Hello Fellow decorators,
needed some guidance on this cake i have this coming weekend,
its just the bottom layer of this cake. Has anyone done something similar to this ?
1. how to do the bottom bulge, would it just be a rolled fondant wrapped around the bottom then covered in white?
2. What would be the best way to cut out the mask? By covering with cornstarch then cover with white first then cut out when on top of the cake? cutting out first seem easier but hard to attach to the cake
Any guidance is appreciated
This is how I would make it: The white mask is one piece
1. Make a paper template of the mask, place it on the outside of the cake pan you will be baking. Make sure it fits.
2. Roll out your white fondant, lay you template on the fondant and using an X-Acto knife cut out. Remember to leave about 1/4 inch excess at the bottom to allow for the bulge at the bottom.
3. Make black fondant logs, use your template to measure how long the logs have to be. Attach the logs to the bottom tier, again using the template as your guide for placement. Then place the white mask over the logs and bottom tier
Cutting Tip: glide your X-Acto knife into some shortening before cutting. Your cuts will be clean, no ragged edges.
Jessica Harris uses a wax paper technique to place fondant cutouts in perfect alignment. I think this would be useful here, so your fondant mask does not tear when you are attaching it to the cake. After you cut out the mask and the logs are in place, lightly brush a piece of waxed paper with shortening. The waxed paper should be a little wider than your mask and lay that on your mask. Smooth gently over the waxed paper to adhere to the fondant, using edible glue or water brush the bottom tier and lift the waxed paper and starting at the bottom attach the mask to the cake, and peel off the waxed paper. Does that make sense? HTH
Its German but I like his technique take a look.....
I would make the bottom bulge by baking a cake layer 1 or 2" larger than the next one up. In other words if you are making the larger/main part 10" round, then make a layer of cake 12" , trim/round the upper edge then cover it all as one.
Thank you for your detailed tips much appreciated!! i looked into jessica harris classes it very interesting and smart!
I was trying to find a video for it and you did! it was so helpful!