I just got asked to make a wedding cake (eek!)
I would like to try to do scroll work on the sides, but I've never done it, and it makes me sort of nervous. Any advice?
(I was also thinking, maybe I'd try out my acrylic stamps, roll some gel dye on them and stamp some fondant and see if that would work better than my unsteady hands...if all else fails).
I also want to do a cascade of roses coming down the side.. never done that either, anything pertinent I should know?
Wilton has a couple of different pattern press sets that have scrolls. Just imprint onto the cake and pipe over the lines.
SCROLL!!!!!!!!! It's so fun and easy! I just went at it and it all fell into place! I hate using he imprint things cause I mess them one up and them should be the easy ones! LOL!! Maybe do a couple practice cakes ahead of time and play around with your ideas!
For the cascade of roses, start at the bottom and work up. Each rose will be supported by the ones below. If needed you can push popcicle sticks into the cake to place roses on. Or sometimes people spear the rose w/a toothpick to help hold it in place.
For roses you place on buttercream, pipe an open circle of icing (with a small round tip) on the back of the rose. It will help create a suction that will hold the rose in place.
You could also stencil the scrolls on the side of the cake.
Thanks so much everyone! All those tips are great! (Especially the building the cascade from the bottom up, I totally would have worked down!)
Besides practive (obviously) do you have any tips on learning pressure for piping in a hurry? I don't have great piping skills yet...and because of that, I avoid it all the time.... What if I made scrolls out of fondant and 'glued' them on the cake?? or am I just cheating at something I'm going to have to learn eventually....
I just remembered this thread, which talks about ideas for practicing piping
Other than looking at books, etc. check out that link for a printable piping template - you can print and cover with plastic and pipe away!
Oh I just saw she has a link also to help get comfortable with a piping bag and learn the right amount of pressure
Superwawa - you, are a gem!