Can Y'all Help With The Attached Photo?

Decorating By mj812 Updated 12 Oct 2013 , 12:26am by EasyParty

mj812 Posted 19 Jul 2010 , 12:06am
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I have to make this cake in a few weeks and I'm having difficulty with the pleating technique. Has anyone ever done something like this or do you have any pointers? I also find it difficult to get the "point" in the front of each tier...

I am soooooo hoping someone can help me through this!

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MomMiller Posted 19 Jul 2010 , 12:17am
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I don't see the photo.

Bskinne Posted 19 Jul 2010 , 12:17am
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Do you have a picture of it? I've done one with pleating, a wedding dress cake, and tried a few different ways of doing it...I ended up doing it in a couple of pieces...
You can see it here....

Bskinne Posted 19 Jul 2010 , 12:18am
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Texas_Rose Posted 19 Jul 2010 , 1:07am
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I would use long, narrow triangles and fold the edges under. Pleats don't have to be done in one piece, and triangles will help keep the fullness of the skirt from making the waist of the dress bulky.

BRATTYR Posted 19 Jul 2010 , 1:18am
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great tip!!

Aeropanda Posted 19 Jul 2010 , 1:22am
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That is a great idea. I've often wondered about the best way to do about doing pleating with fondant. Thanks for posting this question, and thanks for the responses!

Texas_Rose Posted 19 Jul 2010 , 11:06am
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For the photo you added, putting the pleats on in strips will work long as the folded edge of one strip covers the edge of the strip next to it, it will look like it's all one piece. For that one you'd probably want to make a pattern so all the strips were the same size and be careful not to dangle them in the air while transferring them to the cake, so that you don't end up with some narrower than others.

Lee15 Posted 19 Jul 2010 , 11:56am
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If I am not mistaken, there was an article in the last Cake Central magazine on this technique - it may have been by Edna.

2SchnauzerLady Posted 19 Jul 2010 , 12:21pm
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Lee15 - you are right - Edna did the tutorial in the CC magazine.

afterdinnerthoughts Posted 19 Jul 2010 , 12:22pm
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Beautiful cake. Let us know how it turns out. Good Luck!!!

JanelleH Posted 20 Jul 2010 , 2:39am
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To the OP - were you wanting to use fondant or buttercream? The tutorial in the mag is for buttercream.

mj812 Posted 20 Jul 2010 , 8:05pm
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Actually, I'm going to be using fondant. All suggestions most certainly welcome! icon_smile.gif

Price Posted 20 Jul 2010 , 8:17pm
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I agree that the picture shown looks like it used Edna's BC technique.

DeeDelightful Posted 20 Jul 2010 , 8:30pm
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I'm no help, but that's absolutely beautiful. Best of luck to you on this project.

mrsmudrash Posted 21 Jul 2010 , 3:25am
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I've read somewhere on here before that you actually lay strings of fondant on the buttercream/crumb coat in the "pleated" pattern you want. Then, when you go to lay the fondant over the cake, you rub in around those strings under it creating that "pleated" effect...when it's actually not pleated at's just "snakes" of fondant under the final fondant layer. The final fondant layer should be pretty thin, but thick enough to use a tool to really define the snakes/pleates. I hope that helps! That's how I would do it!! icon_smile.gif

EasyParty Posted 12 Oct 2013 , 12:26am
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Hello mj812,


How is your pleated cake turned out? I have the same order and wondering how to do it the right way. Thank you in advance for any advice!

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