MiriamG Posted 2 Jul 2010 , 3:01am
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Hi,

I got a request to do a wedding cake and incorporate a very intricate paisley and flower pattern that's on the invitation.

I don't trust my piping skills to make it come out as clean and crisp as I would like.

Anyone have suggestions for another method? I was thinking of making it out of Sugarveil using a stencil, but I have to also find a way to make the stencil so it looks like the pattern on the invitation.

Any and all suggestions are welcome and appreciated!!

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peg818 Posted 2 Jul 2010 , 1:02pm
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can you photo copy the invite, and use the pattern to make a edible image to wrap the cake with?? This would be the easiest.

ttehan4 Posted 2 Jul 2010 , 1:22pm
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I have made a reverse copy of a pattern before, then piped over the pattern with buttercream and pressed it to the side of the cake. It gave me a guideline to go over again with buttercream. You can also pipe over the reversed design with royal and let it dry hard. It makes your own impression mat.

Melvira Posted 2 Jul 2010 , 1:25pm
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I agree with that. You can print a sheet of it and back it with fondant, then cut it like an inch or so high and use it like ribbon around the bottom of the tiers. Or you could alternate between that, and tiers inbetween being covered all the way up the sides if you want a little more visual stimulus. That would be very pretty, and precise! Where the strips of image meet you can place a pretty fondant flower (or silk, whatever they're using) that matches the print to 'hide' the 'joints'.

Kitagrl Posted 2 Jul 2010 , 1:31pm
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I like the idea of the royal icing "impression mat".... do you have a picture of the paisley?

MiriamG Posted 2 Jul 2010 , 2:18pm
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Thank you all for the suggestions! I'm attaching an image of the pattern from the invitation. I also scanned it in so you can see how it overlays with the paper from the invitation, which is a teal color. You can see the paisley pattern is really intricate and detailed. So maybe the edible image is the way to go?

They are also having fuschia moth orchids in the centerpieces, and I thought it would be nice to incorporate those into the cake too.

Does anyone have a link to a step-by-step guide to making the impression mat method?

Thanks again, let me know if you have any other thoughts/ideas to share! icon_biggrin.gif

MiriamG Posted 2 Jul 2010 , 2:21pm
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Here's the image, don't know why it didn't show up before...
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Kitagrl Posted 2 Jul 2010 , 2:24pm
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One thing you want to remember is that, unless you are going to order an edible image printed from the same design and wrap it around the cake (which, that's an option!!!) that you are going to want to simplify this, and just make the cake coordinate with it.

I wish I could just pipe a short swatch for you, to show you what I mean....anyway you can pipe the general design but not add all the microscopic details, and it will still coordinate.

Melvira Posted 2 Jul 2010 , 3:41pm
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Hey Kitagrl, how do you use an impression mat with royal icing? I'm intrigued!! I've only used it with BC, fondant, that sort of thing. Would it work similarly to a chocolate wrap?

MiriamG, do you HAVE an edible image printer? I guess I would make that the deciding factor in how you're going to do it. I do have one, so it would be very easy to print it, back it with fondant, and apply. I agree that piping would be pretty too, and that Kita is right about simplifying if you do pipe it.

Kitagrl Posted 2 Jul 2010 , 4:00pm
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Originally Posted by Melvira

Hey Kitagrl, how do you use an with royal icing? I'm intrigued!! I've only used it with BC, fondant, that sort of thing. Would it work similarly to a chocolate wrap?

MiriamG, do you HAVE an edible image printer? I guess I would make that the deciding factor in how you're going to do it. I do have one, so it would be very easy to print it, back it with fondant, and apply. I agree that piping would be pretty too, and that Kita is right about simplifying if you do pipe it.




Oh I've never tried it but a previous poster said doing one with royal icing and letting it dry.....

KHalstead Posted 2 Jul 2010 , 4:12pm

I think they just mean piping the design with royal and then let it harden and use that as a pattern press to press into the buttercream on the cake to give you lines to follow.

cakeymom Posted 2 Jul 2010 , 4:49pm

There is a thread on CC on how to make a flexible royal icing so piping and then transferring the design will be easy.

cakeymom

MiriamG Posted 2 Jul 2010 , 5:19pm

I don't have an edible image printer, but I have someone who can print it for me.

The flexible RI thing is really interesting!! It seems like a more budget-friendly version of Sugarveil. I found the thread, it's here:

http://cakecentral.com/modules.php?name=Forums&file=viewtopic&t=676017&postdays=0&postorder=asc&highlight=flexible&&start=0

Thanks!!

Melvira Posted 2 Jul 2010 , 9:30pm

I am definitely going to check that out!! icon_wink.gif If you have a friend willing to print it out for you, it really could be awesome! Best of luck no matter WHAT you choose!

CBMom Posted 4 Jul 2010 , 4:46am

Oh, that's pretty.


IMHO, a whole cake covered in paisley, and then such bold colourful flowers is going to add up to one busy cake.

So, I'd do one tier in the tealy blue colour, solid, next tier up in the teal/white paisley. Repeat to the top.

Or white solid tier, paisley tier...

Or scallop/wallpaper solid over top of paisley in a tier.

Or, paisley panels.
Pieces of edible transfer, cut, trimmed in BC/pearls...whatever, and placed in individual panels on the cake...
Orchids in the toppper, smaller orchids scatter placed on the tier tops.

Don't forget to post a picture!

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MiriamG Posted 4 Jul 2010 , 3:20pm

Thanks for all the fantastic ideas!! I agree that the whole thing in paisley with the flowers would be a bit much. I'm hoping to finish my "R&D" today and then get to work.

One more question: What are people's thoughts on making the flowers - should I make the gum paste fuschia before I make them, or make them in white and color them after with petal/luster dust?

I will definitely post pics once it's done (and hopefully comes out well) icon_biggrin.gif

CBMom Posted 4 Jul 2010 , 3:53pm

Is this the flower??

http://www.beautifulorchids.com/orchids/orchids_potted/phalaenopsis/fuchsia/fushia_new3.jpg

I think I'd order them online icon_biggrin.gif LOL!!

I can't wait to see it!!

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Melvira Posted 4 Jul 2010 , 7:56pm

I've heard a lot of people say that making them white and then using petal dust looks more natural, but it certainly would be more work! I think, depending on how many tiers it will be (I can't remember if you told us, sorry!) It would look really neat to do the one tier just paisley trim, then alternate the other tiers with a little more paisley. I think that would be sharp.

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