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Wedding Cakes - How to create folds with icing

These wedding cake questions and answers have been taken from the wedding forum.

Q. My Aunty is icing my cake for me but is not too sure how to do the 'folds' as she has never done these before! Any tips on techniques etc. would be greatly appreciated.

Please note that I have found this image on the internet, and will be using it as a guide only (for the folds etc) and all the flowers and tier numbers will be changing.


A. Hi Nessa,

Lovely cake by the way...very elegant!

O.K. These folds are called "drapes" in the cake decorating world. Your Aunty would be best to go to her local cake decorating supply store and buy some "Draping Rods". These are usually perspex round rods of approx 20-30 cm long and can be bought either straight or curved. She would more than likely be wanting to buy the straight ones. Depending on the shop, she would be looking at around $20 for these.

Normally when you buy the rods(should come in a pack of three), a few templates are included in the pack. All she needs to do is choose the appropiate size template, cut it out. Then she needs to roll out her paste and using the template and with a cutting wheel (not a knife or scalpel as the paste will tear). Place one rod underneath the top of the paste, another rod on the top of the paste, then another rod underneath the paste (a bit like over and under). Using the rods as guides give uniform folds. Once she has the paste in lovely folds, she will need to slightly pinch the ends of the paste, pick the paste up and assemble on the cake. She'll need to attach with a mixture of Cellogen (or Tylopor) and water. It may be a good idea if she does a few practice runs on an old cake or something to get the hang of it before moving onto your cake. Obviously with a bit of practice, the better she will become.

I'm sure her local cake decorating supply shop (if a good one) will offer some tips and should be able to show her how to use the rods when she goes in to buy them. Unfortunately it's really just a case of practice makes perfect. I hope this helps her out a bit. Just to be on the safe side, perhaps you should have a back up design (without the drapes) just in case she dosen't get the hang of it in time to do your cake.

I wish her the best of luck trying to master drapes and please feel free to ask me any more questions if she has any problems along the way.


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