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Hi, wondering if all you talented people can help me. I am all very new at this cake business, in fact I have made only 1! But, I am venturing forth with the next project which calls for a black decoration piped onto the 2nd tier of a three tier cake. Its kind of a "fleur du leese" patteren. I need to know what kind of icing to use, How to colour it black , if it will bleed onto the  whitw fondant, Dose it stick well to the sides or do I have to position my cake on an angle untill it is set, might it fall off?????? Any advice would be awsum, thank you

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Hi Shannon, you didn't say whether you were piping on to fondant or buttercream, if you're piping on to fondant use royal icing, if you're piping on to buttercream use buttercream ( i use a 50/50 butter/crisco buttercream - which holds up well for piping). If using royal icing, I use the royal icing mix, simply because it's easier than making it with egg whites. When colouring icing black, I add a little cocoa, as this way you don't just get dark licoricy green, you actually get black. You can use a rolled up kitchen towel, to slightly angle you cake, I prefer a tilting turntable, but they are expensive, it just means you can turn it round easily. The black royal icing won't bleed on to your fondant, as long as you follow the directions for making it and use gel paste colours. I f mixed to directions, it won't fall off. Whew, is that everything?
You didn't say when it is due. Do you have time to practice? I'm told using a stencil with thinned buttercream on fondant works well, but may take some practice. (This is one of those techniques to practice on my to-do list).
hi, its not due till Queens birthday weekend, so have a good 6 weeks up my sleeve thankfully. Will launch into it today and see how we go. Thanks heaps

Eileen S said:
You didn't say when it is due. Do you have time to practice? I'm told using a stencil with thinned buttercream on fondant works well, but may take some practice. (This is one of those techniques to practice on my to-do list).
You could also purchase the fleur de leis molds and make them out of fondant or gumpaste. I am pretty sure Global Sugar Arts has them and also First Impressions Molds. Satin Ice makes a very nice black fondant that works well... If you prefer to pipe them out of royal icing you can do them ahead of time and let them dry so you don't actually have to pipe them onto the cake which with black can be tricky! You can print your design of the computer whatever size you want it to be. Tape the paper to the table and then tape wax paper over the top of it. You can outline your design then fill it in with royal icing and allow it to set up and dry. Once dry the wax paper can be peeled off the back and you can attach it with a few dots of royal icing on the back.

I have to do some black scrollwork on a fondant cake and wondered if this would this work on a round fondant cake, or just a square--that is, flat--cake? Would love to know.



jeri c said:

You could also purchase the fleur de leis molds and make them out of fondant or gumpaste. I am pretty sure Global Sugar Arts has them and also First Impressions Molds. Satin Ice makes a very nice black fondant that works well... If you prefer to pipe them out of royal icing you can do them ahead of time and let them dry so you don't actually have to pipe them onto the cake which with black can be tricky! You can print your design of the computer whatever size you want it to be. Tape the paper to the table and then tape wax paper over the top of it. You can outline your design then fill it in with royal icing and allow it to set up and dry. Once dry the wax paper can be peeled off the back and you can attach it with a few dots of royal icing on the back.

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