Fondant/gumpaste Letters??

Decorating By Mombo Updated 3 Jun 2010 , 4:11am by casme

Mombo Posted 31 May 2010 , 7:06pm
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Question: should I mix my fondant with gum paste before I cut out my lettering? I want to attach the letters to a wire. Thanks

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mamawrobin Posted 31 May 2010 , 8:53pm
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I do unless they're going to lay flat against the cake. If I'm putting numbers or letters on wire I either mix it 50/50 our use gumpaste only.

I also roll mine a little thicker when I put them on wire.

Mombo Posted 2 Jun 2010 , 1:17am
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Thanks Mamawrobin. I will give it a try icon_biggrin.gif

cakemama18 Posted 2 Jun 2010 , 5:10am
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I am very new to the baking world. So, I apologize in advance if this question sounds dumb. But, what kind of wire do you use and where can I buy it?

njoycakes Posted 2 Jun 2010 , 8:36am
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You can use craft wire or florists wire. Depending on how heavy the gumpaste accent is you will have to use 20/ 22 gauge or above (the lower the number the thicker and stronger it is).
Once you've done that remember to use a flower pick or a straw to insert the wire into the cake, that way you're not contaminating the cake and it won't lean and rip your fondant.

Mikel79 Posted 2 Jun 2010 , 10:03am
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When I do my lettering I just apply Tylose to the fondant. The tylose acts as a hardening agent. Stiffents the fondant very quickly. When I use wire I use 18 gauge. It is a very heavy wire. Strong enough to hold up my letters/numbers.

The first cake I posted I have a #4 that is fondant and tylose. It is inserted with a wooden skewer attached to the back.

The second cake is also tylose and fondant. There is a 18 gauge wire attached to the INSIDE of the letter. I inserted it when it was still fresh. Then let dry inside.

The last cake is gumpaste only. Also attached the same way as the


cakemama18 Posted 3 Jun 2010 , 12:27am
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NJOYCAKES and Mikel79,

Thank you soooo much.. This really gives me a better understanding. Can't wait to get started!

BTW, Mikel79 your cakes are beautiful!!

casme Posted 3 Jun 2010 , 4:11am
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as a note I stick my wire into the letter before it dries or I make a tiny hoe in the letter with a toothpick then let it dry and thread the wire through when ready to place on the cake.

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