tullicious Posted 24 Sep 2012 , 11:25pm
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I have a wedding cake next month. The bride chose the design that looks like a fabric wedding dress with the buttons down the front. It's usually done in fondant, but she wants it done in buttercream. IF I was to try the fabric effect what tip would I use? I told her I would probably frost it smooth and then do the buttons and she is happy with that. Do I do the buttons in buttercream or make them from fondant? How do you make them with fondant so they're all the same? Thanks for any advice!

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Diana81 Posted 25 Sep 2012 , 3:00am
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Do u have a pic?

BakingIrene Posted 25 Sep 2012 , 3:20pm
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This cannot be done in buttercream. It's one of the few cases where gumpaste or fondant is required, to reproduce the draped "fabric" effectively.

You should have consulted here before you accepted the contract.

At this point you will have to sit down with the bride immediately to find a reasonable compromise. Remember that nobody else will be able to do thie design either so don;t assume that you have to give back the deposit.

tullicious Posted 25 Sep 2012 , 7:43pm
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I never promised I could do the fabric look. She is happy with the smooth buttercream with the buttons. But, I did find two pictures here on CC that are done in buttercream that have that look. Here's one...

http://cakecentral.com/gallery/2131741/modern-horizontal-buttercream-banding

I know it can be done with a very steady hand, but I wasn't sure what tip it would be. I just thought I would try and see if I could do it.

Diana81 Posted 25 Sep 2012 , 8:00pm
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Ok, I see what u mean now. You can do it!! icon_wink.gif

MsGF Posted 25 Sep 2012 , 8:01pm
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Use a petal tip like the Wilton 104 or 103

Do the buttons in fondant and attach after.

Good Luck

icer101 Posted 25 Sep 2012 , 8:24pm
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Yes, lots of decorators do a fabric design in b/c. Good luck, it will be beautiful!!

tullicious Posted 25 Sep 2012 , 9:19pm
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would i mark the cake somehow with lines to follow or just trust my not so very steady hand? icon_confused.gif and as far as the buttons, i guess i just do them one by one and hope they're about the same size? are they kind of flatter than a pearl? i have done pearl necklaces freehand, but i'm worried about these buttons. you guys are so very helpful! thanks!

Diana81 Posted 25 Sep 2012 , 9:35pm
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Lines would help a whole lot! Plus you can check out on the web how to position both hands while u pipe. Getting the right position for both hands will help u a lot since one hand helps the other to stay steady. Plus I learned how important it is to rest your hands when they get tired and wobbly. The pearls look round to me. If it s ok w the bride, u could do fondant pearls?

BakingIrene Posted 25 Sep 2012 , 9:47pm

Not to be contrary...but these are styles that require fondant:

http://cakecentral.com/gallery/2146030/dress-cake

http://cakecentral.com/gallery/2293841/wedding-dress-cake

http://cakecentral.com/gallery/2306552/dress-cake

http://cakecentral.com/gallery/2399287/dress-cake

tullicious Posted 25 Sep 2012 , 10:09pm

here's another one that's what i'm going for:

http://cakecentral.com/gallery/1612373/pleated-wedding

looks like these buttons are done in buttercream also

Diana81 Posted 25 Sep 2012 , 10:16pm

Yes these buttons are made in buttercream. I like the buttons from your first pic better. icon_rolleyes.gif

mcaulir Posted 25 Sep 2012 , 11:50pm
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Originally Posted by BakingIrene

Not to be contrary...but these are styles that require fondant:

http://cakecentral.com/gallery/2146030/dress-cake

http://cakecentral.com/gallery/2293841/wedding-dress-cake

http://cakecentral.com/gallery/2306552/dress-cake

http://cakecentral.com/gallery/2399287/dress-cake




Those are styles that require fondant. However, none of them are anything like what the OP is intending attempting.

Sorry, OP, I can't do anything in buttercream, but I do like your first example. Good luck with it!

Dani1081 Posted 26 Sep 2012 , 12:17am

There are ruffle tips that you might consider using - they are so easy! I'm sure your cake will be beautiful and I have to say that I'm glad you're making something tasteful and not the "headless bride" look in dress cakes! LOL!!

Diana81 Posted 26 Sep 2012 , 12:43am

I forgot to tell u that they have fondant silicone molds that do pearls so they re all the same size. icon_wink.gif

cakeyouverymuch Posted 26 Sep 2012 , 1:43am
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Originally Posted by tullicious

would i mark the cake somehow with lines to follow or just trust my not so very steady hand? icon_confused.gif and as far as the buttons, i guess i just do them one by one and hope they're about the same size? are they kind of flatter than a pearl? i have done pearl necklaces freehand, but i'm worried about these buttons. you guys are so very helpful! thanks!




No need to 'hope' they're the same size. Roll your fondant to a uniform thickness and use a piping tip of the appropriate size to cut out circles of fondant. Then roll each circle into a 'pearl' of the appropriate shape and size. hth

icer101 Posted 26 Sep 2012 , 2:38am

Yes, the pic that you showed can be done in b/c. It is a beautiful cake. you will do good. Roll the pearls as the op says, drop them in a bag of pearl dust(after they dry) shake them around and empty on a paper towel. You will have beautiful pearls.

dawnybird Posted 26 Sep 2012 , 3:29am

Google "Wilton tip 45". It's a large basketweave tip that only does smooth lines, no ridges. It looks like it makes flat "pleats" or lines like in your photo. I agree, though, that fondant buttons look better than the butter cream ones.

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