Hope those who bake specialty cakes can give me a hand! I agreed to make a special 2-tier cake for my niece for her shower (Peter Rabbit theme, feeds 30-35) and I have been looking at various websites to order what I need.
The shower is in 2 weeks and I've been hemming & hawing for a while now and feeling overwhelmed by all that's available. I filled a cart at 2 sites (sweetwise and oasis) as all things weren't available at one place and the total was over $200. That's when I started thinking I must be going overboard!
My list so far includes the following and I'm wondering what I may be missing (I have nothing to start, basically), or maybe I'm going overboard! I appreciate any & all thoughts!
`Round pans, 9" & 12"
`Fondx - 10 lbs.
`The Mat (for rolling fondent. It looks like it makes it super easy)
`9" round to support top tier (if the cake is 9", should I use an 8" round?)
`14" Round white drum
`14" Masonite round (I was going to put the white round on top of the masonite - or should I just cover the masonite?)
`Poly foil wrap (for above)
`Poly dowels (can be cut w/scissors, 12"x1/4")
`Beginner kit Americolor (to tint Fondx)
`Brushes (to color flowers and Peter rabbit figurine for cake top)
`Flower and rabbit molds (small - for accent pieces)
`Sculpting tool set (to make flowers)
`Tylose powder (how much?)
`Fondant smoother (is the Wilton oone good?)
`small lucite roller (for making flowers)
`Poly disposable bags for piping
Can I make flowers from the Fondex that I paint or have tinted, or should I use gum paste? I've read many comments that say gum paste tastes terrible!
For the large Peter rabbit figure (I'm thinking it will be about 4" or so tall), what is the best modeling material? Best colors to paint it?
What's the best way to make letters? I don't think my hand may be steady enough to pipe them. I've seen printed letters (at Michael's Crafts, though they only had black available) - I think they were printed on flour paper, or something similar. Are they easy to use/apply?
Sorry for such a long message - you can see why I'm overwhelmed! There are so many details to consider and I want to be sure I have all the tools I need and need to oder in the next couple days, I imagine. I've never made a cake like this before, but have an art background, so I think I can do it! Thanks for all your help & suggestions,