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Tuesday, December 30, 2008

How to Make a SugarPaste Princess Crown--- by Sharon Zambito



When I say Princess, you say Cakes.....
Me: Princess
You: Cakes!
Me: Princess
You: Cakes!

OK, so I get a little excited about cake.


And princess cakes have been a very popular design for a few years now. I have made more than I can count. I get asked quite often how I make the gumpaste crowns, so here are some step by step pictures I took many years ago. The pictures are rather craptastic, due to the fact that I had a craptastic camera at the time, and had no idea how to take a good picture back then. But I think you can get the idea of what I am doing in them. (PS. Craptastic = if crap was fantastic, this would be it)


MAKING A GUMPASTE CROWN:


Paper template:


Cut the metal rim off one end of your can (like a shortening can; I use the gumpaste mix can):




Wrap parchment paper (or wax paper) around your can and tape it in place. The end with the metal lid still on goes down on the counter:


Tape parchment or wax paper down well on counter (you do not need the blue mat under it) and grease it well with shortening:


Roll out gumpaste onto the wax paper and lay the paper template over it and trace over it to cut out the crown shape:


Apply shortening to the surface of the cut out crown with a brush:




Cut the wax paper with a knife along the bottom edge of the crown, and proceed to cut out the rest of a rectangle around the crown. Do not cut out the wax paper along the exact shape of the crown, except along the bottom edge:



Take the can and roll it onto the crown, lining up the base of can with the bottom edge of the crown. The greased side of the crown is sticking to the parchment paper wrapped around the can:

After crown is in place, wrapped all the way around the can, stand it up. Wax paper is still in place on top of the crown:

Gently peel off the wax paper from the top side of the crown. The side of the crown that was face down on the counter, touching the wax paper, is now the upside of the crown and exposed to the air:

Let that sit and dry for 1-2 days. Do not rush it or you will surely break it. (Ask me how I know):



When the crown is dry enough to hold its shape, grab the top of the parchment paper extending above the can and gently slide all of it together off the can:


Sit that on a board and then gently peel the parchment paper off of the inside of the crown:


Let that sit and dry for a few more days. When the crown is really firm you may need to wipe the excess shortening off the inside of the crown, and then dust it with a tad of cornstarch:



When fully dry, you can airbrush or paint it silver or gold. (This photo below is a lie. I was not actually airbrushing it at this time because I had to hold the airbrush with my left hand while my right hand took the picture. Impressive, eh?):



Then you can add plastic craft jewels, or even better, make edible ones!:



Pretty easy but you have to plan a few days ahead at least. Make 2, because if you make only one I guarantee you will break it. (Ask me how I know.) I like to use the Wilton gumpaste mix in the can for these because it not very elastic and rubbery, and that cuts easier than other types I have tried.
Here is a template for the crowns shown above. This is only one half of the crown. And you will have to enlarge this template to the right size for your cake:



Here is another template, the first one I ever made, an older design:



So there you have it! Now go get to making crowns!
Lots of crowns!


All kinds of crowns!
We love Princess cakes!!


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Tutorial and Photos by Sharon Zambito-SugarEd Productions- copyright 2008
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This material was used with the permission of Sharon Zambito, SugarEd Productions.
THANK YOU SHARON!!

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

How To Make Victorian Style Gilded Gumpaste Fruit


Victorian style Gilded Gumpaste Fruit

Supplies

Firm Gumpaste
Green Royal Icing in Piping Bag
Cornstarch
Red, Green, Orange and Brown Gel Colors
Gold, Silver, Champagne, Copper, Super Pearl luster dusts
Gum Glue
Assorted Plastic Fruit
PME cutter or Pizza cutter
Scissors
Wire cutters
Everclear
Brushes
32 gauge wire
28 gauge white covered wire
White floral tape


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Pine Boughs



Cut 32 gauge wire into 3-1/2” lengths. Place together 8 wires and wrap the middle with floral tape. Spread the wires at the ends.

Insert each wired end into the tip of the piping bag and withdraw gently. Set aside to dry. When dry, fold the ends together and set aside.

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Grapes




Cut 28 gauge covered wire into 3” lengths. Make a hook at the end of each wire. Roll a ½” oblong ball of gumpaste. Moisten the hook end of the wire with gum glue and insert into the end of gumpaste grape and turn a quarter turn to secure.Moisten the hook end of the wire with gum glue; insert into the end of gumpaste grape and turn a quarter turn to secureMoisten the hook end of the wire with gum glue and insert into the end of gumpaste grape and turn a quarter turn to secure.. Pinch and smooth the end of the grape to the wire. Set aside to dry. Twist together the grapes in groups of 3. Wrap 3-4 grape clusters together with white floral tape. Paint grapes with Super Pearl mixed with everclear, then brush ends with gold luster dust.
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Gilded Fruit

Color your gumpaste to match your fruit. Orange for oranges, red for apples, green for pears, ect.

Liberally dust one side of plastic fruit with cornstarch. Roll out gumpaste on a well dusted board into a circle about 1/8” thickness. Dust underside of gumpaste well with cornstarch and lay over one side of plastic fruit, smoothing
To fit over half of fruit. Using your PME or Pizza Cutter, Cut in a straight line on the half. Lift to make sure your gumpaste is not sticking and lay back on fruit to dry. When dry, Mix your gold, silver and champagne luster dusts with everclear and paint onto fruit. Steam fruit to set in the color.
Attach to cake using white royal icing piped around the edge.

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Gilded Pinecone

Color Gumpaste brown, and roll into a 1” oblong ball.
Placing scissors at a 90 degree angle, snip V shaped using the very end of your scissor blades. Repeat the process just under the first row, alternating the cuts to create the pinecone seeds. Continue the process until the cone is cut all way to the end. Using a small spatula or knife, make a vertical indention on the middle of each seed.
Set aside to dry. Mix copper lusterdust with everclear, and lightly paint the pincone. Steam to set in color. Attach to cake using white royal icing.




For more flair and interest, add pearlized gumpaste green leaves, gumpaste pink roses, and pearlized gumpaste feathers to your guilded fruit groupings.





Tutorial by Jacque Benson 2008-all rights reserved
Photography by Morgan Jackson 2008-all rights reserved

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Tuesday, December 16, 2008

How to make a wired gumpaste swan



You need the following: Two appropriately sized cutters. These ones are amaryllis cutters from Tinkertech Two. Any lily-like cutter will work for this. A chestnut veiner - or similar. White florist tape and florist wire, gauge 20 and gauge 24. As you can see, I only had green. I think I might have to go shopping for cake toys again soon. What a burden (or not). You also need gumpaste, but you probably already figured that one out. And gum glue and a fine pair of scissors.


Start with the neck. Roll a sausage and shape a beak at the end. Dip a piece of gauge 20 wire in gum glue and wire the neck. Curve it and leave it to dry for 24 hours.


For the wings, roll out gumpaste on a grooved board and cut out 4 large shapes. If you use curved cutters, like here, make sure you have two facing each way. Dip pieces of gauge 24 wire in gum glue and put all the feathers on wire. Then vein them. Make sure you vein them so the dents are on the front and the wire on the back.


Now take your pair of fine scissors and cut the edges so it will look like feathers. With a ball tool, work the outer edges so they curve and look more like feathers. I forgot to take a photo of that, sorry.


For the tail, make 3 smaller feathers the same way as you made the larger ones. Leave all 7 feathers to dry overnight. Curve them over something. An empty Pringles can is the perfect size for the larger feathers (and a great excuse to eat Pringles) and for the tail feathers, an empty roll for kitchen towels work just fine. Or a 4.5 oz Americolor bottle. Leave to dry for 24 hours. Remember, drying times may vary from place to place. Humidity is very low in Denmark right now, so I only had to let them dry for 6 hours, but I know some of my friends from southern parts of USA might need much longer drying time, especially in the summer.


When everything is nice and dry, it's time to assemble. It's quite simple, almost like assembling a lily. With the neck as a center, attach the feathers in pairs, two large feathers on each side.



The tail feathers are taped together as one, then bent at an angle and taped to the neck. I managed to break a feather in the process - always make extra!


Here's a top view of the assembled swan, complete with two and a half tail feathers. These swans are best stored like here, with the wire stuck in a small jar with dried beans. This way they won't break or tilt.


If you wish, you can paint the beaks and make eyes with an edible marker. They make for a great wedding cake topper. I cut drinking straws to appropriate length, and stick them in the cake. Then I stick the wire in the straw, so it wont come in contact with the cake.

You can make the swan any color you like. Have fun!




Sif Jenson -2008
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Monday, December 8, 2008

Scratch Baking Tips (and troubleshooting too!)


I know that sometimes it seems like it is WAY to hard to bake from scratch, or just easier to use a mix, but really, it's not!

I been baking for 20 years (I like saying it that way, makes me feel "experienced"!) and although things sometimes still go awry. I think I am pretty good at it.. sooooooo here are a few tips and troubleshooting items.

~ use an oven thermometer- this is true no matter if you are baking from scratch or a mix. Ovens can be "off" so you want to make sure that you are baking at the proper temperature.

~ FOLLOW THE RECIPE- baking is alchemy, it is not like cooking where you can just substitute things all willy nilly in the recipe! (I tell my friend that all the time) If you want to try a recipe, try it the way it is written the first time. Once you get an understanding of what the writer intended then you can tweak it to your liking. Joyofbaking.com is a good reference for ingredients in baking and their purpose. Baking soda and baking powder are two different animals, you can't just sub one for the other.

~when making a "butter" cake (as in not a sponge or foam cake) there are multiple mixing methods you can use, the most common being the creaming method. I use room temp butter and eggs, but if you don't you will need to cream your butter and sugar for a longer amount of time. The butter/sugar mixture should be light in color and increased in volume. I also add my eggs on medium (4 on my 4.5 quart kitchenaid and 2 or 4 on my 5 quart kitchenaid). count for about 20 seconds between adding each egg so that it is fully incorporated. (the eggs, not being fully incorporated could result in a tough cake)

~when adding the dry ingredients, add them in at LOW speed on the mixer, you could even mix by hand, but I am usually making too much cake for that! you don't want to overmix which could result in a tough cake which brings me to troubleshooting


***My cake has pulled WAY away from the pan and kinda dips in the side****
this is usually caused by too much liquid. The recipe could be incorrect or your measurements could be off.

***My cake has big holes (or tunnels) in it***
This is usually the result of overmixing, which affects the cakes structure

*** My cake is 'gummy' or has a dark line in the middle***
the cake has "fallen" which means that the structure was not strong enough. this could be caused by many things such as overmixing/undermixing, oven too high, which caused the cake to rise but not be completely baked

the best advice I can give when baking from scratch is to pay close attention to the recipe and don't leave the kitchen to do other things.. (ASK ME HOW I KNOW)

Baking Tips by Samele Thorner
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Tuesday, November 25, 2008

PIZZA CAKE


Bonnie Merchant tells just how she made this darling pizza cake!!



"This is my first "food" cake. A little girl who was turning 8 asked me to make it for her. It was a banana flavored yellow cake baked in a 3" deep round pan."


1. I colored buttercream with burgundy/red/orange coloring to make the sauce. I spread it to within 1.5" of the edge of the cake.

2. I melted white chocolate for the cheese.

3. The pepperonis were made from strawberry fruit-roll-ups.

4. I had some brown fondant left from another cake so I made tiny balls and pushed them together to make small mounds of sausage.

5. And the mushrooms were more of the brown fondant mixed with white fondant and cut with the edge of a large icing tip to form half moons. I brushed a little brown food coloring onto the mushrooms to give them that mushroom look.

6. I then iced the rest of the cake in a pale golden color... Building up the edges to make the pizza crust.


Pizza Anyone?
Bonnie Merchant 2008 all rights reserved
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Wednesday, November 19, 2008

SUGARBABIES



Sugar Babies (Anne Geddes Style) by Jacque Benson


Supplies and Tools needed:

Gumpaste
Gum Glue
Embroidery Scissors
Roller
Gumpaste Board
Small Baby Face Mold
Ball tools
Petal and leaf veiners (opt)
Hat Pin
Yellow, Kelly Green, Carnation Pink petal dusts
Fine brushes for petal dusting
6” Fondant Covered Cardboard Circle
Dendrobium OR Daffodil Cutters
4” leaf cutters


DENDROBIUM


DAFFODIL



INSTRUCTIONS:

Roll out a small marble sized ball of pale pink gumpaste in cornstarch and press ball into baby face mold. Cut away excess gumpaste from around the baby’s head. Insert half of a toothpick and set aside to dry.
Lightly brush the cheeks with a pink petal dust.
Color lips lightly with pink petal dust mixed with Everclear.

Roll out small amount of gumpaste into a moderately thin 4” by 3” rectangle. Cut out 2 leaves using a long narrow leaf cutter or simply cut into the following shape.



Vein with Corn Husk and dry brush with Kelly green luster dust. Crease along middle line forming life-like leave and set aside to dry.

For the orchid, cut out 2 of the rounded petals and frill the edges of petals using a round toothpick. Brush lightly with petal dust, coloring the edges and center of petals darker than the middle.
Curve the petals to a lifelike state, and place over rolled tissue to dry slightly.



Cut out one of the center petal (B).
Frill the wide edge of trumpet (scalloped edge of slipper for the orchid) using a round toothpick or gumpaste tool. Lightly wet the head with gum glue and wrap around the head of the baby like a bonnet.
Brush edges with pink or yellow petal dust according to flower.

Form a small rectangle out of gumpaste about 1” by 1-1/2” and about ¼ “ thick. Cut a ¾” slit in the bottom for legs and snip out of each side for arms (as shown)
Using your fingers roll the legs and pinch the ends to make a feet. Round the arms and with snips or embroidery scissors, clip ends to create tiny fingers.
Make an indention with hat pin just above fingers to create a wrist. Use hat pin to create creases under knees and elbows. Moisten the toothpick with gumglue and push upper body onto the head. Arrange body to look like sleeping baby. Brush the body with Kelly green petal dust and the hands with pink.

Roll out a small amount of gumpaste with roller. For the petals you will want to roll it very thin. Cut 2 of the tri-petal cutter for daffodil and 1 for the orchid. Using a flower veiner (can also use a dried corn husk to vein ) make impressions into the three petals. Frill the edges of the daffodil petals slightly.
Dry brush the petals lightly with petal dust, darker in color towards the center and edges.
Lay over tissue to dry slightly as you assemble the baby.

Take the fondant covered round disc and attach your leaves in a V shape to the center using royal icing or gum glue.

Orchid:
Attach the 2 ruffled petals to the sides of head in back with gum glue and then the three sepals with one of the petals vertical. (As shown)
Glue body over leaves and place tissue under petals until completely dry.

Daffodil:
Attach one set of three sepals onto back of head with gum glue. Attach second set of sepal under first allowing second row to fall between .
first row of sepals.
Glue body onto leaves, and place tissue under the sepals until completely dry.


Jacque Benson 2007- all rights reserved

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