How Do I Make This Border?

Decorating By moochified Updated 16 Nov 2011 , 11:16pm by Annabakescakes

27 replies
traci_doodle Posted 30 Aug 2011 , 4:56am
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It's hard to see very well, but I think it's fondant. It looks like two separate ribbons of fondant, one wide and one narrow, running parallel along the bottom of each tier.

moochified Posted 30 Aug 2011 , 5:21am
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I know, sorry the pic is small.

Hmmm... so how would I get the fondant so crisp and straight? Cut it and then let dry before attaching to the cake?

angelleyes Posted 30 Aug 2011 , 6:10am
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The flowers look either painted on or sugar sheets

cathyscakes Posted 30 Aug 2011 , 6:12am
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What alot of people do to get their fondant so crisp is use ganache under the fondant. It firms up pretty hard and keeps it shape so the fondant holds its shape

CWR41 Posted 30 Aug 2011 , 6:26am
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Here's a fondant strip applicator:
http://www.globalsugarart.com/product.php?id=25498&name=Fondant%20Strip%20Applicator%20by%20Ateco

(the demo by CakeWheel no longer exists, but you can find other demos on google.)

suzied Posted 30 Aug 2011 , 7:42am
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When i clicked on this flickr site it shows that "moochfield has copy rights
to this photo. Isnt Moochfield, your name ? i am confused. am i not seeing correctly. some one enlighten me pls

GenGen Posted 30 Aug 2011 , 8:56am
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in my opinion the border is ribbon but hard to tell by the photo. can also be done by trimming fondant strips as well.

Uniqueask Posted 30 Aug 2011 , 11:21am
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Originally Posted by suzied




When i clicked on this flickr site it shows that "moochfield has copy rights
to this photo. Isnt Moochfield, your name ? i am confused. am i not seeing correctly. some one enlighten me pls





That was my Question, I too am Puzzled, Unless it is someone's elses photo she posted in her account.

solascakes Posted 30 Aug 2011 , 11:33am
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Originally Posted by Uniqueask

Quote:
Originally Posted by suzied




When i clicked on this flickr site it shows that "moochfield has copy rights
to this photo. Isnt Moochfield, your name ? i am confused. am i not seeing correctly. some one enlighten me pls




That was my Question, I too am Puzzled, Unless it is someone's elses photo she posted in her account.




I was wondering too

matthewkyrankelly Posted 30 Aug 2011 , 12:40pm
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It's someone else's photo. There is a Knot logo in the lower left corner. Photo is taken by well-known cake photographer. The person who made tha cake would not need the shameless self-promotion here.

moochified Posted 30 Aug 2011 , 1:34pm
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Sorry for all the confusion. Yes, it is someone else's photo that I posted on Flickr. I couldn't figure out another way to display the pic. The pic is from a wedding website and when I copy and paste the url it prompts for a username and password. It wouldn't work when I tried to put as an attachment.

Thanks for the replies!

glendaleAZ Posted 30 Aug 2011 , 5:38pm
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Hi moochified,

It's hard to tell what it is, but you can go either way, fondant or store purchased ribbons. By using the store purchased ribbon you would have all the time you need to get them straight on the cake, but with fondant, if you wait too long you will get, what is called, elephant skin.

In either case, you could use a ruler and a sewing needle to draw a line in the fondant as a guide to help you out. On a side note: Wilton does have a new tool that does this and it's only $5.00.

If you want to do fondant... cut out one long strip that's long enough to wrap around the cake. Then move the cake next one end of the strip. Slowly, without stretching, lift the strip to the cake. Turn/Move the cake along the strip as you move down the strip. I would do the bottom ribbon first.

Tammy

pastrygirls Posted 30 Aug 2011 , 6:01pm
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you can also try freezing the fondant slightly. then it's nice and firm to put on the cake.

suzied Posted 31 Aug 2011 , 12:33am
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You can also cut out the long strip of fondant and roll it like a swiss roll (or coil) so that it wont stretch. mark a line before you start to place the strip and moisten the area you are placing the strip with a bit of water, so that it will adhere to the cake.

Ashleyssweetdesigns Posted 31 Aug 2011 , 12:40am
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Try the freezing technique it works well!

kakeladi Posted 31 Aug 2011 , 12:50am
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It really looks like real ribbon to me. To get it so crisp and straight using fondant one would have to roll it very, very thin and then have problems handling it when applying it to the cake.

Apti Posted 31 Aug 2011 , 1:15am
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Fondant ribbons are not really difficult to make or roll onto a cake on the bottom. It gets MUCH harder when you try a second (or more) horizontal "ribbon" that doesn't touch the base of the cake plate!

Whoever made that cake (it is most likely a dummy cake made for display) has superb talent. Although it looks "easy", a cake like that actually requires a LOT of cake decorating skill.

I'd suggest you go for a single, 1" wide bottom border. You can make your own. Brittany of Make-a-Cake put together this wonderful free tutorial. Scroll down until you come to fondant ribbon:

http://www.makeit-loveit.com/2010/09/make-cake-series-borders.html

CalJava also sells pre-made fondant ribbon borders. They have a video tutorial and you'll see what is meant by "rolling it up and then applying to the cake".

http://www.caljavaonline.com/fondantribbon1.htm

moochified Posted 1 Sep 2011 , 12:24am
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Thank you everyone for your replies. I've committed to making this cake for October <gulp> and I shall be trying various different methods starting this weekend. Thanks, all.

mlwideman Posted 1 Sep 2011 , 2:15pm
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For everyone who has suggested freezing the fondant bands before applying to the cake, how long does it need to be frozen for best results?

Sorelle Posted 1 Sep 2011 , 2:50pm
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It looks like it could be Sugarveil to me, that would explain the plastic look too. Sugarveil is super thin almost paper like and easy to move onto a cake. If that is the case make a sheet let it dry and cut with scissors.

CWR41 Posted 1 Sep 2011 , 4:44pm
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I've read that Lucks has edible ribbon.

moochified Posted 2 Sep 2011 , 12:29am
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Ooh, the Sugarveil looks very interesting. Has anyone worked with it before to get that plastic-y look?

Mexx Posted 2 Sep 2011 , 1:03am
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I could zoom in on the image. It looks like fabric ribbon to me.

SRMC Posted 2 Sep 2011 , 1:59am
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if you let it harden too much it snaps, and if you let it sit out for a little while it should stiffen but not be crusty, and you can apply it, but be sure to moisten the parts that bend around the cake or they will crack

flowergirl1 Posted 16 Nov 2011 , 9:41pm
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These are fondant strips and fondant leaves, i do this on a lot of my cakes.

flowergirl1 Posted 16 Nov 2011 , 9:42pm
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These are fondant strips and fondant leaves, i do this on a lot of my cakes.

Annabakescakes Posted 16 Nov 2011 , 11:16pm
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Apti

Fondant ribbons are not really difficult to make or roll onto a cake on the bottom. It gets MUCH harder when you try a second (or more) horizontal "ribbon" that doesn't touch the base of the cake plate!

Whoever made that cake (it is most likely a dummy cake made for display) has superb talent. Although it looks "easy", a cake like that actually requires a LOT of cake decorating skill.

I'd suggest you go for a single, 1" wide bottom border. You can make your own. Brittany of Make-a-Cake put together this wonderful free tutorial. Scroll down until you come to fondant ribbon:

http://www.makeit-loveit.com/2010/09/make-cake-series-borders.html

CalJava also sells pre-made fondant ribbon borders. They have a video tutorial and you'll see what is meant by "rolling it up and then applying to the cake".

http://www.caljavaonline.com/fondantribbon1.htm




I love the look of the pre made fondant ribbon from CalJava. The store I used to work at had some 5 years ago that was all cracked and broken, they were selling it for $30! They still had it the last few times I went there, lol!!

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