How To Get Wood Plank Effect On Buttercream?

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fruitsnack Posted 7 Mar 2011 , 2:13pm
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I am going to be making a Noah's Ark baby shower cake in two weeks. I've found several pics in the galleries that show fondant that's been textured to look like wood planks on the ark. I would like to do that, but I work 99% in buttercream. I'm planning on using crusting chocolate buttercream for the ark, but I'm stumped on how to outline the planks and give it that wood texture - any time I've ever tried to mark into buttercream, it cracks and looks messy, not polished.

Any ideas?

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TexasSugar Posted 7 Mar 2011 , 3:06pm
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If you want to draw the markings I would do it before the buttercream has really crusted or just right after.

They do make an impression matt with the wood plank look. I haven't used it on buttercream but I have used other impression matts on buttercream before.

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fruitsnack Posted 7 Mar 2011 , 10:09pm
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I need to wait for it to crust, though, so I can use the roller method to smooth out the spatula marks / air bubbles.

Is there a way to let it crust, roller it and then moisten it again so I can put in the markings?

I don't have time to buy an impression mat to try . . . any other ideas?

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caymancake Posted 7 Mar 2011 , 10:52pm
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When I did a Noah's Ark cake, I used the basketweave tip and just poked holes in the 'ends' - I liked how it came out... It's in my photos

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sillywabbitz Posted 7 Mar 2011 , 11:07pm
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fruitsnack if you have a Michael's near you (and a coupon), the new line of Duff stuff includes a wood plank impression mat so you it wouldn't require ordering online.

Otherwise I would go with cayman's suggestion of the basket weave.

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fruitsnack Posted 7 Mar 2011 , 11:46pm
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The nearest one is an hour away, but I think we're going to town this weekend. I will definitely check Michael's out. Thanks for your help!!

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kimma1299 Posted 8 Mar 2011 , 12:12am
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I found that sam Duff matt at Wal-mart with a brick one and it was $5. It really works, and I have tried it on buttercream. It works. Good luck.

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Cupcations Posted 8 Mar 2011 , 6:45am
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I also work with buttercream most of the time so I know exactly how you feel
I once came across this, I found it very cool & prob easy to do

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klutzy_baker Posted 8 Mar 2011 , 11:45am
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LOL!! I should have looked at your comment before I looked all over the internet for this "idea" of mine. I actually thought I was clever. I'm really slow icon_redface.gif

But I did find a video of the technique. Sometimes videos can fill in the gaps that pictures leave off. I think this guy and Martha do it a little differently, but I don't think that's a big deal.

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