I apologize SensationalCakesAnd More....
Someone PM'd me a question and I came here to copy-and-paste the link to pg 7...that's when I realized this thread had gone past the 8 pages I knew about...
Since the makeover to this site, I stopped receiving email notifications about thread activity.
To answer your questions...
I start making FINAL pieces a week before I need them...
Any earlier and they start to lose their shine and look dull to me.
Weeks before that though, I'm planning like crazy, searching Google images (even when it's familiar items), and in some cases experimenting with spare fondant (if I think something will be too challenging).
As far as structurally...
I like to use toothpicks, but I don't like to use a lot of them in one piece.
With both pregnant women for instance, I used a toothpick to attach their heads, but nowhere else.
I'm not totally opposed to it though...if a limb was not staying put, I would definitely use more...
In fact, for the cats that go with my yarn ball cake, literally one leg on the black cat would not attach...I finally used half a toothpick to secure it, but none of the rest needed any help.
Also, using edible glue to attach parts, instead of water, is much better for stability.
I prefer to make a new batch for each new project since I don't make cakes that often.
I use one of the small Wilton (coloring) containers, cleaned out.
It's the perfect size.
I mix 1 Tb. of warm water + a little less than 1/4 tsp. of tylose powder
I shake it, and let it dissolve overnight.
(It sounds like a tiny amount, but it's more than half of the Wilton jar, and more than enough for one project).
PattyCakes4U...Thanks for the great post...I love all the little emoticons, LOL!!!!!!
The tips are on pg.7 and the recipe is on pg. 8
Edited by FlourPots - 1/31/13 at 9:19am