Fondant Balls Around Cake?

Decorating By gourmetsharon Updated 6 Jun 2014 , 8:17pm by holycake

gourmetsharon Posted 17 Apr 2011 , 11:01am
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what's your secret to making perfect little fondant balls around a cake without it taking forever??

I can't imagine someone rolling each and every one by hand. I'm too impatient. There's got to be a better way!

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teezed Posted 17 Apr 2011 , 12:14pm
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I've always wondered about that too,
I'm a patient person but not that patient...!
Anyone have any idea?

simplysouthern Posted 17 Apr 2011 , 12:34pm
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There are tools like former and fondant extruders (so) but I do my own. I make a "snake" with the fondant then use a ruler to guide me to cut into the size I need. I cut little pieces each the same length then roll. This method does take time but saves me from buying yet another tool lol

Does that even make sense, I haven't had coffee yet haha

sugarandstuff Posted 17 Apr 2011 , 12:45pm
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There is a silicone mold that does a string of them at a time - it still takes a while, but not forever. Another option is to pipe RI or stiff consistency BC with a round tip - with enough practice you can get it exact as the mold.

Karadactyl Posted 17 Apr 2011 , 12:47pm
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What a good question! I was wondering about this the other day as I was well into my 2nd hour rolling balls for a cake boarder!

cakeandpartygirl Posted 17 Apr 2011 , 12:51pm
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You could try and use one of these to do more than one at a time:

http://www.google.com/imgres?imgurl=http://www.thecraftbarn.co.uk/shopimages/products/thumbnails/krs_118003_8712s%2520Fimo%2520tri-bead%2520roller.jpg&imgrefurl=http://www.thecraftbarn.co.uk/section.php/1014/1/bead-rollers-and-other-bead-making-tools&usg=__JuDpiVwU0PTF1gezTztxAuGadlU=&h=182&w=223&sz=41&hl=en&start=37&zoom=1&tbnid=m7n1FWYn8LT5PM:&tbnh=87&tbnw=107&ei=icon_eek.gifGqTdXbO4_rgQeUk_zzBQ&prev=/images%3Fq%3Dbead%2Brollers%26um%3D1%26hl%3Den%26client%3Dfirefox-a%26sa%3DG%26rls%3Dorg.mozilla:en-USicon_surprised.giffficial%26biw%3D1280%26bih%3D551%26tbm%3Disch0%2C912&um=1&itbs=1&biw=1280&bih=551

but other than that I haven't found a quicker way yet!!

grandmaruth Posted 17 Apr 2011 , 1:52pm
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based on the size of balls i need i use cake decorating frosting tips...the big end.roll out a piece of fondant and cut..makes perfect circles and when rolled into balls they will all be uniform in size...no guessing..

dukeswalker Posted 17 Apr 2011 , 2:48pm
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I roll.....

rharris524 Posted 17 Apr 2011 , 3:20pm
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I hand roll them , too

KarenOR Posted 17 Apr 2011 , 3:40pm
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I roll them by hand.

jlynnw Posted 17 Apr 2011 , 4:11pm
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I use the bead maker and then still end up rolling. Or a large sheet thru the pasta machine with a round tips. It is a great way to use up down time

jenng1482 Posted 17 Apr 2011 , 4:59pm
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I delegate this task out to my 2 kids

Relznik Posted 17 Apr 2011 , 5:29pm
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Here's a brilliant step-by-step for perfectly even-sized fondant balls for borders...

http://www.creativecelebrationcakes.co.uk/page35.htm

Elcee Posted 17 Apr 2011 , 5:39pm
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Originally Posted by grandmaruth

based on the size of balls i need i use cake decorating frosting tips...the big end.roll out a piece of fondant and cut..makes perfect circles and when rolled into balls they will all be uniform in size...no guessing..




This is what I do too. I try to do it several days in advance. If I don't have time, then I make some BC that matches my design and pipe a border.

Allie06 Posted 17 Apr 2011 , 5:56pm
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Originally Posted by jenng1482

I delegate this task out to my 2 kids




Fabulous idea!!!! I started the task by hand and about 1/4 of the way through, I was wishing I had gone another route!!

TinkerCakes Posted 17 Apr 2011 , 5:59pm
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I roll, say a few four letter words, roll some more, say a few more four letter words, more rolling.......you get the idea! icon_smile.gif

suzylynn58 Posted 17 Apr 2011 , 6:12pm
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....and it always seems to take a lot more than you think it will! icon_smile.gif

gourmetsharon Posted 17 Apr 2011 , 11:48pm
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thanks for all the suggestions!

I have been doing anything to NOT make the balls. I will look into the roller thing. I am lazy! and proud of it!

EvArt Posted 18 Apr 2011 , 12:02am
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I have just recently taught myself to make more consistent balls by laying out a piece of fondant between two narrow glue sticks to roll over and get the same depth across the entire surface. I then use my small (1/2" maybe?) round fondant cutter to cut out consistent sized disks. I then roll by hand to form the ball. It works pretty well. I'm using the exact same amount of MMF for each ball.
I have no fancy fondant tools yet, so I have to think outside the box most of the time!! lol

Hope that helps someone.

gourmetsharon Posted 18 Apr 2011 , 3:29am
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Originally Posted by Jason-Lisa

I roll, say a few four letter words, roll some more, say a few more four letter words, more rolling.......you get the idea! icon_smile.gif




yeah, and that's why one of my cakes had a bunch of leaves all around the bottom. I rolled about 5 balls and thought that this was nuts!

I bought a clay extruder and may try some of the other suggestions. I appreciate everyone's thoughts and sympathies!

Karadactyl Posted 18 Apr 2011 , 12:56pm
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Originally Posted by Jason-Lisa

I roll, say a few four letter words, roll some more, say a few more four letter words, more rolling.......you get the idea! icon_smile.gif




Glad to know that I'm not the only one uttering four letter words while making fondant balls!

Relznik Posted 18 Apr 2011 , 1:03pm
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Originally Posted by EvArt

I have just recently taught myself to make more consistent balls by laying out a piece of fondant between two narrow glue sticks to roll over and get the same depth across the entire surface. I then use my small (1/2" maybe?) round fondant cutter to cut out consistent sized disks. I then roll by hand to form the ball. It works pretty well. I'm using the exact same amount of MMF for each ball.
I have no fancy fondant tools yet, so I have to think outside the box most of the time!! lol

Hope that helps someone.




That's basically what the step-by-step tutorial I linked to does.

As long as you use spacers and the same cutter, you will always get the same size balls! It doesn't matter on the shape of the cutter... as long as you use the same one, it'll be fine. icon_smile.gif

crisseyann Posted 18 Apr 2011 , 1:14pm
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I do the roll out, cut with large end of a piping tip, then pop in a video and sit in front of the tube and roll, roll, roll! Seems to make the chore less a pain and the time flies!

cakeandpartygirl Posted 18 Apr 2011 , 1:26pm
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Originally Posted by jenng1482

I delegate this task out to my 2 kids




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LisaPeps Posted 18 Apr 2011 , 1:58pm
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amcakemaker2011 Posted 19 Apr 2011 , 1:09am
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Originally Posted by rharris524

I hand roll them , too





I hand roll them as well icon_smile.gif

gourmetsharon Posted 20 Apr 2011 , 12:27am
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Thanks for the link!

and all your suggestions. thought there might be a magic button. I like the child labor suggestion too!

cakesbycathy Posted 20 Apr 2011 , 1:34am
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I use candy Sixlets instead of making a million balls out of fondant. they come in a ton of colors, are all exactly the same size and taste yummy icon_smile.gif

gourmetsharon Posted 20 Apr 2011 , 2:01am
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Originally Posted by cakesbycathy

I use candy Sixlets instead of making a million balls out of fondant. they come in a ton of colors, are all exactly the same size and taste yummy icon_smile.gif




another Cake Central genius!!

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