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post #1 of 29
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MY grandson's girlfriend wants burlap on her wedding cake-rustic cake design. Just touching it lightly fibers fall off and will be embedded in icing. The only thing I can think of to do is to cover back of it with white surgical tape. Any better suggestions? I told her I could make a trim with icing that would come close to it. She insists on burlap.

post #2 of 29

I usually glue the burlap to some ribbon so it doesn't touch the cake.

post #3 of 29

No. Real. Burlap.

 

They make plastic or craft burlap for just this purpose (think flower arrangements) or you can make it with a mold and fondant.

 

All you need is a breeze blowing all those fibers up into the icing.  Yikes.

 

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post #4 of 29

Why can't people leave burlap on the table? Table runners? Bows for bouquets maybe? WHY do they want to add it to the CAKE? Yuch. Yuch yuch yuch.

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post #5 of 29
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I agree yuck yuck.

post #6 of 29
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That sounds good ,but I wish I could seal the fibers on the burlap with something so they wouldn't fall on the tiers below.

post #7 of 29
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I have not run across plastic burlap. Where would I get that?

post #8 of 29
My lesson of the week: Just say "no".
Sometimes that's all there is to it. Your name is going to be associated with this cake. You don't want people thinking of burlap fibres when they think of your cake!
Is there any way to tactfully point out to the bride that she might want to think about what is pleasant for her guests as apposed to just what she thinks she wants to see?
post #9 of 29

Yuck.

 

There's a mold that comes really close. I think if you get the color right and fray the edges of the fondant it would work really well. I used it on this bow although I wasn't going for a burlap look:

http://cakecentral.com/g/i/2974931/a/3332523/silver-and-white-wedding/

post #10 of 29

Sugarveil has a burlap mat that looks pretty cool. 

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post #11 of 29

Ditto on learning to say NO. You're the baker, you know what is or isn't safe, what will and will not work. I personally wouldn't want my name attached to a cake with burlap fibers in it. I'm looking for the tutorial/blog I came across a while ago. They created a burlap bow by rolling fondant or gumpaste with non-slip drawer liner, creating a burlap pattern. Then you just need to cut the shapes you need, fray the edges and color it correctly and you'll have an edible and safe burlap.

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post #12 of 29
Thread Starter 

I will try very hard to change her mind,but its my grandson's wedding I cant say no. I had an interesting response to this dilemma- I was told to mae a sugar and water glaze and soak it,let it dry and sew or glue a wide satin ribbon to the back.

post #13 of 29
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I've never worked with fondant before,it might be a good time to try.

post #14 of 29
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Is sugarveil hard to work with,is it like fondan? I've never done either.

post #15 of 29
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I will try very hard to change her mind,but its my grandson's wedding I cant say no. I had an interesting response to this dilemma- I was told to mae a sugar and water glaze and soak it,let it dry and sew or glue a wide satin ribbon to the back.


I've been reading this thread and I agree with the yuck factor,  It would be a shame if guests see pieces of burlap in their cake.  Some might even think it's hair-  eek! 

I hope you can change her mind. 

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