Christmas time may be over, but these beauties can’t go with it!
The original idea came from The Cake Blog, as a holidays gift for coworkers and friends, but I think it is also a great idea for spring/garden parties since you can make virtually any pot flower to go on top (violets and succulents fighting for the second place on my “cutter list”).
The most difficult part is getting the mini flower pot mold. But nothing prevents you to use any other chocolate mold or, if you want to make a larger pot, a mini cupcake tray. (There is also a regular flower pot cupcake tray, but it is quite big…)
- About 1 in (2cm) large;
- Chocolate cake (to make the dirt is just easier);
- Royal icing flower and leaves.
Penny for comparison
Today was australian string day. First tier of the project partially done!
This skirt will be even more dramatic with dots and the overpiping.
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.