And finally it’s ready! Just a simple and elegant cake, perfect for a vintage party.
Some piped details and piped flowers on top. The australian strings stand up and give the cake all the drama. The finishing touches (another layer covering the base bridges and tiny pearls on the top) just made this little box even more interesting.
- 6 in square cake
- Australian String technique (piped royal icing flying off the cake)
- Fleur de Lis and pearls
Without a shadow of doubt the australian strings are the most dramatic (and exhausting) way of piping a cake, that I have tried so far. Working with royal icing is demanding, especially in this technique, that you are piping each string, depending on the gravity, bag pressure and patience, TONS of patience, because they tend to break, the bridges tend to break… you accidentally touch them… and they tend to break.
Despite all that, because the strings really come out of the cake (yes, they are flying!!!), the 3D is not only a sensation, but a fact! And it is totally rewarding! All the hard work pays off.
It is still a “work in progress”, but is already running for one of my favorites.
Tip: a tilting turntable is really interesting for this kind of piping. If you don’t have one, don’t worry! Just put one cloth under your regular turntable to tilt it.
Putting to practice some piping techniques…
After sketching some mandalas, drop lines and flowers, I decided to do a peacock. In order the make the experiment even more interesting though, I have spiced it up a bit with an art nouveau influence.
I’m glad with the overall result. Really stands out, especially from a distance.
Just as a reference, I’m also putting the “before and after” of this majestic creature.
- 8 in cake
- Royal icing piping
- Blue, golden and copper pearl dust
Tip of the month: if you are beginning your piping practice, don’t start with a dark color! If you make a mistake with an white icing you can just scrape it out and start over. Darker colors can be challenging.
It’s all about colors!
A few days ago I have started my wafer flower experiments craving for some color. Today, I present you the pattern painted wafer cake!
Again, the flowers are quick to make, technique and some patience and everything will come together quite rapidly, the painting on the other hand…
The thing that I like most about it, though, is the depth sensation obtained with the color overlay on each roll.
Quite proud with the result!
- Wafer roled roses and wafer opened (dust painted) rose
- 8 in cake
- Edible painting
- Stencil pattern
And finally the wafer flower found its home! The black and white cake was a great success.
We plan to make some other experiments with wafer paper soon. Maybe put some more color in the world 😉
- Yellow cake with buttercream filling
- Royal icing swirls
- Wafer paper flower
- 6 x 4,5 in (served well 10 people with a reasonable slice)