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
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.
Thanks Mamawrobin. I will give it a try
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?
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.
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
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!!
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.