Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Fondant Bead Chain (3D) and the Alice in Wonderland Cake


Hello Cake Couture Fans!

This is one of my VERY few pictures of me and one of my cakes!  Definitely need more of these:).

Today I wanted to share with you my 3D beading technique.

This might seem the same as the technique used on the borders of the top and bottom tiers, but nope, this is TOTALLY different! Note: the beaded borders are shaped using a 2D mold.

I was struggling to figure out just how to make this pocket watch look more chain-like.  I finally decided if I wanted it out of fondant it would be best to have a 3D beaded chain.

I also used this technique to make tear drops in a past project (see image below)

This technique is 'flossin', check it out!:)




Materials

White Dental Floss
Threading sewing needle
Fondant
Floral wire
Pliers
Sugar glue (1/2 tsp. tylose, 1/2 tsp sugar, 3-4 tbsp of super hot water, stir and set aside for about an hour)











Step 1
Thread your needle with a long piece of dental floss.  Tie opposite end with a large knot and preferably with a small piece of floral wire.


Step 2
Roll your fondant into the shape you want





Step 3
Connect your pieces using your needle and floss. Note: If you want to create a separated look as in the raindrops, apply sugar glue to the areas of the floss that the fondant will sit on; after setting your fondant pieces the preferred distance apart let them set to dry.

Step 4
Secure your loose floss ends by sandwiching them between fondant layers (as in the cloud in the raindrop cake) or using floral wire to insert it into the cake.  

Step 5
Secure any loose beading if possible with sugar glue and paint accordingly.

Let me know below if you tried it!!:)

Happy Cake Making!






Thursday, July 6, 2017

Rubik Cube Pac Man Cake!


If you were born in the late 70s / early 80s you likely have a special affinity with Rubik cubes or Pac Man.  Ok so yeah, I LOVE the Rubik cube but left the Pac Man to my brothers lol!!

With 40-something birthdays this is such a fun look.  Check out how we made this cake below!  And if you already noticed the typo on the cake the fix is super easy with our approach;-).

Materials
Cake ingredients
10" x 10" Square cake pans
Cake boards (10" x 10" and 4" x 4")
Buttercream
Pixel Font template This is the exact sizing I used, some modification required
Sugar glue (made from 1 tsp of tylose, 1 tsp of sugar, and about 2-4 tbsp of super hot or boiling water-mix all and set aside for 15 minutes)
Fondant in white, red, blue, green, orange, and yellow
Black air brush color (or black fondant, although I find it easier to work with air brush)
Airbrush
Fondant rolling pin
Pasta roller mixer adapter
4"W x 4"L x 4"H Styrofoam block (see Styrofoam Note below)


Styrofoam Note
To make this block I used an 8" round cake foam (4" tall) and cut it down to 4"W x 4"L (x 4"H).  I used a foam wire cutter that my husband built using a hand built frame, guitar string, and a voltage regulator.  However, the homemade version can be a little unstable so I do recommend buying a foam cutter online (google hot wire foam cutter).  You can of course just make this cube out of cake, however, you might consider a ganache rather than buttercream layer under the fondant to achieve the crisp square look.


And we begin!

Step 1.  Bake  Square Cakes
Bake two 10"x 10" cake layers (2" tall) per your designated formula.  Remove from pans and let cool completely atop their cake board and cooling racks.  Cut each layer in half.  Wrap your cake in plastic wrap and foil and store in your freezer.  If you have a designated cake freezer you should be good with no wrapping:).














Step 2.  Topper Time


Use the Pixel Font template to create your number topper.  You can use gumpaste, however, I personally prefer to use marshmallow fondant with gum tragacanth mixed in (although you can also use tylose powder).  I like to make toppers like these at least two days in advance to allow enough time to harden.  Typically overnight is good although it will depend on how much gum you mix in.










Step 3.  Buttercream and Cover with Fondant

Bring your cake out of the freezer and let thaw slightly so that you can split the cake layers apart.  Fill your cake accordingly and crumb coat with buttercream.  NOTE:  SQUARE CAKE TIP--->  Trim the corners from the inner layers to allow easier 'squaring' for both buttercream and fondant.  Roll out your fondant to cover your square cake.

ALSO cover your Styrofoam square with buttercream and cover with fondant.  NOTE: STYROFOAM TIP---> Place Styrofoam on cake board prior to buttercream (you can also use shortening or water).

Once tiers are covered in fondant let set to firm for about 1-3 hours in a cool dry area.





Step 4.  Black it out!

Take the firmed tiers and prepare your designated area for the black airbrushing.  You could always opt to cover the cake directly with black fondant rather than perform airbrushing but in all honesty I am NOT a fan of rolling out heavily colored marshmallow fondant lol.  Satin Ice fondant might be a good option here, however, beware of elephant skin and cracks (eek!).

Airbrush both the 10" x 10" and the 4" x 4".  












Step 5.  Fondant Details
Roll out your colors using the pasta roller attachment with the number 2 setting.  Let them firm for about half hour or longer.  This will allow for easier cutting, work-ability, and cleaner finish.

While these colors are drying out make your fondant pieces for the Pac Man detail.  NOTE:  FONDANT WORK-ABILITY TIP--->  Use shortening to 'stick' pieces on so you can easily make adjustments and 'fixes'.  This was how we fixed the text super easily, just quickly relocate ;-).

When the colors are nice and firm start your cutting using the same technique for the side blocks of the Lego Cake.  I used graph paper and drew out lines about 1.25" x 1.25" or whatever sizing works best for your cube.  Again use shortening to allow for quick and easy changes:).



















Step 6.  Finishing
Cut out fondant rounds to secure skewers to the back of your number topper with sugar glue.  Insert number toppers into Styrofoam.  Also, insert a skewer under the cube to insert into the cake.  All skewers should be adjust for height accordingly.  And that is it!

Happy cake making!





























Thursday, April 20, 2017

Perfect Little Teddy Bear Topper




Hello Cake Couture fans!  This is a quick tutorial on how to make a cute little teddy bear cake topper.  The biggest trick here is getting the measurements right and that is exactly what I have for you today! Let us begin:).

What you will need:

Fondant in desired color
Powdered sugar and shortening (prefer crisco) for work-ability)
Gum Tragacanth OR Tylose Powder (I prefer the gum but I think most people prefer Tylose)
Black Sugar Pearls aka dragees which are available at Michaels or your local cake supply shop
Stitch rotary tool available from your local sewing shop
Scale to weigh fondant
Sugar glue (Use a fork to mix 1 tsp Tylose and 1 tsp sugar with 2 tbsp super hot/boiling water and let set)
optional items: Bow mold available at Michaels in the wax molding area (I think) and contrasting fondant color

Steps:

Step 1. Mix some gum or tylose with your teddy bear fondant to initiate firmness.  If you wait about 10 minutes or so this will help with modeling firmness.

Step 2.  Make a pear shape body with 3 ounces of fondant.


Step 3. Make the head ball out of 1.7 ounces of fondant




















Step 4.  After head and body have dried a little, make two long tear drop shapes with 0.2 ounces of fondant for the arms




Step 5. Make 2 more similar tear drop shapes, but shorter squishing the bottom flat for the legs.


Step 6. With head and body a bit firmer/drier connect the head to the body with sugar glue and with the help of a toothpick if needed.  Assemble the legs and arms using sugar glue soon after you shape them to incorporate a soft look.


Step 7.  Cut a flat round piece out for the mouth area (you can secure this with shortening to avoid fondant mistake issues).  With mouth area piece in, mark eyes and nose spots and apply carefully.  Also add a tail if you like!  Make little ears by rolling a small ball and using a round tool or dowel for the hole.  Affix with sugar glue.




Step 8.  After teddy bear is more or less dry, very carefully run the rotary tool in desired areas to get a nice stitched look.  Also add the bow in contrasting color if desired.  


And that's it for Teddy Bear making!!

Happy Caking!