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Decorating the cake to look like a brick building?

post #1 of 7
Thread Starter 
Good Afternoon All,

I am making a to-scale replica of a Library for their Open House. They have built a new building. The building is red brick with off-white mortar. I know I can get the brick impressions for the brick - however how do I get the mortar to be off-white and the bricks to be red? I do prefer to work with buttercream - I'm not very familiar with fondant for covering a cake. Any & all suggestions would be great. I also would love to "jazz" up the outside maybe. Any suggestions for that as well.

Thanks so much!

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post #2 of 7
Hi Norma,can't you colour the buttercream with the brick colour and then ice the cake. Let it crust and do the brick imperssion. For the mortar, can't you use an Ivory colour paste (a very tiny bit) to colour the buttercream if its white? If you are making the buttercream with butter, it will be an off-white won't it?
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post #3 of 7
Thread Starter 
Thank you Bashini,

So should I ice the cake in the red buttercream, then impress the brick mold, after icing has crusted. Then go back with an off-white icing and fill in the "mortar" with a number 1 or 0 tip?

Thank you so much for your assistance.

Noma
post #4 of 7
On ace of cakes they had the off white fondant, then used the brick impression mat to make the brick pattern. Then with a paper towel or cloth they rubbed on the red food colouring very lightly and the bricks came out red while the mortar stayed white. Looked very real. They did one wall at a time and put it on a piece of cardboard to get each wall up.
post #5 of 7
Hi Noma, I think that's exactly how you have to do it. Let us know how you got on? icon_smile.gif Good Luck! thumbs_up.gif
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post #6 of 7
You can also pipe it with royal icing.
post #7 of 7
Thread Starter 
Thank you all! I appreciate all suggestions. I'm not experienced with fondant - but I can handle doing wall panels.

Thanks,
Noma
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