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Hi everybody this is my first thread here its pretty great i have been looking at some posts :)

 

Well i am making a Birthday cake pretty soon and its for my uncles 50th Birthday so I want to make a biscuit cake with roll out icing but my decorating  on top his wife ask for a crane on top but i have looked on most sites ect but I can't get any ideas at all and i don't really know where to start.

 

If anyone can help that would be great its my first major cake and I am excited but nervous aswell as I want it to be brilliant :D

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welcome and i share your excitement for your first big project--

 

however your question is too broad for me to approach--do you need help to sculpt a cake or a topper for a cake that looks like a builders crane--or help to do a tier cake and a how to do the crane as a topper--

 

would you re-phrase your request ;)

 

and would add a little bit about your experience so i can help you zero in on a good plan

 

biscuit cake? i'm in the u.s. and if i translated that it would be a cookie cake here?

 

looking forward to your reply ;)

 

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Simplest solution would be to find a picture of a crane he has some connection to, and somebody who does edible printing. I'd do that before I'd attempt to pipe a picture of a crane.

Near as I can tell, from a quick look at their web site, the closest thing DecoPac has to a crane is a complete scene involving a truck and a very large backhoe. But a backhoe is not a crane.

 

About all I can think of for edibly sculpting a crane would be to form the body from RKT, and the boom from uncooked dry spaghetti. Not something I'd ever consider attempting.

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post #4 of 8

good idea, hbquikcomjamesl, and that led me to the idea of piping a crane out of royal icing too--the long parts out of royal maybe

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 Thank you :D

 

well firstly sorry for not explaining myself i just have a picture in my head and obviously i can only see :) 

well i have never worked with icing before i am currently doing my beginners classes which is mainly how do i say like for example we have been making figures we made a crib for xmas with mary jesus ect

 

I would call myself a baker but am very new to icing i feel like i will be good when i get the hang of working with icing so basically i think i am already out of my depth taking on a cake haha.

 

 

so my idea is a square biscuit cake (cookie cake) with roll out icing and then i need an amazing topper.

i think i will make my own roll out icing doing the marshmallow method.

 

the crane is a good idea but i cant get a good idea of where i would start.

 

I have been looking at other ideas for example a record player cake i don't want to do something that i no i will be unable to do because i am only starting so if its simple but perfect it would be better than slobby and tacky :D I am a perfectionist when it comes to cakes.

 

  

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if you make yourself a pattern for the crane--you can pipe royal icing which will dry crisp and hard and you can make the taller unwieldy parts of the crane--and i recommend that you cheat a bit on the proportions to give yourself a break--it will still look like a crane--everyone will get the idea--

 

see this church building piped out of royal icing in this link below? this kind of idea would work for you--and i mean he'll be 51 next year so no hurry on this if it's too advanced right now--and on that note consider doing a more elementary crane rather than a technically correct one at this point --

 

http://www.google.com/imgres?imgurl=http://cdn.cakecentral.com/3/36/900x900px-LL-36ea0f0c_modulescopperminealbumsuserpics625904Icing_Church_Pattern_1.jpeg&imgrefurl=http://cakecentral.com/g/i/1185889/&h=673&w=900&sz=254&tbnid=05qbVNmBCb2Z8M:&tbnh=93&tbnw=125&zoom=1&usg=__4VOme_UT4gJhHxmghkzxQ4etMZU=&docid=9S6f5Lm6_Igu-M&sa=X&ei=gmttUqfKK8-rkQe4gIHIAQ&ved=0CDAQ9QEwAA

 

i made a bi-plane like this--it's very do-able

 

best craning to you ;)

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if you make yourself a pattern for the crane--you can pipe royal icing which will dry crisp and hard and you can make the taller unwieldy parts of the crane--and i recommend that you cheat a bit on the proportions to give yourself a break--it will still look like a crane--everyone will get the idea--

 

see this church building piped out of royal icing in this link below? this kind of idea would work for you--and i mean he'll be 51 next year so no hurry on this if it's too advanced right now--and on that note consider doing a more elementary crane rather than a technically correct one at this point --

 

http://www.google.com/imgres?imgurl=http://cdn.cakecentral.com/3/36/900x900px-LL-36ea0f0c_modulescopperminealbumsuserpics625904Icing_Church_Pattern_1.jpeg&imgrefurl=http://cakecentral.com/g/i/1185889/&h=673&w=900&sz=254&tbnid=05qbVNmBCb2Z8M:&tbnh=93&tbnw=125&zoom=1&usg=__4VOme_UT4gJhHxmghkzxQ4etMZU=&docid=9S6f5Lm6_Igu-M&sa=X&ei=gmttUqfKK8-rkQe4gIHIAQ&ved=0CDAQ9QEwAA

 

i made a bi-plane like this--it's very do-able

 

best craning to you ;)

omg I have never seen anything like this here in Ireland woow it is amazing!!!!!!!

 

Thank you so much how on earth does it stay together and not break it is brilliant ohhh makes me so excited I must say :D 

 

I never new you could do so much with Icing like it is crazy i must say, I was also thinking if I just made a building site ohhhh time to write ideas down or draw ideas I have in my head so I can see what they look like.

 

Where would you get templates like this on the Internet amazing

 

;) :D

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i used a wilton template when i made my bi-plane--as for making other sculptures i make my own templates which is what i would recommend to you--just print a nice picture--like even a coloring book picture and then draw a template from that and start piping royal icing then let dry and glue those sections together and assemble --viola a crane--

 

you can do this

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