How Do I Stop Gum Paste Items Being Damaged By A Moist Cake

Decorating By Crazy-Gray Updated 4 May 2011 , 4:18pm by TexasSugar

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Crazy-Gray Posted 4 May 2011 , 3:10pm
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I shall explain: a long gumpaste gun barrel for a tank modelled and air dried for a week inserted into the cake after covering with BC & fondant softened and sagged, trying to secure with royal icing caused further weakening making the gun simply snap off where the royal finished- I assume the moist royal caused the weakening before it set.
This happens every time I try to secure something like a teapot handle, wing mirrors for cars etc, anything that uses a length of pointed gumpaste which is to be inserted into the cake to secure. I have tried using spaghetti pieces but they seem to go very brittle if left touching BC overnight....

Does anyone have any pointers? I have ended up using a non edible dowel for the tank gun and cocktail sticks to secure things but I'd really like there to be nothing inedible if possible!

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leah_s Posted 4 May 2011 , 3:24pm
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I use toothpicks, skewers, dowels, etc. Sometimes I don't really care if it's not edible, when I need to care more about it staying put/not breaking.

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genevieveyum Posted 4 May 2011 , 3:38pm
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Ditto what Leah said! Skewers are fantastic! My guess is that the people eating the cake won't look at you as less of a caker for using some inedible support! Hey- those guys on TV do it all the time!

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TexasSugar Posted 4 May 2011 , 4:18pm
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Wanting to be all edible is great, but there are times when it just doesn't work. Most anything icing wise, fondant and gumpaste are going to soften when stuck in a moist environment like a cake. The moisture causes it to soften and melt.

I would do as Leah suggested, you can build in a toothpick for the actual insertion and the fondant/gumpaste can start on the outside of the icing.

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