Billowing Technique - How Far In Advance Can I Make Them?

Decorating By weidertm24 Updated 1 May 2012 , 6:49pm by weidertm24

weidertm24 Posted 1 May 2012 , 2:25am
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Have a wedding shower cake for the weekend and I was wondering if I can make the billows a few days in advance? Also I've only really looked at one tutorial and that used gum paste. Can I use fondant?

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weidertm24 Posted 1 May 2012 , 4:03pm
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Allie06 Posted 1 May 2012 , 4:20pm
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Hi! i used the billowing technique on a purple cake in my gallery. I used fondant and tylose, based on my experience and the look I prefer I wouldn't make them in advance, just because I was going for a flowly look, not a more structured pattern.

bacibaci Posted 1 May 2012 , 4:46pm
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I've made one billowing cake and I used a 50/50 mix. I find you can't really do them in advance as it doesn't allow you to fill in between the layers properly once they are dry. I add one billow and then depending on what I'm using in between each billow (brooch, candy, etc) I use that to press into the billow as a guide so I know exactly how the next billow will fit. It worked for me.

Here's the link to my billowed cake so you can see what I mean. I hope this helps.!/photo.php?fbid=354130227943640&set=a.154186497938015.27386.117834461573219&type=3&theater

VaBelle Posted 1 May 2012 , 5:17pm
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I've used the billowing technique on a couple of cakes and I would say probably not. They would dry if you make them in advance and you want to be able to manipulate them a bit. Also, I made mine out of straight fondant with no problems. I will say I let each square "breathe" a bit before each step so they wouldn't be too flimsy. It wasn't a problem to do so though because I was making several at a time.

sugaah Posted 1 May 2012 , 5:37pm
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I used straight fondant, made about a week (maybe 10 days) in advance, kept in covered container. They remained soft enough to manipulate but firm enough to hold puffed shape (if that makes sense). Worked fine for me.

weidertm24 Posted 1 May 2012 , 6:49pm
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Thanks everyone! Still not sure what I'm going to do for sure. But one layer is going to be a dummy anyways so I can make that in advance at least!

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