I wanted to do a cake for a casino night that's a house of cards. http://www.cakecentral.com/modules.php?name=gallery&file=displayimage&pid=3565 was my inspiration.
My question is- what do you think I should use to make the cards? I need something sturdy enough to not break even under the weight of all the other cards (I want to make this house of cards TALL). Is gumpaste or white chocolate stronger? And what should I use to glue the cards together- chocolate, royal icing, anything else?
One last question-i suppose I will need to put cardboard under this to support the weight of all of the cards. I wanted to make the cake underneath green to mimic felt. Any ideas on how I can seamlessly incorporate the cardboard so that it blends in with the rest of the cake but still is easy to cut and serve (i.e. if I put the cardboard on, and then the fondant, it would look good but would be difficult to serve).
Thanks for any help! I would appreciate it!
If you have plenty of time to let them dry I'd use a fondant/gumpaste mix. That should make it pretty strong.
For the cardboard... cover the cake in green fondant, then wrap the board in green fondant to match and lay it on top, that way it comes off easily for serving, but it sort of blends in. HTH!!
To go for a more realistic thickness, then the gumpaste (or gumpaste/fondant) is the way to go. However, these may be more brittle and prone to breakage. The cake in the display used white chocolate and they definitely looked sturdy, if not altogether realistic. I'd use royal icing to "glue" them together. If you're using gumpaste fairly thin, I doublt it would be so heavy that it would require support, but if you're not sure, or if you just want something to attach it to, then I'd do what Melvira recommended. Good luck!