Keturah Posted 10 Aug 2009 , 2:28pm
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I am making an anniversary cake this weekend and need to make a 60 cake topper. I have never done this before, my idea is to make it out of gum paste then paint it with gold pearl dust. Anyone have any ideas or tutorials on the easiest way to do this. Thank You

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kimb Posted 10 Aug 2009 , 2:38pm
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Sounds like you've got it under control. I've only done it once, and it turned out pretty well.

I've also, piped things in Royal Icing, dried and then used the lustre dust.

Keturah Posted 10 Aug 2009 , 2:41pm
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yeah i think i have a good idea i'm just worried about forming the numbers and making them look good. Should i just try making them by hand or printing out the numbers and trace them then cutting them out in the gum paste??

suz3 Posted 10 Aug 2009 , 2:45pm
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I made them out of gumpaste. I made a roll out of gumpaste (using clay gun) and then just made a freehand 45 for the topper. I sprayed them with silver.

Alery Posted 10 Aug 2009 , 5:05pm
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When I did one last week I did exactly that, I used a print out, cut out the numbers, then traced them onto the gumpaste.

michellem79 Posted 15 Nov 2010 , 6:14am
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I know this is an older post, but I am also doing a number topper for the first time. I need to do a 15 and was wondering what the easiest way to do this was. For those who have printed the numbers and used them as a guide, where did you get the print outs? Also, what do you use to attach them to the cake so they don't fall? Do you form them around skewers or something of the like? Thanks for any guidance you can give!

Alery Posted 15 Nov 2010 , 1:33pm
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I just went into Word on my computer tyed in the # and made it as big as I could then printed it out. Then I put toothpicks in the bottom of them when I make them so they are in place when the gumpaste dries. I stopped using the printouts now that I found large # cookie cutters at the craft store.
I also like rolling the gumpaste into a round strip then shaping that piece into the #'s.

-K8memphis Posted 15 Nov 2010 , 2:49pm
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The easiest way for me is to make some cream puff dough and pipe the numbers. They are very light. It's easy to make tons of extras--they are not prone to breakage. You can color them. Use your imagination.

You have a little learning curve with getting the cream puff dough aka pate choux right but it's well worth the learning curve to me. Like just bake a few test pieces--jiggle the temperature and the size of the piping. I just use a basic dough, no sugar, just eggs, water, butter flour salt.

You can't do everything with it but lettering and numbers and words and stuff--it's great, it's perfectly edible, easy to use. You can put a pattern under some parchment.

http://acmecakes.com/seasons.html

Scroll down to the bottom--then scroll back up right on top of the family pictures. A big Bible verse of pate choux.

-K8memphis Posted 15 Nov 2010 , 2:55pm
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I mean all caps would be better because my y's and g's and letters with tails are out of sync a bit but...and the tooth picks din show that much in person...just a thought.

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