I've been loving the effect I've seen on wedding cakes recently where it looks like the fondant has embossing that is slightly above the base fondant but close enough that I wonder if the design is applied separately. Â I'm guessing either that or outlines are being drawn on the base fondant then the shapes are filled in to give the illusion of 3D. Â Does anyone have any idea? Â Below is the most well-known example of this effect I've seen. Â Thanks!!
Definitely not drawn. Look to the layered effect in the red circles, to see how I know. There is definitely more fondant behind there. Â I would say it is just strips of thinly rolled fondant or gumpaste mix, applied to the cake, then the embossing wheel rolled over the edges to look like an applique.
I do love it, BTW!!
Good call -- thanks!
This is done with a method called Bas Relief, where you build up the design with fondant or flowerpaste ( gumpaste ) or pastillage . You start with the area that would be furtherest away from the eye( the flat ribbon at the back ) Â then you build up to what will be the closest ( the knot in the centre ) . Then this one just seems to have a stitching wheel run around to put the details in . Â I would then just dust with a satin sheened lustre. . Â
It is a really lovely idea , the bow on the side of the cake.Â