Tuesday, July 30, 2013

All Geared Up!

A BIG thank you to Amber Brooks for helping us out with this blog post.  

Amber first lightly dusted her molds with cornstarch.  

Start with a small amount of 50/50 (this was 50% fondant 50% gumpaste mixture) and place over the mold.  Amber used 50/50 but you may use straight fondant, gumpaste, modeling chocolate, isomalt or various combinations of sugar mediums.   

Then using a rolling pin roll out the 50/50 making sure to get the entire cavity filled.

Use a knife to cut away the excess 50/50.  Be careful around your fingers.  

Gently pull back the 50/50 as you are cutting.

Once removed clean up the back surface pressing any stray 50/50 back into the cavity and cleaning the edge.  

Depending on the medium used -- at this point you may wish to place the mold in the freezer for a few minutes to set the item which helps to avoid distortion when removing from the mold cavity.

Invert and flex the mold to remove the gear.  If using chocolate be careful on the flexing to avoid breakage. 

Tap the gear back into shape!

You can use the same application of molds for many different looks.  

DTC Products Used:

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Check out more of Amber's cakes on her website!  Sweet Arts Creations, LLC

Monday, July 22, 2013

Merry Christmas....in July!

A big Thank You to Rebecca and Roslynne for helping out with this blog post.  Definitely a group effort!

To make the jingle bells we use used our mini jingle bell mold, some little balls of fondant, an edible food marker (not shown) and silver luster dust of choice.  

We formed the fondant into almost tic-tac shapes which easily slipped into the mold cavity.

Firmly press the fondant into the cavity.

Use a palette knife to clean up the excess fondant.

At this point place the mold into the freezer for about 10 minutes -- or longer if you are forgetful like I am!

Flex the mold and pop out the jingle bells.

Finished jingle bells. 
 We used a black food marker to mark the lines then brushed the jingle bell with the silver luster dust.

On the left is the fondant bell, middle with just the black line drawn and right dusted with silver.

Close up of the finished jingle bells.

Close up of a snowflake we added.  This was lightly dusted with a silver pearl dust. 

DTC Products Used:
Small Jingle Bell
Small Snowflake

Optionally Larger Jingle Bell
Large Jingle Bell

Friday, July 12, 2013

I've Been Framed!

Need a way to sparkle up a frame?  Check out the new shimmer isomalt options from Cake Play!

First we gathered our supplies -- we used the new
* pearl isomalt
* bronze isomalt
* silicone cups
* Pearl Frame mold

Melt your isomalt in the microwave in 30 second intervals until melted.  Some microwaves will take longer and other less time - so watch it carefully so you don't burn it.

Love the way the shimmers look when melted.

Very carefully pinch the sides of the silicone cup to create a pour spout.  Then pour a small dollop into each of the pearl cavities.  Don't worry if you get a little drop outside of the pearl - once slightly set you can use a toothpick to snatch that out.

Here I am getting some stray bits of isomalt out of the cavity with a toothpick.
Wait until the pearl color has set slightly so they don't blend.  Pour the bronze evenly over the back of the pearl.

Yes! That is my Icing Smiles shirt I'm wearing!

All pretty and swirly!

Allow the isomalt to fully cool.  Then gently turn the mold over and release the frame.

Ours came right out!  If it needs some coaxing make sure the isomalt is cool.  If it is cool then you can use a toothpick to encourage it to release.

Love the sparkle!

DTC Products Used:
Pearl Frame mold

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