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post #1 of 27
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i have lots of fondant...can i dry it out to make a handle? if so how long?
post #2 of 27
I am leaving to deliver my easter basket cakes in one hour. I made the handles out of fondant mixed with gumpaste to help it dry quicker. Let the handles dry for 48 hours. If you use them before that I have found that they have a much better chance of shifting, cracking, losing shape, etc.
post #3 of 27
I made mine out of RI... You can see it in my pics MLP cake...

HTH
post #4 of 27
I would suggest either 70/30 gp to fondant or all gumpaste for the handle.
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post #5 of 27
I used a piece of wire and royal icing. I bent the wire to the shape I needed then placed the wire on a piece of waxed paper. I then piped shells on the piece of wire, let it dry then turned it over and did the other side. I left about 1" of wire exposed on each end and stuck that down into the cake.

It worked great!
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post #6 of 27
That's a good idea, but what I like about the gp is that you can braid or twist it to get a more authentic look, especially if you do each strand of the braid in a different color (if you're so inclined to do the basket that way).
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post #7 of 27
I did one last easter and I used RI to pipe a rope in the shape I wanted for the handle. When it dried, I flipped it over, put a lollipop stick on each end of the handle and piped another rope over the back.

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post #8 of 27
I said shells, but actually it was a "rope" - sorry icon_smile.gif
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post #9 of 27
If you want to make a great looking handle, just go to Wilton.com and take a look at the Easter Basket Cake covered with Cookies and a handle. It's very easy to do.
post #10 of 27
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Use at least 50/50 fondant and gumpaste otherwise your handle may break. Measure your handle and shape around a form, Styrofoam, bowl etc. let dry at least 24 hours. Cut lollypop sticks and insert in the handle bottoms before drying and when dry insert the handle into straws you inserted down in the basket. Good luck, and remember to post the pix. icon_wink.gif
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post #11 of 27
My fondant braided handle is on its 3rd day of drying. I live in Cent Cal with zero humidity.It already broke. I used Vanilla to try and glue it. didnt hold. I took a piece of fondant and tried to cover so that I can make a bow to try and hide the piecing together. The @#$% ribbon broke. I am off to Michaels to buy a purse handle like I used on my dummy cake for the fair (in my photos). Any idea why the fondant is just crumbling?
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post #12 of 27
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My fondant braided handle is on its 3rd day of drying. I live in Cent Cal with zero humidity.It already broke. I used Vanilla to try and glue it. didnt hold. I took a piece of fondant and tried to cover so that I can make a bow to try and hide the piecing together. The @#$% ribbon broke. I am off to Michaels to buy a purse handle like I used on my dummy cake for the fair (in my photos). Any idea why the fondant is just crumbling?



Sure, I'm thinking you didn't add gumpaste to it did you? I have found that Fondant is extremely fragile by itself and always mix it with gumpaste when needed for strength.
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post #13 of 27
Ive had similar problems. This is what I did use Sugar-plum- fairy's 70-30 ratio of fondant and gumpaste then get 20 gauge wire and than roll out snakes with the wire in it, then braid the snakes. the wire and gum paste add lots of additional support
post #14 of 27
can I get gum paste at Joann's or Michaels? How fast does it dry?
Thank you so much for taking time to answer
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Karen
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post #15 of 27
You can get wilton's gumpaste mix at micheals. It dries fairly quick (probably a day or so).

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