I'm very much a novice cake decorator and my boyfriends asked me to make a cake for her daughters birthday. I'm pretty sure I can pull off this cake except for the banana....would you just use fondant or gum paste and shape it into a banana? Not sure how to form the peels so they dry and hold their shape. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
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can always use "runts" if you need little ones
If it's a small banana I would use fondant mixed with a bit of CMC or gumtex (500g fondant and 1 tsp CMC). If it's a big banana use RKT (Rice crispy treats mixed with melted marshmallows) and then cover in yellow fondant (mix with CMC for the peel to stiffen).
i would use fondant mixed with cornstarch -- it's cheaper and works great -- but you'll need to make a form of some kind to dry it in so it dries without changing shape -- or figure out a way to hang it to dry
sounds like it's a partially peeled banana maybe -- you can lay some of the peels back over a rolled piece of aluminum foil while it dries in the shape you want -- foil will allow you to roll them the exact size and length you need to succeed and they won't squish down like a paper towel might-- and dust the foil lightly with cornstarch for best results -- they will still release if you forget the cornstarch -- just a little insurance --
you might want to leave tails on the rolled up foil to prevent the peels from looking too rounded like they had a roll of foil in there -- it would hold the shape better -- just depends on how stiff you get your fondant --
and i suggest that you consider using fondant so it can be eaten -- if you wanted you could flavor it with a raspberry oil or maybe even a banana flavored oil -- kids love to eat that stuff
best to you