Rope Instructions, 4 sizes edible rope

Rope making instructions

Laser Cut Rope Disc set

You can order the laser cut rope disc set with the wooden base $45 plus postage (actual cost) from
I will send you an invoice through Square and upon payment they will be put in the mail to you. Please give us two weeks to get that in the mail. It will take several days for Dannie to make that wooden base for you.

Oil Derrick Patterns and instructions

You can order the oil derrick instructions $3.15 from
I will send you an invoice through Square and upon payment they will be put in the mail to you.

Rope Equipment
To make the rope you need Chocolate Dough ( Recipe for Chocolate Paste is on the Icings page at the bottom), Chocolate Fondant and White Fondant. To do these examples I used 4 oz of each. All doughs need to be warm and kneaded together. Warm is very important. 5 to 10 seconds in the Microwave helps also. I cannot express too strongly how important it is that the dough is warm. If you must answer the phone or go to the door - remove the dough and rework it or warm it again in the microwave. If that dough gets cold it just won't make a rope that is nice and smooth.

Choco-pan and FondEx both make excellent ready made products if you don't want to make your doughs.

Alternate dough - I also use fondant with some piping gel kneaded into the fondant until it is a softer solid dough. Wish there was a better way to describe that. I can't give you exact measurements because I don't know the consistancy of the fondant or gumpaste dough you have in hand. Soften the fondant/gumpaste by kneading in some piping gel until the desired consistency is reached.  If you are making rope it needs to be firmer.  If you are extruding a small line you need the dough softer.  

Extruder for Rope

The Wilton Ultra II Cookie press works great.Well it did until I split the clear plastic section. I have now switched totally to the Extruder shown here. Much easier to use and holds as much as the Wilton cookie press. Plus it is an all metal food safe construction. Here is the link to this 2" diameter extruder.
This extruder is $95 plus the postage.

Extruder 2
The wooden stand Dannie builds showing the paper roll and wooden dowel at the back
Rope on table
This is the wooden stand Danne builds and it makes using the extruder easier. The hole in the top is slightly larger than the extruder and the opening below this allows the rope/string/etc to fall onto the paper roll. You just pull the paper down as the rope/string/etc falls on it. This will allow you to make it as long as you want it without having to touch it or distort the shape. This is a 6 foot table with the rope extruded the total length of the table. (I know it is an old photo with the Wilton cookie press - but it still shows you can make the rope as long as you want or need it to be.

The discs and wooden stand come as a set now. Included are the 3 lazer cut discs, the wooden stand, the wooden dowel that holds the paper and one roll of paper.

Extruder 3
One of the suggestions from this manufactor is to wrap the end of the dough you are using with saran wrap. This saves an abundance of clean up time. The piston/pushing disk is very tight in this extruder - you don't want to have to remove it to clean the extruder and this prevents any dough from getting behind the extruder pushing disc.
Rope makers

To the left you will see the discs used for making rope in four sizes. We have these larger discs custom made to fit the WIlton cookie press or this extruder - 2" diameter. The stainless steel lazer cut two larger rope discs are at the top .. The third disc is made to be an adapter for the two small rope discs that are in the Sugarcraft Gun Set(Black and Red Tool). That gives you the abiity to make four graduated sizes of rope. The photo shows the largest rope that has been extruded out on the paper and the rope can be made as long as the table. The cookie press had 7 oz of dough in it to extrude a 6 foot long piece. The paper can be cash register paper, 1/2 a fax roll or whatever. When the rope lands on the paper you simply move the paper down the table as necessary. You don't stretch the dough out that way. After it is as long as you need it - let it sit on the table until it begins to set up a bit. With the chocolate dough in it- it won't crack like it does if you use just straight fondant. Then you roll forward with the right hand and backward with the left hand in the center of the long rope. Then proceed to roll the rope to the right forward until you have a uniform pattern all the way to the end. Roll the left end backward in the same manner. If the rope is cracking and is rough as you extrude it - the dough is probably cold - or the rope disc needs cleaning.

This certainly simplifies making the rope for your cake borders and trims. The Sugarcraft gun just doesn't hold enough dough to make a very long piece of rope. This cookie press using the next to the largest disc will make enough rope to go around a 14, 10 and 6 inch cake with some left.

To move the rope from the table to the cake - wrap the rope gently around one hand and move to the cake and gently unroll and attach to the cake with a small amount of piped buttercream at the base of the cake. This process is easier if you have someone to assist you.

Here is an example of using the fondant rope on a grooms cake. You can order the rope discs and wooden base ahovn above to make the fondant rope. (and yes that wooden base is what makes the whole thing work).

The pump Jack shown here is almost all sugar. I did have to use a small piece of wire in one spot. Instructions and patterns for that pump jack are available in pdf format. See top of page for ordering info. 


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