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Tutoral - Covering a cake by ginas-cakes Tutoral - Covering a cake by ginas-cakes
TIPS

After baking the sponge, leave to cool completely.
The sponge is best left a day to rest before decorating.

Have a cup of boiling water at hand to dip you pallet knife in for
smoothing butter-icing over the sponge.





This tutoral has brief descriptions of each stage. I have tried to explain the best I can to make each process clear. If there is anything you are uncertain of, please ask, or pose a question here for someone else who may answer. I have also added a couple of tips which I forgot to add on the tutoral. If you also have any...let me know :)
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aurora-cs Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is a simple, clear technique which you've explained very well. I'll have to give it a try sometime.
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ginas-cakes Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thankyou ^^ I'm glad it's clear. Let me know how it goes when you do try it out :aww:
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lammy6569 Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2013
wow this is so helpful!! I only worked with fondant once and it was a huge disaster.. and I would like to try again XD you wouldn't happen to have any good fondant recipes would you?
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ginas-cakes Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Hi..and thankyou ^^

...I know a fellow dA who has some helpful tutorals [link]

I've never made my own because I'm able to buy it locally.


Thankyou for the watch and faves by the way..:aww:
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lammy6569 Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2013
Thank you so much! no problem :meow:
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ginas-cakes Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Your welcome ^^
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JulietTaylor Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I have a question: (sorry if I don't stop to read all the comments)
You say to wait a day to dry it. Do I have to leave it outside? or in the fridge? and the day after the cake inside is still nice and yummy? I'm asking because I really want to try this technique!
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ginas-cakes Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
That's ok......

You leave the cake to dry in an area that won't be effected by condensation/heat etc. A nice
dry cupboard will do.
The cake inside will last 1 week plus after covering.
I take 4 days usually to make a 3D cake from beginning to end including baking due to waiting for each stage to dry propperly.

I hope that helps...:)
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JulietTaylor Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
It helps a lot! Thank you for your kind and clear to understand reply. If you take 4 days from beginning to end should I let to dry also decorations made in the some material of the cover of the cake?
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ginas-cakes Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Your welcome..

...and it depends what kind of design you are making.
Have you seen my stage pictures of Eeyore?
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JulietTaylor Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
No, I'm going to check it right now :) again, THANKS :love:
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ginas-cakes Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Your very welcome..:)
...and if you ever need any help or advice....just ask :aww:
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north-star66 Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This is very simple and straightforward of an instruction! Thank you =]
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ginas-cakes Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Your most welcome...:aww:
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charizardag Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013
mmm

nice tutorial
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ginas-cakes Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
:hungry:
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Rebeckington Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013   General Artist
Oh! Oh! Any tips for plain-icing square cakes? I find it such a pain......

Thank you for this, Gina :) Although I've done quite a few white bases for cakes, it's always useful to have insight from other places to glean more tips. Like yours about having a cup of boiling water handy - simple, but useful!
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ginas-cakes Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Oooooooh...square cakes.... Well to be perfectly honest, I use the same method
as this, but just use the smoother alot more. I've not needed to get it as square
as you see those wedding cakes etc, so I'm not sure.

...and your welcome...especially if it helps :)
Although boiling water is probably not something to have aywhere near icing, I
can't do without it.
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Rebeckington Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013   General Artist
But do you not have trouble with the fiddly corners? I always end up having to carefully slice excess from all four corners and even more carefully seal the edges where I've made the incisions. Am I just approaching it wrongly?

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ginas-cakes Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
If I've covered it in one go...I'm thankful for that! :)

I've had to smooth the sides, and used a sharp knife to cut a very thin slice off....then used the smoother again.
If it stil needs more, I dip the pallet knife in boiling water and wet the icing(probably not recommended!) and it goes like Royal icing until it starts drying.

I'll have to look through my books...I'm sure I've got something square in them.
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Rebeckington Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013   General Artist
Thanks for the help, Gina :) I think I probably just need more practice with cakes of the angular nature...

I've had another look over in my books too, and the tip I've found that I've never applied before - and really should have realised this was where I was going wrong - is to cup the corners down first, then smooth the sides. What a fool I am! Doing the sides first is why I'm continually left with large overhangs. I'll make a practice square on using this texhnique as soon as I can.
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ginas-cakes Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
No problem.....and that's spooky. I got a message from a fellow dA saying the same thing this afternoon.
It just didn't occur to me to do the corners first.....I bet it makes it so much easier. I've only got
themed cake books, so it doesn't have any circle or square designs.
You'll have to let me know how you get on....:)
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Rebeckington Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013   General Artist
How funny! Yes, I'll keep you updated on the square project :)
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monarte Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Wonderful work, pretty lady. If it has any corners you need to start smoothing those first, then the sides, it will be easier and you won't have to cut the excess any more (well, maybe only once in a while :giggle:). Don't mind me intruding, please :glomp:
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ginas-cakes Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Oh no...not at all..:aww:...your always welcome to comment ^^.

...I have never even though of smoothing the cormers first.
I'll have to try that next time...thankyou...:hug:
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monarte Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
you're welcome :tighthug:
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Rebeckington Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013   General Artist
Ha, I've just seen that someone else has requested a square cake tutorial - I'm not the only one with square issues then ;)
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LizleMouton Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I have one question. Do you buy your cake base? or do you make it?
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ginas-cakes Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I make it. It's from my Grandmothers cook book. It's quite basic, so I might put up a recipe for it.
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LizleMouton Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
oh haha, actually I meant the silver base you put your cakes on top of!
What base are you referring to? The sponge cake recipe?
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ginas-cakes Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Ahhhhhh...ok...the cake boards....I buy them now. I used to make them, but even spray glue wouldn't stick the tin-foil to the cardboard properly. Plus it took 20 minute to make it up before I could even start my cake..:lol:
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LizleMouton Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I see, and you can buy them in most grocery stores? Or in arts & crafts stores?
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ginas-cakes Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I can get them from most grocery stores...but they are the thin ones which arn't much good. We've got selected stores that stock them, but I mainly get from e-bay as the cake shop is too far. With e-bay, you can buy the right size box to go with it as well.
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LizleMouton Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
gotta love the internet! :D
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ginas-cakes Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Indeed......I think it was about the time we got on-line, that I stopped making my own boards..:lol:
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Kate078 Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Can you make one for square cakes? XD I always manage to get a fold on those
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ginas-cakes Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
If I need to make one I will ^^. I usually use the same method if I don't need it to be too sharp and square.
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Kate078 Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Haha yeah, I always have trouble with corners XD
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Unknownsushi Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013  Student General Artist
goodness thats lovely, you make it look easy :)
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ginas-cakes Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
...well, I wouldn't say that it is....still needs lots of patience and practice but I
hope it helps a bit :)
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Unknownsushi Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013  Student General Artist
it dose :) thank you
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someguy987 Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013
Step 1: go to Wal-Mart
Step 2: buy an already made cake
Step 3: enjoy
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ginas-cakes Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
No Wal-Marts in the UK I'm afraid!
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someguy987 Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013
Well then, the british equivalent
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ginas-cakes Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
:) Ok....are you against baking?..or anyone trying?
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someguy987 Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013
I am simply a terrible baker. I meant no offence. But considering you live in the UK isn't it bed time over there
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ginas-cakes Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
No offence taken.....and no....it's 8:14 pm over here.
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someguy987 Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013
It is bed time if you have to wake up early
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ginas-cakes Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
....no, not for me. Maybe for one of my younger kids as it's school tomorrow.
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Lilmimi1 Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Awe, thank you for that tutorial! :)
Where do you buy the fondant? In a normal grocery store or in a special one??
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