Ok, so i'm working on the last details for a cake for tomorrow. I'm going to put little fondant basketballs (flat not 3D) on one layer. Well i'm setting her looking at my little orangy-brown cut outs and realize i completely forgot about the texture of a basketball. So my question is, does anyone have any ideas on a quick way to put that kind of a texture on these little circle cut outs? I'm sure there is a simple idea i'm just not thinking of, lol.
Anything with a pebble texture would work. I've used texture sheets you get at the craft store but in a pinch maybe try a new sheet of coarse sand paper pressed lightly. Put a piece of saran wrap over your fondant first.
I did a football a few weeks ago and needed texture, so I went to the local Hobby Lobby. I first went to the scrap booking paper section. They have really thick(almost plastic) 12 by 12 basketball and football paper. I used it just like a texture mat. I was able to just wipe it off and store it with my other cake decorating things. The paper cost $2.00. You can also use a meat mallet to make the impressions in the fondant.
I love the paper idea, but a quick fix would to be to use a #2 or #3 tip and "stamp" circles all over... not too deep, just enough to give you little nubs like on a real basketball.
Just a thought--maybe you already have something in your kitchen you could use? A nutmeg or ginger grater? Or the very small holes on a box grater? Haven't done it myself, but experiment--what's to lose, and it might save you a trip and a few $$. Good luck.
I have used a cheese grater...one of the small ones with the handle and just gently rubbed it over the surface.
Thanks for the ideas everyone. I knew there had to be some simple ideas to try but was having one of those moments when everything just flies right outta the brain, lol.
There's a paper towel that has a great basketball texture to it...maybe Bounty?? Much easier than making all the tiny circles one by one!
If you have a metal mesh strainer, that works perfectly! Just roll it over the fondant and voila!
Ditto on the paper towel with texture, most likely a cheap brand. I used it once for a football and it worked and looked great.