Hi there, I would like to make gymnast cake for my daughter, and attach gymnast silhouettes on the side of her cake. Should I use fondant or candy melt? What tool would be best to use for detail cutting? If used blade, I would be concerned to destroy my mat. Thank you for your advice.
I've used gumpaste to do them, and used an xacto knife on my self healing mat with no problems at all.
Also, you don't have to drag the blade. You can press the blade into the gumpaste and cut it, that won't ruin the mat, either.
Why not just use a regular cutting board?
Personally I would use straight fondant. GP dries so very hard rather quickly. Fondant does not so that will allow you to place the deco on a cake and be slightly flexable to mold to the shape of the a round cake.
I will use fondant and add some cornstarch to it, hope that would help not stretch to much when applying to the side of cake.
I used what I had on hand, and my gum paste was still flexible. Be sure to post a picture!
It’s finished. The cutting was not an easy job, using blade and combination of fondant+gumpaste. Mat is OK. I can’t do a good job of covering cakes with fondant, always have the “skirt” there. Just can’t do it for the sake of me –(. Thanks for your help, my daughter loves it. Pics is posted
Do you happen to have a Cricut or Silhouette? I bought an extra one that I use solely for food/cake decorating, and I cut these little silhouettes out of a black sugar sheet. Worked like a charm!
that is amazing! I don't bake much, so never heard of sugar sheet and cutting machine, but it sure makes clean cuts. Always learn something new here.
Sugar sheets bubbled and dripped on my buttercream thanks to humidity. I had to scrape them all off and redo in black fondant. Using templates printed from Pinterest, I cut the figures out on chopping board dusted with powdered sugar using a paring knife and curved little nail scissors ( only used for cakes!! ) The slight relief was a nicer finish I thought.