I'd like to create a cake like the one below (Sorry the photo is massive, I don't know how to make it smaller). How do you make the green leafy bits sticking out above the orange and red squares? How do you make them all the same size?
I guess I would roll out the fondant to that same thickness ,use the shape of a small ruler to make them all uniform and cut with a pizza cutter. Maybe take a a large heart shaped cookie cutter and use the pointed end to make the shape on the end of each strip. They wouldn't have to be to long since the top layer would cover them.
You could make a ring imprint with the same pan size as the top layer and cut away the excess fondant so it would set neatly on top of the leaves. HTH
Thanks Enga. You've made it sound dead easy to do!
AI assume you noticed they aren't cut with parallel edges.
howsweet, actually no I hadnt noticed. I think I'll make a paper template and cut each green strip using a template. I'll have to make the cakes first and stack then I'll have a good idea what size these strips have to be.
Maybe take a a large heart shaped cookie cutter and use the pointed end to make the shape (insert "pointed edge" here) on the end of each strip.
I don't know, I guess I could have explained it better but any who......Good luck Cakejeanie, please post pics!
That's a good way to get them uniform. First I would try with a pizza cutter and getting several just right, you know, with the correct angle to the center of the cake. Then pick one to make the template. Does that make sense? Then you could get the rest done really fast with the template and pizza cutter.
If you have a big circle cutter tool, you could cut out two big circles (one for each color) and also go to town pretty fast with a pizza cutter, cutting all the way across just like you would a pizza.
I've seen people make reference to tutorials where angled striping is cut, but I've never clicked. There may be an easier way.
That is a good idea. Everything will fit together like puzzle pieces. Good thinking howsweet.
Because you're putting square shapes (backs of the pointed edge) onto a round cake, you'll need to slightly bevel each side of the back of the point, to get them to fit together properly. Hope I explained it correctly. It would go like this. Point,slightly beveled sides the back blunt edge.
You could make a template of a pentagonal pyramid. I just thought since the top layer was going to covering most of it anyway, the overlapping wouldn't matter.
The beveled edges would make it seamless too.
Or you could stay true to the Sonic video game background and alternate light green and dark green colored leaves around the edge of the cake made with a leafed shaped cookie cutter,lol.
Thank you everyone. I (as always) really appreciate the help. I'll try to post a photo as soon as cake is done (due on the 4th of Feb), so I'm crossing fingers I manage!
I thought I'd let you all know how I got on with the cake. It all went well but I did have issues with Sonic the Hedgehog. Here's a pic:
For the green 'grass' in the middle of the two tiers, I made a circle template out of paper 10" in diameter. I then folded it several times so that it would have lines radiating from the centre. I used this as a guide for cutting the green fondant. It was pretty quick to do!
I'm wondering how you would have gone about making Sonic. I found the head to be very top heavy to the point that I had to secure him to the body using blue royal icing. I put straws into the cake so that the bamboo sticks for Sonic and the palm tree would be more secure when placed on top of the cake. Thing was I wasnt sure the cake toppers, including the palm tree, would survive the journey despite the straws especially as the client opted to pick up the cake rather than having me deliver. I chose to put both cake toppers in food safe bags and wrapped in bubble wrap for the journey and placed in a separate box, with the cake in another box. I instructed her on how to place the cake toppers in the straws at the venue.
Do you think this was a good idea? Should I make sure my cake toppers are secure for travel, whether I'm delivering or not? Would you have done sonic differently (for example, smaller head or head made of rice krispies?)?
Cakejeanie I think you did a wonderful job! I for one am new to making figurines and when they are top heavy, I secure them with small wooden skewers dipped in tylose water.
As far a making them secure for travel, I think I would do exactly the same thing you did. And your Sonic came out pretty good to me
AEnga, thank you. I've made very few standing figures so they are still very hard work at the moment. Makes me wonder how tbey make the ones that stand on one leg! I should look for tutorials for those for future reference but sticking to two feet firmly planted on the ground for now lol
So so cute!
AThanks Claire 138. It would have been cuter with a smaller Sonic which was the original plan. But hey ho we live and learn! :)
It would have been cuter with a smaller Sonic which was the original plan. But hey ho we live and learn!
No, you're being too hard on yourself... it's great the way it is -- so much better than the original.
ACWR41, I'm actually happy with how it all turned out- just some things niggle! I do have to learn to move on and think of the next project (a castle & dinosaur cake in March- yay)! Thanks for all the lovely comments :)