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Rice Krispy treats and fondant

post #1 of 77
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I am very new to this, but I have seen some of the folks on here use rice krispy treats to make parts of their cakes. I want to try to use them to create a couple of 3D characters on a cake. I was wondering if you have any pointers and I also want to cover them in fondant. How far ahead can I do this and how should I store them till ready to use?
Thanks for your help, in advance. icon_smile.gif
post #2 of 77
I wouldn't do them more than 3 or so days ahead because the cereal part will go stale (long, long before the fondant goes "bad"). Store them in an airtight container in a cool, dry place (but not the fridge!) out of the sunlight.
post #3 of 77
Some tips - work with the rice krispy treats while they are still warm. Once they cool they become very hard to work with. I put some crisco on my hands so they weren't so sticky to work with. When you're done shaping it make sure you give them a coating of buttercream that's fairly smooth - that way once they are covered in fondant there won't be any bumps (although sometimes you want that textured look). I've made these in advance and they were still edible (the fondant has a way of preserving everything under it).
You can also try using modeling chocolate to make 3D figures - you can find recipes here or elsewhere on the web.
post #4 of 77
Hi and welcome to CC! I love love love RKT! I just did a cake where I sculpted a 3D Elmo. I buy pre-made treats cuz I am broken and cannot make RKT. I can make a kickin buttercream but not rice krispies. Anyway, I squish and mold them together. I do not coat my hands with anything. Once I have the shapes I need, I let them sit for a bit to harden- about 15 minutes or so. I then use candy melts to coat them to help smooth any rough spots...you'll have plenty. Once the candy hardens I use the heat from my hands to smooth any areas that need it.
From there it depends on what I am making. For Elmo, I covered in fondant then brushed with red candy melts to get a fur look. If I am looking for a smooth finish, I'll just leave the fondant. As far as storing goes, just keep it covered, preferably not in the fridge. I kept Elmo for a day or so in a tall plastic container upside down- he was on the lid.
I hope this helps and if ya need anything else- please ask!
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post #5 of 77
For Aussies, be aware that here rice krispies are sold as Kellogs LCM's, and they are really easy to squish and mold/shape. icon_smile.gif
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post #6 of 77
I use rkt to make my figures, and I usually just buy it (saves me so much time and energy!). I squish it down just as diamondsun said. I have done figures up to a week in advance with the understanding that these really aren't for eating. If they will be ate, I do it about 2 days. To far ahead they tend to dry out and fade a bit. If you squish down the rkt enough you won't have too much for rough spots, sometimes I just cover with a bit thicker fondant or two layers. I don't use anything between the rkt and fondant.
post #7 of 77
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Thanks for the help and advice. I have a couple more questions. When you say coat them with candy melts, do you mean melt then brush on or do you have another method? I am trying to do Pablo and Tyrone from the Backyardigans, about 8 inches tall or so. Ya'll are so sweet and welcoming. Again thanks! icon_biggrin.gif
post #8 of 77
Another tip if you are making the RKT yourself is to crush them first. That will help get a smooth finish as well. Then coat with a thin layer of BC or simple syrup so the fondant will stick to it. Some people will use to layers of fondant to make sure it is extra smooth HTH!!
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post #9 of 77
Oh Ok HOLD ON!!! Here Im thinking Rice Crispies is like what we call RICE CAKES in Australia But Now I find out they are like School Breakfast bars?? LCMs??
HOw the BlueBlazes can you squash one of those into a figurine?? Would make an aweful mess??! - Im lost here!!
I think we are talking about something completely different!

And here I was thinking to make a circular tower larger than circumfrance of a muffin [ DVD diameter size] ...So I was thinking OK Rice CAKES!!! So whenever ppl are saying rice crispies THATs what theyre talking about!! But Now everything ive read makes more sense Obviously theres some kind of sticky fruity chewy candy to bond the rice bubbles together??

Im still Lost! hahaha Wouldnt copha & Rice bubbles do the same thing?
post #10 of 77
It is marshmallows melted to stick them together and butter I think the recipe is on the back of the box. I don't have any to give you the right recipe. But I am sure someone has it.
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post #11 of 77
Bakki, I have made some things using the LCM's and they are sticky but they squish up really easily and hold their shape and because of the marshmellow in them the fondant sticks to them really well. Or you can cover them with butter icing and then fondant if you want. Buy youself a box and give it a try I think you will be presently suprised. icon_smile.gif
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post #12 of 77
I actually just tried it yesterday! I made puppies with RKT and then covered them in fondant. I put a very thin layer of crusting Buttercream and then covered them in fondant. I did it 2 days before and stored them in an airtight container. I also places a cloth on the bottom of the container (untextured) so they wouldn't get that flat spot on them that sometimes happens with fondant when they sit on a hard surface for a while. They turned out great! I would definitely use RKT again. Oh, and I also shaped them while they were warm with crisco on my hands....worked perfect! Good luck with yours! Here is my puppies I did!!


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post #13 of 77
Cakebaker, another way of preventing the "flatspot" is to place your figure into a bed of plain flour (with a loose layer of clingwrap (not sure what thats called over there) if you don't want flour getting onto your figure.) Shape out the plainflour to the shape you want first and then you can easily build up areas to support etc. AAAAHH I have tried to upload a photo so I can show you but it won't let me! I hope you can work out what I am trying, very badly, to explain.


Phew I made it work, remarkable!!!
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post #14 of 77
thanks Brontecakes!! Great tip!!!! thumbs_up.gificon_biggrin.gif
post #15 of 77
Well Bakki, i seem to be having the same problem as you...I'm in the UK and things have different names over here.

I have asked about RKT on here before but am still a bit confused icon_redface.gif

What would really help is if someone could post a pic of something they've made out of RKT before it gets covered so i can see if it's the same as our rice krispie squares we get here.

I'm also wondering what candy melts are icon_rolleyes.gif

There's so much to take in about RKT its all a bit too much for me icon_cry.gif

Oh well...i'm gonna go shopping today and buy some rice krispie squares...mould them a bit, then eat them as i don't need to make anything icon_razz.gif
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