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I will never forget the first wedding cake I delivered. It was also, the greatest lesson about cake deliveries. My husband usually delivered the cakes with me, but had to work that day. Raul, one of his friends, volunteered to drive me to the reception hall. When Raul arrived to pick me up, he gasped at surprise for the size of the cake. I tried to place the cake in the car but, as Raul’s car was a Sport Spitfire Triumph 1976, a very small two seats car; it was going to be very difficult to find a place for the cake!

It was a three tier wedding cake without separators, covered with poured fondant frosting. Poured fondant was very delicate and to prevent it from cracking, I’d placed the cake, decorated with sugar lace and embr...

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I'm using isomalt sticks, melt them in the microwave at 50% power. You need a container that will take the hot sugar. Silicone cups are ideal. I'm using Wilton cups in this demo. Be careful not to burn the sugar. Cook it just until melted. I check it every 20 - 30 seconds. Once melted, let it sit on the counter for a couple minutes until the air bubbles come to the surface. ALWAYS wear some sort of protective glove when working with hot sugar. You can easily whip that glove off, but not your skin, if you get some on it. I find it helpful to also put the silicone mold in the microwave at 50% power for about 20-30 seconds. This will warm the mold and give you a longer work/spread time. Pour one of each side of the butterfly wings. You can ...

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Use thick lace with good detail usually called a lace applique. Apply Seal-Dit generously to both sides of the lace. temp-post-image

Sandwich Seal-Dit covered lace between two double sheets of paper towels. Place covered lace into warm oven set at 200 degrees F. (93 Celsius) for about 5 to 10 minutes. temp-post-image

Remove lace from oven and move and press lace between paper towels until no imprint is left by the melted Seal-Dit.

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Sheet Safe-D- Clay to the thick- ness you want your lace mold to be. Apply very thin coat of Seal-Dit. Lay sealed lace pat-tern onto sheeted Safe-D-Clay and press downward to get full contact between lace and clay surface.

temp-post-imageUsing a needle tool held straight upward, make passes around the edge of the lace into the clay until the clay has been cut through. Lift and remove excess Safe-D-Clay on outside of lace pattern.
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Mix parts A and B of Silicone Plas- tique until a uniform blue color has been achieved.
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Apply a thin coat of Silicone Plastique to lace making sure that every detail has been captured. Ap- ply more Silicone Plastique to create a mold thickness of about ¼ inch.
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Supplies needed:

  • unflavored gelatin

  • water

  • airbrush color

  • measuring spoons

  • small spatula

  • 2 hole punchers :1- 1/16 round hole and 1- regular size individual hole punch

  • toothpick

  • acetate sheet (or something that won't melt or bow from the heat of the gelatin)

  • microwave safe container

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    The gelatin to water ratio is 2 parts water to 1 part gelatin.

    Put the water in the cup first and then add the gelatin. If you don't you will end up with dry bits of gelatin at the bottom of the cup. Let the gelatin bloom.

    After it blooms, put it in the microwave for approximately 30 seconds. Depending on the wattage of your microwave. Be sure to watch it, especially if you are using a small cup. If it overflows, clean it with hot water!!

    After it comes from the microwave it will have foam on the top of the gelatin.

    You are going to let it sit until the foam is thick enough for you to skim it off of the top. Here is where the toothpick comes in (if you don't want to use a toothpick use a disposable spoon). You are going to take your toothpick and pull off the foam from the top and throw it in the trash. Once you do that your gelatin will be clarified.

    Use airbrush color because of it is liquid characteristics. It blends better into the gelatin. Paste color can be used but it takes a lot more effort to get the color incorporated. Use less color for more transparency and more if you want it more opaque.

    Stir in your color with a toothpick. After adding the color, put your gelatin back in the microwave for no more than 30 seconds.

    Pour it out on your acetate sheet (or clear plastic sheet) and use your spatula to spread it out. Don't spend too much time spreading it out because it sets up in less than 2 min.

    You don't want it too thin (it will be too flimsy to punch out) and you don't want it too thick (it will crack when you punch it out). IT DOESN'T HAVE TO BE PERFECTLY EVEN!!! You will notice that it will become ripply but that is ok.

    Set it aside and it usually takes about 5-6 hrs to dry but that depends on your humidity. As it dries it pulls away from the acetate. I let mine sit over night. When it is dry it will pull away from the sheet.

    Here is the secret to it all...the hole punchers!!!!

    The hole punchers can be found at Michael's or Hobby Lobby. The ones that I used are the regular hole punch and 1/16 circular punch.

    Take your small hole puncher and punch a series of holes in a line leaving a space between each small hole so that when you go back to use your "regular" sized puncher you won't overlap wasting your punches.

    Once you have done your small punches go back and center the small hole against your "regular" sized single hole puncher....

    Now comes the best part, open up the holder and release the sequins.

    For these, I added silver airbrush color and silver luster dust. The effect was perfect.

Braiding the coffee ring dough creates a nice presentation and is simple to do. Here, the technique is demonstrated with green fondant to make it easier to see.

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Equal lengths and weights (usually about 4 to 5 oz. each

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Braid bottom half of pieces and bring all pieces together at bottom. Flip bottom up and away from you so top half is braided.

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Braid bottom half and leave 2 ends (tabs) out.

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Bring both ends together, placing the closed end in the center of the end with tabs.

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Seal

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Flip ring over and when proofed, the seal will not show.

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In this tutorial you will learn how to create a simple and elegant monogram cake using Icing Images edible paper to create unique detailed patterns suspended inside a beautiful isomalt cake topper.

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Tools needed for this project:

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The oriental rhapsody floral sculpture f

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