AI am making a wedding cake at the end of September. I would like to hand make some scrolls and saw someone post about using hot glue to trace a printed design. That is awesome but I would like to know if it needs to be attached to something. Will the dried hot glue stay rigid enough to be used? I am new here and this is my first post. I must say that I have learned A LOT in the couple of weeks I have been reading and I can't wait to try ganache on my practice small scale of this wedding cake!! :grin:
I'm not sure I understand your questions.
you want to use a hot glue design to put on a cake?
you want to know if it needs to be attached to what?
and will it be rigid enough for what? hot glue dries pretty hard and rigid.
have you considered using fondant coils?
AI guess my terminology should've been correct....I would like to print a scroll pattern and use hot glue on wax paper to trace it to use as a pattern press. With doing this, I think I can prea a bigger area of design at one time. I'm new to this sort of thing and watched someone do a stencil in a video last night. I think that is what I was looking for really. But with the hot glue, I was thinking that unless the hot glue design was connected everywhere, that it would need to be attached to something. My idea is like a big rubber stamp with the hot glue being the rubber part. And only using it to make an impression on the fondant and piping in the design. Is that any better of a description? (I'm sorry! :-/)
AYou want to make your own impression mat with hot glue? It will NOT work with wax paper, I'd imagine you'd need a hard surface, like a piece of glass or something to place over your design and then follow the pattern with your hot glue. Am I right?
It's a cool idea, I just don't know that it would be food safe. I make a mess with hot glue though it's so stringy.
You could do it with royal icing - pipe it onto a hard surface like acrylic, and wait for it to harden. Press it into the side of your cake while turning the cake slowly. Food safe, and no stringy bits (I also get those with hot glue).
You can wash the RI off if you don't want to save your "stencil".
an easier way, might just to put your image over the fondant and press the image into the fondant by tracing your lines and then putting it on the cake and piping.
the truth is, that piping can be difficult, but once you get going it's really not too hard. especially a scrolly pattern will hide the mistakes.
AI'm a newbie with Royal Icing. I have used buttercream for everything in the 7 years I have been making cakes. So I know that buttercream will set on the outside but remain squishy. Royal will completely set all the way through and withstand being pressed against fondant? I am used to piping....you can see the Wilton shape cakes that I have made that are almost literally covered in stars (talk about cramping hands...). I am still a little nervous about piping onto a vertical surface. The second suggestion about tracing is a really great idea though! I hadn't thought about that! What would you use to trace with? The end of a utensil (blunt handle of spoon or fork)? A particular fondant tool?