Fondant Wood Tutorial
This fondant wood tutorial by Chef Jörg Amsler demonstrates a technique he uses often in the creation of the 3D cakes he is well-known for. He often begins this way when making floors, baseball bats, furniture, old plaques, driftwood, shack, haunted house, cutting board. If you want to do mahogany wood finish, you can add some red when you airbrush the brown. For a pine finish, don't use the dark brown or just do subtle highlights on the end.
|Every time I have piece of fondant leftover and save it, I take 3 or 4 colors (must have black and white) and any other colors to make the wood grain. They don't have to be equal amounts. The smallest amount is black.|
|Roll out sausages from each color. Make them all the same length. The smaller amounts make skinnier sausages.|
|Mush them together to form one snake of all the colors.|
|Don't make a long snake, just roll it until the colors are together.|
|Fold the sausage over and roll it back together. Repeat the process so all the lines stay straight. Don't twist it.|
|Repeat the process 5 - 6 times. The lines become twice as small as you continue to fold and roll.|
|You want to make sure you maintain the lines and only go as far as you need to get the lines as small as you want. You don't want the lines to blend and turn grey.|
|Here it's formed into a baseball bat.|
|Airbrushing brings the tones out and it starts to look more like wood. Use yellow, light brown and dark brown, starting with the yellow. The dark brown will act as a highlighter.|
|Here, the long sausage is cut into pieces to form the planks of a floor.|
|If you'd rather make a wooden floor, roll the lines out flat. Don't roll against the grain or it will look like marble.|
|Here, they are rolled flat along the grain, not against it. You can use a ruler and cut out straight pieces to make the floor and put them together. The same process will work for a boat or barn.|
|Here is a steering wheel for a boat. The long strip was curved and the small attachments were molded similarly to the baseball bat.|
When making wood, it really doesn't matter which colors you start out with. The variations of color create the wood grain effect, but airbrushing is the step that makes it come to life and have the real wood tones.
You can use the same process applied to make fondant wood and use different color schemes. If you take white and red, you can do this to make a Valentine's Day cake. Or, if you mix blues and greens, you can create a water effect.
Jörg Amsler is a renowned pastry chef and former owner of Truly Jorg's Patisserie who has made numerous appearances on Food Network Challenge. Jörg has worked in every type of culinary environment nationally and abroad from restaurants, cruise ships, hotels, resorts, supermarkets, retail, airline and catering. Currently he travels internationally teaching cake artistry and offering consultation to new businesses.
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