4 Scrapbooking Techniques That Work On Cakes
If you’ve watched the television cake competitions, you’ve sat in awe at the gravity defying 3D sculptures and accurate portrayals experienced cake decorators have accomplished in the battle to win $10,000. What you don’t learn during the 1 hour episode is how long it takes to become that skilled nor the amount of time that is really involved in decorating every itty bitty detail that covers the cake. But, novices need not despair because there are methods for decorating cakes that truly resemble the popular hobby, scrapbooking. By using icing sheets the same way you would paper, you can create a very professional looking cake without possessing any artistic talent or skill.
Using tools available at your local craft store, you can cut and punch out designs from icing sheets, emboss fondant with stamps, and stencil designs in food coloring. None of the above tools require much skill.
You’ll find a bunch of punches by Martha Stewart in any Michael’s Craft Store. Punching icing sheets take a second and you can quickly cut out all different types of designs to stick to the cake with a bit of piping gel. The longer punches are designed to cut out continuing patterns. These are great for borders.
Before the fondant hardens, you simply press the stamp into the fondant. You can do this to circular cut-outs and stamp them before you place them on cupcakes. Then you can paint them with food coloring.
There are so many different ways to apply designs with stencils. If they are held flat against the cake, you can apply food coloring the same way you would use them with paint by stippling. If you want to use royal icing, you would use a metal spatula and spread it across, carefully lifting the stencil from the cake. If you wanted to apply edible glitter, you would roll out the fondant on a mat, and then roll over the stencil to make the fondant poke through the design. Rub on a light coat of shortening, shake the edible glitter over the stencil, quickly spray the design with edible lacquer and lift the stencil. Then the fondant would be applied to the cake by pressing it lightly with a soft sponge.
You can use scissors to cut icing sheets or apply them directly to the fondant or gum paste and cut through them with cookie cutters. Another novel way to create designs just using the icing sheets it to emboss and cut them simultaneously with this tool. The icing sheet goes through the machine with die cutters (see http://www.icingimages.com/sweet-accents-die-cutters) or embossing plates and comes out ready to assemble with a little bit of piping gel. Then it’s attached to the cake.
Icing sheets can also be put through an electronic cutting machine. The desired design is programmed in cuts are made to the size you want. Then you simply remove the cut-out from the sheet and apply it to the cake with a bit of moisture.
All of these short-cut techniques involve cutting and designing with tools that create the shapes for you. The only thing that you have to do is decide how you want to assemble them. Cake artists get inspiration from other cakes they see and from fashion, furniture, books, etc. Once you find your inspiration, you can find the tools that will create the individual parts of the design for you.
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