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It's 4 am and I'm awake holding a barn roof in place

post #1 of 18
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I made a farm themed cake for a friend's little girl today. Two tiers, with the top tier being a barn wrapped in dried fondant planks. The stupid roof will not stay in place and I have resigned myself to staying awake and holding it in place until it dries. Only problem is I'm not sure if it is ever going to dry! I've tried water, glucose, wadded up fondant rolls for support and even melted chocolate. It just keeps sliiiiiiding down slowly. What else could work?
post #2 of 18

gum glue or Royal icing?

post #3 of 18

melt down some fondant with just a drop or two of water , melt it in the microwave for eight seconds and stir it up , use it quickly it sets like concrete. DON'T TOUCH IT WITH YOUR BARE HANDS IT IS HOT !!!!!!!

post #4 of 18
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Originally Posted by Chellescakes View Post

melt down some fondant with just a drop or two of water , melt it in the microwave for eight seconds and stir it up , use it quickly it sets like concrete. DON'T TOUCH IT WITH YOUR BARE HANDS IT IS HOT !!!!!!!


I usually use  RI for stuff like this. But this technique sounds ve-e-er-r-y interesting. Sets like concrete? Must give it a try.

post #5 of 18
I never knew melted fondant can dry like that!

I will need try this out!

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post #6 of 18

You can re microwave it several times , but for eight seconds at a time. If you have worked some tylose into the fondant before you microwave it , it will set better too. 

post #7 of 18
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This sounds promising the next time I lose my mind and decide to make a 3D barn cake free of charge. icon_smile.gif I did finally thnk of royal icing but it was really too late to fire up the mixer and wake up the family for that. I actually still haven't worked with royal icing but it's next on my experiment list. So far, it's holding together though admittedly, it is kinda wonky and not the kind of clean work I try to achieve.
post #8 of 18
Thread Starter 

Here's a picture of the product of 4 a.m. remedial construction practices  :)

 

Bottom tier is yellow cake with raspberry filling and SMBC, top tier (barn) is chocolate with SMBC. All animals handmade from fondant with tylose. Barn is a bit wonky, but I certainly learned how NOT to put together a barn cake, which is to stay up until 4:32 a.m. holding a roof in place to dry for 32 minutes. :)

post #9 of 18

Well it looks good!

 

Next time do what the chocolatiers do, use melted chocolate and compressed air. The air instantly cools the chocolate and you're done!

post #10 of 18
Thread Starter 
Eh, it's ok. I guess one could pass it off as intentionally wonky as old barns often are! No one but me seemed to give two hoots about it and there were about 100 sets of eyeballs on it so this is one of those instances where what we see is different than what the average non-baker/ decorator will see. I will give that chocolate and compressed air trick a try next time I lose my mind.icon_smile.gif
post #11 of 18

are you kidding?? This is Beautiful!!!  I would love to be able to make a 3-D cake like this someday.... Great Job. Remember, we are our own worse critic. (the may be a tongue-twister, icon_biggrin.gif) Love your animals, BTW. 

post #12 of 18
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Thanks! This was my first time doing both the barn and the animals. Some came out better than others. The cat's leg are pretty funky, for example, but I surprised myself with the sheep!
post #13 of 18
I love your sheep. Looks a lot like the sheep in the serta commercial!
post #14 of 18

When I have to hold a roof in place on a gingerbread house, I take a long wire - generally used for wired flowers, fold it in the center then hook it on either end and lay it over the top of the roof.  The hooks on either ends hold the roof slats in place while they dry.

post #15 of 18
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I love your sheep. Looks a lot like the sheep in the serta commercial!

Thanks! You're not the first person to say that. Lol
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