Sculpting Aderondak Chairs For My Cake!

Decorating By DomiS Updated 20 Aug 2009 , 8:29am by xstitcher

DomiS Posted 19 Aug 2009 , 4:04pm
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I'm pretty new to the edible sculpting thing and am trying to make aderondak chairs for a boat cake. I'm using fondant, it's not working, they keep collaping. I tried making them out of cardboard and covering them with fondant, but it doesn't really look right. I feel like I need a stronger more stable medium to work with.

Any suggestion for something else I can use to make the chairs out of? Would modeling chocolate be better? I'm not sure where I can purchase it from localy and I don't have time to order. It's a huge essential part of the cake for the couple who ordered it. The cake is due this friday, the 21st.

Please help?!

Thanks!

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backermeister Posted 19 Aug 2009 , 4:13pm
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YOU CAN MAKE MODELING CHOC AT HOME BUT WHEN IT GETS WARM IT IS JUST AS FLIMSY AS FONDANT ACTUALLY MORE. I RECOMMEND PASTILLAGE. POSSIBLY A 50/50 FONDANT/GUMPASTE MIXTURE WOULD WORK AS WELL BUT YOU HAVE TO ALLOW QUITE ABIT OF DRYING TIME. PASTILLAGE DRIES MUCH FASTER BUT ALSO ALLOWS LESS WORKING TIME DUE TO THIS. MAKE SURE YOU HAVE YOUR TEMPLATES READY IF YOU USE THIS MEDIUM. IT IS EDIBLE BUT MOST PEOPLE DO NOT PREFER TO EAT IT....KINDA TASTES LIKE GUMPASTE WHICH IS KINDA BLAH. IF I CAN HELP YOU FURTHER LET ME KNOW.HTH icon_biggrin.gif

rayandmarta Posted 19 Aug 2009 , 7:10pm
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Have you thought about trying royal icing?

KristyCakes Posted 19 Aug 2009 , 7:18pm
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I'm a HUGE fan of Sculpey clay for things like this, especially when I don't have time to let gum paste dry. Cut out all the pieces, bake 275 degrees for 15 minutes, let cool, glue and paint. I always provide a note on my Customer Serving Guide that the topper is not edible and I tell them too. (Just in case!) icon_smile.gif Good luck.

Doug Posted 19 Aug 2009 , 10:27pm
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1) make all the separate pieces of the chair just as if building from wood.

2) set aside to become rock hard (and yes, 50/50 mix of fondant and gumpaste best to use) -- be sure in a dry, well ventilated place. can speed process with a small fan.

3) assemble parts using royal icing for glue.

Misdawn Posted 19 Aug 2009 , 10:37pm
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I was going to suggest the same thing Doug! You beat me to it!

CakeMakar Posted 19 Aug 2009 , 10:42pm
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Originally Posted by KristyCakes

I'm a HUGE fan of Sculpey clay for things like this, especially when I don't have time to let gum paste dry. Cut out all the pieces, bake 275 degrees for 15 minutes, let cool, glue and paint. I always provide a note on my Customer Serving Guide that the topper is not edible and I tell them too. (Just in case!) icon_smile.gif Good luck.




I do this, too! I tell them it's a keepsake topper. People love it.

I prefer to do everything edible cause it has that, "I can eat that all? Everything?!" factor, but when I procrastinate or it's a last minute cake, it's a great thing to turn to. I stock up when the blocks are 99 cents at Michaels.

cherrycakes Posted 20 Aug 2009 , 4:21am
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So...I'm in the process of making a beach lounge chair and I made the components today out of straight gumpaste. Judging from Doug's suggestion here, should I remake the pieces out of fondant/gumpaste? I was planning on using royal icing as glue. Thanks (and sorry for jumping in on this thread!)

xstitcher Posted 20 Aug 2009 , 8:29am
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Ditto to what Doug said.

Cherrycakes, the gp pieces will be fine. 50/50 is great because it gives you a little more working time than just gp alone but is stronger/dries faster than fondant alone. If you had no issues with the gp I would just leave it.

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