I am trying to figure out how to make flames as a border on my grandson's birthday cake. I tried cutting them out of yellow fondant and painting red on the yellow with wilton red gel color mixed with vodka. The "red paint" does not want to dry. Does anyone know of a way that I can achieve this look? Also if I make a long strip of fondant flames, I think it will be hard to attach it to the cake. What I have in mind is to make several strips of 8" x 3" flames and put them around the bottom of a 9" cake. Could they be made a head of time?
Any help will be greatly appreciated. I'm a little frustrated right now.
How about making a batch of fondant, and dividing it into 3...making one red, one orange, and yellow. Then mix them together (careful not to over-blend), then make your flames...either by making a border and free handing the flames, or making individual flames using a leaf (if you have a cutter that has a wide bottom, pointed top) cutter. If doing it that way (with a leaf cutter), you can make those ahead of time, then attach to cake using fondant glue when you're ready to decorate.
This isn't exactly what you are thinking but maybe it will help. I made individual flames for a firetruck cake (see my photos) by cutting out red flames using a oak leaf cookie cutter. The lobes on the leaf were round so I just shaped them into points with my fingers after cutting them out. I also used a knife to cut off a lobe on each side in a staggered fashion so it looked more irregular. For the inner part of the flame I cut out yellow tongues of fire partially free-hand and partially with a single small teardrop shaped leaf. If I had it to do again I'd mix in a little tylose since the flames weren't super rigid but they did stand upright on their own power when I added them to the cake right before the party. HTH!
What if you just buy red, yellow & blue sugar paper? You can cut the flames using the sheets and wrap them around the cake. You could also shine LED lights through the paper if you wanted to get extra creative with it hope that helps!
Here's a blog post that might help: http://jessicakesblog.blogspot.com/2011/06/monster-truck-completed-cake-part-3-or.html
Thanks, everyone, for the great ideas. I will play with mixing fondant tomorrow. FlourPots, thanks for the blog post. I am going to be making a truck cake for my Dad's 90th Birthday in October and this will really help.