Friday, June 22, 2012

Ambulance Paramedic Bag using DTC Zipper Mould

Jo Marshall-Orr lends her talents to the DTC blog show off the zipper mold and her amazing talents.

I made this bag using the DTC Zipper mould - I found it a fantastic way to get definition and it looked so real I was asked many a time if I had used real zips.
This mould is really easy to use with this simple tutorial
Equipment: DTC Zipper Mould, rolling pin, stitching tool, Fondant knife, white fat & 50/50mix of Fondant/Gumpaste
Very lightly grease mould with white fat
Roll 50/50 Fondant/Gumpaste  into a log same approximate length of mould

Squish 50/50 mix into mould
roll over with rolling pin to smooth & get good definition
Scrape off excess using a fondant knife
Place in freezer for 5-10 minutes this helps alot in de-moulding anything from silicone
De-Mould I start at the thicker end
Flip the Mould over & place zipper onto backside this makes it easy to remove after
Using the stitching tool add a deeper impression along the zip
Doesn't this look so real! I love this mould.
As shown in the photos I then used a little rectangle of the same colour of the cake & using the stitching tool made a piece to fit over the ends of the zip for a sewn in look.

Hope you enjoy this mould as much as I do
Jo from Ciccio Cakes
To get the effect of the 2 zippers joining just fold under the end bits and use the stitching between them 

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Thursday, June 14, 2012

Pigs, Bacon and more!

Jeannie Gearin does it again with another amazing blog post.  This time it is a great idea for Father's Day!

Grilling and Father's Day just go together. Many men believe themselves
to be the King of  the Grill and that was behind the theme
for this cake and the matching cupcakes. And at the end of this
post, one more use for a pig mold.

For the board, I covered it with light brown 50/50 paste and then imprinted
the it with a wood grain impression mat. I took a ruler
and marked off wood plank lines. I used a mix of brown and black food
color with vodka and painted in the deepest areas to make them
stand out more. Then, to make it look like painted barn wood, I brushed the board with red dust. I  set aside to let it dry.

I made the ribbon by cutting a circle and letting it dry over night.
I used the ribbon cutter to cut a long one inch wide
strip and gathered the center up into folds. I attached it
to the circle with piping gel and let dry.

 The pig molds can be filled with one color gumpaste and
color brushed  on or with multiple colors. I used pink for the
 pig face and red for the bandana.
I always have better luck with chilling molds in the freezer
for a few minutes.Then, releasing them after letting it sit at
room temperature until it is not so cold and brittle.
I found the markers were easier to use than the paintbrush
for adding details. Mostly, I liked that it dried quicker,
but I am sure it is a matter of personal preference.
A little pink blush on the cheeks and inner ear gave the
pig face much more character.
 The two pigs together make a sweet pair.

These pigs are a nice size for cupcake decorating as well as
cake designs.
I made the banners using a clay letter embosser from the
craft store.
The rope border was made with a clay gun.
The fence was also done with the wood grain
impression mat. A toothpick is inside the fence posts
for support. This was a fun cake to make
and could be customized for several different
summer occasions.

Pigs =Bacon!

Maple Bacon Toffee
{with Chocolate Pigs}

I used my current favorite recipe for toffee which is
from the book Sweet Confections by Nina Wanat.
I added 1/2 teaspoon of maple extract.
After spreading the toffee out on a silpat and
 allowing it to cool, I spread 6 ounces of
semisweet chocolate on top and let chill.
Then, melt another 6 ounces of semisweet chocolate
 and spread that on the other side of the toffee.
While still warm, sprinkle about 2 slices of crispy, crumbled
bacon on top. Sprinkle 1/2 teaspoon fleur de sel to the
top of the toffee, working quickly before it cools.
Break into pieces and enjoy.

Any standard toffee recipe can be used.
Add to a bag with chocolate pigs and
tie with a bow for Father's Day gift, or
a summer hostess gift or...

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For more amazing work from Jeannie, check out her blog, The Pastry Tip!

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Puppy Paw Print Tutorial

Here's a quick tutorial for Decorate The Cake's cute paw print mold.  I used black fondant and mixed in some tylose powder.  Tylose powder makes the fondant dry faster and harder.  I rarely use gumpaste anymore, and instead use fondant with tylose for modeling or making flowers.  Start with a small ball of the fondant/tylose and then press it into the mold.  It may take a few tries, but soon you'll figure out the right amount of fondant needed to fit perfectly in the pad or the toes.

If the fondant is not wanting to stay in the mold or is sticking to your fingers, dust on a little corn starch.

Press the fondant into the mold and continue with the rest of the paw prints.

Let the paw prints dry for an hour or so in the mold.  If you are in a hurry, you could put the mold in the freezer for 10 minutes.  When I was ready to flip them out, I put a cake circle on top, flipped it over and then carefully peeled back the mold.  Most of the prints came out easily, but I did have to  help a few of them out with a small paint brush.  I use a paint brush as opposed to a toothpick or fingernail (yikes!) so I won't leave a mark in the fondant prints.  

Make more prints, if needed.  The bottom tier of my cake was a 12" round and I used about 20 paw prints to go around the cake.  When you're ready to put them on your cake, first put a small dot of buttercream on the back.

Then using a toothpick or paintbrush, pick up the print by the buttercream dot and carefully place it on the cake.  

I loved having this mold for this cake.  I wanted all of the prints to be basically identical.  I'm afraid if I would have tried to model them by hand, they wouldn't have been so uniform in shape and size.  And it would have taken me FOREVER to make each one by hand because I'm such a perfectionist - I seriously could spend 20 minutes making one print!!!  The other thing I like about the mold is the raised or rounded dimension it gives the print.  Something I couldn't achieve with a Cricut or cutting a stencil by hand with an X-acto knife.  

This mold is very versatile.  You could use melted chocolate in a squeeze bottle or even isomalt.   It could also be used as a texture mat.  Above all - just HAVE FUN playing with your cake!

Guest post by Charla Tatom

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