Fragile butterfly :(

Decorating By cutiepiecupcake Updated 25 Mar 2011 , 2:12pm by ajwonka

cutiepiecupcake Posted 22 Mar 2011 , 12:55am
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I made a cake for my hubbys Nanas 80th birthday (see the anemone cake in photos).. thank goodness it was for just family, because I would have had a bigger biotch fit if it were for a client. All went well with the entire process until it came to the fragile butterflies. I will begin by stating that I made the butterflies from fondant mixed with tylose powder, and colored with americolor gel in black. I have made figurines from this combination before and they held up well.. but nothing as fragile and fine as the butterflies. I cut them on the Friday night, a combination of small ones for the cupcakes and one large 3" one for the side of the cake. I even made a body for the large one and gave it little antenna (spelling??) using stamens.. it really looked divine icon_sad.gif
What did I do wrong? Would gumpaste have held up stronger and not snapped? Did I not make the butterfly in advance enough - maybe I should have had the large butterfly drying for at least a full week? To make matters worse.. the buttercream went uber soft on my cupcakes because of the warm day and lack of air conditioning in the function room.

Sorry for the long moaning session.. any help would be appreciated icon_sad.gif

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sugardugar Posted 22 Mar 2011 , 1:15am
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hmmm honestly i only use tylose + fondant and no more than a day or two before (just because i never feel i need to) and i don't usually get cracks etc.

how was the butterfly placed? was a lot of it supported on the cake? i find larger items need to be placed someone soft so it can mold to the place on the cake and get as much of it directly adhered...otherwise it may crack.


cutiepiecupcake Posted 22 Mar 2011 , 1:21am
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You may have hit the nail on the head.. I only had the belly of the butterfly glued against the cake. It may have been unbalanced due to the weight of the wings verses the amount of body that was stuck against the cake icon_sad.gif

sillywabbitz Posted 22 Mar 2011 , 1:32am
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I'm so sorry this happened to you. I hate it when things like that happen.

Have you tried the gelatin butterflies yet? They're amazing and they hold up great, are irredescent and can be made way way way in advance. I made butterflies and bows in a gelatin class about 4 months ago and they're all still in tip top shape. They're super light so no breakage. The ladies I took the class from did this book

and they also have these gelatin pattern sheets you can use. Anyway...just a thought for the future.

cutiepiecupcake Posted 22 Mar 2011 , 1:44am
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sillywabbitz Posted 22 Mar 2011 , 1:53am
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You're welcome. I bought all the supplies but haven't had a chance to make any. I'm a hobby baker and bake by project. I figure I'll make more butterflies in the spring. FYI, they don't taste very good.

cutiepiecupcake Posted 22 Mar 2011 , 2:02am
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lol.. I dont think dried out fondant/tylose butterflies taste that great either though.. nor does gumpaste for that matter icon_wink.gif

sugardugar Posted 22 Mar 2011 , 3:37am
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i hear ya cutie.

how did i learn? by having a gorgeous bow crack for the same reason. ><

ajwonka Posted 25 Mar 2011 , 2:12pm
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How frustrating! Especially after all that work! I usually use actual gumpaste for that fine of figures. I enjoyed looking through your photos!

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