Fondant Or Marzipan?

Decorating By jessiqua7 Updated 10 Mar 2011 , 8:20pm by jessiqua7

jessiqua7 Posted 8 Mar 2011 , 8:31pm
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Hi all,
I am making a birthday cake to look like a giant tire that is layed down on it's side. It's for a RC Car theme. I am going to decorate it with a bunch of RC Cars and such, but I have a few questions since I am a total beginner:

1. Which would be best to cover the entire circular cake when trying to make it look like a black tire? Fondant or Marzipan? (Should I use food coloring to paint on the tire or try to add food coloring to the dough?) It seems like I have to add a ton of food coloring to get the color I want and black is almost impossible but i see all kinds of cakes that are colored black.

2. I need to make a road way that is in the shape of a FIGURE 8, and is raised up in the middle so that cars can still go through the middle (underneath-create a bridge) Which is more durable or sturdy for something that needs to be able to stay stiff while spaning about 3-4 inches? Fondant or Marzipan?

Thank you for all your help and if you have any other suggestions for this project i really appriciate it!

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joycesdaughter111 Posted 8 Mar 2011 , 8:46pm
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FromScratchSF Posted 8 Mar 2011 , 8:55pm
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Originally Posted by jessiqua7

Hi all,
I am making a birthday cake to look like a giant tire that is layed down on it's side. It's for a RC Car theme. I am going to decorate it with a bunch of RC Cars and such, but I have a few questions since I am a total beginner:

1. Which would be best to cover the entire circular cake when trying to make it look like a black tire? Fondant or Marzipan? (Should I use food coloring to paint on the tire or try to add food coloring to the dough?) It seems like I have to add a ton of food coloring to get the color I want and black is almost impossible but i see all kinds of cakes that are colored black.

2. I need to make a road way that is in the shape of a FIGURE 8, and is raised up in the middle so that cars can still go through the middle (underneath-create a bridge) Which is more durable or sturdy for something that needs to be able to stay stiff while spaning about 3-4 inches? Fondant or Marzipan?

Thank you for all your help and if you have any other suggestions for this project i really appriciate it!




MUST see pics of this cake when it's done!

Most people use premade black fondant. It tastes marginally better then trying to dye the fondant black.

Marzipan is great for figures or decorations that are actually going to be eaten and you want them to taste good. But it does not cover or stretch like fondant and takes some different techniques to use/handle. Depending on your location, the quantity of marzipan to make the type of stuff you are going to make would be a lot more expensive then just using fondant with tylose, 50/50 fondant gumpaste, or just gumpaste. All 3 options should give you the results you are looking for.

So my advice is to stick with fondant.

MikeRowesHunny Posted 8 Mar 2011 , 8:58pm
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Depends where you are located, in certain parts of Europe marzipan is the preferred norm for decorating. Fondant would be preferred elsewhere. As for anything black, buy it pre-coloured (red too)!

sugardugar Posted 8 Mar 2011 , 9:10pm
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Homemade chocolate fondant using dark cocoa is pretty easy to dye black.

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jessiqua7 Posted 10 Mar 2011 , 8:20pm
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Thanks for all the advice! I will post the cake when it's all finished. Wish me luck -haha icon_smile.gif

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