Palm Trees -Pretzel Rods Vs. Gumpaste?

Decorating By Kel1222 Updated 21 May 2009 , 4:23pm by rvercher23

Kel1222 Posted 21 May 2009 , 3:50pm
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I am making my first set of palm trees. Would you suggest the traditional pretzel rod or does gumpaste work better? Would I just insert a lollypop stick into the trunk? I am thinking that way would stay better insterted into the cake rather than the pretzel. Any suggestions/experiences are appreciated!

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rvercher23 Posted 21 May 2009 , 4:00pm
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I have made two cakes with palm trees on them, I used fondant, they just flow better with the cake. Youcan look in my pics and see. I used a toothpick to sitck them into the cake. Good Luck!

momvarden Posted 21 May 2009 , 4:02pm
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I was going to do palm trees last week, was contemplating the same thing. I didn't end up making them but here is my suggestion.
Have you ever made modeling chocolate. Its really easy if you haven't.
I would wrap the pretzel rods, in the modeling chocolate, for that matter you could probably do the same thing with gumpaste or fondant. than you could give the trunk the color and texture that you want. Ok thats all.

Kel1222 Posted 21 May 2009 , 4:05pm
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I used a toothpick to sitck them into the cake. Good Luck!



Do toothpicks really support the weight of the palms?

ExcitedNewbie Posted 21 May 2009 , 4:12pm
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I used a pretzel rod and it was nice and sturdy. I have it posted if you'd like to see it.

I'd love to see how yours turned out. Please pm me when you have a photo of it.

Thanks!

~ excitednewbie

texasseegirl Posted 21 May 2009 , 4:15pm
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I've also used a pretzel rod for palm trees then used royal icing to attach the fondant leaves. Did not have any problems with it being sturdy. It's the curious george pic in my photos.

rvercher23 Posted 21 May 2009 , 4:23pm
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Originally Posted by rvercher23

I used a toothpick to sitck them into the cake. Good Luck!


Do toothpicks really support the weight of the palms?




Yes, in my cakes the baby shower and the bridal shower cakes the toothpicks held up fine, some were aginst the cake and some were standing on their own, lollipop sticks or wooden skewers would be fine too.

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