I'm making a Barbie cake for a little girl's birthday right now, and I made a fondant/gumpaste banner with her name on it that I want to sit in Barbie's hands like she's holding it. I was going to use candy melts to attach the banner, but now that the cake's already assembled (I know, should have thought farther ahead and done it first) I can't possibly stand there and hold it until the candy melts dry. I also don't have any RI made and I don't want to make an entire batch just for this banner. Any ideas on how to attach it?
It doesn't really take candy melts that long to dry does it? I'd say do it with the candy melts. If you need it to dry really fast, what about getting your blow drier and putting it on low and the cold setting, that may help dry it faster.
Is it possible to tie a string between her hands and then line the string (and hands) with candy melts to give it more of a support when you attach the banner?
I agree with TexasSugar. It won't take more than a few seconds for a speck of candy melts to dry.
That is the way I put the birthday girl's name on a Barbie cake and I use a little squeeze of royal icing. You can mix a tiny bit of powdered sugar and a wisper of water, but I would do the candy melt, you only use a tiny dollop and it will dry super fast. You could attach one end to the hand and the other end to the dress if it gives you more stability. HTH
Ok I'll go give it a try with the candy melts then. Thanks everybody!
Ugh! Ok I tried the candy melts. I held it for 5-6 minutes and let it go and it seemed to be fine. Walked away, came back and it fell, breaking my banner and messing up the buttercream dress. I've got the banner drying now after I patched it back together, and can probably cover up the messed up buttercream when I finally get the banner on. So, any more ideas please? I thought about just pressing it into the dress but it dried flat and the dress is curved to it doesn't look like it would hold. The banner is probably also a little bit heavier than I would like it.
Do you have time to make a thinner more "ribbon like" banner? look at my picture, I put her arm down and one end of the banner was able to rest on her dress, the dress end can be segured with a tooth pick covered by a small flower. On the hand side of the banner maybe thin down a bit of gumpsate or fondant with water and make a sticky ball with it that you can form around the hand and tie the banner to it while it dries ( I use a tiny fan I bought a Walmart for this cases...@$5.00) I'm throwing everything I can think of at you, keep us posted.
Think that's what I'll have to do raquel1. I'll go make a new one now, thank goodness she's not picking up the cake for awhile! BTW your Barbie cake is absolutely breathtaking. Thanks again for all your help.
If push comes to shove..you may want to make a small batch of royal icing. You can make flowers with the leftover for future use? It just attaches fondant (or anything else for that matter) so well. But weight is a concern because if it is too heavy it just won't work and you may have to attach with wires that you can cover with flowers or thin fondant ribbon bows. hth!
The string idea did not work? Just a piece of crochet thread tied to each hand and coated in candy melts and pressed into the banner should hold pretty well.
Awww! She is gorgeous! They will love it!