Originally Posted by debster
What I'm wondering is how do you lift it up to attach to the bottom first without the whole thing giving way? I mean how do you handle the chocolate for the entire cake while putting on the first half without it slipping and folding in on itself. Do you get what I'm trying to say? I can see me picking it up and folds up or something, it sounds yummo, now how do you make those ciagello things around the edge of the other cakes? Thanks you all are GREAT. I'm wanting to learn more, I've been away from it for 15 years and it's like I know nothing.
First of all you need something strong enough like the Mylar plastic. It can't be too thin or it wobbles and will leave waves in the set chocolate. Too stiff and it will try and pop off the cake before the chocolate has set. You pick the wrap up carefully by pinching the two top corners between your thumbs and index or middle fingers. Get the bottom edge in as close as possible to the side of the cake, rest it on the cake board for stability now move the top of the wrap in towards the sides of the cake and it will attach itself. Then move your arms in opposite directions around the side of the cake and attach the edge in the back of the cake. Where you left smudges in the top corner of the plastic from your fingers, just spread a tiny bit of chocolate to cover it. Carefully wipe the top edge of the wrap off with your fingertip to neaten the edge, but don't push down on the wrap or in, it will distort the wrap. People have a tendency to want to smooth the sides of the wrap with their hands, the way you would a fondant cake. DON'T do that! If you do you will leave wavy lines in the hardened wrap.
The chocolate cigarellos can be made by hand but they are very time consuming and it is difficult to get them all the exact same width and height, I buy mine premade. Scroll down to LU Chocolate Pencils. They are 8" tall, I cut them with a sharp knife that has been warmed slightly so they are just a bit over 4" tall to cover the sides of a 4" cake. The leftover pieces can be used to fill in the top of the cake.