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Frequently Asked Questions

DECORATING QUESTIONS

Structure

How do I assemble a cake using your separating system?
What kind of pillars do I need?
How many pillars will I need?
What size plates?
If the cake is stacked do I need to put the support in it?

Design

How do I get that smooth look, like the Star Wars cake CK-418C?

Airbrushing

Can I airbrush gum paste?
Can I airbrush over gum paste that is already colored?
Why is there spatter when airbrushing?
Why is there condensation in the hose?

Gold, Silver, Pearl Airbrush/Glazes

How do I use the glaze?
Can I add the glaze or the airbrush colors to my buttercream?
How can I make my cake sparkle/shimmer?

Fondant

How much fondant do I need to cover my cake?
Which of the tools that you sell do I really need?
How do I color fondant?
Can I airbrush fondant?
Is fondant easy to work with?

Color

What is the difference in the types of color you sell?
How much color do I add?

Royal Icing

How do I make royal icing?

ANSWERS

GENERAL

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What does the Size field column on the items grid represent?

A:The size field column that appears on the items grid represents the actual size in Inches of the corresponding item.

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DECORATING QUESTIONS

Structure

How do I assemble a cake using your separating system?

A: The plates in our system have a notch on the top center; make sure you place your board over this notch to make a small hole before you ice your cake.

  • Choose the type of cake you will assemble: stacked or separated.
  • For a stacked cake, the plate will be the same size as the cake. If it is a 6” cake the plate will be 6” as well. If the cake is separated the board will be an inch larger, the plate will be the same size as the cake layer. You will need 4 pillars per tier.
  • Place the plate on the top center of the cake, press into the cake slightly. This will mark the cake and let you know where to place the pillars.
  • Place a pillar in the cake and mark for cutting.
  • Use the HS-10 Utility Saw to cut the pillars to the desired size.
  • Place the pillars back into the cake. If the cake is separated, place the collars around each pillar.
  • Place the plate on top of the pillars. Make sure it is secured tightly.
  • Place the cake layer on top of the plate.

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What kind of pillars do I need?

A: We sell two types of pillars. A scored column that can be cut to the specific size of the cake layer, and a multi-piece column that can be assembled and adjusted slightly.If the cake is going to be separated, the multi-piece column is the easier, better choice. You can still have a separated cake with the ability to change the width of the separation. For a stacked cake the scored column is your best bet. You have the control to get the column to the exact height your cake requires.

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How many pillars will I need?

A: Each plate requires four pillars. The amount of pillars will be determined by the number of tiers your cake is.

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What size plates?

A: For a stacked cake the plate will be the same size as the layer being used, if the cake is 10”, the plate will be 10” as well. For a separated cake, the plate will still be the same size as the cake layer. The board will be one inch larger than the cake layer.

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If the cake is stacked do I need to put the support in it?

A: Yes. Even though the cake is stacked, there is still support inside of the cake. From as small as a two tier, to a great big six tier cake the internal support structure is important.

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Design

How do I get that smooth look, like the Star Wars cake CK-418C?

A: That technique is called Color Flow. Simply take royal icing and add the desired color. Add a small amount of water. Continue to do this until the icing in a nice runny, smooth consistency. Outline whatever it is you want to fill in with the color flow icing. Fill in the design with the loose icing. This will give you the smooth, clean effect you are looking for.

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Airbrushing

Can I airbrush gum paste?

A: Yes.

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Can I airbrush over gum paste that is already colored?

A: Yes. You may not be able to get the exact color you are aiming for. It can be done. If there is a green leaf, you can add more green, yellow or orange to get a deeper color. If the gum paste is a dark color, then, unless you are going darker, you will not be able to airbrush those items.

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Why is there spatter when airbrushing?

A: One reason could be condensation in the air hose. There should be a tiny hole in this hose. IF there is not a hole, condensation will build and force larger spurts of air out of the gun. This will cause spatter. Some of the airbrush colors can coagulate in the crown of the airbrush gun and cause some spatter. Simply keep an eye on the crown when airbrushing. Cleaning more frequently will help solve this problem.

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Why is there condensation in the hose?

A: There should be a small hole in the hose of the airbrush. If there is no hole, condensation will build.

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Gold, Silver, Pearl Airbrush/Glazes

How do I use the glaze?

A: Mix the glaze well. Once the buttercream has set, and has slightly crusted, the glaze can be applied. The best tool for application is a fine brush. The glazes can be used to directly on the side of a cake, or over the top of piped icing. It can also be applied to fondant. You may need to apply more than one coat to get the desired shade.

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Can I add the glaze or the airbrush colors to my buttercream?

A: No. You will not get the effect you are looking for there.

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How can I make my cake sparkle/shimmer?

A: The best way for this result in a subtle way is to use the pearl, silver or gold airbrush over the cake. You can also add another layer of dimension by adding sanding sugars, crystal sugar, or star glitter to cakes. These products offer another layer of shimmer/sparkle to any design.

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Fondant

How much fondant do I need to cover my cake?

  • 6” cake 1 lb. 8 oz fondant
  • 8” cake 2 lbs. fondant
  • 10” cake 3 lbs. fondant
  • 12” cake 4 lbs. fondant
  • 14” cake 5 lbs. fondant
  • 16” cake 7lbs. 5 oz. fondant
  • 6” square cake 2 lbs. fondant
  • 10” square cake 3 lbs. 8 oz. fondant
  • 12” square cake 5 lbs. fondant

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Which of the tools that you sell do I really need?

  • A good rolling pin. (RPW-18 Maple Rolling Pin)
  • Shaker for powdered sugar. (SD-10 Aluminum Shaker Dredge)
  • Something to cut large pieces of fondant from the bucket. (DX-C Dough Cutter)
  • Pastry wheel. (DX-PC)
  • Smoother/Polisher’s are optional. It’s a good tool when beginning to work with fondant. (FT-8772 Smoother/Polisher)
  • Fondant tools will vary from decorator. The ones I like best are the blade/shell-modeling tool (FT-8782), the ball-modeling tool, (FT8783), modeling tool #7, (FT-8787). These are the tools I use almost every time I work with fondant.
  • Clean work surface is super important.

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How do I color fondant?

A: You color fondant the same way you color icing. It can be a bit more work to color the fondant. At the beginning of the kneading add your squeeze gel color. As you work with the fondant the color will begin to take hold of the fondant.

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Can I airbrush fondant?

A: Yes.

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Is fondant easy to work with?

A: Yes. Our Ice n’ Easy is just that, EASY! Comparatively speaking, you will find that this brand of fondant is super easy to manipulate.

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Color

What is the difference in the types of color you sell?

A: The difference in the colors we sell is the amount of water in each variety. The airbrush color is made up of mostly water, 70-80% to the color. Use this only for airbrushing.

  • Squeeze Gel is more color to water, approximately 30-40%. This can be used in buttercreams and works perfectly with fondant.
  • Gel Paste is mostly color, approximately 10-15%. This is what I like best in buttercreams. It can be used in fondant as well. It’s a lot more work to get the color to evenly distribute in the fondant.

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How much color do I add?

A: I always say to start SLOW when mixing colors, you can always add but you can’t take it away. Luckily with icing, you can always add some white to lighten a color up if you do take it too far.

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Royal Icing

How do I make royal icing?

A: 20 qt. electric mixer, wire whip, bowl scraper. Whip and bowl must be clean and free of any shortening or grease. Empty contents of one container of Bakery Crafts® meringue powder into 20 qt. mixing bowl. Fill empty container to the shoulder (8fl. Oz.) with cold water and empty into mixing bowl twice (total 16fl. oz. water). Beat to a peak at high speed. When peaked, turn mixer off and scrape down sides. Blend 4 pounds of powdered sugar into the meringue mixture at low speed. Again, turn mixer off and scrape down. Mix at high speed until product peaks. For smaller batches, proportion approximately.

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