I am putting cornelli lace on the side of a fondant cake for the first time. Any advice? I think I'll use thinned RI, they recommend a #1 tip. I can just envision it falling off the side of the cake........................
I did it on the side of a cake with a #2 ( I cannot find a #1 to save my life) with buttercream and it was fine. I haven't done it with RI but it should work fine
Royal icing should be fine - I did a fair amount of decorating with RI on the side of my wedding cakes, and had no problem. I didn't thin it out, and it was fine.
You can make it a little easier on yourself by propping the cake up on one side so the side you are working on is tilted. Make sure the board you have the cake on is sturdy and does not bend. Then put a towel folded into a wedge under one side to give you an easier surface to work on.
Or you can put together something like my "homemade" tilting turntable using a ring binder, non-slip shelf liner and the wilton trim'n'turn, as shown below. The ring binder sits on my 18" turntable in the picture, but you don't need that. You'll appreciate the better angle when doing all that cornelli lace.
The only problem with the turntable on top of the binder is that it will "turn" while you have it tilted. That would work better if you just put the binder on top of the turntable and then set the cake itself on top of the binder.....(ask me how I know this.......)
Wow, these are great tips and ideas! Thanks so much. I would have never thought of the tilted base, I have the rubber slip free mat that I use in the truck to transport cakes. I will use these tips for sure!