Is It Way Too Early

Decorating By iris219 Updated 2 Sep 2011 , 1:16am by jules5000

iris219 Posted 29 Aug 2011 , 4:06pm
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Hi eveyrone, I have a peacock cake to make for my daughters birthday on the 17th of September but because I have to work the week before her party in another state, I decided to make the peacock feahters this past weekend.

Is it too early to have made the feathers for the cake? I have them in the Glad-press & seal wrap to hopefully help them stay a little flexible. Don't want them to dry too much so thaught the press & seal would work. Or do you suggest something else?

I also plan to work on the RKT peacock today, I want to cover it in ganache before applying the fondant and then wrap it up. Do you think the ganache will help fill up the wholes or should I use modeling chocolate instead?

Any help, tips on this is greatly appreciated. Thanks

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pinkpiggie78 Posted 29 Aug 2011 , 4:35pm
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If you want the feathers to remain flexible, put them in a tupperware container and throw them in the freezer.

iris219 Posted 29 Aug 2011 , 6:39pm
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If you want the feathers to remain flexible, put them in a tupperware container and throw them in the freezer.


I don't have any tupperware containers that are flat. All my tubberwares are bowls. Is there anything else I can use?

pinkpiggie78 Posted 29 Aug 2011 , 6:41pm
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I have wrapped some on a piece of cardboard covered in parchment and wrapped several times in cling wrap.

debbief Posted 29 Aug 2011 , 10:33pm
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You could lay the pieces on a piece of carboard and seal in a ziplock.

Ganache would work for filling in the holes in the rkt. You could also use candymelts or just straight melted chocolate.

iris219 Posted 31 Aug 2011 , 1:22am
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Originally Posted by debbief

You could lay the pieces on a piece of carboard and seal in a ziplock.

Ganache would work for filling in the holes in the rkt. You could also use candymelts or just straight melted chocolate.




well, got the feathers all done and ready to go onto the body of the peacock, but am having a very hard time forming the body.

iris219 Posted 31 Aug 2011 , 1:22am
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Originally Posted by debbief

You could lay the pieces on a piece of carboard and seal in a ziplock.

Ganache would work for filling in the holes in the rkt. You could also use candymelts or just straight melted chocolate.




well, got the feathers all done and ready to go onto the body of the peacock, but am having a very hard time forming the body.

jules5000 Posted 31 Aug 2011 , 1:34am
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you have as tight a schedule as I do. I have a cake due the day after I come back from vacation so have to do everything ahead of time and pull it out of the freezer, let it thaw and ice and decorate. plus clean house and get ready for vacation. I have another cake due to make right before we leave on vacation. So I know the craziness of it and I don't believe that you are too early if you just wrap it all well and freeze it. I did some little rkt cowgirl boots earlier this year and covered them in fondant. I melted cho. and brushed it all over twice. It wasn't perfect, but enough that it didn't show through the sides. Good luck. would love to see a picture of that peacock.

debbief Posted 31 Aug 2011 , 2:05am
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Originally Posted by iris219

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Originally Posted by debbief

You could lay the pieces on a piece of carboard and seal in a ziplock.

Ganache would work for filling in the holes in the rkt. You could also use candymelts or just straight melted chocolate.



well, got the feathers all done and ready to go onto the body of the peacock, but am having a very hard time forming the body.




If I can't get something to look right on the first try, I stick the rkt in the microwave for a few seconds to soften it up and then try again. Is that what you're having a hard time with?

iris219 Posted 31 Aug 2011 , 11:19am
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Originally Posted by iris219

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Originally Posted by debbief

You could lay the pieces on a piece of carboard and seal in a ziplock.

Ganache would work for filling in the holes in the rkt. You could also use candymelts or just straight melted chocolate.



well, got the feathers all done and ready to go onto the body of the peacock, but am having a very hard time forming the body.



If I can't get something to look right on the first try, I stick the rkt in the microwave for a few seconds to soften it up and then try again. Is that what you're having a hard time with?


I did the same thing. My problem seems to be the neck and head. Since I could not mold it from one piece I did them seperate and that's where my problem lies. After work today I will go and get some more RKT to give it another try.

iris219 Posted 31 Aug 2011 , 11:26am
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you have as tight a schedule as I do. I have a cake due the day after I come back from vacation so have to do everything ahead of time and pull it out of the freezer, let it thaw and ice and decorate. plus clean house and get ready for vacation. I have another cake due to make right before we leave on vacation. So I know the craziness of it and I don't believe that you are too early if you just wrap it all well and freeze it. I did some little rkt cowgirl boots earlier this year and covered them in fondant. I melted cho. and brushed it all over twice. It wasn't perfect, but enough that it didn't show through the sides. Good luck. would love to see a picture of that peacock.


this is the way things are always with me....when it rains it pours. I sympathize with you I know whats it like. the bad thing is we got hit with this hurrican Irene and roads are so flooded we can't get to places. So it's not easy to get around and get supplies. icon_sad.gif

I don't have my feathers in the freezer left them out. Do I need to put them in the freezer? I can bake the cake when I come back from my business trip, the baking is not a big deal. I just want to get all the decorations done before because those things take so much time and since time is what I don't have enough of, its best to plan ahead. Thanks

jules5000 Posted 31 Aug 2011 , 12:36pm
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iris219, I am sure that you might have said earlier on what your feathers were made of, but I would think that if you want to make sure that they do not ge t hard I would wrap some foil around your bag that you have the feathers in and seal it. Then you have extra protection. I have found from previous experiences that there are bags that don't keep the air out too good for a very long period of time. I wouldn't want to take that chance if I were you and especially since you will be out of town for a week before you put things together. You would not be able to keep your eyes on what was happening and protect them if they started getting harder than you wanted.

debbief Posted 31 Aug 2011 , 2:11pm
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Originally Posted by debbief

You could lay the pieces on a piece of carboard and seal in a ziplock.

Ganache would work for filling in the holes in the rkt. You could also use candymelts or just straight melted chocolate.



well, got the feathers all done and ready to go onto the body of the peacock, but am having a very hard time forming the body.



If I can't get something to look right on the first try, I stick the rkt in the microwave for a few seconds to soften it up and then try again. Is that what you're having a hard time with?

I did the same thing. My problem seems to be the neck and head. Since I could not mold it from one piece I did them seperate and that's where my problem lies. After work today I will go and get some more RKT to give it another try.




If you are making the pieces separate, you are probably going to have a hard time getting them to stick together. You may want to try using toothpicks or even skewers to attach the pieces. Another thing, are you using premade rkt or are you making it? I know the stuff you buy at the store is way softer than homemade. When I make rkt for modeling, I dont use very much butter. That way the rkt dries a lot harder and firmer.

iris219 Posted 1 Sep 2011 , 1:21am
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ok, I did another RKT peacock and now am just waiting for it to dry. Keeping my fingers crossed and hope it stays intack by Saturday when I'm going to add the fondant.

jules5000 Posted 2 Sep 2011 , 1:16am
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we will all hope with you.

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