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post #16 of 34
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Thank you! I'm not sure how to do this, but I'll reread a few times. It's always hard to see what is being explained. The part that confuses me is to push the fondant up against the cake? i have been trying to smooth it down flush against the cake with the extra away from the cake? Know what I mean?

Again, thank you for sharing! I have to find those mats!
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post #17 of 34
The little skirt of excess that you'll be removing, you just want to make sure that what's covering the cake is definitely nice and snug against the cake, so I gently push it in towards the bottom of the cake before making the cuts. That's probably just impossible to explain without a picture.
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post #18 of 34
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No, I get it now! Thank you!
Nancy
post #19 of 34
I actually just bought those from Wal-Mart for something else! Cakes already decorated this weekend but I'm going to try it on next weeks orders!! Thanks for the tip AZ!
post #20 of 34
Thanks for this tip, I have just bought some and shall be trying it this week.
post #21 of 34

Great tip, I covered a cake today and the bottom edge was not perfect and I thought lucky I have to put a ribbon around the bottom edge. I was looking at it and getting annoyed with myself because it was not perfect.  I should have come on here this morning rather than this afternoon because I have some of those mats.  Have to do a cake on Monday so going to try this technique, thank you.

post #22 of 34
super duper thank you AZcouture you're the best! i got some of your instructions but since i am a visual learning i look forward with that picture instructions summary. i am placing my cake on top of a can and then cut it from bottom of board with a khun rikon paring knife. also learned some tricks from global sugar art and free fondant class from craftsy. but your method is great. i will buy those mats this week. weeee! icon_biggrin.gif
post #23 of 34
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Oh my friends, do I have the solution for you. Best investment you'll ever make for perfect bottoms, and you'll throw those pizza cutters and knives out the window. Now I did say investment, so don't say I didn't warn ya.

Get a pack of those thin, plastic chopping mats from Wal-Mart or whatever, they usually come three to a pack. Cut about a six inch square from one. When you're ready to sever that fondant from the cake, lay your square up against the cake, and cup your hand to make it curve around the tier.With your other hand, gently push down until it slices thru the fondant thru to the table. Repeat all the way around. When you've worked all the way around the cake. Take that same plastic and start moving it up and down rapidly, and clean up the little straggly bits. I also use it as a smoother.

My favorite trick of all!

AZ I've seen someone do this with acetate sheets and I really want to try it! Can I ask though, do you leave the fondant to set before moving the cake for stacking so as not to disturb the bottom edge?
post #24 of 34

Brilliant!  Thanks AZ. 
I've been using a small piece of plastic to smooth for some time but have to work the bottom edge to bring it all the way down because of the gap the pastry wheel leaves.  I will definitely be using your technique. 

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post #25 of 34

What is the next step? lol How do you stack without messing up your edges? I tend to get one edge folded and semi dented, or pull it outward.

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post #26 of 34

Can you post a pic or tutorial?  I think I get it but I'm visual, I'd love to be able to see it just to make sure!

post #27 of 34

Thank you so much AZcouture for this great tip!! I've always been unhappy with my bottom borders and can't wait to try this method on the next cake I make!! Thanks so much again for sharing!!

post #28 of 34
Great tip AZ, thank you! I'm excited to try it now!
post #29 of 34

This is a genius tip.  I have to go and cover a dummy cake now just to experiment!  Thank you.

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post #30 of 34
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Groan!!! I was just at Bed, Bath and Beyond, and forgot my list, and totally forgot to buy these, Drats!!!! I am going out tomorrow to get them, AZ Couture!!

Nancy

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