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Goddaughter wants this cake, but doesn't want fondant or modeling chocolate

post #1 of 28
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And I cannot yet do buttercream that smooth!! Help!! It is for her wedding shower. They already picked out one cake that was fondant, and I told them there is NO WAY I could make it look like that. I don't seem to be able to explain this clearly. 

 

Also - I know I read about the burlap the other day. Is there an edible burlap I can get somewhere? I do NOT want to put real burlap, which shreds all over the place, on a cake.

 

Thank you,

Nancy

post #2 of 28

Tell her to pick out a cake you CAN do, otherwise she will be so disappointed.   Why is she insisting you do something you can't do well enough yet?  As for the burlap, I'm not sure if there's an edible version, I'm sure there's probably a way to make it out of fondant.  Good luck!  A lot of bakers are not able to make buttercream as smooth as fondant, that's why they use fondant.

post #3 of 28

Is this a gift, or is she paying for it? If it is a gift, just explain to her that you would like to gift her with a cake of your design to go with the theme. The burlap them is rustic, so show her some pictures of the rustic iced cakes. Some of those are gorgeous! If she wants to pick a specific cake outside of your current comfort zone, then she can pay for someone else to make the cake and you can get her a different gift. If she doesn't get it, show her the website cakewrecks.com so she can see what happens when people try to do cakes outside of their abilities. :-)

 

 

If you do decide to do a smooth buttercream cake for her or just to learn, there are lots of great tutorials on this site and on youtube. Try several different methods until you find the one that is comfortable for you.

 

Best of luck!

Di

post #4 of 28
Thread Starter 
Hi,
It's a gift. I already shot down one cake,and suggested they find someone who can make it, but they said they'd change their design, but this is fondant too, or,at least it looks like fondant.

I'm thinking maybe some nice buttercream nderneath and modeling chocolate on top. No one hates modeling chocolate? Right???

Thank you for your help,
Nancy
post #5 of 28

You could do this cake with smooth buttercream instead of fondant if you start practicing like mad and then make sugarlace burlap.  They have a mould for it.  Be warned though, sugarveil is not as easy to use as it looks on their videos and you will need to practice.

post #6 of 28
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I have been practicing for months, and I still can't get my BC smooth! I've watched a dozen videos, taken a class at the CIA, tried the upside down method. I don't get iT.... I can keep tryiny, though.

Thanks for the info,
Nancy
post #7 of 28
Maybe you should change your recipe or try a different type of buttercream. Its not hard if you pratice.
If you cant get your buttercream smooth your fondant wont be smooth either.
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post #8 of 28

What about a rolled buttercream? or a fondant recipe that is made with butter? I made one the other day just for a try and it was basically a really thick buttercream with some glucose added (although I used corn syrup), it was crazy sweet though.

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post #9 of 28

What's your question exactly? Sorry if I missed it. Is it just about the burlap? you can make a fake 'burlap' maybe out of fondant/gumpaste  or use a mold w/ sugar veil or something close to it. 

 

If you don't think you can do this cake in buttercream, then just tell her and pick another one that you can do. OR she gets in done in fondant if you feel that you can do it. 

 

I agree with maybe changing your buttercream recipe..try SMBC or IMBC. 

post #10 of 28

If you have been practicing like crazy, taken lots of classes, etc. and you are still having so much trouble I think you should try a new recipe for buttercream.  Sounds like that's the problem, not you.

 

If the cake is a gift then YOU should determine what you are able/willing to make.  I would have her pick 3-4 designs she likes then tell her you are going to surprise her with the final cake.  that way you can make something you are happy with and know you are capable of  and she gets a cake with a style she likes.

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post #11 of 28

You can make gumpaste burlap with a mold that they're selling in the clay section of the craft stores no...It's one of those impression mats and it's blue, sorry that I can't remember the brand name.

 

There's no shame in telling someone that you can't do something. If she's being unrealistic it's your responsibility to tell her that you can't do it the way that she wants it unless you use fondant, and let her decide from there. She probably has no idea what's possible and what isn't, so you need to set some parameters and let her work within those.

post #12 of 28

Does she have to have the butter cream smooth?  You could try and tell her that as long as she wants the rustic burlap (which you will ONLY do in fondant or gumpaste) that she could go with a more rustic look with the icing.  There's tons of tutorials out there on the technique.

Something like this by creativecakesbymonica. with your details.  If not, you will have to tell her that you can only do this in fondant to make it Wedding Worthy  :)
 

 

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post #13 of 28
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There's no shame in telling someone that you can't do something. If she's being unrealistic it's your responsibility to tell her that you can't do it the way that she wants it unless you use fondant, and let her decide from there. She probably has no idea what's possible and what isn't, so you need to set some parameters and let her work within those.

Well said and ditto. 

 

Nancy, these are opinions from VERY experienced cake decorators.  The quote from costumeczar is spot on. 

Whatever you create will obviously be made with love.  Congratulations to your goddaughter.

post #14 of 28

Nancy, I agree with some others about smoothing your buttercream. It must be your recipe. I use half butter,half crisco, powdered sugar, vanilla and a tad bit of water. After smoothing as best as I can, I let it crust over for about 10 minutes then use the Viva paper towel and fondant smoother and it looks very close to fondant!! As for the burlap trim...I do  many cakes and use the burlap you buy in the wedding section of craft stores and Walmart. It doesn't shed. I've looked for a mold to use for fondant but haven't had any luck yet.

post #15 of 28

what about covering the cake in a ganache and then the fondant, so that the fondant can just be removed before slicing? This is what I 'm doing for a friend who lives out of state. This way I can travel with the cake but also please her desire to avoid fondant.

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