Chessboard Ideas

Decorating By sugarandslice Updated 19 Aug 2009 , 9:28pm by sugarandslice

sugarandslice Posted 19 Aug 2009 , 2:15am
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I'd like to make a chessboard cake for my husband's birthday next month and would like to know if anyone has any ideas how I can do it?!
I've ordered some chocolate moulds for the chess pieces but the board has me confused!
Should I cut squares of white and black fondant and then lay them one by one onto the prepared cake or should I try to create a sheet of squares (somehow 'glued' together) then lay the whole thing on top?
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Any helpful ideas gratefully received!
Emma

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Doug Posted 19 Aug 2009 , 2:22am
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i'd do squares put on one by one.

the key will be to get them all the same size so they fit well together.

if you can find a small cutter that is a perfect square that should make the task easy.

sugarandslice Posted 19 Aug 2009 , 2:40am
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Thanks Doug. I was thinking that would be my preferred method but I'm worried about fondant shrinkage. I'd hate to end up with gaps between the squares. Is there anything I can do to avoid this?

Doug Posted 19 Aug 2009 , 2:44am
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I'd start in the middle and tile out to the edge (just like doing a floor). then any gap is on the outside where a decorative border can hide it.

sugarandslice Posted 19 Aug 2009 , 3:00am
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I would never have though of starting in the middle. Thanks !
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-K8memphis Posted 19 Aug 2009 , 11:46am
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I made one with candy clay and what I learned is that after I placed a full row of blocks, I would use a ruler next time to press against the row to straighten it. 'Course you can roll over the top some too. Mine was ok. It's shabby chic. I'll see if I can find a picture. I liked the candy clay for the less stretch factor in it.

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It's a giant cookie.

It's not perfect--it was for a silent auction.

It should pop open if you click on it--in a perfect world. icon_biggrin.gif

sugarandslice Posted 19 Aug 2009 , 9:28pm
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Thanks very much for that Kate. It really helps.

Emma

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