"rope" Border Help Please!!!!

Decorating By EmilyHogan Updated 19 Jan 2011 , 4:17am by cheatize

EmilyHogan Posted 15 Jan 2011 , 5:28am
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Hello, I am going to be making my Uncle's wedding cake and his future wife would like a rope border around each tier (3 tiers). I have a clay gun but it doesn't go long enough? and do I let the rope dry rounded? or ahhhh HELP!!!!!

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jlh Posted 15 Jan 2011 , 5:48am
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If you have to roll one by hand, you might try the hand-paddle that folks use to smooth fondant. I don't use much fondant, but I've seen them roll a rope of fondant on tv using the plastic, hand-held fondant smoother. Seemed a lot easier, and more consistent than rolling by hand. Good luck.

icer101 Posted 15 Jan 2011 , 5:59am
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here is another thread on this also. hth you would actually make this rope when you decorate the cake, not ahead of time. read the post that one c/cer talks about rolling sausage then rolling on out with the fondant smoother and then twist one way and the opposite way. hope you understand what i am trying to say.


http://cakecentral.com/cake-decorating-ftopict-690892-.html&sid=e6e9cd09dcdf4d4834ae139f319e51bb

cheatize Posted 15 Jan 2011 , 12:31pm
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When my clay gun is getting empty, I carefully open it, put more in, close it back up, extrude more, and repeat as necessary. It's really helpful to have a second pair of hands to make sure I don't move the extruder around so much that I break off the fondant while reloading the gun.

letsgetcaking Posted 15 Jan 2011 , 2:32pm
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I just typed out an explanation of how to use a wooden dowel or pencil to make a long, even strand of fondant, but it is hard to explain. I deleted that because Edna can explain it much better than I can. Here is a link to an awesome video by Tonedna that demonstrates the technique. She starts demonstrating this around 1:30 of the video.




This technique works really well and the ropes will be perfectly even all the way down.

You would need to make the ropes right before wrapping around the cake. You don't want them to harden into the wrong shape.

EmilyHogan Posted 17 Jan 2011 , 6:19pm
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ok, thank you all sooo much for all the help!!

gscout73 Posted 19 Jan 2011 , 1:56am
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Originally Posted by letsgetcaking

I just typed out an explanation of how to use a wooden dowel or pencil to make a long, even strand of fondant, but it is hard to explain. I deleted that because Edna can explain it much better than I can. Here is a link to an awesome video by Tonedna that demonstrates the technique. She starts demonstrating this around 1:30 of the video.




This technique works really well and the ropes will be perfectly even all the way down.

You would need to make the ropes right before wrapping around the cake. You don't want them to harden into the wrong shape.




I use the double dowel method, learned from Edna, and love it. Haven't bought the extruder yet because, well, I can use a garlic press for tassel tyupe strings. But this really works.

weirkd Posted 19 Jan 2011 , 2:05am
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They also have molds for different sizes. You can get them at Cakes by Sam or First Impression molds has some tiny ones. I never seem to get the extruder to work right without it breaking on me first. I like the mold because you can make several of them and then put two that you want to connect, back into the mold and you wont have a seam!

artscallion Posted 19 Jan 2011 , 2:37am
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Originally Posted by cheatize

When my clay gun is getting empty, I carefully open it, put more in, close it back up, extrude more, and repeat as necessary. It's really helpful to have a second pair of hands to make sure I don't move the extruder around so much that I break off the fondant while reloading the gun.




Brilliant! So simple, but so never occurred to me.

madgeowens Posted 19 Jan 2011 , 2:48am
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is there a video showing the use of fondant smoothers? that sounds interesting

splendirifficcakes Posted 19 Jan 2011 , 4:05am
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I just recently looked at a you tube video of a lady that had the small silver clay gun. (which I have also). She was having trouble extruding. Sooo she got her husband's caulking gun and inserted the clay gun inside and " voila!" It extruded with ease!!!!. You can also carefully reload the fondant in the clay gun if you need a longer rope. I thought "what a clever idea- I need to try that." Hope this helps. ~

cheatize Posted 19 Jan 2011 , 4:17am
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I must give credit where credit is due. My husband told me to do this. I didn't believe him, so he showed me. It works great as long you don't move it around so much the rope breaks.

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Originally Posted by cheatize

When my clay gun is getting empty, I carefully open it, put more in, close it back up, extrude more, and repeat as necessary. It's really helpful to have a second pair of hands to make sure I don't move the extruder around so much that I break off the fondant while reloading the gun.



Brilliant! So simple, but so never occurred to me.


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