Cute Number Toppers ???

Decorating By kayla1505 Updated 9 Nov 2009 , 7:18am by kayla1505

kayla1505 Posted 2 Nov 2009 , 8:32pm
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How do you guys make thos cute number toppers?

like these

I thought about useing wire, but wont it show thru the numbers.

I need to make a 15 for this weekend and I'm kinda worried.

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grandmom Posted 2 Nov 2009 , 8:48pm
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Not sure how they did it, but here's how I do it.

I use gumpaste or fondant/gumpaste or fondant/Tylose. Fondant alone takes FOREVER to dry. Roll a long rope, then shape your number. Leave to dry for several days, turning over after a few.

I glue a lollipop stick or skewer onto the back of the number using melted chocolate, allow to set up, then place the stick or skewer in a straw inserted into the cake. Place decorations to hide the stick or skewer if desired.

For numbers rounded at the bottom, such as a 3, you may need to glue two sticks to the sides of the curve to keep the number balanced.

If you need it this weekend, better get started!!

MrCake01 Posted 2 Nov 2009 , 8:49pm
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Hey kayla1505,
Use 50/50 fondant/gumpaste and roll out to where to goes from middle (biggest) to ends (smallest) like snake. Let it dry for several days and they will stand nice and upright.

txnonnie Posted 2 Nov 2009 , 8:50pm
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I do the same as grandmom. Suggestion....if you do not feel comfortable freehanding the numbers you could print the font and size you need from your word processing program for a pattern.

wildwolves Posted 2 Nov 2009 , 9:12pm
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I use the same technique as grandmom too.. works perfect every time.. icon_smile.gif Good luck

kayla1505 Posted 3 Nov 2009 , 3:01am
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I thought about using chocolate and a skewer, but its like 90 degrees here in south florida. its supposed to be fall (yeah right). and chocolate doesnt do that good in the heat

janelwaters Posted 3 Nov 2009 , 3:29am
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I basically do the same thing, but before the numbers dry I put a wooden skewer or toothpick into the bottom of the numbers so you don't have to "hide" anything later - but putting the straws into the cake before putting the skewers into the cake is key - keeps them standing up right and won't "rip" your cake.

I would definately get started asap if its for this weekend - I'm about to start a 2 with a minnie mouse tonight - I should have started a couple days ago!!

Lisaa1996 Posted 3 Nov 2009 , 3:39am
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I have actually done these numbers on a couple of cakes. Def. use a 50/50! I also glue the sticks to the back but I sometimes use royal icing if the chocolate will melt. The key is letting it dry long enough. I once only allowed 24 hrs. of dry time for a "2" and the curve split on me when I put it in the cake icon_sad.gif

tatorchip Posted 3 Nov 2009 , 4:07am
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same as grandmom except:
I use wire and heat wire then insert into number before dry
I used two wires on wide numbers
when ready to put in cake I insert wire into coffee straws then into cake HTH

(someone else's tip on heated wire can't remember who it was)

kayla1505 Posted 3 Nov 2009 , 4:14am
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what do you mean heated wire? I'm confused

Normita Posted 3 Nov 2009 , 4:21am
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Originally Posted by kayla1505

what do you mean heated wire? I'm confused

Heat up the wire with either a match or over the stove top. The wire will be hot and when you insert into your fondant number (star etc). It will glue the fondant to the wire instantly!!! I do this all the great!! And I do what others have said....roll out a long snake of fondant with tylose or 50/50 and shape into the number you want and insert a toothpick, skewer or glue a lollipop stick in the back. And always remember to make an extra just in case it breaks!! Oh Kayla....sorry to hijack the thread, but I want to make sugar beer bottles soon...when is a good time to add the color to the sugar?? I want to make bud light bottles and I'm gonna need brown bottles

kayla1505 Posted 3 Nov 2009 , 1:59pm
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Thats a great idea! Whenever I'm making flowers I always have problems with fondant staying on the wire. What gauge should the wire be?

But I just thought of a problem, the wire I buy is always wraped and in floral tape, so I think dont think that will work icon_sad.gif

Normita, I always add the color right after the sugar is melted.

tatorchip Posted 3 Nov 2009 , 2:03pm
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kayla, maybe one day it will come in handy but the straw will keep the number from moving on cake as mentioned. Hope everything turns out great for you. I use 18 for the thick numbers

txnonnie Posted 3 Nov 2009 , 2:57pm
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I insert wire or skewers or toothpicks as well. I even use the lollipop sticks. All of it works.

sweettoothmom1 Posted 3 Nov 2009 , 3:59pm
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i use the skewers. just wet and shake off excess water, then push skewer into the number or whatever u want to be able to stand. the water will act as glue

kayla1505 Posted 5 Nov 2009 , 2:06am
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I'm gonna try the skewer method into the number.

I'm such an idiot, I had homemade gumpaste and I threw it out last week.

So I put some gumtex into red fondant, do you think that will be strong enough?

princesscris Posted 5 Nov 2009 , 2:25am
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So I put some gumtex into red fondant, do you think that will be strong enough?

Yes. I only use this method to make gumpaste. The more gumtex you add, the harder and faster it will set up.

Kind regards,

kayla1505 Posted 8 Nov 2009 , 5:40pm
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its a good thing I made extra, cause I broke 2 of them. they came out ok but when I put them in the cake you could see alittle bit of the skewer sticking out, and that was driving me crazy. Ill post the pic so you guys can see what im talking about.

kayla1505 Posted 8 Nov 2009 , 5:51pm
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wildwolves Posted 8 Nov 2009 , 7:00pm
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Kayla1505 it looks fantastic! Great Job!

tatorchip Posted 8 Nov 2009 , 7:23pm
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wow kayla, your numbers came out so good, you did it, I am glad for you.

kayla1505 Posted 9 Nov 2009 , 7:18am
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thank you icon_smile.gifI like the way it came out

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