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    Default Cake gurus, help!

    I love baking, but have never ventured into fondant. DS2 has asked for this cake (or as close to it as I can manage, and just the cake, not the rest).

    I'm ok at picking things up from instructions, but don't know where to start... Any tips for self-teaching this stuff?
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    Use a pudding tin or a lady varden cake tin. Either way you will need a round cake board with a hole cut in the centre for doll feet to poke through and you will need to suit the cake board on a shallow bowl.

    I would ice the cake with a thin layer of butter icing then use a fondant or marshmallow icing (just google it and you will get heaps of recipes) for the dress.put the doll in the centre of the cake. Tint the icing(with various colours in batches) with powder colour not liquid, otherwise the using will end up runny.

    Use a rolling pin to flatten out the icing and cut into 2 inch wide ribbons. starting from the bottom add each piece of flat fondant icing to the cake gluing fondant icing to fondant icing using a tiny amount of sugar syrup flaring the ribbon as you go.

    This is how I would do it if I were doing the cake

    ETA you can also but a powder that you add to the fondant icing to make it a bit firmer so it sets semi hard to hard. It helps get the ribbons rolled thinner and hold their shape. You can get this from speciality cake decorating suppliers, Ebay etc.. It has various names as well. tragacanth gum, cmc powder, tylos..


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    Default Cake gurus, help!

    Thank you so much! How do you flare the ends of the ribbons?

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    Default Re: Cake gurus, help!

    I would just use my fingers and squeeze the edge of the icing ribbon while sort of pushing together.it kind of creates a flared look. Have a bit of practice with a small bit first. Just so you get the hang of it.

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    Default Cake gurus, help!

    Cake stores also sell fondant in a bucket, i used this for my daughters birthday and it was easier than I expected. Be wary of the weather, if its rainy it will make anything you want to dry take a lot longer!

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    Default Cake gurus, help!

    A balling fondant tool will do the ruffles really easily or even the tip of a plastic fondant rolling pin (if you have either or can find either. Spotlight or a cake shop will have them.

    Butter cream the cake first for sure! Then add each layer starting from the bottom. It should be pretty easy. Try and watch some YouTube videos for tips. They have a few for Barbie cakes

    Oh and I agree about the pudding bowl. You can also get glass Pyrex Bowles that would be good shape too.

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    Default Re: Cake gurus, help!

    What's the pic? I can't get it to show? I have a great fronting recipe that worked well for my Hoot cake even in hot weather but don't want to recommend it if not suitable for your cake?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cat21 View Post
    What's the pic? I can't get it to show? I have a great fronting recipe that worked well for my Hoot cake even in hot weather but don't want to recommend it if not suitable for your cake?
    Try this:
    http://cakecentral.com/g/i/2414630/g...hing-cupcakes/

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    Default Cake gurus, help!

    Thanks so much everyone!

    Is it too ambitious to think I might be able to teach myself? Or is that how most people do it?

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    I don't think too ambitious, but definitely get/make some fondant icing well ahead of time so you get a feel for it and so you can practise the techniques without the pressure of that being the finished product.

    Nice dry weather is the friend of icers - damp queensland summers are not

    Mind you, my attempts thus far have been rather....crap.


 

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