Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Damask Stenciling




Ok, I will admit it... I have been deadly afraid of this technique for a long time.  Yeah, not just a little afraid... DEADLY afraid.  All those little cavities in a damask stencil and not to mention working with royal icing... or should I say royal icing working with me?  Why does royal icing have to be sooo finicky?  I sure don't know how the cookie makers do it but hey we all have our strengths;-).  Ok so this is my BEGINNERS tutorial on damask stenciling on a fondant cake.  Yes, let's be clear here... this is specifically for fondant and not for buttercream (I told you this was for beginners:)!).  This is specifically for the technique I used on the cake at the left here because, quite frankly I have yet to do it another way (and successfully is another matter:-P).  As an add this is also for use with my marshmallow fondant recipe which you can check out on this link here.  I have not tried this with another fondant type but I assume it should work very similar... however, in all the research I have done about damask stenciling I haven't seen this technique used so alas - here I am again!  Actually from the techniques that I have researched online I have successfully failed at them... sigh.  Ok, so let's get started!!

And for the quick YouTube version of the tutorial below:


Materials

* Damask Stencil (got mine at Stenciland on Etsy *LOVE* their selection and handmade in Canada!:))
* Royal Icing (consistency is tricky here so go for something a little less runny and a little more paste-y)
* Fondant covered Cake (Fondant must be firm to touch - 6 hours or so after the cake is covered to dry at room temp)
Shortening 
* Scrapper 'piece' (rectangular flexible piece - cut from a bowl scrapper if you can)
* Small Tool (to fix the little details after stencil comes off)
* Brush and vodka (to fix any royal messes!!

Step 1

Lay your stencil on a paper towel with the 'wrong' side facing you.  Smear a thin and even layer of shortening on another paper towel and dab the 'wrong' side of the stencil thoroughly.  This shortening will make your stencil adhere to your cake.  Some people use toothpicks at either end but this is exactly what DOESN'T work for me and that might be because fondant is very smooth allowing icing to creep in behind the stencil.  Shortening just does the trick!

Step 2

Position your stencil on your fondant covered cake by pressing by hand or using a fondant smoother

Step 3

Apply your royal icing with your flex 'tool' (I cut mine here into a rectangle from my bowl scrapper).  Apply a medium coat.  If it is real thin it will be slightly opaque (especially with white and I just don't like it like that) and if it is real thick that might compromise the integrity of the finish.  Go with what you like here...

Step 4

After ensuring a good even coat peel off gently.  Fix/adjust any royal icing mishaps with a small tool.  I used a toothpick but you can really use anything small enough to let you work with your pattern.  Let dry to apply next stenciled pattern (approximately 15-30 minutes).  When applying another pattern rinse stencil with warm water and re-apply shortening.

NOTE:  If you don't like what you get after peeling scrap off the royal icing with a spatula or bowl scrapper and clean up the residue using a brush and vodka.  Clean your stencil with warm water only, reapply your shortening and try again!:) (this is why I LOVE marshmallow fondant... sooo forgiving)

Step 5

After pattern has fully dried use a clean brush to brush away the residual shortening.

And that is it!
Have fun with your damask stencil project!!
Send us your questions or comments! 

Happy Caking!
Christie

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Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Elsa Crown Cake


So you want to make an Frozen cake... and this will likely NOT be your last time making one!!  Here is a super cute, fun, and very *sparkly* Frozen cake with an Elsa crown cake topper.  The topper is a plastic crown toy I picked up at Target,however, you can opt for a sugar one - although the translucency here I have to say is a pretty cool affect with this theme!:)

This tutorial is all about how to get the silver shimmery look on the snowflakes and number.

However, as a side note to get the whole cake to shimmer (I know it really doesn't show but if you look at the pix below you can see that the cake kind of has a glow to it).  Crazy how different cakes look in really life and trying to capture that in a pix.  They always look so much nicer in real life... there is just something about the texture that is hard to capture in images.

How to get the whole cake to glow?  Airbrush with pearl shimmer! Make sure to apply ALL of the details (except the crown!:)) and airbrush everything before doing the silver sparkly steps.

Also here is our descriptive tutorial on our YouTube channel.
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Sparkly Snowflakes

Materials

* Snowflake cutters (available online)
* Shortening
* Disco Dust in American Silver (made by CK products and available at Every Baking Moment or online)
* Silver Highlighter Dust (or anything else silver looking)
* Vodka (no is is not to drink while you are working!)
* Small brushes for each item



Steps

1.  Place all the details on your cake (snowflakes & number) [if you want to airbrush your cake with pearl shimmer make sure that this step is done and color is dried before continuing]

2.  Put a very small amount of silver dust in a small container and a small amount of Vodka (we're talking drops here!).  Mix to create a paint.  Using a brush paint your desired details with silver and let dry.

3.  Next, paint your snowflakes with a good coat of shortening.  This will act like your sticking agent.

4.  Just dab (really try not to actually brush here or it will get everywhere!) your Disco Dust on the snowflakes and number on top of your shortening coat.  You will see that it will stick very  easily!!

Happy Caking!!
Christie










Saturday, August 2, 2014

The Perfect Summer Cake...

...and no decorating required!!

With super high temps these days ice cream cake sounds sooo good.  But this is no regular ice cream cake... it is an Ice Cream Cookie Sandwich Cake!!
If you want to mix up desert for your next party try out this super EASY and super FUN recipe!:)

Ice Cream Cookie Sandwich Cake

Ingredients

2 pints of your favorite ice cream
1 package of chocolate fudge cake mix
1/2 cup of butter


Step 1.
Let your ice cream soften a bit so it is 'workable' (20 minutes or so).  Line a 9 inch round cake pan with aluminum foil and spread ice cream in pan.  Cover with plastic wrap by sealing it onto the ice cream.  Place in the freezer until firm (approximates an hour or so).  Remove from pan and keep it in the freezer (this makes it easy to not have to fight it in the pan when it is super frozen).

Step 2.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.  Line bottom of two 9 inch round cake pans with aluminum foil.  Place cake mix in large bowl and add butter.  Mix until crumbs form.  Divide 'crumbs' into the two pans and press lightly.  Bake for 15 minutes at 350 degrees F. Once done let cool at least 10 minutes (if you don't it will have a greater chance of breaking).  Remove from foil and let cool completely.

Step 3.
Assemble by placing one cookie layer on your serving dish.  Bring out your frozen ice cream, peel foil off and place on top of cookie layer.  Place second cookie layer on top of that.  You can serve it right away or to save it for the party re-wrap in foil and return it to the freezer until party time.  To preserve even longer place in an airtight container.

I had originally made this for my brother in law for his birthday and he loved it so much he ate it all himself!!:)