I Need Immediate Help!!!

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cherrycakes Posted 8 Apr 2009 , 7:38pm
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I have a cake that I'm serving tonight at a graduation and I used an extruder to make the tassle for the cap. I used lots of Crisco but the "strings" keep drying out and then falling off. I have it wrapped in seran with crisco right now but how do I keep it from drying out when I put it on the cake tonight? I'm envisioning that all the strings will fall off before it's even served icon_cry.gif Thanks!!

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beachcakes Posted 8 Apr 2009 , 7:49pm
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Can you allow it to dry in the shape you want and then place it on the cake tonight? I've only made one tassle, but that's how i did it. Im not sure why it's falling out though. I extruded long strings and folded them over, then took a few more strands and wound them around the tassle for the band, so there wasn't anything to fall out I guess.

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Chippi Posted 8 Apr 2009 , 8:03pm
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I have a cake that I'm serving tonight at a graduation and I used an extruder to make the tassle for the cap. I used lots of Crisco but the "strings" keep drying out and then falling off. I have it wrapped in seran with crisco right now but how do I keep it from drying out when I put it on the cake tonight? I'm envisioning that all the strings will fall off before it's even served icon_cry.gif Thanks!!




Sounds like your gumpaste or fondant is too dry. Try adding some glycerine to it make it more gummy. icon_smile.gif Then try extruding with the crisco. HTH

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cherrycakes Posted 8 Apr 2009 , 11:10pm
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Thanks for the suggestions! I used the glycerine and it seems to be holding up much better than more shortening. I'll cross my fingers that it holds together tonight! Thanks again!

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leah_s Posted 8 Apr 2009 , 11:23pm
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If all else fails, extrude a long tassel so that the bottom of it rests on something, rather than hanging in space unsupported.

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cherrycakes Posted 9 Apr 2009 , 3:32am
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Just thought I would post a picture of the cake. The gylcerine worked great and thanks Leah for the tip about resting the tips of the tassle on the cake. It held up great! I made this cake for my son's graduation from a church program. The stripes on the cake represent the way they organzed the books of the Bible to memorize.
LL

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Chippi Posted 9 Apr 2009 , 9:49am
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That turned out really cute! Love the way you put the stripes on and what they stand for. Your tassle looks just fine. CONGRATS!!!

Chippi

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cherrycakes Posted 9 Apr 2009 , 11:59am
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Thanks Chippi! Again I just have to say thanks for the tip about the gylcerine. I use Michele Foster's fondant and I read that I would need to add a lot of Crisco for the extruder (my first time using it) but I found that the fondant was breaking down into mush and the stings were basically disintegrating, hence the panic!!

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beachcakes Posted 9 Apr 2009 , 1:59pm
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It looks terrific!

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pattycakesnj Posted 9 Apr 2009 , 2:12pm
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good job

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