You may have seen beach cakes, fishing and hunting cakes, picnic cakes and many others where there is something that looks like it has a wood texture and wondered, can I do this? Yes you can! All you need is a few basic tools and some creativity and you will be making you own driftwood, signs and more.
How To Make A Wood Textured Fondant
A few simple fondant/gum paste tools, an exacto knife, paint brush, rolling pin, wax/parchment paper, gel/paste food coloring, vodka (or lemon juice), a palette (a plastic lid), fondant and some cornstarch or powdered sugar is all you need. Start out by take a piece of fondant (white, light brown, maybe a light yellow would all work). Knead the fondant until it is smooth and workable. Roll it out to about 1/4-inch (6mm) thick,
Trim the rolled fondant to the desired size. In this case a rectangle. I demonstrated the use of three different tool to add a wood grain/board texture ti the fondant, You do not have to use all of them, just one will do. These are not the only tools you can use, a dull pencil comes to mind. I can even picture using a toothpick or a skewer. You want to add a simulated wood grain texture. If you are making a sign with planks add some lines to simulate spacing between the boards. Use you creativity, there is no right or wrong.
Use the exacto knife (or a sharp paring knife)to add notches in the sides of the board, maybe a few on the to or bottom. Once you are satisfied, it is time to paint the sign. Using a broad tipped brush, dip it in some paste/gel fool coloring (brown) and place it on your palette (plastic lid in this case) and add a drop or two of vodka (or lemon juice) and mix to thin.
Proceed to paint the sign. Do not forget to paint the edges. When you are finished paint, set the sign aside to dry for at least 24 hours until it becomes stiff. (If it is humid or the fondant was moist it maytake a couple of days to dry out.) Decorate the sign if desired when using.
This is how I used this sign. I added some writing and stood it up against the Graduation Hat cake.
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