Hello all! I need another professional decorator's opinion on this situation. I am working on a cake this week that is a gambling or casino theme and it was requested by the client that I include playing cards in the decor to represent the birthday boy's age (he's turning 21 and the mother wants me to use the jack and the ace of spades to represent this), however, I have attempted to hand paint the playing cards made from gumpaste and, needless to say, the jack looked aweful (the jack is not an easy thing to pull off) and makeing each element from fondant or gumpase just isn't in the time budget for sure. I thought about an edible image but no bakery around here supplies them and I don't have an edible printer. Would it be horrible to adhere an actual playing card to the gumpaste?? Keep in mind I did wash and make them food safe. I tried it and, in my opinion, it looks the best, but I have "hang-ups" about putting non edibles on my cakes......I know people do this and it often looks great, but I just very "weird" about this......I would love another opinion on this matter. Thanks!
There are websites you can use, that will supply with edible images, Perhaps seeing if you can get one of those in time. . If you really cant paint or do it in gumpaste,then i would ask the customer first, if she is ok with using real playing cards
A local grocery store made some edible images for me to use.
Yum, I just went through the same thing with a poker cake! I ended up doing exactly what you suggested, attaching actual playing cards to fondant. My client is a regular client of mine, so when I told her that I was going to use regular cards she said "well, we wouldn't have eaten the gumpaste anyway!" LOL. it turned out great. It's in my photos. Take a look!
if the local grocery store or Wal-Mart can't or won't do it, then I say go with the real cards. I too dislike putting non-edibles on the cake, but sometimes it really is the best option. Sometimes I wonder why we stress over making everything edible, when it really is not ever going to be eaten (ie gumpaste). As long as you can do it in a way that won't be toxic to the customer, then there is no shame in using real cards.
There is absolutely no possiblity of an edible image. Nobody will supply it and cake is due tomorrow... Bad planning on my part, I know, but, this customer sprung this on me kinda last min. and I agreed to it because i thought for sure someone would have an edible image and/ or I could pull it off painting it if needed......well, unfortuately, WRONG!! I didn't know about asking the customer because, I assumed the customer prob wouldn't know better and by asking this is automatically putting in her mind that you are not supposed to do this, you know. I used to think nothing of putting non-edibles on cakes, but now that I am more experienced I don't like to.... but, in this circumstance, i am not sure what to do.
OH! Jennzoe! I love your poker cake! Thanks. It looks great and if I was presented with this as a customer I would think nothing of it! I love the way you did your poker chips too. Mind if I use you idea?? They look way better than mine!
Sorry everyone, about all the typos in the OP. Jeez! I guess I was in a hurry!! LOL
You might consider wrapping your playing cards with plastic wrap so they won't absorb any grease or get stained. If you'd rather stand the cards up and have them not touch cake, floral picks would work well (the clear ones that hold the tag on floral arrangements).
I had to do this once before and I laminated the cards (to keep any grease off of them) then put them on wax paper to place on the cake....worked very well!
Use the cards...We all from time to time have had to use props,plastic picks etc in a pinch to make a cake look good.I don't like using any non edibles either but sometimes the customer requests a plastic kit or it is all you have to make the effect look good.I do small picture plaques on some cakes that are printed from a regular printer and mounted on a dried fondant back if the customer does not want to pay for a edible image.I just tell them it is non edible.Maybe you could do the same with the cards.
I've always used laminate for an instance like this one!
If you dont have the time to order them I would go ahead and use the real ones. I believe most cards already have some kind of coating on them to make them not absorb the grease, or you can wait to the last minute to put them on. The other thing you could do is put them standing up into your fondant or buttercream (like you were building a card house) and that way you wont have to do anything to the cards because very little of it is touching the cake. But make sure you let your customer know to take them off first! And if you want to lay them down you can put a piece of press and seal on the back of them first.
I actually used a thin coat of white choc. to adhere the cards to the gumpaste. So far, so good as far as grease stains go. The choc hardened so quickly that no grease was absorbed (not yet, anyway) I'll keep an eye on it and I have extra dried gumpaste plaques already made just in case I would start to see grease or moisture show up. If I do, i will def use some of the above advice. Thanks everyone!!!
I will just use the playing cards. I agree, sometimes we are way too hard on ourselves about this stuff. Sometimes you have to just do what looks best!
I believe most cards already have some kind of coating on them to make them not absorb the grease
They have a glossy coating, but it's not grease proof.
I set down two cards on the top of a previously washed and dried for days dummy, and they were stained within an hour!