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post #1 of 18
Thread Starter 

Hi!!

 

I was wondering how is the thick and thin chevron on the bottom tier of this cake cut? What kind of stencil could I use? I have some chevron cutters, but they are not like the chevron pattern on this cake.

 

Appreciate any help please! Thanks!! 

 

post #2 of 18

I'd cut out a paper template that fits the circumference of the cake and cut it out using an exacto knife.

post #3 of 18
Thread Starter 

Thank you Kara!! :) Or do you think cutting out individual pieces and placing them in a zig zag manner to make a chevron pattern would be easier?

post #4 of 18
Google jessicakes she has a fab blog and a craftsy class on chevrons.
post #5 of 18

I would bet those are hand cut, like costumeczar suggested doing.


I would do it as a wax paper transfer, not in individual segments. Maybe others are much better than I am, but doing it like that always looks messy for me, and I always manage to stretch, rip or misplace pieces when I put them on whole by hand.

post #6 of 18
Thread Starter 
Thanks cupcakemaker! Yeah, I've seen her work, but her chevrons are more uniform and same in size. She does use a paper template to hand cut them, like Kara suggested.

Yeah scrumdiddlycakes, that's what I'm concerned about. - stretching and ruining them. I haven't tried the wax paper technique before, just not sure if it'll work with lining up the chevron stripes straight on the cake... :-/
post #7 of 18

Make the paper the same width and diameter as your cake, lay the stripes all out on it with a very thin layer of shortening to hold them to the paper, then apply to the cake all at once. They will be perfectly positioned.

post #8 of 18
Thread Starter 

Thanks so much!! I am going to do a trial - it seems pretty simple when you read it, hopefully it turns out well. Appreciate the help!!!!

post #9 of 18

I love the term "wax paper transfer"... We always called that "using waxed paper to stick things onto the cake." I'm sure I'm not the only one who's been doing that for years without knowing we were using a "technique."

 

If you want to get it completely even start it at the top of the tier and use a ruler or another straightedge to line it up and work your way down. Any unevenness will be less noticeable at the bottom of the tier than it will at the top.

post #10 of 18
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Originally Posted by costumeczar View Post
 

I love the term "wax paper transfer"...

I'm klassy like that...

post #11 of 18
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Originally Posted by costumeczar View Post
 

I love the term "wax paper transfer"... We always called that "using waxed paper to stick things onto the cake." I'm sure I'm not the only one who's been doing that for years without knowing we were using a "technique."

 

If you want to get it completely even start it at the top of the tier and use a ruler or another straightedge to line it up and work your way down. Any unevenness will be less noticeable at the bottom of the tier than it will at the top.


Also, if you use a board with some type with measurements on it, making your cuts to measurement are easy as you can see through the wax paper.

post #12 of 18
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Originally Posted by scrumdiddlycakes View Post

I'm klassy like that...

Yeah, baby!
post #13 of 18
Thread Starter 
Thanks so much! This really helps Kara and JWinslow! I found a couple of chevron templates that I'll print and cut out. Really appreciate the help!!!
post #14 of 18
And may I highly suggest getting some refill blades for a box cutter, for cutting out straight lines like these? I'm really obsessive about getting perfect cuts, without dragging or warping, and using these in more of a chopping motion, rather than pulling an Exacto knife thru the gunpaste, gives really precise and clean cuts. It's a longer blade, and easier to hold.
post #15 of 18

AZ is right - take the time to get these blades and keep several on hand.  They make an amazing difference.  I took her advice on these blades and now they are part of my toolkit.

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