I have yet another question... I'm making a #50 topper for a 50th BDay cake out of gumpaste/fondant (1/2 and 1/2). How do I get them to dry very fast so that they stay in an upright position in 2 days? Can I put it in the oven without ruining or cracking the fondant/gumpaste? An even bigger question is how would I make my individual numbers "stand up" on my cake? The numbers are in the shape of a "tube", about 1/2" in diameter.... I don't know if I'm making any sense, but I've seen many toppers like it on other cakes here on CC, but for the life of me I can't quite figure out how to make them stand up... there's not really any way to stick a dowel inside the numbers and toothpicks wouldn't be strong enough to hold the height of the numbers...
I'm almost ready to just let my fancy topper idea go, but if anyone can help, I'd love to get this to work!
I would use a wooden skewer inside the numbers.
use a small skewer to make them stand up.. dry fast with a little fan.. dust cornstarch under the numbers...keep turning them.. you can even lay them on airy like styrofoam.. you can also.. put them in the over on 150 degress F.... 66 degrees C...
why not just make it all out of gumpaste, will dry even faster.
The wooden skewers would work if the numbers were anything other than a "0" and a "5", but how do you stick through a wooden skewer without seeing it go through the number??? That's my dilemma... There must be a way because I've seen it done, I just can't seem to wrap that around my head.
I have my numbers drying on a drying wire rack and they seem to be drying pretty good. I think I have that part under control! Thanks guys!!!
If anyone can provide more insight on getting those numbers to stand up for me, I'm open to some brainstorming ideas!
I do a lot of numbers. I put it under a fan and I turn it a couple of times. I insert sucker sticks to make them stand up. I used to use toothpicks or try to prop it up one something, but the sucker sticks are much better.
I just tried adding a photo of my "topper" as an attachment to my Post but for some reason it's not working...
Run two wooden skewers into the SIDES of numbers, rather than a single one through the middle.
Here's a quick diagram to show you what I mean (the red lines indicate where the skewers go). But remember need to put these skewers in BEFORE the numbers dry!