I am desperately trying ice my 3D Elmo cake with a grass tip #233 and no matter how I work it, its just not looking like fur to me. Are there any tips on how to use this particular icing tip? I am at the point that I want to SMASH this cake...lol. Its a good thing this is only practice one and the real one is not due til May 16th for my daughter's first birthday. Perhaps I should just go with another way of doing Elmo. Please help with any advice you all may have to save poor Elmo. Thanks in advance for your help.
I don't know what kind of icing you're using; but if its too thin it won't work. Try thickening it up a little bit. Hope that helps.
THanks, I am using a thicker Royal Icing...trust me my hand hurts...lol. What seems to be the problem is the fur either doesn't want to stick to the cake at times and the other problem I have in trying to keep the fur shorter the icing still pulls out long...if that makes any sense. I'd post a picture but it doesn't give the true effect. IDK perhaps I am just not meant to use this tip.
You are using RI?
I only use med/thick butter cream.
Sorry I meant Buttercream . I thinks its really my inexperience with this type of tip. I just thought someone may have another way they could tell me to do this so I can get the fur effect.
If it's hurting your hand, I would think it's too thick.
If the icing is really thick, it could also make it harder to stick to the cake. You can put a thin crumb coat of icing on the bear and that might help it adhere.
Short fur, quick squeeze and pull. Long fur, harder squeeeze and longer pull.
Maybe it would stick, and be easier, if it was thinner. A crumb coat would probably help too. I think that tip should be perfect for what you're trying to do. I gotta to buy one - mine ended up in the garbage disposal the other day. Hate when that happens!
If your frosting is clumping up it could also be that the heat from your hands is melting the bc. I normally use 2 small piping bags so I can switch as soon as the bc comes out "fat" and squooshy instead of furry.
i use a star tip for my elmo's and pull them out a bit, makes nice fur
Remember Norm Davis trying to make fur on that HUMONGOUS blue monster on Cake Challenge? He practically broke his wrist piping all that fur!
Its funny that you bring him up as I was thinking about him today. THinking about how easy he made it look. I guess practice with make perfect. It is why I tried this cake out 3 weeks before her birthday so I could hopefully get it right. THanks for all the advice I will be taking it into account when I get back to practicing tomorrow.
I used this tip for cupcakes at Easter and I found that using it like a star tip and pulling out worked like a charm. I used room temp buttercream. Good luck!
Also, if while you are squeezing it out you let it build up a little bit on the cake before pulling away, it may stick better to the cake.
I think your icing is too thick. It should just be enough to where it stands. I think about medium. It will stick better. Touch, squeeze pull, stop squeezing, pull away