How To Adhere "sand" (Crushed Nilla Wafers)

Decorating By laurs_1981 Updated 20 Feb 2010 , 3:50am by nicoles0419

laurs_1981 Posted 20 Feb 2010 , 2:57am
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so i'm making this beach themed cake and it's driving me up the wall cause i'm just not good enough to be taking on these crazy cakes yet!!!!...but i guess i'm learning....

so question is this:....i'm puting fondant on the cake, but i want to do patches of "sand" (the crushed nilla wafers i refered to)....i just am not sure how to stick them on the cake!!....i bought some piping gel thinking that might work, but i don't want to ruin anything by doing something wrong....

any ideas?...has anyone else done this before?...anyone want to do it for me??? haha

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buttercuppie Posted 20 Feb 2010 , 3:04am
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I used buttercream on my treasure chest worked well.

saberger Posted 20 Feb 2010 , 3:06am
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I've used piping gel which I brushed on - it'll work fine. If you are nervous, then take a small piece of fondant and try it out to see just how much gel to use in order to get the 'sand' to stick. I don't know how much fo it you want on there. Good luck!

Deb_ Posted 20 Feb 2010 , 3:08am
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lol You'll do just fine.

Yes, piping gel will work. Just brush it on and "throw" the nilla crumbs at it.

Well, not really "throw" so much as just "toss" them. icon_biggrin.gif

Seriously though, just scoop them up in your hand and press them onto the gel.

Good luck!

P.S. I've also used light corn syrup to adhere crumbs to fondant before too.

Win Posted 20 Feb 2010 , 3:09am
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You are on the right track with the piping gel. If you are doing it in patches, just use a paint brush to apply it to the cake. Anything you paint with the gel will allow the crumbs to adhere. Make sure your crumbs are crushed quite fine. You are doing great! Your instincts are right on track so don't count on anyone stepping up to do this for you! icon_lol.gificon_biggrin.gificon_lol.gif

Kitagrl Posted 20 Feb 2010 , 3:47am
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I've also used royal icing before...just make it sandy colored and then spread it on kind of thin and then add the "sand"...

cownsj Posted 20 Feb 2010 , 3:48am
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We used buttercream:
Even for the beach. The blue you see in the photo is the tablecloth hanging over the sides. We put the buttercream right to the very edge, patted the Nilla wafers right in. The cake sat this way for 5 or 6 hours before it was cut. Not to mention that the entire sand castle was covered the same way, even the parts that were cut from gumpaste, or had RKT underneath. Worked great and added extra buttercream which everyone loves. And don't be afraid, it's a breeze. This was the first time we tried it, and have done it since.

nicoles0419 Posted 20 Feb 2010 , 3:50am
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piping gel or buttercream

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