Making Consistent Sized Fondant Pearls
If you want to make consistent sized fondant pearls as a border for your cake, there are a few different ways this can be done:
Using a Clay Gun:
|Roll the fondant into a sausage to a thickness that will fit inside the clay gun. Apply a bit of shortening to the outside of it so it will go into the clay gun more easily.|
|If you use the smallest round fitting for the clay gun, this is what the fondant will look like when it comes out. (The markings on the silicone mat represent 1" square boxes).|
|Now, compare the strip on top to the one on the bottom. The bottom one is how the fondant will come out if you do not put any attachment on the clay gun. The photo on the top of the page shows pearls made with each strand.|
|The smaller strip of fondant was cut at 1" intervals. The large strip was cut at 1/2" intervals. No matter the size you choose, you can use the markings on the silicone mat to make sure each piece is cut the same size. If you're not working with such a mat, a ruler will work just fine.|
|Put a little shortening in your hands and roll each piece in the palm of your hand.|
|Place the fondant pearl in a container filled with luster dust and move it around until it is covered.|
Using Silicone Molds:
In the event the pearls are going flat up against the side of the cake and not on top, you can also save yourself some time by using a pearl mold. A pearl mold will only have the pearl string on one side and the other side will be flat so they lay up against the cake evenly.
To work with a silicone mold:
|1. Roll out a sausage of fondant that will fit inside the mold.(Yes, it's a bit mis-shapen because I made this mold myself).|
|2. Press the fondant into the mold. Roll over it with your rolling pin. This will make most of the excess come off.|
3. Trim any other excess with a knife.
|4. Unmold on to your work surface by peeling the mold back. (If your fondant or gum paste is sticky and won't come out of the mold easily, place the mold in the freezer for 5 minutes before unmolding).|
|Here is a 6" cake in progress with a small pearl border from this mold.|
And if you don't own a clay gun or a silicone mold, you can always make do with cutters. Here's a tip from Colleen Del Bane of Lyle, Wa.:
First of all, I used marshmallow fondant. Then the best way to get a consistent size is to roll your fondant to an even thickness and use a small gumpaste flower petal cutter or thimble, size will depend on the size pearl you want.
Cut out in any shape as long as you use the same cutter throughout the process. Take the pieces and roll them into tiny balls. Let them sit for about a half hour and then place them in a baggy with a little super pearl dust and gently shake them.
You can either place them on the cake or let them dry and store them in a plastic container. Attaching them to the cake use a dot of Buttercream or royal icing on the bottom of each pearl. (I have only used them as borders so I have no idea how it would work on the side of a tier. You would likely have to use tiny ones for that. I would do a practice run on a small cake first.
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