I am trying to make a fishing cake. The woman wants a clear blue pond. I am thinking piping gel would work. Do I just crave out the pond and pour in the tinted piping gel? Will it set firm? I have never done this and I don't want it to run off the cake......Is it better to make my own or buy the gel? Thanks for any help.
Don't know how big the pond is going to be, but in general, I avoid piping gel.
I find the taste of piping gel--even with extracts or oils added--and particularly the texture to be..................disgusting. I just can't get down anything with piping gel on it.
I'd be inclined to make the pond using a disc of blue cooked sugar, a sheet of blue gelatin, and lastly, blue buttercream and maybe, just maybe, a very thin coating of piping gel.
I just did a fishing cake a few days ago and used tinted piping gel. I just took a small butter knife and added it to the cake. Waving the knife back and forth gives a water/wavy appearance. It looks so neat! I agree it doesn't taste very good, but most people just scrape it off w/ the fondant anyway. It won't run off the cake, it's quite sticky. After about 24 hrs it hardens slightly and is no longer sticky to the touch. Hope that helps =)
I would cut out the shape of the pond you want with blue or aqua colored Fondant and put the piping gel (thin layer)over top of it. I agree piping gel looks great for water and I've used it in a couple of my cakes. Could you design the cake to make the "pond" on the cake board and not part of the cake? Just a thought! Good luck!
I will be using bettercream icing. Does anyone know if piping gel will work with Bettercream?