks for sharing!!!!
Thank you all for the great comments and suggestions - I can't tell you how much I appreciate it!
The center was just a "sausage" roll of fondant that I attached the petals to. And that is one of my issues with the way they look...they need work - I think I'll try to get the top petals up higher so you barely even see the center.
And the thickness of the petals was another issue, you might be able to see the upper right pinecone the petals are a little thinner - but by making them thinner they didn't want to stand up well, they kinda looked more like a rose petal...btw I just used one of the teardrop shaped petal cutter from one of the wilton sets (about the size of a nickle).
And I like the idea of airbrushing them after they're done. I still may do that before I finish the cake on Wednesday. One thing I was also trying to do was to add "snow" of some kind - but I'm still thinking that one through!
Thanks again for all the input - it's exactly what I needed. I'll post the finished product as soon as I can!
The time I had to make pinecones, I just put a glob of brown fondant on a toothpick and snipped away at it with scissors (snipped it into points, not removing any fondant) then airbrushed with more brown and they looked really nice. Yours are beautiful... but the other way was FAST!