Please Help Me Recreate This

Decorating By lh Updated 26 Jun 2009 , 12:12am by cs_confections

lh Posted 22 Jun 2009 , 3:13pm
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I've been asked to do this cake, from the description it says that raw unrefined sugar crystals are used. Where can i find them? How do you attach them to fondant????? also, what are the tier sizes?...Thanks!

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playingwithsugar Posted 22 Jun 2009 , 3:20pm
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Unrefined sugar is usually brown or muscovado sugar. Those look pretty clear to me, and I would categorize it more as rock candy sugar.

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lh Posted 22 Jun 2009 , 3:34pm
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hmm..i see what you are saying....so how are they attached?

mixinvixen Posted 22 Jun 2009 , 3:38pm
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great cake, but $1200? holy smokes, that's the kind of clients i want!

i'm assuming "collette" would be THE collette, right?

PinkZiab Posted 22 Jun 2009 , 3:39pm
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I would use royal icing or gum glue to attach them.

playingwithsugar Posted 22 Jun 2009 , 3:57pm
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Quote:
Originally Posted by mixinvixen

great cake, but $1200? holy smokes, that's the kind of clients i want!

i'm assuming "collette" would be THE collette, right?




No, you're thinking of Colette Peters, who owns Colette's Cakes.

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mixinvixen Posted 22 Jun 2009 , 4:13pm
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let's forget i said that...brain fart!!!! icon_redface.gif

Rylan Posted 22 Jun 2009 , 9:11pm
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The cake must taste good for that price tag

lh Posted 22 Jun 2009 , 10:12pm
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i know the cake is horrendously expensive, but it is new york so what do you expect....as far as attaching the rock crystals, if i use royal icing and the crystals are clear, won't the icing make the crystals look white instead of clear???

Texas_Rose Posted 22 Jun 2009 , 10:16pm
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Maybe attach them with a little tylose mixed with water? I was attaching gumpaste to lollipops with it yesterday and it didn't seem to dissolve the lollipop at all, so I think it would work on sugar crystals.

Ruth0209 Posted 22 Jun 2009 , 10:30pm
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How about using clear piping gel? It's pretty sticky.

__Jamie__ Posted 22 Jun 2009 , 10:34pm
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Clear piping gel.

ninatat Posted 22 Jun 2009 , 11:02pm
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hi all, i love that cake only thing seems like it's going to be pretty crunchy. are those pearls on top

cs_confections Posted 22 Jun 2009 , 11:11pm
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Perfect timing for this question! I'll be attaching these crystals on Wednesday for my practice cake for BIL's Nov. wedding cake. I've been wondering what will work best without discoloring them. I'm going to try the piping gel suggestion.

I ordered my crystals from CK Products. Really inexpensive for quite a bit. Good luck!

Now I really need to get off CC and get back to making all of these little blossoms! Geesh. I'm officially addicted. icon_redface.gif

ETA: At CK Products, the crystals are listed as "Rock Sugar"
LL

lh Posted 22 Jun 2009 , 11:14pm
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cs_confections, let me know if the piping gel works well and thanks for the product suggestion. good luck on your cake, looks like lots of work....

__Jamie__ Posted 22 Jun 2009 , 11:16pm
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I guaran-teeeee you the piping gel will work. Small little dabs, just a little goes a long way.

Annabakescakes Posted 23 Jun 2009 , 12:42am
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Quote:
Originally Posted by ninatat

hi all, i love that cake only thing seems like it's going to be pretty crunchy. are those pearls on top




No kidding. I would get a contract saying I'm not liable if someone breaks a tooth.

cs_confections Posted 26 Jun 2009 , 12:12am
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The piping gel worked well (thanks Ruth and Jamie!). I used a container of Wilton Piping Gel - when I removed the lid, it had a layer of piping gel on it. Using slanted tweezers, I barely dipped a piece of sugar into the gel and placed it on the cake. I used my other hand to lightly hold it on the cake while picking up a new crystal with the tweezer to continue the process. A few of the first crystals fell of, so I found if I held them in place for a few seconds, they would adhear better. None of them fell off in transit (40 minutes away) so it worked well!

I did get a little too much on some of the crystals and you could see it. It dried clear but shiney, so make sure you just use a little. Good luck!

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