I was sent this picture for a baby shower and they want it iced in buttercream rather than fondant. 10" round - no cupcakes. I've already made the initial (C, not B) for the center but I'm a little stumped as to how to make the stitching. My piping is not that great and would look sloppy next to the perfect looking 'C' that I cut from gum paste.
Is there an easier way to do this other than rolling a long strip of red fondant? What about the angle of the stitches? Cut little rectangles and bend them or is there a cutter I could use? I'm going to my cake supply store today.
Your thoughts are very appreciated!
Use that pull-apart red licorice (twizzlers has a version). The strings are thinner than regular red licorice and you can cut them and stick them into the cake to look like stitching.
red licorice is a great alternative but i want to encourage you to try the piping -- it's two short straight lines that don't even need to be lined up correctly -- an offset 'v' shape --
some thoughts on it -- in the first place you want to make the seam in the cake in the shape of the rounded path the stitching takes just with a thin sharp knife -- then just pipe all the little lines on one side -- go back and do the others -- doing one side at a time makes it easier to create a rhythm to the piping also you don't have to keep re-positioning your hand back & forth either --
because picking up all those jillion pieces of red licorice and positioning them would make me go stark raving mad and i admit it's a short trip but consider all the tediousness of getting them the right angles and then attaching -- i see tweezers/hemostats in your future (shudder) it will definitely work and it's a great idea but the distance from that to the easy beginner 101 piping is a great journey --
best to you
ps the picture didn't come through
hey i just saw this online -- a baseball-esque lamp shade -- we gotta new couch and i just finally ordered tables -- now i'm researching lamps and i saw this and thought of this post --
if you can take the licorice and just cut little prongs out and get them to stay out? maybe
Ugh - I forgot pictures aren't as easy as they used to be. Maybe this link will work?
oh man use fondant!
make a template for the arrow shapes and cut them all out -- draw the two lines on the cake -- center all the arrows on the line -- lay the curvey strip on the line over all the arrows --
or just cut tabs and attach them to the curvey line --
you got this -- easy peasy
I wish I could, but the client wants buttercream. Now that you've seen the picture what are your thoughts?
K8, we're typing at the same time!
Will the red fondant bleed onto the smbc? I'm using the pre-made stuff rather than coloring it.
yeah i meant use fondant for the baseball stitching -- it probably won't bleed on the bc -- test it --
but if i was doing this cake i'd still pipe it -- you can even pat it down after piping to make it squared off and flat
I wish your name was K8chattanooga. You're an awesome resource to us all!
would they be ok with just the stitching done in fondant? you could do candy clay too
thank you 4laynes that's really sweet of you
Ok, I'm going with the fondant unless it gets too crazy. I'll post a pic tomorrow (maybe).
I did baseball stitching recently. What I did was mark the stitch lines (where I wanted them to go) with part of a round cutter (mine were small cookie cutters, but you could use any round dish, etc). This indented the cake to make a bit of "relief", like where the seam would be on the actual ball. From there I used a food-safe marker and did one side of the v-shaped stitches, then went back and did the other. If you look at a baseball, they don't have a center red line, just the v-shape. This could be replicated with buttercream in the same fashion, maybe a size 2 or 3 round tip? (My photo, if it uploads, is food marker on fondant, but I've done this on buttercream with buttercream, as well as buttercream with food markers. It's a little hard to tell from the angle, but they DID form v-shaped stitches.)
( I think doing tons of tiny stitches from fondant or thin Twizzlers seems overwhelming! I'd personally do better with buttercream or food pens! Kudos to those who could!!)
I did this one this weekend. I put red fondant through an extruder, cut into 1/2" pieces, let dry overnite and placed on the cake the next morning. Super quick and easy! I've tried it with buttercream and royal icing but they never looked right to me.........I'm not a "patient piper".
I did it!
Looks great! (Difficult to tell what you made it with. Fondant?)
you rocked it 4laynes! well done or i should say "home run"