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How to make these numbers?

post #1 of 18
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Hi everyone! I'm making a cake for my niece this weekend she's turning 15. I want to make a big 15 to go on top of the cake and I fell in love with the style of these numbers. I just have no clue how to make them, Please help!!! icon_biggrin.gif
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post #2 of 18
I would probably use a 50/50 mixture of fondant & gumpaste...color it and roll it out into a snake (or use a clay gun if you have one). Shape the letters on a piece of parchment or wax paper and let them try for a day or two if you want them to stand up. If you're putting them on the side of the cake, you can either let them dry or shape the numbers right there on the side... I would use vodka to attatch the numbers to the base layer of fondant.
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post #3 of 18
How do you get them to stand up?? im making the same ones, a 1 & 3 im fine with the 1 but what about the 3???
post #4 of 18
I agree with jhay. When I make numbers like that I used 50/50 and it worked great. However, when I rolled them out, I stuck a lollipop stick up into them (would work for the 1, with the 5 you would be able to see a little bit of stick coming out of the cake) to help anchor them into the cake.

You can see what I mean on the "J" in this cake. I don't think the stick is distacting, especially not more than it falling over from not enough support. icon_smile.gif
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post #5 of 18
when i make numbers or letters like that. i use small skewers. and work them in the paste. lay them to dry. tooth picks for me are too small. i like to have more extention of the skewer to go into the cake. i put them in when i ice it with b/c . or use a little chocolate on them if sticking into fondant covered cake. if i am going to party. i stick them in there. hth there is a pic in my photos of a life story (40) cake. with the 40 like that. that one was pretty big. the client really liked it
post #6 of 18
but how do you get a skewer into a 0 without it showing????
post #7 of 18
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Thanks that really helps. I wonder would a toothpick help with the 5 so it wont show as much?
post #8 of 18
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Originally Posted by CrystalCupcake

Thanks that really helps. I wonder would a toothpick help with the 5 so it wont show as much?



Maybe, but I'm not sure a toothpick is bulky enough to provide any support. Maybe if it's poked through fondant.
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post #9 of 18
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Originally Posted by CakeandDazzle

but how do you get a skewer into a 0 without it showing????



Do it at an angle. It will still show a little bit, though.
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post #10 of 18
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Oh ok. I might just have to do with the the lollipop stick but I really didnt want anything to stick out. Is there any other way?
post #11 of 18
both times I've made a 0 I put two skinny (5" long) skewers into both sides of the 0. It ends up not being a perfectly round 0 but more of an oblong oval. I like using the long skewers so the numbers are really well planted in the cake - very little chance of their weight causing a toothpick to rip through the cake.
post #12 of 18
I have used coffee straws for say like the number one and I used wire inserted in like the number 0 at an angle then straightened out at the end that goes into the cake, the wire is inserted into a coffee straw in the cake so no wire is touching the cake itself. I use 50/50 gumpaste and fondant and wilton gel color. HTH

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post #13 of 18
I find for certain letters and numbers I have to put a little flower or something to hide the skewer. When you put the supports at an angle, make sure the angle pts into the cake. I oppsed that once and it poked out of the cake. Also cut the skewers to length BEFORE you put them in the number. Odds are the # will break if you try and clip them after the number has dried.
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post #14 of 18
Thread Starter 
Thanks for all the advice everyone! I dont have gumpaste but I have a little gum tex to put in the fondant just so I can make the numbers, will it be enough to make the number sturdy. OR can I use something else?
post #15 of 18
cakesamddazzle. just seen this again, with my 40 in my pics. i used 1 small skewer on each side of the 0. never angled it. they were heavy also. they went down in the cake probably 4". i would never put something in anything that would show. the small skewers are thin. they work great. hth
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