Need Advice On Cake Topper

Decorating By SoniaMT Updated 4 Jun 2015 , 12:52am by Frank68

SoniaMT Posted 3 Jun 2015 , 12:33am
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Hey Guys, Ok so Im making a cake for my Godchild this week and she is turning 4. I wanted to make the number 4 stick up on the top of the cake and have it be kind of big. I don't know the best way to do this. Im thinking using gum paste or fondant to make the number 4 and some how glue it on a stick and push it into the cake.  I also thought of doing chocolate mold number 4 and standing it up on the cake but the cake is fondant and I don't know if it will hold since the chocolate will be heavy. Any suggestions? And how do I make sure if I use fondant that it will be stiff hard and dry...how many days before should I make the number? Thanks!

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TheresaCarol Posted 3 Jun 2015 , 12:29pm
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Gum paste or fondant with tylose rolled very thin would only take a day to dry if there was no humidity.  I think this would be better than the chocolate because of the weight.  If you have a couple of days, I would make a couple of numbers in case one of them broke.  I would make little square pieces of the same gum paste/fondant to glue to the top of the sticks then glue the number to the top of the squares.  

julia1812 Posted 3 Jun 2015 , 3:51pm
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I normally do numbers with fondant or gum paste by inserting a bamboo skewer into them , let it dry and then insert the skewer into the cake. If you want something light (although I don't see any issues with a  fondant number 4 crushing the cake ) you could pipe one with royal icing.

julia1812 Posted 3 Jun 2015 , 3:52pm
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Wasn't done yet...

pipe it with royal icing, let it dry and attach it upright on the fondant using ri as glue.

SoniaMT Posted 3 Jun 2015 , 4:48pm
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Thanks guys! I'm going to make it tonight to give it plenty of time to dry. 

azeboi2005 Posted 3 Jun 2015 , 7:57pm
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You could also cut the number out of a foam core board and cover that in fondant and poke a skewer through the bottom. 

-K8memphis Posted 3 Jun 2015 , 8:38pm
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i pipe pate choux and bake it -- works great -- light weight -- you can make a bunch in case of breakage no worries -- just stick a toothpick in it to attach

-K8memphis Posted 3 Jun 2015 , 8:38pm
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or spaghetti

SoniaMT Posted 3 Jun 2015 , 10:12pm
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@k8Memphis.  Thanks...that is an interesting method! 

-K8memphis Posted 3 Jun 2015 , 10:49pm
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i don't know why this is not used more - i've written out entire names to stand up on top of a cake - and I did a whole bible verse - it's fool proof - makes great scrolls -

best to you

SoniaMT Posted 3 Jun 2015 , 11:59pm
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@k8Memphis.  Do you happen to have a recipe on how to make pate choux? How long do you bake?

-K8memphis Posted 4 Jun 2015 , 12:10am
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i'm going by memory then i'll double  check see how close i got --

  • 1 cup water
  • 1 little salt
  • 1 stick butter

 bring just to a boil -- then add

  • 1 cup flour all at once and stir

till it forms a ball remove from heat -- put it in mixer -- add

  • 4 eggs one at a time beating well between each egg

then i bake at 325 - 400 depending on what i'm doing -- just bake it till it's done -- it's one of those especially if you're making lettering


-K8memphis Posted 4 Jun 2015 , 12:11am
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and i did double check -- i got it right :)

SoniaMT Posted 4 Jun 2015 , 12:45am
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Thanks!!!! This is great I'm going to give it a try! 

Frank68 Posted 4 Jun 2015 , 12:52am
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All of my numbers are done by loading up my word processor, using a nice font and size, and then printing it. I cut out the silhouette with scissors and superimpose that on top of gumpaste rolled out to about 1/4 inch. I trace the outline with an x-acto knife and then i let it dry overnight, turning a few times when I get the chance. I usually make sure that my number is at LEAST 4 inches high. 


Frank

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