Help On How I Do This Please!

Decorating By silbella Updated 21 Jul 2014 , 1:55am by savannahquinn

silbella Posted 19 Jul 2014 , 12:32pm
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A customer sent me her idea for her daughter's 16th birthday. (3 tier) She wants her daughter's favorite quotes written all over the cakes.  Some of the quotes are super long.  I am NOT a piper at all.  I flat out suck at it so I work mainly with fondant and cut any lettering I ever need.  For this though, I'm not sure that is the best solution??  Too tiny and time consuming...  

So I'm looking for suggestions on other ways I could get quotes all over a cake or is piping my only option?  What about edible images?  Never did them so guidance there please.  Also, she wants the writing done in silver.  Is that possible?

Also, here is the picture she sent me, asking that the writing be haphazard and not linear.  TIA!

 

 

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silbella Posted 19 Jul 2014 , 12:34pm
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Here's the picture.

 

hamtrina Posted 19 Jul 2014 , 12:57pm
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If your covering the cake in fondant, try the Gourmet Food Writers by Americolor. I have found they work great!

I'm not sure if they have a silver color. Hope this helps, good luck :)

lanawith Posted 19 Jul 2014 , 1:08pm
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AYou can try inscribing your fondant and then piping over it. That way it's a little less free hand piping.

silbella Posted 19 Jul 2014 , 1:53pm
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She wants the cake done in buttercream 

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Originally Posted by hamtrina 
 

If your covering the cake in fondant, try the Gourmet Food Writers by Americolor. I have found they work great!

I'm not sure if they have a silver color. Hope this helps, good luck :)

 

I thought of that but she wants the cake done in buttercream :-(

JanDunlevy Posted 19 Jul 2014 , 4:00pm
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AUsing edible images printed is not going to give you silver. I use all buttercream all the time and the only way I know you can achieve this it hour piping it would be to find cutters with different font styles , cut them out and luster dust them with silver.

-K8memphis Posted 19 Jul 2014 , 5:26pm
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you could make frozen buttercream banners and then paint them silver but it would not look anything like that picture -- i think practicing your piping skills would serve you better

FioreCakes Posted 19 Jul 2014 , 7:30pm
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If you are unable to achieve the look she wants, it may be fair to recommend her to someone who can. If she is anticipating the piped look I would not change the design. As another has mentioned you could scribe the writing with a toothpick and then pipe over that. 

silbella Posted 20 Jul 2014 , 4:51pm
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Originally Posted by FioreCakes 
 

If you are unable to achieve the look she wants, it may be fair to recommend her to someone who can. If she is anticipating the piped look I would not change the design. As another has mentioned you could scribe the writing with a toothpick and then pipe over that. 

The customer's request was that the lettering be done in silver, not piped.  Piped or fondant lettering is not an issue on her end...just mine. :-)   I was looking for alternatives to piping directly on the cake but that can't be done in silver anyway, so I may have to resort to cutting the letters out of fondant. 

 

 

On a side note, I've read about a possible technique to try...piping words in royal icing backwards onto wax paper and then applying to the cake after it dries.  Does anyone know if this works?  I'm skeptical...thinking a lot of delicateness and breaking going on????

-K8memphis Posted 20 Jul 2014 , 5:41pm
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yes it does -- that's the basis of a frozen buttercream transfer too that i mentioned upthread -- so even after the fbt is lifted off you can over pipe the words and paint them silver -

 

but there's no reason to pipe the royal icing words backwards -- you just want to pipe them then let them set up on the edge of pan (the pan is sitting on it's side)  so they have the right curvature

kazita Posted 20 Jul 2014 , 5:44pm
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AI too agree with the write on the hardened butter cream with a tooth pickthen come back and pipe over it...by looking at the cake its not exactly perfect so I think you have a little wiggle room to work with.....I've seen writing let set to harden then come back over and paint silver...sounds like lots of work...good luck

silbella Posted 20 Jul 2014 , 7:24pm
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Originally Posted by -K8memphis 
 

yes it does -- that's the basis of a frozen buttercream transfer too that i mentioned upthread -- so even after the fbt is lifted off you can over pipe the words and paint them silver -

 

but there's no reason to pipe the royal icing words backwards -- you just want to pipe them then let them set up on the edge of pan (the pan is sitting on it's side)  so they have the right curvature

Ahhh yes.  Thank you for the clarification K8memphis! ;-D

-K8memphis Posted 20 Jul 2014 , 9:12pm
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AOh wait -- I remember this royal icing thing now -- 1st of all I've never done it -- but yes you do it mirror image, backwards on waxed paper then after it dries you apply it by placing the whole paper and all on the cake then peal off the paper -- and I hope it all works out -- a friend of mine used to do it this way --

and as for painting it afterwards - it's easy -- just get a good consistency and it kind of adheres naturally to the piping --

savannahquinn Posted 21 Jul 2014 , 1:55am
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There is an edible silver pen (it's described as being kind of like a pen/brush) but I would imagine you would need to use it on fondant.  You can just google edible silver icing pen 

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