JenniSize Posted 17 Mar 2013 , 1:18pm
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My bride sent me this pic.

 

Someone mentioned to her that it looked like quilling and I agree. I've never done the technique before so I've been looking for tutorials and pictures. Which I've found in abundance. However, all the examples I've been able to find are a lot more artsy. I've shared some of the examples with my bride and she hates all of them. She is dead set on the look above.

 

Does anyone know who this belongs to? I'd love to be able to ask them how this was done. Or does anyone have any ideas?

 

Thanks for any input!

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-K8memphis Posted 17 Mar 2013 , 1:50pm
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first of all truly awesome cake--really beautiful

 

i'm gonna guess--it might be real ribbon???

 

or it's super thin pearly fondant curled around expertly in a quilling fashion

 

the piping (leaves & scrolls)  is pearly-fied and when you look at the rose petals it looks like a much whiter substance

 

it's tremendously beautiful--the soft pink & little diamond sparkles add the perfect balance

savannahquinn Posted 17 Mar 2013 , 2:40pm
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I think K8memphis is right in that it is thin pieces of fondant (or fondant gum paste) rolled and cut into thin "ribbon" like strips.  I think if you stop thinking of it as "quilling" and think more of just making ribbon like roses/flowers you may achieve a look that the bride is happy with.  Why don't you enlarge a portion of the area with a flower , print it out and practice going over it with fondant strips to get the hang of it.  Good luck, sorry I don't know who made that beautiful cake. 

DeliciousDesserts Posted 17 Mar 2013 , 3:19pm
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I think K8memphis is right in that it is thin pieces of fondant (or fondant gum paste) rolled and cut into thin "ribbon" like strips.  I think if you stop thinking of it as "quilling" and think more of just making ribbon like roses/flowers you may achieve a look that the bride is happy with.  Why don't you enlarge a portion of the area with a flower , print it out and practice going over it with fondant strips to get the hang of it.  Good luck, sorry I don't know who made that beautiful cake. 

Agree! And, love this cake.

Sassyzan Posted 17 Mar 2013 , 3:27pm
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AThat kind of looks like real ribbon to me. If you look at the horizontal piece that's catching the light on the third tier, it shines like satin ribbon. All the other gum paste quilling I found by googling looked more chunky... Either way, it's a gorgeous cake.

-K8memphis Posted 17 Mar 2013 , 3:37pm
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That kind of looks like real ribbon to me. If you look at the horizontal piece that's catching the light on the third tier, it shines like satin ribbon. All the other gum paste quilling I found by googling looked more chunky... Either way, it's a gorgeous cake.

 

 

yes and on the second largest tier--you can see the absolutely perfect edging on a strand of the ribbon

 

and if it is not real ribbon and it is edible then i think the flowers were done by someone other than the person who put the cake together

 

but i vote for real ribbon ;)

 

be cool for cake maker to clue us all in here

justme50 Posted 17 Mar 2013 , 3:49pm
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I vote real ribbon, made then placed on the cake. Looks to be iced in butter cream, and the swirls look piped to me.

cakeyouverymuch Posted 17 Mar 2013 , 5:30pm
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You could contact the people who actually made this cake and ask them:

 

 

http://www.thecakeguys.com/custom-wedding-cake-gallery.html

savannahquinn Posted 17 Mar 2013 , 5:37pm
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Cakeyouverymuch...I think that was the problem, no one knew who made the cake! You solved the mystery! Now I NEED to know if it is real ribbon or fondant!

savannahquinn Posted 17 Mar 2013 , 5:50pm

I agree! That's what I thought originally...you are a super sleuth! I love that someone can post a pic and members actually can find or know info about it~

;)

cakeyouverymuch Posted 17 Mar 2013 , 5:57pm
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Cakeyouverymuch...I think that was the problem, no one knew who made the cake! You solved the mystery! Now I NEED to know if it is real ribbon or fondant!

 

 

I did a google search using your image and found it on pinterest where it was actually attributed to the original website.

 

As to whether it is real ribbon, leaving aside the food safety issues, how would one glue real ribbon to the side of a cake?  I'd simply use an extruder to make flat narrow strips of fondant, dust them with pearl dust and attach them with gum glue.  Then once they're set in place, pipe in the leaves, swirls and dots with royal icing, give all the decorations another dusting with pearl dust and you're done. 

-K8memphis Posted 17 Mar 2013 , 6:13pm

piping gel might hold it

savannahquinn Posted 17 Mar 2013 , 7:15pm

i googled image too but with no luck. I'm glad you found it and OP will hopefully be able to do her cake :)

JenniSize Posted 17 Mar 2013 , 10:37pm

Thanks to everyone for their input and for finding the original decorator!! I did an internet search with no luck as well.

 

When I first saw the cake, I first thought was that they are real ribbon. I'm going to see if I can contact the original decorator.

 

Again, thanks so much. Thankfully, I have a couple of months to figure this out. The wedding is in May. I'll try to remember to post pics aftewards.

waggs Posted 17 Mar 2013 , 11:41pm

I think it looks like piped buttercream.  

JenniSize Posted 18 Mar 2013 , 1:36am

Hey folks, thanks for all the responses.

 

I contacted the original designers and the answer is… gumpaste strips rolled into a rosette. Pretty much what we've all thought. It's just executed beautifully.

 

Now to convince my bride that I am capable of pulling this off. Wish me luck.

gmfcakes Posted 18 Mar 2013 , 1:47am

Good thing. I took a quilling class at the cake cottage and  if anyone ever wanted a cake with that technique they would be paying some big bucks. It's a good thing I do this as a hobby, for now anyway. 

Kathy107 Posted 18 Mar 2013 , 3:13pm

Hi gmfcakes.  Did Susan Carberry teach the class at the Cake Cottage?  How was the class?  Susan is teaching a few classes in my area next weekend.  Would you recommend her classes?  Thanks. 

TBDQuilling Posted 18 Mar 2013 , 9:18pm

This is not quilling as quilling is done with paper. This is fondant filigree (copies quilling which was created to replicate metal filigree). Quilling is a 15th century art form that has grown into a professionally recognized art. It has professional guilds and thousands of artists (quillests) around the world.
 

-K8memphis Posted 19 Mar 2013 , 2:31pm

TBDQuilling~

 

welcome to cc

 

question for you please

 

so what makes it filligree and not quilling in your estimation

 

what would fondant quilling look like or are you saying quilling can't be done with anything other than paper

 

thanks

 

just curious

we could maybe call it fondant quilligree  icon_biggrin.gif

kikiandkyle Posted 19 Mar 2013 , 3:02pm
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we could maybe call it fondant quilligree  icon_biggrin.gif

thumbs_up.gif This is really beautiful, looks like a lot of practice and very nimble fingers/good tweezer work!

gmfcakes Posted 21 Mar 2013 , 5:59am

Ayes she is awesome this was the third class i took with her. i took submarine cake class it is the cake in my gallery. she is super helpful?

jessilachelle Posted 21 Mar 2013 , 6:13am

Aalso country kitchen sweetart had edible ribbon. It looks identical to shiny satin ribbon but is fully edible

JenniSize Posted 23 Mar 2013 , 5:14pm

So I practiced the technique this week and this is my test.

 


I sent the pic to my bride. We'll see what she says.

-K8memphis Posted 23 Mar 2013 , 5:22pm

oohhh--pretty!!

 

wow you're brave--i never send out for approval --might not get it ;)

i'm a do it first get permission later type or maybe do it first screw permission ever icon_biggrin.gif

 

but good job

 

and question for you, please

 

what is it that your dummy is sitting on??? looks very efficient

 

thanks

milkmaid42 Posted 23 Mar 2013 , 5:26pm
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we could maybe call it fondant quilligree  icon_biggrin.gif

Love your new word! 

 

Jan

-K8memphis Posted 23 Mar 2013 , 5:31pm
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Love your new word! 

 

Jan

 

madhatter.gif  >> this is what webster (of dictionary fame) thinks "whaaaaa??" ;)

remnant3333 Posted 23 Mar 2013 , 5:34pm

The roses look pretty good that you did. It will look even better once you put the leaves and the scrolls on them to make them look like the ones on the picture. Let us know what your customer has to say!!!

-K8memphis Posted 23 Mar 2013 , 5:48pm
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The roses look pretty good that you did. It will look even better once you put the leaves and the scrolls on them to make them look like the ones on the picture. Let us know what your customer has to say!!!

 

 

and remnant's post leads me to another thought

 

it's like some peeps can't tell from a swatch or a yard how the dress will look or the wallpaper or the paint kwim?

 

so i hope the bride can visualize this for you ;)

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