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wedding cake truffles....decorating with a black ribbon?

post #1 of 25
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My customer wants some of these 3d wedding cake truffles, but she wants a black ribbon around them like her wedding cake will have. What is the best way to do this? Im kicking myself for even agreeing to do it. What a pain.

Anyways, I would like it to look nice and straight, would using candy clay work? Ive never used it before so I dont really know if that will work or not. I dont even know how I'd attach it. I guess some melted white chocolate applied to the strips?

Would it better to just paint black chocolate ribbons on them? Less trouble maybe? But if it looks messy I dont think it would be worth it.

If you guys were doing this, how would you go about it?
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post #2 of 25
How much are you charging?

That makes a difference as to the work that goes into them.
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post #3 of 25
I agree, painting may not look neat if your hand is not steady. I would just use strips of black fondant with gum glue if I did those which I can tell you I never would, too hard for my fat fingers to work with something so small.
post #4 of 25
I'd do it with a black candy writer or black royal if I got stuck.

http://www.countrykitchensa.com/catalog/product.aspx?T=1&productId=619028

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post #5 of 25
do you have a extruder gun (clay extruder)? I would use the smallest size hole and just extrude out black fondant or chocolate and just go around the layers as the fondant comes out of the extruder. I would think it would go fairly fast and the borders should be straight. Alot easier than painting.
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post #6 of 25
The extruder has a disc that makes a tiny flat ribbon. I'm not sure if it comes with the original set or with the extra set of discs that I purchased.
post #7 of 25
Those things are tiny! I think I'd pipe the "ribbon".

Trying to manipulate that tiny of a rope of fondant or gumpaste sounds like a great way to end up with all my hair torn out and me curled up in a corner babbling incoherently.
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post #8 of 25
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Originally Posted by 7yyrt

How much are you charging?

That makes a difference as to the work that goes into them.



0.75 each. I honestly have no clue what to charge. I have never made these for a customer before. I don't really know what they go for in specialty shops, but I know the grocery store I worked at (before I went on my own) charged anywhere from .60 to .90 for little treats. So I figured .75 was probably fair. I dunno. What do you think?


I dont know about fondant on chocolate. Honestly that seems to me like it wouldnt taste all that great. So the candy clay wont work in the extruder? No one has said anything about the clay. Ive never used it before though so is there a reason it wont work? I was thinking as far as taste is concerned that would probably be acceptable.

I had the same fear with painting....honestly I dont have a stead hand. Especially now with my wrists hurting like they do, they tend to shake when Im concentrating. If the candy clay wont work though, Ill have to paint.

Thank you for your input, guys. It's much appreciated. icon_smile.gif
post #9 of 25
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Originally Posted by BlakesCakes

I'd do it with a black candy writer or black royal if I got stuck.

http://www.countrykitchensa.com/catalog/product.aspx?T=1&productId=619028

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That's a neat idea. Id probably just put the chocolate in a bag though, that way I can get a nice small tip on there. Maybe a 2 or something. Ive never used one of those tube things. That might be convenient if the opening is small enough.
post #10 of 25
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It's not working guys. I tried painting it, it just looks so sloppy. It wasnt any better trying to pipe it on with a tip #2. I just made some candy clay and Im gonna see if it will go through my clay extruder. It's my first time making it. It's cool stuff! I can think of tons of uses for this. I keep thinking of Ace of Cakes and those rocker hands made with this stuff. Candy clay IS the same thing as modeling chocolate, right? I just assumed it was. Man, I gotta make me some rocker hands. Awesome.

I hope this works!
post #11 of 25
where did you get the mold for the truffles??? Those are adorable.

As far as I've always known...modelling chocolate and candy clay ARE the same thing!!
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post #12 of 25
I've used candy clay in my extruder tons of time and it's so much easier to do than fondant. Just make sure it's not sticky or melty when you put it in or it's hard to clean. You can attach it to the cake with piping gel or a little bit of icing or melted chocolate.

Those mold are cute, but I would charge at least $2 each, you're better than a grocery store. icon_smile.gif

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post #13 of 25
You are a custom caker - why on earth would u charge basic grocery store prices?! I think after this ur priority needs to be learning how to value your time, and ur quality - I bet urs are tastier and look better, are personalised, and take a lot of time - all of which justifies a higher price tag. So at that price, what are you personally making per hour?

Hopefully the extruder works, or I'd try a smaller tip.
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post #14 of 25
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Originally Posted by Sagebrush

Those things are tiny! I think I'd pipe the "ribbon".

Trying to manipulate that tiny of a rope of fondant or gumpaste sounds like a great way to end up with all my hair torn out and me curled up in a corner babbling incoherently.



All my co-workers just looked at me funny when I burst out laughing after reading your post!
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post #15 of 25
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Originally Posted by brincess_b

You are a custom caker - why on earth would u charge basic grocery store prices?! I think after this ur priority needs to be learning how to value your time, and ur quality - I bet urs are tastier and look better, are personalised, and take a lot of time - all of which justifies a higher price tag. So at that price, what are you personally making per hour?

Hopefully the extruder works, or I'd try a smaller tip.
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Ok, well....I guess because I havent done these before so I didnt really know how long it would take me or how hard it would be. I have a bad habit of telling every customer, "SURE I can do it!" and then try to figure out HOW to do it afterwards. But I guess honestly when you are in this business, someone is always gonna ask you to do something you havent done before. You cant keep saying no, so sometimes you gotta wing it....I guess. My phylosophy anyway.

After doing them Im think you are right 1.50-2.00 minimum. I tried the clay in the extruder and it worked. Only thing is I had to work very fast because the strands kept drying out and breaking when I tried to pick them up. They stuck to the chocolate cake with just a little pressure. That part wasnt too difficult.

At this point Im realizing how tedious and horrible this job it. Not only that, but handling the chocolate so much is making prints all over them. OH! And what's this? The black dye in the candy clay is coming off all over my hands and now its getting on my chocolate. Wonderful. So I finish and I look at them...they dont look wonderful because of all the smudges and fingerprints....so my genious idea is to dust them with some pearl dust to see if it will hide the prints. It doesnt look too bad, but it turns the black ribbon greyer than I thought it would. So I try to brush it off the ribbon but its stuck. I go over it wil water, doesnt work....so my next genious idea is to paint some black dye on the ribbons. So now Im sitting here praying that dye will actually dry and I can use these stupid things.

What a pain in the A$$!!!!!!!! I will never do this again. EVER. Ill mold ya a chocolate, but no way am I gonna sit there are decorate it. lol.

NOW. Another question. These that I made today are technically samples for her. She is paying .75 a piece for these. WOULD IT BE WRONG to tell her I have to raise the price if she decides to order them for her wedding in October? Honestly if that deters her from ordering them that would be fine with me. Ugh.
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