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how do I make this hay/straw?

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This is the cake I was hoping to make my son this weekend. Do you have any tips or tricks on how I would go about creating the hay/straw look on the top tier. It looks tedious if anything...I can figure out if it's piped in buttercream, or fondant with an extruder??  Has anyone done this before?

 

Also, another question... the cake is just for our family and I would don't need three tiers of cake but I like the look of it. I could make the bottom tier out of styrofoam, right?  I have nooooooooooo clue what to do with that... just buy it and decorate it like it's real cake? Is there anything I should know about making

 

a fake tier? Sorry this is all new territory to me. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Amanda

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post #2 of 9
Hello, great choice of a design to recreate.
I haven't made straw before but I hope this helps!
It looks like the sides of the top tier are just piped vertically with a round tip ( whatever size you'd like) and overlapped so they look dense. Then the artist used a grass tip to fill in the top of the hay. I don't know for sure but that seemed like it'd work great.

As for the fake tier, you can use anything really. An upside down cake pan, a round box, a styrofoam cake dummy. It's earlier if the dummy has some weight to it so it won't slide around easily. Also if you "glue" it down with icing first to the cake board; just make sure it's stable enough to hold the rest of the cake. Also, styrofoam can be poisonous, so if you ice a styrofoam cake be sure to use separate icing for your edible tiers.
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Maybe a fondant extruder? I just got one for Christmas, but haven't used it.  Although my friend who does cakes, uses one and I believe this is the look it achieves.

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garlic press
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Hi, ok Godot you are reading my mind. Lol i was going to say the same thing. There are several ways you could do this straw, one would be to pipe it, 2, you could use royal icing for the outside structure of the straw and that way it would dry harder and give you a better structure and then either continue to use RI or use Buttercream in the inside to make it appear more full. 3 you could use fondant and gumpaste cut in little strips the size you need then roll and shape to the desired look. Or use the clay extruder or garlic press. For the brown straps around the hay, you could soften and roll out tootsie rolls and cut to desired size and shape or use modeling chocolate or fondant. If it were me and i didnt need all of that cake i would do the tire with a Styrofoam dummy with fondant and the smaller tiers with cake. Hope that helps answer your questions some.
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Hi cake friends,
Just wondering & I hope I'm allowed to ask but what would other cake makers charge for this cake in 10, 8 & 6 inch. Determining cake prices is my least favorite part. Thank you. P.s. I'm in qld, Australia..
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http://cakecentral.com/newsearch?search=price

I used the search box at the upper right corner of the page.

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post #8 of 9

Use fairly stiff royal icing and a potato ricer.  It works perfectly!

post #9 of 9

clay extruder, I bet

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