I decided to take an order for a cake that would need a FBCT. I've never done one before, and although I haven't, I believe I could do it. Am I crazy for saying yes to something I've never even attempted? I figured I'm going to do need to do it at somepoint, why not give it a shot? They're relatively easy correct?
There's a great tutorial on here on how to do them. And remember ... you only have to do your first one ONCE! After that you're experienced!
They can be a bit fussy, so I recommend that you do a trial run first. I did that when I had my first cake with a FBCT, and I was glad that the first one was a trial-run, and not the one everyone got to see.
The eagle on my Scout cake is a FBCT. I am a total amateur.
I followed the instructions on here and it came out great. Just make sure to make it thick enough or it will break or crack.
I will never do one again
I think they only look good if they are pretty big. Good luck, I recommend doing a practice or two.
I've done a few. Just a quick tip for doing FBCTs - use a piece of plexiglass to do it on. I have found this to be a life saver. I tape my picture to the counter and cover it with a piece of plexiglass with either parchment or waxed paper taped to it. On the waxed/parchment paper, do the outline first and then fill in one colour at a time until complete. Why I LOVE the plexiglass is that during the filling in, you can from time to time, peek under the glass and make sure that there aren't any gaps, squiggles, etc., in the fill-in icing. If there are, I keep a cakes-only paint brush in hand and I use it to smooth out the squiggles by pushing around the icing from the back side. I keep peeking until I get it right (just be sure to line up the picture when you lay it back down, but once you have the general outline done, this becomes less of an issue). You can't do this kind of checking with a cookie sheet. I freeze the piece right on the plexiglass and you can re-use the plexiglass over and over. I buy mine at the local hardware store, where they have both pre-cut pieces and they can cut a piece to any size you want. I have found this to be the best way to avoid lines, squiggles, gaps, etc., in the final piece. Otherwise, you don't find out that your FBCT has those issues until you have flipped it onto the cake, and it's very tough to fix it then
That's an awesome tip Tracey1970! I'll have to remember it next time I do one of these. Thanks!
Remember that your finished FBCT will be a mirror image (or reverse image).
Another quick tip is to make sure your FBCT isn't to thin which can lead to breakage. I also let them freeze overnight because a few hours doesn't seem to be enough. If you chill the cake a little before you but the FBCT on it is easier to move it quickly if you need to. They are a lot of fun to do and I like doing them. I get quite a few requests from friends for their children's birthdays. Have fun and post a picture when done.