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How to make blue water for golf course cake? Like on TV?

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Im making a golf course cake for a grooms cake and am trying to figure out a good way to make a lake. On the cake shoes on tv i've seen them pour some kind of blue liquid to make lakes. Does anybody know how to do that? Is it regular poured sugar? I've made sugar tiles before but thats really hot when poured so im scared if it poured on a fondant cake it would melt it? Any suggestions on how to make that or of another way to make water would be much appreciated icon_biggrin.gif
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Piping gel colored with gel paste coloring. thumbs_up.gif
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post #3 of 21
make the poured sugar lake and then once hard, lift it up and set it on the fondant covered cake (if you pour it directly on the cake it WILL melt the fondant)

here is some I just did for a duck cake......I used a 14" round cake pan and lined the bottom with foil, dumped in the poured sugar, let it set up and lifted it out and peeled off the foil (foil is nice because you can adjust the "wrinkles" in it to make an impression in the sugar, giving it a realistic water look)

Here is a photo of just the sugar.
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post #4 of 21
I know it kinda looks like cracks in the sugar, but that's the "veining" from the foil imprint put on it.........they wanted it to look like a swimming pool w/ the reflections that you get!
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post #5 of 21
piping gel tinted blue, easy, no fuss, and fast
post #6 of 21
If you would rather not work with sugar piping gel colored blue is a great alternative. Look at my pool party cake for an example.
post #7 of 21
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Thanks ya'll for all the ideas! KHalstead how did you get that color? When i made sugar tiles thats color i tried to get but the sugar had a yellowish tint that made them look greenish instead of blue. Do you use isomalt or sugar?
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Wow KHalstead I think your pool looks lovely. What a good idea.
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Originally Posted by hollyberry91

Thanks ya'll for all the ideas! KHalstead how did you get that color? When i made sugar tiles thats color i tried to get but the sugar had a yellowish tint that made them look greenish instead of blue. Do you use or sugar?



You most likely cooked the sugar too long. If you cook it too long it will turn yellow and then brown.
post #10 of 21
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Originally Posted by hollyberry91

Thanks ya'll for all the ideas! KHalstead how did you get that color? When i made sugar tiles thats color i tried to get but the sugar had a yellowish tint that made them look greenish instead of blue. Do you use or sugar?




the directions I had said to cook the sugar to 250 degrees, add the coloring and then cook to 300 degrees........I cooked it on med. temp. to 250 degrees (slowly..........took about 20 min.) and it was just starting to yellow a little......I used americolor electric blue (about 3 drops) and then let the sugar bubble to mix the color in (I didn't stir it).

this was my FIRST time ever making poured sugar from scratch (i've melted jolly ranchers and life savers for stuff) and I thought it was SUPER easy!
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post #11 of 21
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I think i must have cooked it too long too or got the temp above 300. What happens when you cut the cake? Would i be able to cut though it with a sharp knife without smushing the cake underneath or would i have to remove the lake to cut it? Thanks so much!!
post #12 of 21
I've love working with piping gel for water, because it's so easy to work with and IMO looks real natural. But, if you go this route be sure to start off with a very small amount of food gel color. You might even find that a small drop will be too much color. I use a tooth pick.
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post #13 of 21
with this penguin cake, I used blue jolly ranchers for the "pond" and actually hollowed out the cake underneath (just an inch or so) and iced it and put fish down there and layed the candy "ice pond" on top so you could see the fish through it, it was really cool looking.

And yes, I just lifted it off and we cut the cake..........everyone was fighting over a piece of it too!

I used to always use piping gel, but don't care for the taste......but it does look realistic and is much faster and easier than cooking sugar
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post #14 of 21
The penguin cake is adorable! And what a great idea to put fish candies in it....awesome!
post #15 of 21
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glendaleAZ how did you get the piping gel so smooth? Do you thin it out or heat it? Yours is very even ad see though too im paranoid that mine will be more messy and opaque looking : (

KHalstead im liking the jolly rancher idea too. What flavor are those? The color is exactly what i have in mind.
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