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post #31 of 266
I too steal my children's toys! I used their play food lettuce and tomato to imprint into fondant. I of course washed them thoroughly before.
post #32 of 266
Pastry Diva

Plastic Egg cartoons can be soaked in hot water, a few drops of bleach and washed with detergent. I leave my flowers on the wax or foil paper and transport them that way. This way they are cushioned.


ge978

The are some vinyl table cloth that have a diamond pattern embossed in it. The design is deep enough to be imprinted in to your fondant in the same way you would use the impression mats from cake decorating suppliers.


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post #33 of 266
Thanks Princess - I never even thought of that before. Hopefully I can find one icon_smile.gif
post #34 of 266
This thread is so cool - I just figured out I could use my removable wine bottle holder (never used) that came with my fridge for a large curved surface. And the egg keeper (never used-always kept my eggs in their original carton) could hold flowers too. Thanks everyone.
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post #35 of 266
I use the silverware caddy from my dishwasher to hold my bags of royal icing with a damp paper towel in the bottom so the tips don't dry-
post #36 of 266
Wow, I have gotten so many great ideas from you all.

The only thing that I can think of that has not already been mentioned, is that I use the cardboard that our 24 pack of bottle water comes in for a cake board. I just cover it with freezer paper.
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post #37 of 266
Well Monday I used a baseball wrapped in saran wrap and dusted with cornstarch to make a fondant umbrella. I had to find a way to let it dry and hold its shape. icon_biggrin.gif
post #38 of 266
you can go to the dollar store to get pretty lacy plastic place mats to emboss your fondand and cut around to place prettily over the top of your cake!
post #39 of 266
LOL It's so sad before I put things in The recycle I think Hmmm what Can I use this for. Hmmm LOL... Just doing my part to save a tree I suppose.

And I am always looking for hardware items or even in some dollar stores To find items that can be used to create something on a cake.

Ge978 I kept looking at the impression mats and they reminded me of something. Then one day I was at my mom and she has a free standing closet she stores extra coats in. The closet had The same pattern. Then I remembered she had the tablecloth like it. It's just a plastic see through thingie. She used to use it to cover over her nice table cloths so we would not ruin them LOL. But it works just as well and if u can find one it's so much cheaper.
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post #40 of 266
this is so funny i thought i was the only one that used my kids toys to decor. a cake. i use the play dou toy i had to buy my own cause my kids always used theirs and got tired of always washing them from the really playdou but its funny everytime i use mine cause when my kids see me using it my kids start to yell "yeah mommy is playing with playdou we want to play too" and i'm like oh no you not. this one is mine for my cake....and then they say we want to help you too ....i always good first to the dollar store and go straight to the kids section to see what new toy i can use to decor. then i go to wal-mart i also save my pizza boxes and store my dried flowers in their and they are very good for stacking on top of each other (i keep the good boxes not the one with all the oil)
post #41 of 266
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LOL It's so sad before I put things in The recycle I think Hmmm what Can I use this for. Hmmm LOL... Just doing my part to save a tree I suppose.

And I am always looking for hardware items or even in some dollar stores To find items that can be used to create something on a cake.

Ge978 I kept looking at the impression mats and they reminded me of something. Then one day I was at my mom and she has a free standing closet she stores extra coats in. The closet had The same pattern. Then I remembered she had the tablecloth like it. It's just a plastic see through thingie. She used to use it to cover over her nice table cloths so we would not ruin them LOL. But it works just as well and if u can find one it's so much cheaper.



Cake Princess,
Can you tell us where you bought your diamond printed tablecloth??

Thanks icon_smile.gif
post #42 of 266
This is a good thread! I've always heard that necessity is the mother of invention and these tips prove it.

I just put this in the thread about the baking strips, but thought it would be good to add it here too!

Those pins in the baking strips hurt my fingers really bad, so I started using the office supply store bulldog clips to fasten them together. They also work to be able to use the strips on the character pans. Janice
post #43 of 266
My mom bought it at a fabric store. The sell everything there from. I was thinking what other stores would possibly have it. I will have to speak with my mom to get an idea as to what nationally recognized stores might have it.


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post #44 of 266
After I burned my baking strips (don't ask!), I started using towels that i cut into strips and soaked heavily. Worked out really well.
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It's not "just cake!"
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post #45 of 266
Occasionally I make plain sheet cakes that accompany a decorated cake. To make it easier to for the server (and to make sure they get the number of servings required) I score the cakes to give them lines to cut on.

I bought the thinest dowel rod I could find, and it's very flexible. I lay it across the cake to make the scores. It works very well!
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