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Gather Tools and Color Fondant
There are many lovely cake projects for the special people in our lives that can benefit from an interested edible fondant design piece that looks like knitting. This might seem like a specialized effect but several themes can feature knitting. You can make a simple stacked cake look like a basket of yarn topped with a long knitted swatch and wooden knitting needles for a birthday or retirement party. You can make a knitted fondant pattern and then form it into booties to drape over a baby... shower cake highlighting the expected baby's gender with the color of the booties! A perfect knitted scarf can adorn the neck of a coconut-dusted snowman on cakes and cupcakes to finish off a cute Christmas cake. The options are endless and created knitted fondant is actually quite easy.
You will need:
- Homemade or pre-made fondant
- Gel color in the shade you want the finished knitted fondant
- Luster dust that is slightly darker than the gel color
- An extruder with an attachment for round lengths
- Paring knife
- Edible glue
- Paint brush
- Knitting needles or wooden dowels
Take a piece of fondant and knead it on a clean flat surface lightly dusted with cornstarch until it is supple. Add gel color to the fondant with a toothpick.Continue to 2 of 10 below.
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Knead Color into Fondant
After adding a little gel color to your fondant ball with a toothpick knead it into the fondant until there are no streaks. You can use gloves if you are concerned about the color staining your hands but take care not to wear latex or the fondant can actually end up with that unmistakable scent. Add more color if needed in small amounts until you have the shade you want to use for your project. Remember that you can always add more color easier than trying to lighten the fondant after the color... is in it.Continue to 3 of 10 below.
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Add Crisco to Fondant if Using an Extruder
You can make the thin ropes needed for this design by rolling pieces of fondant on your dusted surface until you have several that are the same width and needed length or you can use an extruder to make uniform rope. If you are using an extruder you must knead some Crisco into your finished fondant so that the ropes come out smoothly without striations or breakage. Simply add a small amount of Crisco and knead until it is completely incorporated.Continue to 4 of 10 below.
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Make Ropes in Fondant Extruder
Put the required insert into an extruder and pinch off a small ball of fondant from your colored product. Cover the large ball up with a sheet of plastic wrap when you're not working with it. Press the fondant ball into the indented section and press the handle into place. Slowly apply pressure to the handle or pump to create a smooth uniform rope of fondant. Cut it from the extruder and lay the piece aside.Continue to 5 of 10 below.
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Repeat Process Until You have Required Amount of Ropes
Continue to pinch off small balls of fondant and create ropes until you have the required number for the width of your knitted design element.Continue to 6 of 10 below.
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Glue Two of the Ropes Together
Select two ropes and use a paintbrush to brush a little edible glue onto the edge of one of the ropes. Press the second rope firmly again the glue covered section and let pieces dry slightly to connect them. Take a sharp paring knife and make small diagonal cuts down the entire length of one of the ropes. Then repeat this pattern of cuts on the second fondant rope lining them up in a "V" at the point where they are glued together.Continue to 7 of 10 below.
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Repeat with Remaining Ropes
Glue another rope to the edge of the other two and repeat the diagonal slashed similar to the first rope so you have a zigzag pattern. Add the other ropes and repeat "V" pattern down the entire length of each pair until you have the required width.Continue to 8 of 10 below.
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Make Loops and Trailing Yarn
Use your extruder to make enough ropes to make the loops of "yarn" that go over your knitting needles and a long piece to trail off the needles.Continue to 9 of 10 below.
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Insert Needles into Loops
Take your paring knife and cut fondant ropes into lengths that can be made into loops of "yarn" over the needles or dowels. Simply measure the correct length and then cut at least as many pieces as there are original ropes in the pattern. Lay one of the needles or dowels down and then loop the fondant over it pinching the two ends to secure the loop. Make the other loops and push them down the dowel or needle so they are side by side.Continue to 10 of 10 below.
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Finish Knitted Fondant
Take your knitting needle with the loops and place it lined up with your knitted fondant piece. Use a little edible glue to secure the pinched loop ends to the other fondant section. Then add the other needle to the pattern and drape a length of fondant rope around and under the needle to create the trailing yarn look. You can very lightly dust the patterned part of the piece with luster dust to highlight the knitted pattern on the ropes.