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post #2266 of 23152
I'd go with soaking your ribbon and wringing the water out so it's damp then wrap around cake.
Used to do the royal icing but tried this way and will never go back!


Does anyone emboss fondant? If so what do you use? And where did you get it from?
post #2267 of 23152
couldi ask where you would buy your supplies from? i only use basic victoria sponge recipes and because i cant find anywhere local to buy powder dyes and gel dyes i end up having to use ready rolled icing, which i can only get from sainsburys in 5 different colours so am very limited as to what i can do, i only make cakes for friends and family which i only charge for the price of ingredients, cheers for any help. Rich
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post #2269 of 23152
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Originally Posted by Zuicidal_Zeth

couldi ask where you would buy your supplies from? i only use basic victoria sponge recipes and because i cant find anywhere local to buy powder dyes and gel dyes i end up having to use ready rolled icing, which i can only get from sainsburys in 5 different colours so am very limited as to what i can do, i only make cakes for friends and family which i only charge for the price of ingredients, cheers for any help. Rich


There are a few good places online to order from. Cake stuff, A Piece of Cake and e bay to name a few. Postage can be an issue as it really bumps up the price of a cake. I rarely charge for mine and then only to cover ingredients costs. So I try to think of what I will need in advance and try to order stuff together to keep costs down. I only use Asda or Sainsburys ready to roll sugarpaste. I know it is not the best brand to buy but I have used it for years now and have got used to it. I can't justify the more expensive brands . If you are a business you can pass the costs on to customers. There are a few others on this board who can give you the names of recommended suppliers and point you in the right direction.
post #2270 of 23152
you beat me to it Bashini, LOL
post #2271 of 23152
[quote="melonballDoes anyone emboss fondant? If so what do you use? And where did you get it from?[/quote]
I love to emboss boards. cakes and cupcakea and will use anything that will leave a nice imprint. I mostly use Patchwork Cutters as there are lots of little bits in most of the design sets that you can use in another way.
I have used an embossed vinyl tablecloth and buttons, lego wheels anything that fits the purpose of the cake I am doing. Of course they are all washed and sterilised before hand.
There are lots of places online that supply wonderful embossing mats and rollers. Look at Sculpey stuff too. I have a few impression mats that I use on cupcakes. They come up beautifly with a little lustre dust.
post #2272 of 23152
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you beat me to it Bashini, LOL



But you explained it properly. icon_biggrin.gifthumbs_up.gif
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post #2273 of 23152
thankyou very much for the quick replies, ill take a note of those suppliers and look on ebay and that, rosie would you know if its possible to add , err its called tri something, supposed to help make the icing a bit more elestic or something for when making flowers etc, some white powder i got and read somewhere about it, thanks again and sorry if i havent made what im on about known
post #2274 of 23152
Think you may mean gum trag or cmc also known as tylo powder they are all white powders and do the same thing strength fondant
post #2275 of 23152
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Originally Posted by jillyscakes

Think you may mean gum trag or cmc also known as tylo powder they are all white powders and do the same thing strength fondant



sounds about right but is it something you could add to ready rolled stuff or would it have to be incorporated in the intial mixing process?
post #2276 of 23152
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Originally Posted by jillyscakes

Think you may mean gum trag or cmc also known as tylo powder they are all white powders and do the same thing strength fondant



sounds about right but is it something you could add to ready rolled stuff or would it have to be incorporated in the intial mixing process?



You can mix it with the ready to use sugarpaste. 1/2 a teaspoon of CMC/Tylo to 250g of sugarpaste. I use this to make models and if you are making flower/ shoes, then use flowerpaste.
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post #2277 of 23152
http://shop.ebay.co.uk/i.html?_from=R40&_trksid=p5197.m570.l1313&_nkw=tylose+powder&_sacat=See-All-Categories
This is what you would be looking for. I add about 1tsp to 250g but I have used it so much you kind of get a feel for how much to put in.
For flowers and lettering I used flowerpaste for a while but now make my own using Tylose but you really need to get a sense of what it should feel like and sound like (it should squeak when you stretch it) before making your own.
You can uses 1/2 and 1/2 flowerpaste(gumpaste) and gumpaste for modelling. Too.
I would suggest looking at all the tutorials on you tube as there are some great ones to help you on your way. Aine2 has some good videos for covering cakes using tappits and making modelling paste with tylos as well as sugar glue.
post #2278 of 23152
thank you all, im waiting to have enough money to pay to be taught, i lack so much in technique and knowledge it makes life quite difficult when trying to achieve the same as i have planned in my head, even the diff pastes etc i wasnt aware of, so once i can do that ill feel more comfortable making cakes outside the family as im already getting asked to do other peoples kids etc but dont feel i should as my standard is way beyond the likes of peoples on here, agan thanks for the help. Rich
post #2279 of 23152
There is sooo much knowledge being shared on this site, I'd say just read and practise. I started caking in June last year, I've never taken a course. All my knowledge has come from this website.

Have you considered going to cake international in Birmingham? It's a yearly event, it's on November 4th, 5th & 6th. They have demonstrations there, some of which are free, others are £5 or £6 for half an hour watching a pro.
post #2280 of 23152
I agree with Lisapeps there is lots of knowledge on here and I love going to the NEC in November when I can. Another suggestion is get a couple of really good books that explain things like the difference between pastillage and modelling paste. The fisrt book I ever got was the essential guide to cake decorating that started me off. I now often refer to Lindy Smith books for recipes and ideas. Have a look on Amazon treat yourself to a couple thumbs_up.gif
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