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post #16 of 27
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ok..thought of some more ?'s. Hope you don't mind! i've never tinted fondant before. I don't have a cake supply store anywhere near me (actually don't even have a bakery) so i'm going to have to order the colors online. Which brand would you recommend? If i'm trying for colors similar to those in the picture, which color would you use??? It's so hard to tell from the little bitty squares on the websites. Thought those of you with more experience might be able to point me in the right direction. I don't mind buying a few and experimenting, but i'd rather not buy every shade of pink, purple, green, etc. if i can help it. hope i'm not being too much of a pain. i really do appreciate all the help and i'm in awe of some of your cakes that i've been browsing through!!!!
post #17 of 27
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Originally Posted by joquita

ok..thought of some more ?'s. Hope you don't mind! i've never tinted fondant before. I don't have a cake supply store anywhere near me (actually don't even have a bakery) so i'm going to have to order the colors online. Which brand would you recommend? If i'm trying for colors similar to those in the picture, which color would you use??? It's so hard to tell from the little bitty squares on the websites. Thought those of you with more experience might be able to point me in the right direction. I don't mind buying a few and experimenting, but i'd rather not buy every shade of pink, purple, green, etc. if i can help it. hope i'm not being too much of a pain. i really do appreciate all the help and i'm in awe of some of your cakes that i've been browsing through!!!!



I order most of my colours on-line from www.creativecutters.com

If you e-mail them and send them the photo (with assurances that you're not going to hold them responsible if the colour isn't exactly right), they will suggest a couple of colours that will be close. (I've done this before with a red I was trying to achieve and couldn't tell from the little swatches ... what they sent me was great!)

My preference with fondant is to use powdered colours rather than paste, but with soft tones, either one will work fine (you need so much paste to get the stronger colours that the fondant can get sticky)
post #18 of 27
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melc- thanks for the link. I e-mailed them so hopefully they'll be able to help me! I really appreciate all the support!!!!
post #19 of 27
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another question for you! how would i go about making the little pink balls? I can't imagine I would be able to make them very uniform by hand. Could I use a pearl mold and then cut them apart? I don't know!!! thanks again!
post #20 of 27
On Earlene Moore's site she tells how to make fondant pearls. To make them a consistent size, you roll out your dough to a certain thickness then use your tips as cutters, she even gives pearl sizes in mm for each tip. If you want larger balls you can always flip the tip upside down and use that to cut.
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post #21 of 27
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Thanks soooo much! What a great tutorial on making pearls! I really appreciate it! I never would have thought of that. I would've been trying to make them uniform by eye-balling it...probably wouldn't have looked too great! icon_smile.gif
post #22 of 27
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okay...think i've about got it figured out! Now i just have to get practicing! i was wondering if you could help me come up with a good timeline for making the actual cake. For instance, if her party is going to be on a saturday, how much of it can i do ahead of time??? How far in advance can i make the fondant decorations, How long will the cake stay fresh at room temp, etc., etc.? please keep in mind that it probably takes me 10 times longer to do anything since i'm such a beginner. thanks sooooo much for your help!!! I love all the support i've been getting from cc!
post #23 of 27
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Originally Posted by joquita

okay...think i've about got it figured out! Now i just have to get practicing! i was wondering if you could help me come up with a good timeline for making the actual cake. For instance, if her party is going to be on a saturday, how much of it can i do ahead of time??? How far in advance can i make the fondant decorations, How long will the cake stay fresh at room temp, etc., etc.? please keep in mind that it probably takes me 10 times longer to do anything since i'm such a beginner. thanks sooooo much for your help!!! I love all the support i've been getting from cc!



Make the fondant decorations ASAP, including the towers if they are not cake filled.
I have a day job, so the rest of the timeline is assuming you only have evenings during the week...

Fondant covered cake will stay fresh for several days at room temp, as long as you don't use a terribly perishable filling for the cake. If you're using a scratch cake, you may want to brush it with a simple syrup before crumb coating as they do dry out a bit faster than box cakes.

Hope this helps!

Bake the cake on Wednesday, cool & wrap. Refrigerate

Thursday assemble, fill & crumb coat. Put it in the fridge until the crumbcoat is firm, then wrap in plastic wrap and return to the fridge.

Friday, take the cake out and allow to warm up slightly while you are rolling the fondant (if that's what you're using) If you've used a crusting BC to crumb coat, you may need to add another THIN layer just before you add the fondant (so the fondant sticks!). Make sure the cake is COMPLETELY covered and leave it out overnight (do not refrigerate for more than a few minutes at this point!)

Saturday AM... assemble & decorate! If you are using dusts to get the shimmer, do that after you assemble, but b4 the final details are added.

IF you have the opportunity to work on it during the week days, you can bake, assemble & refrigerate early on Friday, fondant it Friday afternoon and decorate Saturday.. Definately let the fondant firm up at least overnight if you can... it's much easier to work with than fresh (do as I say, not as I do... I work on fresh fondant all the time, but it's a pain)
post #24 of 27
This is a simple technique that you can do! I would recomend purchasing the Wilton 2006 catolog. It has pictures and step by step instructions on stacking cakes. It will tell you what size round cake to use for the amount of guest you will have. You can vist there website as well. It's free and will be very helpfull.

Here is anohter great website for step by step instructions for all your cake decorating needs. You'll love this very helpful website.

Have fun! You picked a great cake to start with. The sugar cones would work perfect for the top of the castle. Great idea! your on you way.

Decorating 101

http://www.baking911.com/decorating/101_intro.htm

Linda
post #25 of 27
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MelC- Thanks so much for the timeline! that was very helpful! I e-mailed creativecutters and haven't heard back from them yet. Does it usually take them a little while to respond? Hopefully I'll hear from them soon! I can't wait to get started!

lindascakes- thanks for the link! lots of helpful info on that site!
post #26 of 27
There is a castle cake in the wilton cake decorating book- beginners guide with step by step instructions, have you seen this one? It's not quiet as elaborate as the one above, but it's cute none the less. pm me if you want me to email you this, as I can't figure out how to add an attatchment to the forum.
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post #27 of 27
You make the triangle tops by combining fondant and gumpaste (50/50 ratio) and set it? You can make the mold by cutting out the cardboard paper towel rolls - cutting a rectangle, roll it into that shape, tape it closed. Then put the gumpaste/fondant mix (rolled out & cut into rectangle) over it in that shape?

Does that make sense? I wish I could demonstrate what I mean. Its so hard to write it out and have it make sense...
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