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My attempt to make a RKT football player...........

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Ahhhh so last weekend, I had my daughter's birthday, and she shares a birthday with my brother so I made him a cake as well. He has joked all year about how he wants an Adrian Peterson cake, and he wants Adrian to be standing up and stiffarming while he runs. I said oh yeah right...then I found out about using RKT to make cake decorations. I did it on an adult cake for my sister, but that was easy because it was basically one solid mass. But I decided I was going to surprise him and make exactly what he said. Just not in cake. I made Adrian Monday morning. Cake was to be done by Saturday. He seemed very stable and sturdy, I thought I'd accomplished it! I was ecstatic! Until I started to decorate him. By Thursday his arms had fallen off. I couldn't figure out how to get his arms to stay on. I kept adding royal icing, had a toothpick in there, nothing worked. Very late Thursday I finally threw the arms in the trash and made gumpaste arms. I though if I attach gumpaste arms to the shoulders I could get it to attach to the fondant better. HAH! I finally did it! It was gonna work!! The arms lasted through the night, and all day Friday. Friday night puting the cake together, as I'm puting adrian on the cake, he breaks in half at the waist and he falls and breaks his arms OFF. Oh I was sooo mad. I almost cried. But I decided Adrian could no longer be edible, because I refused to let go of this cake, and I was determined to do whatever I had to do to make him stay together. And since it was a cake for my brother, I busted out the hot glue gun. I didn't know if it would even work..I had NO idea if hot glue would hold on these types of things, but I was gonna try. I hot glued his arms back on, and his torso back to his waist, and waited. Sturdy as can be, but oh my gosh NEVER AGAIN. I told the story to my brother and he just laughed and laughed and said "I would have thrown it in the garbage." No way..I was not letting the RKT get the best of me....nor was I gonna hand my brother an empty football field cake........ I have a lot to learn about RKT lol.
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post #2 of 13
That's hilarious! Sorry for your pain, but I'm crackin up here.
post #3 of 13
Way to be determined thumbs_up.gif Did you take pictures of his various stages?
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icon_lol.gificon_lol.gif Too funny! I'm going to be attempting a mickey mouse out of RKT. I made the head last night. I was going to make him standing up and leaning aginst the cake but after hearing your story, maybe he'd like to sit on top of the cake.

Next time try candy melts to glue pieces together. That stuff drys really hard and firm.
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It's much easier to laugh at now looking back! At the time..there were nearly tears! No pictures of his various stages of destruction lol.

Thanks for the tip on candy melts! Would I just melt them and slap it on, or actually make candy clay with them? I am planning to try out candy clay on a safari themed cake coming up! I need to make some safari animals. Tough they will be sitting, so I am hoping for a little easier time with them!!!
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I can imagine the tears at the time. But I'm so glad you can laugh now cause that just makes it easier to try try again. Yes I would say melt the candy melts and slap it on just like glue icon_smile.gif Once the cany hardens its pretty strong. I also cover each of the RKT pieces in candy melts to make the surface smooth before applying fondant. That also helps to make the pieces stronger.

I made the body of my mickey mouse last night and I'm planning to make the arms and legs tonight. Then I'll attempt to put it all together. I've decided to be brave and make him standing up because I really like the design I've come up with.

I'm thinking in addition to the candy melts to glue everything together, I'll use some skewers and toothpicks for more stability. He's a pretty big mickey (he'll be standing up next to a 2-tier cake and probably be as tall as the cake) so hopefully I'll be able to secure everything ok. Wish me luck!

I've made quite a few fondant/tylose figures before but this is my first time making a RKT figure. I'm having fun so far icon_smile.gif
post #7 of 13
Cakelover,
One thing I have read on here is most people who use RKT don't put the butter in the recipe because they're more solid without it. What little RKT modeling I've done I did with store bought and they're pretty solid but all my stuff was big and fat, nothing as difficult as arms and legs. I'm glad you glued him back together...never let your cake push you aroundicon_smile.gif
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post #8 of 13
My rkt giraffe head was cracking in half badly, falling apart, and I painted the whole thing with candy melts....you could've hurt someone with it it was so solid! So I defintely recommend the melts for rkt. icon_smile.gif
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Yeah I read a lot about RKT before trying it and I did manage to pull off a RKT model on another cake, but it was not detailed like a football player. No limbs sticking up. I didn't completely omit the butter, I used like a tablespoon. But I think next time I will omit completely. I definitely will be trying the candy melts thanks!!! Debbie good luck on your Mickey Mouse! Can't wait to see a pic!
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post #10 of 13
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Originally Posted by cakelover613

Yeah I read a lot about RKT before trying it and I did manage to pull off a RKT model on another cake, but it was not detailed like a football player. No limbs sticking up. I didn't completely omit the butter, I used like a tablespoon. But I think next time I will omit completely. I definitely will be trying the candy melts thanks!!! Debbie good luck on your Mickey Mouse! Can't wait to see a pic!



OK its done! Finally! I almost ended up posting it as a complete disasternot the Mickey Mouse, the cake. I had more problems with this cake than any cake Ive ever done. Its mostly my own fault for trying new recipes and tips that just didnt work. I have to remember and keep telling myself, if its not broken, DONT fix it! I usually have good success with my mmf. I read a tip about making it in the mixer that said works like a dream every time. No not for me. I had to revert back to my own method and didnt have time to let it sit so I had to use it immediately after making it. Ive never felt like such an amateur trying to cover this darn cake!

AnywayMickey turned out pretty good and I didnt even have one problem with him. I ended up being brave and standing him up. I layered 3 pieces of foam core, hot glued them together and used little tiny nails to secure it to the board. Then I ran dowels down through the legs and into the foam core. But before I stuck the dowels in the foam core I make the holes and filled them with hot glue. I made sure the dowels stuck up out of the top of his legs quite a bit and stuck is body on top. It was very secure. I even delivered it an hour away and he jiggled a little but he traveled just fine. I thought about using skewers instead of dowels and Im glad I didnt. I think he was too heavy for skewers to support him. So anyway, hopefully this info can help you with your next attempt.

Heres the finished cake if youd like to take a look:
http://cakecentral.com/gallery/1947204
post #11 of 13
Wow your Mickey came out great. I'll remember the dowel/glue trick when I get brave enough to try something that tall.
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Originally Posted by sillywabbitz

Wow your Mickey came out great. I'll remember the dowel/glue trick when I get brave enough to try something that tall.



Thank you sillwabbitz. RKT is amazingly strong and durable. I was surprised at how easy everything came together. Be careful though, it can get pretty heavy. Once I added the cake to the board I had to have my husband carry it. icon_surprised.gif

Another thing I did that I don't remember if I mentioned...I ran the rice krispies through my food processor to make them finer. You can also put them in a baggie and use a rolling pin. I think it makes the bond stronger when you add the marshmallows. It also makes your figure less bumpy too icon_smile.gif
post #13 of 13
debbief, your Mickey is amazing. And I love the way you put him on the side. What a great idea!

You've given us all enough information on how to do it, thank you! I just wanted to share a blog where there are instructions on how to work with it, too. Maybe there's a thing or two there that we all could use.

http://sugarsweetcakesandtreats.blogspot.com/2010/11/toy-story-cake-and-cupcakes.html
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