What In The Heck Are These Things??

Decorating By Confectioners_Conundrum Updated 8 Feb 2009 , 1:49am by Cakepro

Confectioners_Conundrum Posted 30 Jan 2009 , 9:19pm
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I am going to make a cake for a lady and she sent me an email of the cake she would like to have. The only problem is I can't figure out what in the heck these little dots are made of. They don't look like edible pearls to me...I don't know what they are! Any idea?
LL

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Becscakes Posted 30 Jan 2009 , 9:21pm
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They look like piped roal icing

Katie-Bug Posted 30 Jan 2009 , 9:21pm
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It looks like small dots of frosting, maybe made with like a #2.

Beatuiful cake and good luck!!

chutzpah Posted 30 Jan 2009 , 10:18pm
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I think they might be piping gel. The have a different sheen than the cake.

tonedna Posted 30 Jan 2009 , 10:36pm
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They look like piped dots..kind of like this one..
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Seems that the finish of the cake is a light ivory, and the dots are made in white. They can be done in RI or buttercream and then use pearl dust diluted in vodka to give them a shine.
Edna icon_biggrin.gif

practiceandpatience Posted 31 Jan 2009 , 3:11pm
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to me it appears to be piping gel, as you can see it better from the side where it picks up light, and the dots straight on seem to be less visible. The piping gell also picks up the color of the icing behind it.

cambo Posted 31 Jan 2009 , 3:21pm
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I agree and believe it's piping gel! What a neat look!

sweetjan Posted 31 Jan 2009 , 3:31pm
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Tonedna said what I was going to say! Great cake! thumbs_up.gif
Post your finished cake!

summernoelle Posted 31 Jan 2009 , 3:39pm
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I disagree with the piping gel. They are RI or BC. Maybe with Super Pearl.

pattycakescookies Posted 31 Jan 2009 , 3:42pm
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It definitely looks like piping gel to me.

weirkd Posted 31 Jan 2009 , 3:50pm
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If you use White Stokes piping gel then you can put the super pear dust on it to make it shimmer. Its the only piping gel that I know of that can pipe like RI. But from the picture and my experience, its RI. When I do it, I use a very small tip like a 0 or 1. Then if you have any type of peak on it, you use a small brush that is dampened with water to smooth it down.

kakeladi Posted 31 Jan 2009 , 5:12pm
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Actually I feel if it is *that* important exactly which ingredient is used you had better contact the person who gave you the pic.
Those dots are called 'swiss dots' and can be done w/any of the types of icing already mentioned.

Cakepro Posted 31 Jan 2009 , 8:56pm
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Quote:
Originally Posted by weirkd

If you use White Stokes piping gel then you can put the super pear dust on it to make it shimmer. Its the only piping gel that I know of that can pipe like RI.




Isn't that such a gorgeous technique?

In a class I took with Bronwen Weber, she showed us how agar piping gel really does pipe just like buttercream, and then she blew super pearl on it for a milk-glass effect. It was so beautiful!!

White Stokes piping gel is agar piping gel. icon_smile.gif

ngfcake Posted 31 Jan 2009 , 9:07pm
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Momkiksbutt Posted 31 Jan 2009 , 9:22pm
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They are "swiss dots". Done by making a triangle of three small dots in a staggered pattern. Simple elegant.

all4cake Posted 31 Jan 2009 , 9:29pm
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I agree with tonedna and the others that believe they are swiss dots in the triple dot pattern done with icing... I think it's the light that makes them glow/shimmer like.

lostincake Posted 31 Jan 2009 , 9:37pm
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I found the pic on aboutthecake.com (see watermark?) and it says it's disco dots (not sure myself what those are lol) - gonna try to attach the link.

http://www.aboutthecake.com/weddingcakespage2.htm

It's near the middle of the page...I think the 22nd cake down.

all4cake Posted 31 Jan 2009 , 9:41pm
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I would now like to change my view on them(looked at the smaller version)

aprilbree Posted 31 Jan 2009 , 9:47pm
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the picture in the op looked like royal icing to me, but the picture in the link DOES look like piping gel! (on the close-up of the cake)

tonedna Posted 31 Jan 2009 , 11:47pm
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Momkiksbutt

They are "swiss dots". Done by making a triangle of three small dots in a staggered pattern. Simple elegant.




Yup!

Cakepro Posted 1 Feb 2009 , 2:37am
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She was asking what people thought the dots were made of.

AbouttheCake Posted 5 Feb 2009 , 12:11pm
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The dots were piping gel mixed with white holographic disco dust then piped on with a #2. Can't go smaller than that because the dust won't go through a #1. icon_smile.gif

all4cake Posted 5 Feb 2009 , 3:28pm
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party.gif mystery solved! party.gif

Rocketgirl899 Posted 8 Feb 2009 , 1:46am
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well i dont know what swiss dots are.. but they look like French dots to me.. in BC.

french dots that i know of anyway are 3 dots that look like a triangle.

Cakepro Posted 8 Feb 2009 , 1:49am
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Swiss dots are three dots in a triangle. icon_smile.gif

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