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how do you make the "pool" look on a cake?

post #1 of 22
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I have a request to do a "pool" cake for a pool party. I see people use piping gel for the water look. I've never used piping gel before. Is it that stuff in the tubes? Do you have to build a well for it in the top of the cake? or just build up a rim with icing? I don't really know where to start!!!
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post #2 of 22
I would like to know the answer to this question as well as I just got the horseshoe pan and want to make a waterslide cake for the kids. Is this the piping gel that comes in the tubs? And do you mix a flavor in it or just straight piping gel? Or is this the colored piping gel already mixed in the tubes? Please advise.
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post #3 of 22
the stuff in the tubes is a like what you need. I have used that too, it gives you the same idea but can be darker then you really want and thats when it's best to use regular piping gel. I prefer the look of colored piping gel... it's in a white tub and is clear. It's easily colored though with the color gels.
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thanks! that's what I was confused about
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post #5 of 22
No, it is done with jello.

Here they are, just click on the cake and they give you detailed instructions on how to create a pool.

http://www.womansday.com/article.asp?section_id=2&article_id=7310
post #6 of 22
I just use the regular clear piping gel that comes in a little round container. Then I add a tiny bit of coloring and mix it real well. Works just great. I cut down about an inch deep in my cake and dug that part out so it had an indention more like a real pool rather than water just sitting on top of the cake.

Hope that helps.
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post #7 of 22
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Originally Posted by Samsgranny

I would like to know the answer to this question as well as I just got the horseshoe pan and want to make a waterslide cake for the kids. Is this the piping gel that comes in the tubs? And do you mix a flavor in it or just straight piping gel? Or is this the colored piping gel already mixed in the tubes? Please advise.



I used the same blue frosting on my slides that I used for the lazy river. The pic is in my photos.
post #8 of 22
Thanks Jen, yes, I saw your cake when you posted it and you were my inspiration to order the horseshoe pan! My kids are going to love this!
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post #9 of 22
Wiltons in the tub clear gel and just ad a fraction of blue it does not dry but remains like a sticky texture you only need 3/8 of an inch at the most and I roughed it up to look like waves. Underneath I had a light blue almost baby blue fondant.
post #10 of 22
Use Wilton's piping gel in the tub. It costs about $3.00. They sell it at craft stores and (I think) at Wal Mart. I have made three pool cakes and always used the whole tub of gel. Dyed it blue and just glopped it on. You don't need to cut a well into the cake. You should pipe a border to hold the gel in place ... and to make the edge of the pool anyhow. Here are two of my pics. The toys in the first pool are rolled buttercream. The people in the second pool are candy clay.
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post #11 of 22
How does the piping gel taste when there is so much of it? That would be my only concern. I have used jello for a pool like on the Woman's Day site and it tasted really good with the cake and icing.
post #12 of 22
Newcakelady: It's really not that much piping gel on a piece of cake ... plus it's on top of frosting (not instead of). I'd like to know how it's done with Jello. Does the Jello hold up? Could you send instructions or the link where you got it?
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post #13 of 22
I made a cake similar to this one, except I used whipped cream for frosting. You use the speed set recipe and then put it in a portion of the cake that you dig out. It tasted very good with the jello.

http://www.womansday.com/article.asp?pl=&section_id=13&article_id=7307
post #14 of 22
I have made several pool, fishing, pond type cakes. I dont use the gel in the tubes, instead, I buy a bottle of clear kayro syrup, add blue coloring untill I get the "water" color I want, spread this on the iced, crumbed cake...and Wa-La...Instant water effects. If your looking for splashy looking areas in your water, tip your icing spatula up and down a bit, mixing your water color and icing here and there.
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post #15 of 22
I did a cake this past weekend using blue Jello to represent the water and it turned out very well. You need to cut a hole in your cake (don't need to cut it to the very bottom of the cake), and in a bowl mix together a package of blue jello and 1/2 cup boiling water until Jello desolves. Then add in 1/2 cup cold water and place bowl inside a large bowl that is filled with ice and cold water. Stir the Jello until it starts to thicken and laddle Jello into the cake and refrigerate the cake. You can double the Jello and waters if you need to fill a larger hole.
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