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« on: April 06, 2008 10:04:42 AM »

i'm making my 5 y.o the dreaded cinderella cake.

i have no problem with the base ( dress bottom ) but i'm clueless as to what to do for the top portion. i do not want to use a doll's upper body, because 1) it's corny 2) the bottom will be way too big

so i need something to sculpt her upper body, it doesn't have to be so edible- i doubt anyone will eat it, but it HAS to be realistic and  most importantly her face. if i'm going to do this it will have to be done right.

what can i sculpt and paint that will not crush the cake base under it?

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in the even that I forgo this cinderella fiasco, i was thinking of making her a sheet cake with a minnie mouse imaging, similar question- what is the best material to use, both background and actual painting, to paint a realistic looking artwork? gels are too thick and do not dry

thank you for any help you can offer
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« Reply #1 on: April 06, 2008 10:58:32 AM »

I can't help with the fondant/sculpting problem, but if you end up going with Minnie Mouse one of the best ways to infill is to use buttercream icing in a piping bag, and fill in a colouring book outline by piping small stars.

Check out the Wilton cake decorating site: http://www.wilton.com/decorating/noveltyshape.cfm.  Of course you don't need to use a shaped cake, you can just trace out a shape you like on a sheet cake.  You might be able to rent a shaped cake tin from a store as well.  Here almost all bulk-food type stores carry Wilton cake decorating supplies, and you can rent the shaped tins from them, as well as buy the icing colours (for this kind of decorating you will need the paste food colours to get the right tint without watering your icing down, or it won't pipe correctly).
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« Reply #2 on: April 06, 2008 04:42:44 PM »

thank you for your reply, i should have mentioned that i am very much against the star tip fill-ins.  Undecided i'm no help, i know.

i just want it to look realistic- or more artistic.
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« Reply #3 on: April 07, 2008 09:22:54 AM »

Fondant is sculpt-able, but its shapes tend to be very round, and unless you are a very talented sculptstress, I'd be hesitant about the face.  (I made fondant roses and lillies for my wedding cake...the cake part looked horrible!  But the flowers were great!  To get the fine tips on the roses, I had to press each petal between my fingers, making it very thin...there were a lot of do-overs.)

As for the face cake, I know you can melt canned icing and paint with it really easily (inside a piped outline, for neatness' sake).  I'm assuming any butter-based icing would be the same.  Not sure about the Crisco-based ones.  I would lay out a smooth base coat of icing, then pipe the design, then fill with the melted icing (we always used soft-bristled brushes that were VERY clean...I'm assuming it'd work in a larger scale brush, or perhaps a foam brush?)

Good luck, either way!
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« Reply #4 on: April 08, 2008 11:42:17 AM »

You could try something like sugar paste.  You can mold it like fondant but it dries harder and therefore you can get more detail and finer detail.
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