This is a question that clearly shows what a beginner I am. How do I make those beautiful ball borders that I see frequently. To clarify, they are the borders that look like small marbles around the cake.
All I know is that one should use a circle cutter to ensure that all of the balls are a uniform size. Am I supposed to string the balls onto a wire and then wrap this around the border, or do I just put them around the cake one by one?
The easiest way is to put them on one by one - I actually never thought of doing it any other way so maybe someone else will suggest something that I'm also missing out on!
One by one is the way to go, if you put them on wire you're going to have an ugly seem in both sides plus it's hard to know haw many balls you need. HTH
Depending on the size of your balls I mean, the size of the balls you want,you can either use a circle cutter to cut fondant and roll it in your hand to make balls and stack them one by one next to each other to make the border by the cake. AND you can also use a pearl maker mold.( I LOVE LOVE LOVE using mine)
If you want you can see my photo gallery and see the topsy turvy cake I made ...there are hand made fondant balls as the border for both cakes.
And then there is this thread here on CC about the pearl maker molds.It tells you about what sizes etc and where to get them.
Good luck . PM me if you have any more Qs
I never string mines. I just put it one by one.
I use the round cutter to make sure they are the same size and then also when I roll them...I kinda use the palm of my hands with them really closed..like cupped instead of using an open hand and a flat palm...it keeps any cracks away and it turns out to be a smooth ball. I hope I'm making sense...it's hard to describe some things.
edited to add...I do add them one by one, never used any other way.
I use measuring spoons, usually the 1/2 tsp. size...I push fondant in, level with my thumb and use the spoon's edge to cut off the excess, then I pop the blob out and finish rolling.