Making A Castle Cake - How Do I Make The Cobblestone Imprint

Decorating By Lori0514 Updated 19 Nov 2010 , 7:36pm by Lori0514

Lori0514 Posted 27 Oct 2010 , 2:24pm
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Hi!
I am making a castle cake for my daughter with fondant/gumpaste towers and have seen some beautiful pictures where they use a cobblestone/brick imprint on the castle and towers. Just wondering if I can get that same effect "on the cheap" without having to buy the imprints. If anyone has ever done this and has some tips to share, I'd sure appreciate it! Any tips on how to make this cake in general would be great too.

THANKS!!!

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ChefAngie Posted 27 Oct 2010 , 2:54pm
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You can find the cobblestone imprinter at Michaels with Duffs cake supplies or with the sculpey supplies. Check on line, cake decorating supply stores.
Happy Baking and Decorating,
Chef Angie

AmysCakesNCandies Posted 27 Oct 2010 , 3:24pm
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You could take a paring knife or fondant tool and straigh tedge to freehand the bricks, but that will take painstakingly long, I would just buy the imprint

FloraFlora Posted 27 Oct 2010 , 3:27pm
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I just did it last night, since I misplaced my impression mats somehow icon_smile.gif Just uploaded to my album. Not quite a castle, but you get the idea.

I used fondarific, which makes it easier since it doesn't dry up or crack. If you use mmf would be good too.
I color the fondant to grey, roll it out and cover the cake.
Then I take the modelling tool(?Is that what's it called? It's the pointy end of the Wilton Ball Tool), and use that to go 90 degrees on the fondant surface. I drew some big irregular circles, sometimes make it with pointy edges. Then I add some smaller circles and lines to make smaller looking stones. After it's all done, you may want to go over all the lines again to make sure they are deep enough.
hth

hugsfrombev Posted 27 Oct 2010 , 3:51pm
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http://cakecentral.com/cake-decorating-ftopict-699239-waffle.html

Saw some neat ideas for improvising in this thread!

Cakegirl313 Posted 27 Oct 2010 , 3:55pm
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I know this isn't the greatest tip, but when I need something but don't want to spend the money on the "real" tool, I walk through my house and see if I can come up with anything that might work. For instance for this I would probably walk around and find a small plastic basket that just hold odd and ins in it. The ones that have wholes. I know i'm not describing that great but it is a bunch of squares. If you pressed the side of that one the fondant it would imprint it with the squares. They wouldn't be off center like most brick but should do the trick. I hope I helped and didn't confuse you!

Kellbella Posted 27 Oct 2010 , 4:06pm
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Cake Boss (the software company..not Buddy) has a wonderful tutorial also on how to do a castle cake if needed. I bought my impression mat (Duffs) at Michaels.

808hedda Posted 27 Oct 2010 , 8:04pm
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Originally Posted by FloraFlora

I just did it last night, since I misplaced my somehow icon_smile.gif Just uploaded to my album. Not quite a castle, but you get the idea.

I used fondarific, which makes it easier since it doesn't dry up or crack. If you use mmf would be good too.
I color the fondant to grey, roll it out and cover the cake.
Then I take the modelling tool(?Is that what's it called? It's the pointy end of the Wilton Ball Tool), and use that to go 90 degrees on the fondant surface. I drew some big irregular circles, sometimes make it with pointy edges. Then I add some smaller circles and lines to make smaller looking stones. After it's all done, you may want to go over all the lines again to make sure they are deep enough.
hth



Well, somehow I think this would have been easier than what I did. I made 3 shades of gray fondant and rolled them into different sized balls and made my own cobblestone. You can see it in my watering can photo. I was very happy with the outcome. Now, however, I wish I had thought of this tecnique. icon_smile.gif

sweetooth0510 Posted 27 Oct 2010 , 8:22pm
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Couple of ways I've done it. I've used a straight ruler and ruled horizontal lines in the fondant (when on the cake) with a sharp knife and then gone back and free handed in the vertical brick lines.

Otherwise I have also used an empty matchbox, the sleeve that goes over it which is a rectangle brick shape. Time consuming but gives a good imprint and obviosly cheaper than an impression mat.

FloraFlora Posted 27 Oct 2010 , 9:43pm
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Well, somehow I think this would have been easier than what I did. I made 3 shades of gray fondant and rolled them into different sized balls and made my own cobblestone. You can see it in my watering can photo. I was very happy with the outcome. Now, however, I wish I had thought of this tecnique. icon_smile.gif




wow, your cobblestone looks so good. Yours is more realistic. Mine is impressionist style icon_wink.gif

kansaslaura Posted 27 Oct 2010 , 10:33pm
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Not exactly cobblestone, but I used a waffle (yep a waffle like you bake in your waffle iron for breakfast) on the last cake I posted in my gallery. Get your buttercream crusted, and gently press into the cake. It was exactly the effect the bride and groom wanted on this unique cake they ordered.

HTH.

808hedda Posted 28 Oct 2010 , 8:42pm
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Originally Posted by FloraFlora

Quote:
Originally Posted by 808hedda


Well, somehow I think this would have been easier than what I did. I made 3 shades of gray fondant and rolled them into different sized balls and made my own cobblestone. You can see it in my watering can photo. I was very happy with the outcome. Now, however, I wish I had thought of this tecnique. icon_smile.gif



wow, your cobblestone looks so good. Yours is more realistic. Mine is impressionist style icon_wink.gif



Thanks FloraFlora. Can't take all the credit as I had my 9 yr old daughter roll all the balls icon_lol.gif

bakingpw Posted 3 Nov 2010 , 4:23pm
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Next time try bubble wrap - I used it for my castle turrets. I spread melted chocolate on the bubble wrap and then allowed it to set in flower formers. It worked great! It would also work as an "impression map" on BC or fondant.

Lori0514 Posted 19 Nov 2010 , 7:34pm
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After I made the cake, I saw the imprints by Duff at Michael's Craft Store - they were only $5-6, definitely worth it to me. My castle cake turned out okay, my 4-yr old daughter commented that it didn't look like the picture I printed from here - lol! Those MMF/Gumpaste towers were a chore to make! I ended up using a butter knife (the non-serrated side) to make the cobblestone patterns. Thanks for all the great suggestions!

Lori0514 Posted 19 Nov 2010 , 7:36pm
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To Bakingpw: I love your idea - I'll have to experiment with that next time.

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