I am a beginner and I need to make a fondant fish cake topper. I'm not sure how to do it. I have ideas in my head, but don't have the time to experiment:/
Here's the fish:
one way would be to roll out fondant that has cornstarch kneaded in -- say a coupla tablespoons to a handful of fondant -- roll it almost a quarter inch thick -- make several and leave that bottom fin real long so you can anchor it down into the cake -- but you want to make it in advance so it has several days time to dry out so you can handle it -- or you can put it in a very low oven no higher than 150 degrees -- which is like the pilot light on a gas stove or in a warming drawer -- it dries in a few hours that way -- but don't touch it while it's warm it's malleable while warm --
you might need to support it:
- use a guy wire type support halfway up the back of the fish then into the cake -- cover with piping to disguise it --
- you could adhere some dowel or popsicle sticks with chocolate
color it with:
- americolor gourmet edible ink markers
- make royal icing and pipe on the colors
- you could color fondant and cut out the different pieces to lay on there - just moisten the back with water and it will stick -
- you could color it with paint you make out of gel or powdered food color and lemon extract
You answered most questions I had!!! Awesome!
what is a guy wire?
like y'know the wires they attach to a tall pole to keep it upright -- they attach one end of the wire part way up the pole and then run other end down into the ground -- that kind of support to keep the fish from falling backwards - does that make sense?
the pole would have guy wires all around it to hold it in every direction --
the fish would just have one or two where it would rest slightly against it where it's just propped up -- we enlisted a lot of popsicle sticks for this 'duty' - slide it into the cake first and rest it against the fish -- glue with icing
Should I make two identical sides? Lay them flat together or roll a fondant ball to plump it out?
the only reason i said to make more than one is for back up -- if you screw it up you have another one -- plus if you make more than one the later models often come out better -- but you still have the first one if the 'better' ones break --
most cakes have a front and a back so it's up to you if you want it to be two sided - often the other side is not viewed - just depends on where it will be placed --
Is there a fondant or paint to buy that has the glitter or shimmer effect? I figured I just used regular fondant and painted the shimmer on top.
Do I have to let the fondant dry before I paint?