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post #1 of 14
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so its time to woman up and accept the fact that i have to learn how to do zebra print fondant... i can only imagine its not that hard to do... and honestly i dont know why its terrified me for this long... ive come up with some pretty crazy ways to get around it... but being that im on my 4th cake w/ zebra print... its time to accept my fears and add zebra to my list of can dos!

I figured id roll out black and cut some stripes, roll out white and then steam the stripes and attach them... maybe roll it a lil more once they are attached to make them flat... (my fondant doesnt just stick together on a good day and i normally like it that way so just rolling it together wont work, it will have to be steamed... )

or do you just cover the cake with white, then add the black stripes then...

downside is that my black tends to run if its steamed too much... none of my other colors do that, i guess its all the color in black (even though i start off with chocolate fondant, it still requires quite a bit of color to get black) any solution to this issue other than dont steam?

or do you have another method for making zebra that you prefer...
post #2 of 14
you could totallt cheat and buy the zebra printed sugar sheets that wilton has now. You can even use them in a cricut machine.
post #3 of 14
I did one for a wedding and I covered the cake in white then added the stripes. I just used a paint brush to get the one side wet and stick it onto the white fondant. It's not that difficult to make good looking zebra stripes, you would be suprised once you start. My zebra cake is posted in my photos if you want to look.
post #4 of 14
zebra print is sooo EASY! icon_lol.gif all you do is a white base...roll out some black fondant...then cut out some strips with points or whatever (you can do this very organically) and then put them on the cake! seriously...don't be scared!

if you wanted them to actually be into the white fondant you can roll out your white fondant (not too thin), then your black fondant, do your stripe cuts, lay them on the white, then gently roll them into the white, THEN cover your cake!

once you get started you'll wonder why you were so afraid icon_wink.gif
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post #5 of 14
Hi, lots of decorators on this site, like this video. hth


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zJoGKtopx3o
post #6 of 14
I would recommend rolling the black fondant and making the cuts, covering with plastic wrap, rolling out white, quickly placing black, roll white a bit more, and apply if that's the method you want (if you roll the white first it will be a LOT more difficult to get the black to stick and you'll probably have to deal with elephant skin).

I also like painting the stripes right onto the covered cake (airbrush color) or just cutting the black pieces and adding them to the covered cake. Do you roll your fondant out on powdered sugar or cornstarch? Try it on pan spray instead and see if that doesn't make a difference in your moisture content icon_smile.gif (for me, I can stick the stripes [or polka dots or whatever] right on without additional water if I do it within, say, 10 minutes - and I'm in AK which is dry as HELL so that says something icon_smile.gif)
post #7 of 14
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Originally Posted by KoryAK

I would recommend rolling the black fondant and making the cuts, covering with plastic wrap, rolling out white, quickly placing black, roll white a bit more, and apply if that's the method you want (if you roll the white first it will be a LOT more difficult to get the black to stick and you'll probably have to deal with elephant skin).

I also like painting the stripes right onto the covered cake (airbrush color) or just cutting the black pieces and adding them to the covered cake. Do you roll your fondant out on powdered sugar or cornstarch? Try it on pan spray instead and see if that doesn't make a difference in your moisture content icon_smile.gif (for me, I can stick the stripes [or polka dots or whatever] right on without additional water if I do it within, say, 10 minutes - and I'm in AK which is dry as HELL so that says something icon_smile.gif)



Pan spray as in straight Pam or baking spray like bakers joy? Never heard of this way before... I despise powdered sugar as it gets everywhere!

Ive been cheating with sugar sheets but they can get pricy. Not to mention they are harder to work with than fondant.

Anyone else ever have the black run problem?
post #8 of 14
I just paint the stripes on. It's easy. A lot easier than talking customers out of zebra print, even when it doesn't go with their design (this week I am doing a zebra print Hollywood theme cake which is going to look way too busy).
post #9 of 14
esangston,
I was just like you - scared to death of zebra print, but everybody wants it! I did my first two on white buttercream, smoothed, then cut the zebra stripes, laid them directly on the buttercream, and it looked so cute, I wondered what all the fuss had been about. I have also covered cake in white fondant, cut out black stripes, apply with a dab of water. Roll the stripes thin if you don't want them to stick out, so to speak. It's the easiest thing ever. If you're afraid of putting water on the black, use a dab of piping gel or white corn syrup with a small paint brush. Have fun!
post #10 of 14
esangston: yep plain old Pam. The baker's joy also contains flour, you are just looking for the oil. I use that and the blue Ateco mat to roll my stuff out on.
post #11 of 14
Everyone wants zebra print!!! I'm new to cake decorating as well, and haven't learned how to work with fondant yet. I've done two cakes with the wilton zebra print sugar sheet, they were cute but I wanted to figure out a way to make a buttercream zebra cake look like the fondant cakes without "cheating" and using the sugar sheet. I bought a zebra stencil from Jesters' Cake Supply (Global Sugar Art also has them) and it came in yesterday! i'm going to do a practice cake this weekend, hopefully it'll turn out well! So that is another option for you!
post #12 of 14
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I did zebra on buttercream before... I hat to do it at the last minute away from all my tips and stuff but I used chocolate royal icing... Its in my cake pics, it would have looked better had I prepared for it...
post #13 of 14
OMGoodness!!!! I swear, signing on to CC this morning was a sign from the cake gods!!!! I have to finish up my favorite nieces sweet 16 cake today & the top tier is zebra print & I was TERRIFIED to do this print until I looked here! THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU to all of you!!!!
post #14 of 14
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Originally Posted by laurabeth73

OMGoodness!!!! I swear, signing on to CC this morning was a sign from the cake gods!!!! I have to finish up my favorite nieces sweet 16 cake today & the top tier is zebra print & I was TERRIFIED to do this print until I looked here! THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU to all of you!!!!



lol see im not the only one scared of zebra print!!!! hahaha... good luck on yours!
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