When making a ball border, do you use fondant or 50/50?
i do all fondant. gumpaste dries faster and is stronger, but i dont think that you need it to do balls. up to you really i think.
I've also always used just fondant and it seems to work just fine for me.
100% fondant has always worked for me....
i agree with everyone else it really doesn't matter what you use for the balls so i go with the cheaper easier way to do it.
and as far as making the balls, that has go to be the most time consuming thing i have EVER done! and it is also very hard to get them all the same size. i ended up rolling out the fondant and using a small cutter to get the same size pieces and then rolling them into balls but they still weren't 100% uniform. is there an easier way of doing it?
the best way is to have them uneven! lol. you can buy moulds to make them even sized, but other wise the best way is rolling it out, cutting it, and then balling it.
I use 100% fondant for the balls.
I usually roll out a long 'snake' of fondant and cut even sized pieces out of that. It still never comes out even though! Some people fill a teaspoon or tablespoon with fondant to measure it out exactly each time but I don't have the patience for that!
I roll out a fairly thick piece of fondant (usually 1/4-1/2" depending on how large you want them) and using a large icing tip, cut out circles as if I were using a cookie cutter. This makes them all the same size. Then I just roll each one into a ball in my hands.
I don't know if this will help, but I roll out a snake out of fondant and cut them into small pieces and roll in my hand. That way, they come out the same size or just about anyway!
I've only done a couple of cakes so far, but two of them had a ball border and I did was Korensmommy and Melissa did. Just roll out a long snake, cut equal sized pieces, and then roll them into balls. I can't imagine doing it any other way unless I was really wanting them to be EXACTLY the same size.
The snake thing is a great idea! I usually use 50/50 but fondant works totally fine.
I just did them on my cake last night, and I just pulled a chunk off a big ball of fondant and rolled it, I just compared it to the previous ball I made to see if it was approx the same size, if not I took some out or added to it, and they were pretty much the same size.
I think it adds to the character if they are not 100% uniform.
I recently discovered I had deep measuring spoons that were already a perfectly half shaped ball. I take a small blob of fondant and fill the measuring spoon (whichever size I decide I need), much like a mold, like packing brown sugar. I do 8 - 10 at a time and then go back and roll the ball between my hands. They turn out much more even than when I was doing the snake method.
I recently discovered I had deep measuring spoons that were already a perfectly half shaped ball.
What a great idea - and if you didn't want to roll them into a ball you have a flat surface to put against the cake if you want. Learn something new everyday!
I love that idea! Gotta' remember that one...
I'm going to try that this weekend!! Thanks for sharing !!
Thanks everyone! It's neat reading the different techniques that are used.
Something different -
I made them out of buttercream. I thickened my left-over buttercream with some more powdered sugar - I think this would be referred to as rolled buttercream, three different colors but mine were supposed to be different sizes.