How Do You Attach These Letters?!

Decorating By mazdamoose Updated 18 Jul 2010 , 2:23am by MrsNancyB1

mazdamoose Posted 16 Jul 2010 , 8:51pm
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I am curious as to what you all do to get letters like this to stay on a cake?! I have done a couple like this, and they have broken or fallen off each time! I can't figure out what I am doing wrong or how I should do it different! Any help would be so appreciated! I hope Simply_Scumptious does not mind me using her cake as an example!
LL

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cdavis Posted 16 Jul 2010 , 9:04pm
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After you mold the letter, while the fondant/gumpaste is still pliable, take a small wooden bbq skewer or toothpick (depending on the size of the letter) and insert it to the bottom of the letter and then let it dry. The skewer will stick into the cake and hold it in place

lomikesa Posted 16 Jul 2010 , 9:18pm
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Originally Posted by cdavis

After you mold the letter, while the fondant/gumpaste is still pliable, take a small wooden bbq skewer or toothpick (depending on the size of the letter) and insert it to the bottom of the letter and then let it dry. The skewer will stick into the cake and hold it in place




Ditto

Lomikesa

AuntieV2010 Posted 16 Jul 2010 , 9:24pm
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I like the flat picks with a rounded end.

mazdamoose Posted 16 Jul 2010 , 9:27pm
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Okay.. that's what I did the other day. I did a number 2, and put toothpicks in the bottom and stuck it into the cake. The number broke apart at the bottome where I had stuck the toothpick, so didn't know if there was a better way!

mandymakescakes Posted 16 Jul 2010 , 10:17pm
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Originally Posted by mazdamoose

Okay.. that's what I did the other day. I did a number 2, and put toothpicks in the bottom and stuck it into the cake. The number broke apart at the bottome where I had stuck the toothpick, so didn't know if there was a better way!




It sounds like you're using either straight fondant (it'll need either gum paste, gum tex or tylose powder added) or your pieces are not dry enough to withstand their own weight when stood upright... this was my problem the first couple of times, anyway. What are you modeling from?

MommaDukes Posted 17 Jul 2010 , 11:57am
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I made a tall "1" a few weeks ago and I used the bbq skewer, I pushed it in a good ways so there would be support. I did this when it was still wet, laid it flat for 2 days.

Marianna46 Posted 17 Jul 2010 , 12:21pm
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You could try molding your letters or numbers around wire that's already been shaped the way you want it, but you'd probably be just as well off using gumpaste (or fondant that you've added tylose/CMC to). If that's still not hardening enough, add the CMC plus about a tsp of meringue powder dissolved in a tsp of water to every half pound/250 grs of fondant. That dries really hard. Definitely put skewers/toothpicks in the bottom of the letters to stick into the cake, but do it while the gumpaste is still soft, because otherwise the paste is guaranteed to crack or break.

lilerintron Posted 17 Jul 2010 , 12:25pm
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If the cake is due Saturday, make the letters on Monday. While they are soft stick some toothpicks in them, if the letters are big/thick, I like to add 2 for support.

Let them sit out to dry this way the are not top heavy and split when you add them to the cake.

MrsNancyB1 Posted 18 Jul 2010 , 2:23am
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I would stick toothpicks into the bottom of the letters/numbers AND use a glob of melted chocolate on the bottom to really secure things. Melted chocolate dries rock hard, and is VERY sturdy!

Of course, until the chocolate dries (a couple of minutes) you will need to hold it in place carefully. GL!

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