I shall explain: a long gumpaste gun barrel for a tank modelled and air dried for a week inserted into the cake after covering with BC & fondant softened and sagged, trying to secure with royal icing caused further weakening making the gun simply snap off where the royal finished- I assume the moist royal caused the weakening before it set.
This happens every time I try to secure something like a teapot handle, wing mirrors for cars etc, anything that uses a length of pointed gumpaste which is to be inserted into the cake to secure. I have tried using spaghetti pieces but they seem to go very brittle if left touching BC overnight....
Does anyone have any pointers? I have ended up using a non edible dowel for the tank gun and cocktail sticks to secure things but I'd really like there to be nothing inedible if possible!
Hoping you can help
I use toothpicks, skewers, dowels, etc. Sometimes I don't really care if it's not edible, when I need to care more about it staying put/not breaking.
Ditto what Leah said! Skewers are fantastic! My guess is that the people eating the cake won't look at you as less of a caker for using some inedible support! Hey- those guys on TV do it all the time!
Wanting to be all edible is great, but there are times when it just doesn't work. Most anything icing wise, fondant and gumpaste are going to soften when stuck in a moist environment like a cake. The moisture causes it to soften and melt.
I would do as Leah suggested, you can build in a toothpick for the actual insertion and the fondant/gumpaste can start on the outside of the icing.