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post #46 of 83
I have been making cakes for years and I am amazed at the things I can learn from you guys on this site. I do love it as everyone has said.

My tip is to buy everything in bulk---never is there enough supplies on hand!
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post #47 of 83
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Originally Posted by koppeskreations

To smooth buttercreme frosting use a cake roller, don't know where she bought this at but it saves TIME and lots of it, beats out the paper towel method hands down. Looks just like a paint roller.



I don't believe I've ever seen a cake roller. Where did you purchase yours?
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post #48 of 83
my tip is more for basic cooking rather than decorating but here goes: when something needs to be in ounces I measure it out in a baby bottle. It's the easiest way for me at least. You all have such great ideas. icon_wink.gif
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post #49 of 83
I just brought a Play-Doh Fun Factory and it's great for making fondant ropes. The two extruding rails have 10 patterns. The best part - it was under $5 at Wal-Mart. Someone on CC mentioned they bought one and now I love mine.
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post #50 of 83
mary ann - could you tell me about using vinyl for placing fondant on a cake, do you just slide it off the vinyl or do you fold and unfold it on top of the cake?
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post #51 of 83
Well a few things I have learned over the years is using an empty peanut butter container to wash my tips. I put my dirty tips in there with Dawn dish liquid and hot water. I shake a little and I let them sit for a little while and it cleans them wonderfully.

Also, to keep up with my tips I purchased a nice size tackle box to carry most of my cake decorating supplies. I labeled the slots with which tips I have in there. It is a time saver when I need a particular tip.

Last, to get my cake smooth I spray it with water and it gets the cake nice and smooth. I learned this when I worked in a bakery. They never crumb coated they used the icer tip and a water bottle. They didn't have time to crumb coat. Since learning this I have never gone back.
post #52 of 83
[quote="Lisa"]My top 3 favorite cake deco "secrets" (not really secrets here at CC icon_lol.gif) are the paper towel smoothing/patterning technique, making my own edible images, and using Americolor gels to color my frosting.

How do you make your own edible images?
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post #53 of 83
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How do you make your own edible images?



You can make your own using an inkjet printer (Canon iP3000, iP1500 or MP130), ink cartridges filled with edible ink and edible paper (frosting sheets). You can find supplies and more info at www.kopykake.com

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post #54 of 83
do they make supplies for any printers other than cannons?
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post #55 of 83
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do they make supplies for any printers other than cannons?



Yes. There are supplies available for Epson and HP printers. As far as I know, the HP supplies aren't available in the US and I'd avoid Epsons for edible imaging because of the problems associated with them.
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post #56 of 83
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post #57 of 83
Anyone mention Magic Line pans? They now sell them here at CC. icon_smile.gif I appreciate these pans because I find cakes rise more evenly.
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post #58 of 83
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Originally Posted by steffla

mary ann - could you tell me about using vinyl for placing fondant on a cake, do you just slide it off the vinyl or do you fold and unfold it on top of the cake?



I roll it out on the vinyl, flip it over onto the cake and peel it off. I bought the vinyl at a fabric store. I also use it to cover my table whenever I'm using fondant. It's quick to clean up.
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post #59 of 83
thanks for the tip I should try this because any cake larger than 8" or so I have trouble getting the mmf up and onto the cake with out damage. I will let you know icon_biggrin.gif
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post #60 of 83
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Originally Posted by nola

I just brought a Play-Doh Fun Factory and it's great for making fondant ropes. The two extruding rails have 10 patterns. The best part - it was under $5 at Wal-Mart. Someone on CC mentioned they bought one and now I love mine.



What a fantastic idea!! I'm definately out to get one!!

I don't have any tips that haven't already been said , but keep 'em coming people! I'm learning loads!!! icon_lol.gificon_biggrin.gif
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