Tie-Dye/marble Fondant Advice

Decorating By rharris524 Updated 11 Jan 2011 , 1:24pm by WillowWend

rharris524 Posted 13 Sep 2009 , 2:32am
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I'd like to do a tie-dye looking cake with marbled fondant but I want to make sure that it looks like this
and not like this (it's nice but not the look I'm going for)

I get the concept but this will be a first for me and it is for a close family friend (and very consistent return customer) so I want to make sure it is realy nice and recognizably tie-dye. Any advice?

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Michelle104 Posted 13 Sep 2009 , 3:42am
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I tried tye dye once and unfortunately mine turned out like the 2nd one, but not even really that pretty so I'm glad you posted this question. icon_lol.gif

kakeladi Posted 13 Sep 2009 , 1:40pm
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Make 2 or 3 different colors - a bit darker than you really want. Lay somewhat thin snakes of each color next to each other. Twist together; pull like taffy; fold together; twist again. **STOP**! That's all. It's time to roll it out. The more you play with it - knead, twist, pull - the more muddled the colors are going to be.
Try really hard to get it rolled out just like you want (size wise) so you don't have to re roll. Again, the more you play with it the more it will look like your 2nd example.

rharris524 Posted 13 Sep 2009 , 3:06pm
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Thanks! That is kind of what I thought but I just needed to hear it from someone who has been there done that, you know?

TexasSugar Posted 13 Sep 2009 , 10:00pm
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Kakeladi has it right. I always tell my students in teh F/GP course when we are working with the marbled fondant to always stop before you get the colow blendyou want. Rolling it out will blend it some more and give you the finished look you are going for.

rharris524 Posted 19 Sep 2009 , 1:26am
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I did it...the customer was thrilled and I was overall happy but it was not the planned look. It was definitely not tie-dyed. But it was kind of psychedelic which fit the theme.

Michelle104 Posted 19 Sep 2009 , 1:57am
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I think it turned out really cute!! When I tried to do it it just looked like mud! BLEH! I'm lovin the colors and your cake and bc flavor!! I was going to leave a comment but there wasn't a comment bar for some reason...?? If you would be willing I would love the recipe for the Key Lime Cake and BC! icon_lol.gif

rharris524 Posted 19 Sep 2009 , 4:18am
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I cheated and used a mix...I used a yellow cake mix and subbed out 1/2 a cup of water for juice. For the buttercream, 1 cup crisco (butter will curdle b/c of the acid inthe lime), 1 lb + 1 cup of PS, 3 tbsp or so of KL juice to taste and consistency (if it tastes good but is still too stiff, add water), I also added some butter extract but I just tossed it in so I'm unsure of the exact amount and a dash of salt.

Michelle104 Posted 19 Sep 2009 , 4:54am
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Thanks! I'm gonna try it next week for my MIL! She loves keylime and I'm just not good at thinking outside the box like that as far as recipes are concerned. I appreciate it!! icon_lol.gificon_lol.gif

fat-sissy Posted 20 Nov 2009 , 1:59am
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glad i found this post. i want to try it w/rbc.

DianeLM Posted 20 Nov 2009 , 3:28am
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Just want to add one thing regarding the marbling technique. Don't forget to turn over your rolled out marbled fondant to see if you like the other side better. icon_smile.gif

N8Booker Posted 21 Sep 2010 , 12:46pm
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Hi all, my name is Nate "N8", I'm am so glad that this was a topic for conversation because TODAY, exactly one year later, my daughter wants a Tie-dye cake and it's because of this thread that I am fully confident that I can do it. Thank you all for asking and answering all of the questions that I have... in advance.

WillowWend Posted 31 Dec 2010 , 3:41am
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Thank you! Thank you! I have been looking everywhere for specific, confident advice on how to tye-dye fondant when I came across this site. Being new (less than a year) to the world of "extreme" decorating, this information is very, very helpful. Please keep posting your tips like this!

armck95 Posted 5 Jan 2011 , 2:17am
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How do you get the bright colors? I have alot of trouble getting my colors to come out bright they always seem to be more pastel colored. I marbled a fondant with red and green for Christmas and it turned out OK, but I wanted the colors to be brighter. I use the Wilton gel colors, so am I just not using enough color?

WillowWend Posted 11 Jan 2011 , 1:24pm
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I tried the tye-dye fondant, and I (and my client) were very pleased with the result. Best of all, the birthday girl was very surprised and happy. All of the other kids at the party started telling me what they want for their birthdays...LOL!

I intentionally left the red food dye out of the bottom layer of cake due to a red color allergy.

Thanks to everyone who posted information on this technique!

You can see the cake here:

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