coliemctolie Posted 10 Jul 2013 , 7:47pm
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AMy niece's bday is Saturday and I'm lucky enough to be making her cake. Her mama wants zebra, which I can do with fondant, but she also wants whipped cream frosting, which will melt the fondant. Any other ideas besides covering the cake? Has anyone tried just piping zebra stripes with any success? Any help much appreciated! Thanks all!

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bct806 Posted 10 Jul 2013 , 8:01pm
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Yes. They are really pretty easy to do. Just make a zebra pattern with some black icing. The great thing about animal print is that no two are the same. You can practice on some wax paper or a cake board first if you need to. 

coliemctolie Posted 10 Jul 2013 , 8:34pm
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AThanks[quote name="bct806" url="/t/760816/zebra-cake-with-wc-frosting#post_7414034"]Yes. They are really pretty easy to do. Just make a zebra pattern with some black icing. The great thing about animal print is that no two are the same. You can practice on some wax paper or a cake board first if you need to. 

Will do! Thanks

lunawhisper0013 Posted 10 Jul 2013 , 9:01pm
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AOne of my specialties is buttercreme and whipped icing and zebra is pretty popular. I use a #5 tip and start thick and go thinner as I pipe out. I will go over the thicker part a second time to give it more width and then smooth it out with a tapered spatula. I will see if I can draw you a template.

coliemctolie Posted 10 Jul 2013 , 9:11pm
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AGreat ideas:) thanks!

coliemctolie Posted 10 Jul 2013 , 9:11pm
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AGreat ideas:) thanks!

lunawhisper0013 Posted 11 Jul 2013 , 4:39am
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Sorry for the delay, My computer wasn't cooperating. I drew examples of some of the different lines for the zebra print. Using your #5 tip, pipe the solid black area of the example first going thicker, then tapering by releasing pressure as the stripe gets longer, then go back to the base of the stripe and pipe the red hashed area of the template to give it more thickness at the base.  Then you just smooth out the thick parts with your tapered spatula.  I wouldn't recommend a bigger piping tip because your stripes will be too thick and stick out too far from the cake.  I hope that helps some.

coliemctolie Posted 11 Jul 2013 , 4:17pm
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AYou're awesome!! Thanks so much :)

lunawhisper0013 Posted 11 Jul 2013 , 4:48pm
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AMy pleasure. :-)

coliemctolie Posted 12 Jul 2013 , 3:56pm

AOne more small side note if I may, can I color and pipe with wc frosting? I haven't before but don't have the time/money to experiment and find out for myself.

lunawhisper0013 Posted 12 Jul 2013 , 4:13pm

Of course! the one thing you will want to keep in mind is that too much color/ mixing will break down the icing and it can get really soft.  Your black will probably be more of a dark grey as the whipped doesn't take the color as well as buttercream but it is certainly do-able. Another thing to remember is to keep it cool especially with the darker colors because if it sets out too long, the black or any color for that matter will bleed onto the base icing.  It is better do decorate is as close to the party as you can and keep it refrigerated until it it time to serve.

coliemctolie Posted 12 Jul 2013 , 4:30pm

AAm I better off using a gel instead of liquid coloring? For consistency's sake?

lunawhisper0013 Posted 12 Jul 2013 , 4:50pm

I would say so. The more concentrated the color the better.  The liquid one would thin it out more.

coliemctolie Posted 12 Jul 2013 , 4:59pm

AYou've been so much help - thanks a bunch!!

lunawhisper0013 Posted 12 Jul 2013 , 10:44pm

ASure thing. :-)

peggymaescakes Posted 17 Jul 2013 , 4:48pm

Have you ever tried sugar sheets they are awesome and will stick with moisture.

bct806 Posted 17 Jul 2013 , 5:41pm

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Have you ever tried sugar sheets they are awesome and will stick with moisture.

If I were you, I wouldn't do that. Yes, the idea behind the sugar sheets was great. Yes, you can get your desired look with them. Unfortunately, they taste horrible and are on the expensive side for just being chemical sugar. (About $4 for one sheet.) I put them on the first cake I ever made for someone (my nephew.) It was the grossest thing I have ever put on a cake. All the kids peeled them off and threw them in the trash. It was so embarrassing moment. It is really too easy to make a zebra pattern with frosting.

chris1129 Posted 11 Sep 2013 , 12:49pm

ACan I do this with cream cheese frosting?

bct806 Posted 11 Sep 2013 , 2:10pm

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Can I do this with cream cheese frosting?

 

You can do it with any frosting that pipes well. 

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