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post #16 of 71
Yep, what Leahs said....wafer paper totally rocks for making leaves! They really look real! If you don't have a edible image printer & don't want to wait for them to be shipped to you, here's an easy solution.......Google image search "fall leaves" & pick out something that you like. As long as it is not a copywrighted image (which it probably won't be if it's just a picture of leaves) you can take it to your local grocery store bakery & ask them to make an edible image for you. Most bakeries will do it for you (Albertsons, Fry's, Safeway, etc.) for about $6.00 per page. I've heard Wal-mart bakery will do it too for even less. Also, if you put the piping gel on the back of the leaves & lay them on the counter, they will start to curl all by themselves.
post #17 of 71
If you do gumpaste, I agree to let them dry on crumpled paper towels. It makes them dry even more naturally than the formers.

That's what I did, but I wish I would've saved a few not dried (maybe they would keep in a ziploc?) to put directly on the cake. Since then ones I made early were already dry I couldn't bend them to look more natural.
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post #18 of 71
I must say I LOVE those chocolate leaves!! Very nice work! icon_biggrin.gif
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post #19 of 71
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Originally Posted by AZCakeGirl

Yep, what Leah's said....wafer paper totally rocks for making leaves!



Does anyone have photos of leaves done with wafer paper?
One day I want to try to make an anniversary cake for my son and his wife. They were not happy with the wedding cake that they had made for them and I want to try my hand at it someday after I get more practice.
They wanted fondant and the bakery gal said that no one likes fondant so she did buttercream. It was far from nice. Tasty though.
Here is a photo of it just in case you are wondering. They don't have a close up of it! icon_smile.gif
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post #20 of 71
mylesa I'm in love with your chocolate leaves icon_eek.gif I would love details as well, if you don't mind sharing icon_smile.gif

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post #21 of 71
thanks to those of you who complimented my chocolate leaves!

it was really easy. you can use silk leaves ( walmart for less than a dollar a bunch), wipe then clean and dry, then temper the chocolate. use a butter knife or wide paint brush to spread the chocolate on to the back (or even a few on the front.) of the leaf. set them on a parchment lined cookie sheet and chill for maybe 10-20 minutes, then peeled the silk leaf away from the chocolate. wear cotten gloves that are for handling chocolate to avoid getting finger marks on them, but as long as its tempered it should hold its shape well. peel the leaves off slowly as not to break them. rechill them and then dust with luster dusts and small paint brushes. simple, and so pretty!
post #22 of 71
Thanks for the info melysa and fantastic job on the leaves too! icon_smile.gif
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post #23 of 71
Well heck, how come I can't PM anyone??? Even the search button is gone... icon_cry.gif Is it just me? icon_confused.gif
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post #24 of 71
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Well heck, how come I can't PM anyone??? Even the search button is gone... icon_cry.gif Is it just me? icon_confused.gif



Nope not just you, I can't PM anyone either, maybe it's because their doing the maintenance on the site right now??? I hope that's all it is....
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post #25 of 71
Oh Melysa, I could just kiss you, I too have been looking for a way to make cool leaves for a cake. Your leaves were so cool...I tried it today and I was blown away, I have never worked with chocolate before and it was so cool. Thanks so much for your suggestion!
post #26 of 71
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Originally Posted by AZCakeGirl

Yep, what Leah's said....wafer paper totally rocks for making leaves!



Does anyone have photos of leaves done with wafer paper?
One day I want to try to make an anniversary cake for my son and his wife. They were not happy with the wedding cake that they had made for them and I want to try my hand at it someday after I get more practice.
They wanted fondant and the bakery gal said that no one likes fondant so she did buttercream. It was far from nice. Tasty though.
Here is a photo of it just in case you are wondering. They don't have a close up of it! icon_smile.gif
Susie



Here is a wedding cake from a few years ago that has wafer paper leaves. The leaves were dusted with luster dust before they were placed on the cake.
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post #27 of 71
Melysa - (sorry about my typo in your name earlier, lol), any idea how much chocolate you use when you make these on average? Also, I have never worked with luster dust or anything like it before. When you dry dust with it does it come off on clothes/lips/hands??
post #28 of 71
Leahs - thank you for the great idea.

I have just printed three pages of leaves on the wafer paper and do they ever look awesome! Now I am just not sure what to do with them. I have a wedding cake to do in two weeks and she just wants fall colours and leaves - not a picky bride (relative).

I don't want to stick them directly to the cake (Chocolate Fondant), but have them floating down the side and around the bottom. Once they are cut out, is there anything I should be doing to 'form' them? I've read that you can steam them or put piping gel on top. That sounds kind of messy. Can anyone out there point me in the right direction?

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post #29 of 71
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Melysa,
Thank you so much for your more detailed explanation! I'm going to give it a whirl today icon_biggrin.gif
post #30 of 71
I am so happy i found this thread. I want to do a fall cake for my best friend but never took flower making classes or anything and i want to know how to make the leaves look realistic. Thanks for all the ideas....
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