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Fondant balls around cake?

post #1 of 31
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what's your secret to making perfect little fondant balls around a cake without it taking forever??

I can't imagine someone rolling each and every one by hand. I'm too impatient. There's got to be a better way!
post #2 of 31
I've always wondered about that too,
I'm a patient person but not that patient...!
Anyone have any idea?
post #3 of 31
There are tools like former and fondant extruders (so) but I do my own. I make a "snake" with the fondant then use a ruler to guide me to cut into the size I need. I cut little pieces each the same length then roll. This method does take time but saves me from buying yet another tool lol

Does that even make sense, I haven't had coffee yet haha
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post #4 of 31
There is a silicone mold that does a string of them at a time - it still takes a while, but not forever. Another option is to pipe RI or stiff consistency BC with a round tip - with enough practice you can get it exact as the mold.
post #5 of 31
What a good question! I was wondering about this the other day as I was well into my 2nd hour rolling balls for a cake boarder!
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post #6 of 31
You could try and use one of these to do more than one at a time:

http://www.google.com/imgres?imgurl=http://www.thecraftbarn.co.uk/shopimages/products/thumbnails/krs_118003_8712s%2520Fimo%2520tri-bead%2520roller.jpg&imgrefurl=http://www.thecraftbarn.co.uk/section.php/1014/1/bead-rollers-and-other-bead-making-tools&usg=__JuDpiVwU0PTF1gezTztxAuGadlU=&h=182&w=223&sz=41&hl=en&start=37&zoom=1&tbnid=m7n1FWYn8LT5PM:&tbnh=87&tbnw=107&ei=icon_eek.gifGqTdXbO4_rgQeUk_zzBQ&prev=/images%3Fq%3Dbead%2Brollers%26um%3D1%26hl%3Den%26client%3Dfirefox-a%26sa%3DG%26rls%3Dorg.mozilla:en-USicon_surprised.giffficial%26biw%3D1280%26bih%3D551%26tbm%3Disch0%2C912&um=1&itbs=1&biw=1280&bih=551

but other than that I haven't found a quicker way yet!!
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based on the size of balls i need i use cake decorating frosting tips...the big end.roll out a piece of fondant and cut..makes perfect circles and when rolled into balls they will all be uniform in size...no guessing..
post #9 of 31
I roll.....
post #10 of 31
I hand roll them , too
post #11 of 31
I roll them by hand.
post #12 of 31
I use the bead maker and then still end up rolling. Or a large sheet thru the pasta machine with a round tips. It is a great way to use up down time
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post #13 of 31
I delegate this task out to my 2 kids
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post #14 of 31
Here's a brilliant step-by-step for perfectly even-sized fondant balls for borders...

http://www.creativecelebrationcakes.co.uk/page35.htm
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post #15 of 31
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Originally Posted by grandmaruth

based on the size of balls i need i use cake decorating frosting tips...the big end.roll out a piece of fondant and cut..makes perfect circles and when rolled into balls they will all be uniform in size...no guessing..



This is what I do too. I try to do it several days in advance. If I don't have time, then I make some BC that matches my design and pipe a border.
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