Help - Attaching Gumpaste "40" Topper To Sticks -

Decorating By kbnickel Updated 4 May 2011 , 8:46pm by tony_sopranos_ebony_girl

kbnickel Posted 21 Mar 2011 , 12:20pm
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Help - I have seen a million cakes with stand up number toppers attached to the top tier of the cakes and I am wondering what is the best way to do it.

Should I attached the numbers to sticks? If so, how do you "glue" the numbers to the sticks?

Any ideas or suggestions are WELCOME! Thanks in advance!

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Maria925 Posted 21 Mar 2011 , 12:43pm
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I use candy melts to attach the sticks. Then I take a small strip of fondant and cover that up!

Jody130 Posted 21 Mar 2011 , 12:58pm
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YOu can also use royal icing, but it does need time to dry completely.

kbnickel Posted 21 Mar 2011 , 1:55pm
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The numbers are pretty big, I am scared that royal icing or candy melts won't be strong enough... is there anything stronger that you know of? I have heard about fondant glue/adhesive - do you know what this is?

Thanks again =)

tracycakes Posted 21 Mar 2011 , 3:10pm
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I use gum glue and put a strip of fondant over it. I make standup numbers all of the time and candy melts, gum glue and fondant, royal icing - it's all strong enough. Just make sure that one you attach the sticks that they have time to dry.

KoryAK Posted 21 Mar 2011 , 5:34pm
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sullymel13 Posted 21 Mar 2011 , 5:40pm
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Interesting...I am going to making some of these coming up soon, and I was under the impression that you can form the numbers around sticks (or push the sticks through the gumpaste) before it dried. I'm doing a 15, so I can see how the 5 or a 0 could be tricky... I guess I will need to experiment!

DeniseNH Posted 21 Mar 2011 , 5:52pm
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What you don't want to use is fondant. It dries so slowly that it might be ready next year. Best to use colored chocolate or even better, gumpaste. Then put some gum glue on a stick and put the fondant number into your oven over night with the oven OFF but the oven light ON. In the morning your letter or number will be dry enough to place on the cake. Gum glue is just fondant dissolved in water, making it a sticky substance you use in place of Elmers Glue - for edible items.

Marianna46 Posted 21 Mar 2011 , 6:03pm
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I've always stuck the sticks into my gumpaste numbers. You have no idea how well chocolate or candy melts can stick two things together and they harden in just a minute, whereas fondant glue, gum glue (CMC in water) and RI all take a while to dry - time enough for the sticks to slip around!

pburgess68 Posted 24 Mar 2011 , 3:39pm
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Would this method be best for making a "J" for a wedding cake topper as well? Haven't attempted that yet and need to get my butt in gear.

Marianna46 Posted 24 Mar 2011 , 4:23pm
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Yes, it would, pburgess68! Go for it!

KarenOR Posted 24 Mar 2011 , 4:39pm
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I did my kids' names on a few different cakes and molded the letters from fondant/gumpaste around bamboo skewers leaving enough room for them to be inserted into the cake. It worked perfectly.

Marianna46 Posted 25 Mar 2011 , 2:25pm
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So there you have it - bamboo skewers can hold up anything! By the way, that's one cool flamingo cake, KarenOR! I put it in my favorites.

KarenOR Posted 25 Mar 2011 , 5:51pm
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Originally Posted by Marianna46

So there you have it - bamboo skewers can hold up anything! By the way, that's one cool flamingo cake, KarenOR! I put it in my favorites.


bakingkat Posted 27 Mar 2011 , 2:10am
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I just did a number 1 for the sop of a cake and I did 2 pieces of gumpaste into a 1, one being slightly larger than the other, then painted the smaller one with candy melt and glued the two together. Made a cool look and dried very quickly. Good Luck!

tony_sopranos_ebony_girl Posted 4 May 2011 , 8:46pm
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I stick several toothpicks into the bottom of the numbers before they dry. In my photos you can see where I did a number 30 a number 18 and a 60 topper I have had no problems !!! thumbs_up.gif

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