I am doing a "rustic" baby shower cake. Not specifically a "western cowboy" cake but the friend thought a tooled leather look under his name with a simple rope border would be cute. I'm a hobby baker so I need some guidance for this technique. The embossing is not my concern - I have several stamps. I would like to know what you mix together, tools needed and the steps. Any advice you have would be greatly appreciated. Thank you so much!
I did a western baby shower cake where I made a fondant "leather" belt and buckle, as the topper. When I dyed my fondant, for the belt, I mixed it haphazardly, so there were variations in the shades of brown. I then stamped/carved my designs into the belt. After I was happy with the looks of it, I mixed some brown gel food coloring with a little water and painted it on, letting it collects in the designs. I used both a wiping and dabbing motion to remove some of the food dye, leaving it heavy in some places and lighter in others. I was really happy with the outcome.
To give you the leather texture, try scrunching up then opening and flattening out a sheet of tin foil and use that as a kind of embossing sheet for your fondant. The link below is actually for polymer clay, but it works just as well for sugarpaste ... Hope that helps :) x
Thanks, guys! All of your advice has given me more confidence. It appears to be simple but I was making it more difficult in my mind. I can't wait to try this technique and I hope the recipient of the cake will be pleased with my efforts.
As always, the CC'ers have come to my rescue!
I did this cake this past summer. I colored the fondant brown and rolled it out. I let it rest for a couple of minutes on the table for it to firm up a bit. Then I started stamping. I just bought a random large floral clearance stamp from Michaels for like 1.00. Anyway, once the cake was covered with the stamped fondant I gave it a couple of hours to firm up then I re-stamped the whole thing again. It doesn't need to be perfect. This is what worked for me to get the aged leather "tooled" look. It was SUPER easy.
I used the crumpled foil technique for a leather bible this weekend. It worked a treat but I didn't get a good enough photo to share.