Palm Tree Zoom

Palm Tree

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Step 1
Step 1

Combine 10 oz. of fondant with 1 teaspoon of Gum-Tex; tint green. Roll out fondant 1/8 in. thick. Using large leaf Cut-Out?, cut 6 or 7 leaves for each tree; cut slits in sides to form individual leaves.

Step 2
Step 2

Make extras to allow for breakage and let dry on backs of cornstarch-dusted large flower formers.

Step 3
Step 3

For bottom layer of leaves, pipe a tip 12 mound of royal icing on waxed paper; insert 3 or 4 leaves. Support leaves with tissue and let dry.

Step 4
Step 4

For top layer, repeat process, piping mound in center of bottom layer, inserting 3 leaves in mound and supporting with tissue until dry.

Step 5
Step 5

Cut end of pretzel rod level. Turn over leaf grouping and pipe a tip 12 mound; attach pretzel rod at level end; let dry.

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Palm Tree is rated 4.6 out of 5 by 7.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I found this technique to be easy but time consuming. I wish I had read Julia Lynn's review before I attempted these leaves. I did not dry the leaves long enough. They broke when I tried to attach the pretzel rod. I dried mine in champagne glasses. Next time I am going to try to make the base out of gum paste using the mexican hat technique and put the leaves on the flat part and then attach the leaves to the rod with royal icing then after royal icing dries wrap with strips of fondant. And dry them in the fast food drink cups like Julia Lynn suggested.
Date published: 2012-04-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The trick to making the palm tree work is giving sufficient time for it to dry. After putting the leaves on, I tried adding the trunk after 24 hours but it wasn't dry enough so I broke the leaves. I left the other trees for 4 days and they worked out perfectly. I used large McDonalds cups and turned them upside down, cutting a small hole in the bottom to hold the pretzel and placed the leaves on the bottom of the cup and "glued" them in place with icing. Again, I left them for about 4 days to dry and they turned out well.
Date published: 2012-03-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The first time I made these they did not turn out well at all, the fondant was too heavy and the leaves didn't hold up well. I then made the leaves out of gum paste and they turned out great.
Date published: 2011-06-28
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