Thank you Rosalynne for the latest blog post!
We’ve all been there. Exhausted, unable to squeeze any more creativity from our brains, and promising ourselves to prepare better next time. I’m talking about the ‘late night caking’ that I end up doing. Every time. It’s like I have it out for myself. It’s generally about that time that my husband ends up going to bed just to protect himself.
Over the last few years I *have* actually learned a few tricks to make the experience a better one. One of those things is to use MOLDS! There is nothing wrong with using molds on your cake. A lace press can enhance the look of a simple wedding cake, making it elegant. Button molds grouped in the shape of a heart, bring detail to an empty cake top when a client doesn't have money for a topper. I have found that my customers are in awe of not only things I have created by hand, but also when I use molds. They don’t feel cheated at all because every time they are intrigued on how it is done. (Now this is the experience I have personally had)
I’m going to share with you a mold I used recently that brought my cake a little extra umpf that it needed! My customer asked for a cake that had a theme of ‘Planes’. So I thought a propeller mold would be perfect.
I gathered all my supplies.
Since I knew they were going to be propellers, I mixed my fondant to a grey color. It’s always best to mix the closest color possible when you are going to finish by dusting it. Example: grey when using silver dust, yellow when using gold dust, brown when using bronze dust. You get the idea.
Next I roll out balls of fondant that will cover the cavity I am using. This time I wanted to use 2 different styles of propeller. I made sure to press the fondant really good into all the nooks and crannies. Once that is accomplished, I scrape away the extra fondant with an artists' spatula. All you do is skim across the top, then re-press the fondant so that there are no spaces showing.
That’s when I put the mold into the freezer. Now, not everyone puts their molds in the freezer. The nice thing about molds from Decorate The Cake is that they are freezer safe! On items that are larger, or not within reach of a fridge, I add Tylose to the fondant to help release it.
Once I stood around for a couple of minutes (contemplated eating something), I removed my mold from the freezer, turned the mold upside down, and bent it enough to let my cool propellers pop out!
I quickly added some silver luster dust and set the propellers to dry. Once they dried, I added them to my cake, and voila! My cake was finished. The propellers were the perfect addition to my cake, the customer thought they were awesome! What do you think?
To see more of Rosalynne's amazing work check out her Facebook page: Ronnie's Cakes
Mechanical Propellers Mold from DTC
Satin Ice Fondant
CK ‘Moonstone (Silver)’ Luster Dust