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Cake makers - any ideas on how best to do a treble clef cake?

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Pennies Thu 06-Jan-11 20:13:30

I thought i'd just do a rectangle cake and either paint a treble clef on it, or I'd make one out of sugar paste / flower paste. I'm planning a cake that is A4 sized with the TC covering the cake top to bottom (approx 30cm).

The thing is painting doesn't always look great, esp for large block colours and I'm really stuck for how I'd make one out of sugar / flower paste. For the latter I'm concerned about the following problems:

1) how do I get it from the work surface onto the cake without it breaking?

2) if I do it in bits how best to hide the joins?

3) how best to soften the edges so they don't look too blunt and it doesn't just looked plonked on top of the cake IYKWIM.

All ideas and suggestions very welcome!

debka Thu 06-Jan-11 20:27:22

I did a bass clef cake and I used liquorice for the stave and bass clef and some notes. It looked really elegant.

Scootergrrrl Thu 06-Jan-11 20:30:16

Can you make a thin sausage out of black fondant icing and loop your own treble clef?

purpleturtle Thu 06-Jan-11 20:31:05

I think I would try cutting one out of sugar-paste on a sheet of greaseproof paper, and then sliding it off the paper on to the top of the cake.

GlynistheMenace Thu 06-Jan-11 20:33:22

I would roll out fondant icing onto extremely well sugared board and cut out treble clef shape and lay this on top of covered cake, then pipe aound the edges of the treble clef in contrasting colour.

Fondant icing is very flexible and can even be coloured if you wished.


Waswondering Thu 06-Jan-11 20:35:45

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Ponders Thu 06-Jan-11 20:40:23

a model for you?

2 small circles & one big one?

purpleturtle Thu 06-Jan-11 21:01:45

I like that, Ponders.

Ponders Thu 06-Jan-11 21:22:12

it's cute, isn't it? smile

& you can see how they made the shape of the clef with strips of icing

Pennies Thu 06-Jan-11 21:29:10

Ponders - I saw that one and so did the lady who's commissioned the cake and she didn't like it. She wants something more like this and I was going to add staves around the outside with the music to Happy Birthday on it. I might see if I can get those staves cutters - they look ideal!

It's for a 50th birthday for a bloke who's in the music industry so I want it to look as professional as possible.

Pennies Thu 06-Jan-11 21:46:10

purpleturtle - I was wondering if rolling it out on paper would be better than doing it on a board. It will be in black icing so I need to keep icing sugar to a minimum.

Glynis - like the piping round the edges idea. Will def do that. Small balls of icing rather than stars methinks.

purpleturtle Thu 06-Jan-11 21:56:16

I can imagine that actually rolling on paper might be a bit tricky - wouldn't the paper just move about? I think I would roll out on my work surface, as usual, using Trex rather than icing sugar. Then transfer the rolled out paste to paper to cut out the clef.

Although... the trex might make it stick to the paper then...

Ponders Thu 06-Jan-11 21:57:56

oh, it's a commission??? Oh, sorry - yes, the one in your link is much more professional!

Good luck smile

stealthsquiggle Thu 06-Jan-11 22:05:46

If you use baking paper it won't stick, even with trex.

If you were really brave you could cut the shape as a hole and sink the black into it?

Top tip for softening edge - steam it (the whole, finished cake). I learned this (tragically) by watching "Cake Boss" on some obscure channel, but it really works (just make sure the steam is flowing well before you go near the cake so that you don't get 'splutter' marks on the cake.

then spray the whole thing with pearl lustre spray?

Pennies Thu 06-Jan-11 22:17:59

stealth - I'm confuzzed. When you say sink the black into it what do you mean?

Also I've never heard of steaming. How do you steam it on the top? With an iron?

Ponders - thanks. I think i'm going to need it!

stealthsquiggle Thu 06-Jan-11 22:20:53

I mean cut out a hole the same shape in the white, so that the black shape ends up flush with the surface - that's what that Planet Cake one looks like to me.

Steaming - with a steam cleaner like this

Pennies Thu 06-Jan-11 22:28:43

Aha. Yes I see what you mean about being brave. Not sure i can face that!

That steamer's a mean piece of kit if I ever saw one.

stealthsquiggle Thu 06-Jan-11 22:31:45

it does have other (cleaning-related) uses grin

I have done the sinking shapes in, and it works really well, but never with anything as complicated (or large) as your treble clef.

purpleturtle Thu 06-Jan-11 22:40:20

I was wondering whether sinking it in would be possible - and now I know that it would be possible, but I don't know whether I could tackle it!

stealthsquiggle Thu 06-Jan-11 22:43:19

I think if you were to try it, the way to go would be to make a cardboard stencil to cut both shape and hole.

SoMuchToBits Thu 06-Jan-11 22:46:21

I would also do that stealth - e.g. cover the cake in white icicng, make template of treble clef, cut it out in black icing, trace round it on cake and cut out "insert" then put black treble clef into insert. Is this right? I hope so!

Pennies Thu 06-Jan-11 22:54:49

OK are you saying that you cut out a hole that matches the outer edge of the treble clef, make a black insert to fit in that and then cut out the holes in the black insert and put white bits to fill in the holes?

purpleturtle Thu 06-Jan-11 22:55:48

I would be very scared of the icing stretching while I was moving it over and the gap not matching the insert. But perhaps a bit of practice would make a difference.

On the other hand, I do like the piping round the edge idea too.

Pennies Thu 06-Jan-11 22:58:07

Oh I wish I had the time to practice. She wants it this Saturday. Just tried a new cake recipe as well and annoyingly it's too cooked on the outside and still runny inside even though I followed the instructions to the bloody letter.

SoMuchToBits Thu 06-Jan-11 22:59:10

Yes. I think even if it stretched a bit while moving you could manouevre it a bit to fit.

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