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Well, if it really is a "gauche" cake, then maybe it would be best to specifically avoid crumb-coating it.   GAUCHE: lacking social polish. GANACHE: a glaze made of chocolate and cream. GOUACHE: opaque watercolor paint.   On a more serious note, I've never crumb-coated a cake, at least not successfully, because my BC tends to run so stiff that if I were to apply it thin enough for a crumb-coat, it would rip the top of the cake apart, which kind of defeats the whole...
Or you could always bake one in the shape of a body. (Presumably "a cellular peptide cake, with mint frosting.")
The vast majority of rubbing alcohol is 140-proof isopropanol (the exceptions are generally "SD" grades of ethanol, i.e., ethanol that's been denatured with something other than methanol).   There is also 192-proof isopropanol, typically used for cleaning and disinfecting.   Ethanol makes you drunk   Isopropanol, I'm told (by Isaac Asimov, in The World of Carbon, and in addition to being a science fiction writer and a humor theorist, he was also a professor of...
I'm not sure, but I think they're Royal.
To my eye, they look at least one size bigger than the Wilton 8-to-a-package ones. Which squares with what "AZCouture" said.
Thanks, "cazza1"; I'd rather have frosting that's off-white from using real vanilla (and real butter), than frosting that's stark white and tastes fake.
Harrumph.   Clear "vanilla" is a weird enough concept to begin with. Clear "vanilla" that's no longer clear . . . .   Harrumph.  
Maybe. Someday. When I have the time to learn how to pipe my own. And how to then transfer them to the cake intact (given that I'd be working in BC, I'm guessing I'd have to freeze them).   So far, though, except for a piped OUTLINE of a rose on a Mother's Day cake in 2012, and edible PHOTOGRAPHS of roses on my mother's 2013 birthday cake (and a "leftover" on my parents' anniversary cake later that year), my roses have come in a little plastic tray, in a little cardboard...
I have "embellished" precisely nothing. (I find myself thinking of that scene in Men in Black, when Agent K tells rookie Agent J, "Cool, whatever you say, slick, but I need to tell you something about all your skills. As of right now, they mean precisely... .) At any rate, my comments on this thread, both on the cake itself and in rebuttal to "snarkybaker," reflect my honest and unvarnished opinions of the cake, at least so far as I can form opinions based on...
Actually, it's not entirely clear whether the cake is leaning to the left, or whether the picture just makes it look that way. The airbrush effect looks quite striking, actually, and while it's hardly perfect, I believe "K8memphis" commented favorable about it. The tiers may not be the same height, but they do look like the differences in height were intentional, in a way that makes sense for this cake.   As to the BC being less than perfectly smooth, well, that's true,...
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