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post #1 of 29
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Hi all,
I've seen so many amazing cakes on here with notes in the description stating that a portion of it was sculpted Rice Krispies and I'm hoping someone that has done this could offer this newbie a tip or two on doing this method. My first question is what recipe is used to make it, the original one you can find on the box? an altered one? I didn't see any recipes on CC about making it. Next I was wondering how it is put together for the shape wanted? Is it baked in 9x13 pans then stacked together or made in a 3d pan? I was thinking of doing a church steeple for a cake I will be making out of this since it would be lighter than doing a cake and I don't need the extra cake servings.
Any help you can offer is great and much appreciated. icon_biggrin.gif
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post #2 of 29
i actually used the premade bars you get in with the snack foods at the store. I just used my hands to mold the head and the tail then covered it in a "crumb" coat with the rest of the cake.
post #3 of 29
I make mine just like the box says BUT NO butter ... just melt your MM then add your RK ..
Easy Peasy =)
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post #4 of 29
I make mine just like on the box.....as soon as I have made it I mold it into what i'm making. I also use gloves on my hands til it cools down a bit.

Make sure you coat it with buttercream to fill in the gaps before putting any fondant on it.

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post #5 of 29
I buy them pre-made bulk at Costco. The giant box is about $10. I found that they are much stiffer than the ones I make at home and much less trouble. I love using Rice Krispy Treat! I find it so much easier than cake for so many things and I can make pieces ahead of time. Good luck!
post #6 of 29
I use RKT quite a bit in my 3D cakes since they allow you to make some pretty crazy shapes and pieces without adding a lot of weight to your cake! I use the premade bars, or else I buy the big 12x12 sheet from my supply store! I just cut out the shapes I need and stick them to the cakes with BC! Then I ice them in BC and cover in fondant!

Some tips for using RKT are this

- If you're making something large, like a head or a base for something, always compact the RKT to make it more dense and minimize the chance of separation if it gets too hot. We've all seen the pics of the exploded Elmo head!!!

- Once you get the shape you want, let it set for a bit to harden before using. Again, just to minimize the chance of it being too soft or separating if it's warm outside.

- Dowls and skewers running thru the RKT are troublesome because the RKT will usually slide down under it's own weight! So stuff like a "floating" balloon effect is best made with styrofoam!! But if you're using the RKT as a base or other pieces of your scultpture, you should be fine.

- Be mindful of the weight. If in doubt, put a small board and a couple dowls underneath to keep the RKT from smashing the cake underneath! I learned that the very hard way!!

- To get a smooth appearance with fondant, try to shave the RKT down with a sharp blade to get rid of the bumps! Then when you ice it and cover it, those bumps won't transfer thru your fondant!!

- I like to use RKT because it works like styrofoam while keeping the cake 100% edible!! But sometimes, you just gotta use styrofoam!! You'll learn what you can and cannot use RKT for the more you work with it!

Hope this helps!! Just a few things I learned via trial and error!!

Rob
post #7 of 29
THANK YOU Mamacitadedos for asking that question, and to every one else for their responses!! icon_biggrin.gif

I've been wondering the same thing myself. icon_wink.gif
post #8 of 29
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Originally Posted by RobzC8kz

We've all seen the pics of the exploded Elmo head!!!



Is this the pic you're referring to? (If not, could you share the one for those of us who missed it?)
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post #9 of 29
Ewwww LittleLinda! It kinda looks like Elmo committed suicide! Like we're sure to see a pistol under him when he's "removed"!
*Sorry - I watch way to many crime stories on the tube!! icon_wink.gif
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post #10 of 29
Littlelinda,

Yep! That's the pic I was referring too!!! I had the same thing happen to me on a baseball I did. I didn't pack it tight enough, or let it "set" and as soon as it got warm, the whole thing just crumbled!!!
post #11 of 29
Oh, the exploding Elmo head wasn't mine ... the credit (credit?) goes to mommak. This happened in Oct of 2007.
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post #12 of 29
I use the recipe straight off the box and it has worked everytime. You can see some of the things that I have made in my pictures. I let it set in its shape for a few days before I start adding decorations and they never fall apart. In fact I have an Elmo sitting in my kitchen right now and he has been in his shape for days...he is a practice one for my daughters cake on May 16th. Good Luck! icon_smile.gif
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post #13 of 29
Hi there! I use RKT on several cakes when I too need something lighter and more moldable. I like to make them with the box recipe(no changes). I grease my hands up with shortening and press them in to the shape I need. So if I am doing a head I sometimes use a bowl about the size I need and press the RKT in them(everything needs to be greased) and rotatate until I get a nice round ball. After it sets up a little, I take the RKT and nuke them in the microwave for about 15 seconds and the marshmallow melts a little so it is pliable again. Then I add details(nose, cheeks, mouth etc.). You can keep doing this until you get a good shape that is close to what you want. Then carve down any bumps after it has hard set(at least a few hours) frost and cover with fondant.

I will attempt to attach a cake I did with the RKT dog topper. I also used RKT for the head, arms, and wheel of a Walle cookie cake I made recently. Worked well. Good luck!!
LL
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post #14 of 29
Drat! I always seem to have problems getting my pics to display. I think if you double click on my RKT.jpg image(not displayed with the x) it will pull up another browser and display. Just trying to figure this website out- just when I think I have got it....icon_smile.gif Back to the drawing board!

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post #15 of 29
I have a question about RKT, do they have to be covered in fondant or will a couple of coats of BC do it as I too am doing a church cake and would like to do the steeple in RKT (but the church will be iced in BC) Last time I did a church, I made the steeple out of white chocolate (What a PIA)
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