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post #1 of 9
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Hello All,

I was wondering if anyone had any suggestions on the best way to go about making a brick wall themed fondant cake. I am making 9" round cake and have a brick pattern that I will roll into the fondant.

I am not sure the best method to do this:

1) First, cover the cake with a layer of fondant. Next, roll out the fondant panels with the brick pattern and place onto the existing fondant. (Im worried this method will have alot of fondant on the cake)

OR

2) Roll out the fondant panels with the brick pattern and apply directly to the cake.

Any suggestions would be appreciated.
Thanks!
post #2 of 9
I hope someone replies to your question soon, as I would also like to know the best answer. Good Luck with your cake, Missy! icon_smile.gif
post #3 of 9
I always apply my fondant then use the imprint mat pressed on with my fondant smoother. Not sure if it's how you're supposed to do it, but it works for me!
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post #4 of 9
i've actually tried both ways. there are draw backs to each;
i've rolled my fondant out then imprinted it-then applied to my cake. i found that some of the brick/stone/wood pattern stretched and looked warped. perhaps if i was to use thicker fondant?
i've also tried applying fondant to the cake then tied imprinting it.
issues i've encountered were that you could see the edges of the imprint, and it was difficult to get a really nice, crisp pattern.

i would recommend imprinting then applying to cake. but i do alot of carved cakes and that's what works best for me.
hth
post #5 of 9
If I was going to try to do it I would imprint it first. Do you need to cover the top too? If so, I would do the top and sides separate, otherwise, like previously stated, it will stretch the pattern. Let it set for a bit to firm up a little after imprinting. You may try rolling the side into a cylinder shape and unrolling it onto the cake. That way you will have less chance of it stretching the pattern. Or lay it imprint side down on a piece of wax paper and use the paper to carry it up to the cake. Make sense?

I've done a brick pattern on a square cake before but I made panels for each side and applied them separately. Much easier than one continuous piece on a round cake.
post #6 of 9
I also like the imprint first then apply fondant method, especially for a curved surface.

But I have another idea as well, and really depends on your design. I made a fireplace cake for Christmas with stockings and a mantle (sorry not in my gallery). I used white buttercream as my base then put my red fondant over it. I then used my knife and straightedge and hand cut the horizontal lines then the vertical lines into the cake to make the brick, The result was that the buttercream underneath showed through like mortar in the spaces between..

Good luck!
Theresa
post #7 of 9
I also like the imprint first then apply fondant method, especially for a curved surface.

But I have another idea as well, and really depends on your design. I made a fireplace cake for Christmas with stockings and a mantle (sorry not in my gallery). I used white buttercream as my base then put my red fondant over it. I then used my knife and straightedge and hand cut the horizontal lines then the vertical lines into the cake to make the brick, The result was that the buttercream underneath showed through like mortar in the spaces between..

Good luck!
Theresa
post #8 of 9
I also like the imprint first then apply fondant method, especially for a curved surface.

But I have another idea as well, and really depends on your design. I made a fireplace cake for Christmas with stockings and a mantle (sorry not in my gallery). I used white buttercream as my base then put my red fondant over it. I then used my knife and straightedge and hand cut the horizontal lines then the vertical lines into the cake to make the brick, The result was that the buttercream underneath showed through like mortar in the spaces between..

Good luck!
Theresa
post #9 of 9
Sorry - I thought it wasnt posting - I kept getting an error message. Didn't mean to reply 3x!
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