Decorating the Cake Board

Decorating the Cake Board

I just posted a new tutorial in You Tube. This is a basic tutorial on how to cover a board but I wanted to add a bit more detail on how to decorate it too. I love how a cake looks when the board is decorated. It brings the cake to another level.

I worked so many years decorating cakes and adding fondant to a cake board used to be something you do as an extra detail for high-end cakes. These days, although the regular people who buy cakes don’t necessarily know about this detail, the cake community has expectations for all cake boards to be decorated.

I will add fondant to cakes that are high-end. Most of those cakes are well paid and they do require a finish look. With that said there are other times that I don’t cover a cake board unless I am paid for. Package cakes for example, are cakes that are part of a deal that some venues add as part of the contracts with brides for their weddings. These cakes are low-budget cakes and in here that time that you might spend covering a fondant board will be used more wisely in making another cake that will make more money.

Covering a basic cake board can be done fast. But add the time of looking for the fondant, coloring it, kneading it, rolling, placing it on the board, cutting the excess, smoothing it and either the time that it needs to dry or the oven time you have to use to make it dry faster. All of this is time you use in making a board. Let’s say it takes 15 minutes overall to do all this, ( that’s without taking in consideration drying time). In those 15 minutes I use to cover that cake board, I can torte and ice a cake and with 10 more minutes I can finish a basic cake that I can charge around between $30 to $60 dollars depending on the size of it.

Stitch Edge ReliefSo taking all of that in consideration and adding to that you may have many other cakes to make, you do have to take in consideration that time and the cost of your time that needs to be paid.

I love a cake board covered. It makes a huge difference. But I do make sure I get paid for this. If it’s not in the budget of the bride, then is not in mybudget either. I have had times where I have done a cake that the bride didn’t had the budget for the board and I decided to add the fondant to the board just because I wanted a great picture. But that I did because I wanted a great photo for me.

Boards are supposed to be covered for cakes that are high-end or cakes that are part of a cake competition, or simply just for show. But don’t feel bad if you are doing a cake for a bride on a budget that couldn’t pay for the board or just for a simple party cake. At the end of the day a custom cake shop need to make sure rent, paychecks and supplies are covered more than anything else.

For low-budget cakes, I use your regular cake drum that
you still need for a cake,
so the cost won’t make a difference when it comes
to that. If you are covering  homemade boards with fancy foils, make sure to find the big rolls that are sold wholesale and much cheaper than the ones you get at craft stores. Some people use pretty papers and cover them with contact paper but be careful with this. Contact paper is not food safe so the cake should not be in contact with it at all.

At the end of the day, everyone has their own option. If you have the time and preference to cover your boards, go for it. If on the other hand you feel that it needs to be paid as part of your time and not all people can afford it, then don’t stress about it. In 22 years of making cakes I have never had a person complain about it. If they want a cake board covered, they will pay for it. If they don’t have the money, they won’t care about it. As long as you make them a beautiful and delicious cake, they will be happy.

Bass Relief Cake

If you make cakes for fun, go ahead and cover your cake boards and make your cakes look more amazing with the finish look. I know it makes me happy to see a finished cake from top to bottom, but I do understand why sometimes boards are not covered. There’s a whole different angle when it comes from smaller shops that are starting to make cakes or maybe are located in an area that pays less money and they need to count each penny they earn and use. Running a bakery is not an easy task and only those who are successful at running one, know the reality behind it.

Click here or in the photo to go see the tutorial. In the website I posted links for the products I used in making this tutorial in the tutorial page.

 

I hope you enjoy this tutorial and Blog.
Until next time, ta ta!

Edna 🙂

 

 

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Simpress Molds- Tutorial and Review

I had to make a cake a couple of weeks ago and I decided to use this new product from Marvelous Molds called Simpress.

I love anything that makes my work fast, pretty and easy. This product it’s pretty cool. It covers the cake fast with a beautiful design and it’s pretty easy to use. It comes in 3 different designs at the moment and I am hoping they come with new styles soon!

You can place this over buttercream or fondant and it joins really well at the seams. It measures 4 inches tall, so it covers your standard cake but you can stack each piece if you need it for taller cakes.

I used a dummy for this tutorial and I showed how you can apply the mold in 2 different ways. Since it was a dummy, it was covered in fondant, but the cake above was made in buttercream and it worked just as well. I do advice to place the cake in the fridge and let the buttercream harden up before you place the mold over it.

 

As you can see, the side edge of the mold it’s not even. This is so you can place the next mold side-by-side and align the pattern creating a continuous flow which eliminates joint lines. In the video I used the Jubilee Sequin Mold and I’m totally loving it.

In the tutorial, I show you a way to finish the back of the cake where the mold doesn’t meet. All cakes have a back side; I just tend to finish it in a straight line for those times the molds don’t meet at the back. Also, you can always add buttons, use an extruder machine to create a delicate rope or even cover it with single sequins if you want to hide it.

I finished the top edge with a line of cutout circles that I made with a piping tip #12. Then I made a hole with a needle. I did add a bit of Tylose to the fondant so I could move faster since the Tylose hardens the fondant and makes it easier to cut.

 

These patterns come alive with some luster dust, so feel free to paint them with your favorite colors. To make this easy, I tend to have the base color as close as I can to the color for the luster dust I am using.I love how this cake turned out. Click here to watch the tutorial I made for this tool.

Click here to go watch video.

I hope you enjoy the blog and tutorial.
Until next time, Ta ta!
Edna 😀

 

Here are some of the other tools I used for this cake.
Click here for the top border cutter painted in gold.
Click here for Gold highlighter.
Click here for Luster Dust.
Click here for Pearl border mold.
Click here for Edible Images from Icing Images.
Click here for Marvelous Molds or click on the photos below.

Symmetrical Sequin Simpress

 

Pretty in Pearls Simpress

 

 

 

 

 

Sequin Jubilee

 

 

 

 

*There are links posted in this Blog that I will earn a very small percentage of their sales. I only promote products I love and believe in, and products I use. The commission earned will be used towards new tutorials.

 

 

Moist White Cake Recipe

Moist White Cake Recipe

This is my favorite White Cake Recipe. This cake is moist and has a great crumb. It pairs great with anything but I love it mostly with fruit fillings. My favorite one would be Raspberry Jam which I do from scratch and I will share the recipe soon.

Here is the link to the recipe and the tutorial. Click here for, Moist White Cake Recipe.

Moist white cake recipeI made a step by step tutorial on this cake with very detailed information on how I make it. This cake will work great for stacking but I don’t suggest using it or sculpting cakes. Most white cakes tend to be delicate and crumb more than any other cakes and that is something you don’t want to deal with when you are sculpting a cake.

I will also add that this cake does shrink some and I don’t suggest to use it with cupcakes. If you live in high altitude, keep in mind that my recipes are not made in that condition so make sure to do the necessary adjustments so it works for your area.

I give a lot of extra tips in this tutorial that I use when I am baking cakes that you guys might find useful. So I do suggest to watch the video and follow the steps for making this cake. Click here to watch video and get recipe.

Remember, baking is a science and following instructions are important. I have made this cake many times and have tested different techniques and I posted the one I love the most. If you have your own way of baking and you get a successful cake, feel free to share with us in the comments! If it didn’t work, then make sure to try it my way.

Hope you enjoy the recipe! Until next time, ta ta!

Edna 😀

 

 

Mason Jar Cake Tutorial

I love Mason Jars. They are reusable, great for canning, jams and storing food. I found this website that sells caps for mason jars that I totally fell in love wMason Jars Recapith. They are called Mason Jar ReCap.

My 2 favorite ones are the one with the flip top and the one to pour liquids from, but they have so many other ones to choose from.

I made a tutorial on how to use Mason Jars for cakes. It’s a fun way to make cakes to take along or share with friends and family. And I will say that there is not one person that doesn’t smile when you share  a mason jar filled with delicious cake. Even if you have a cake shop, it’s a great way to sell cakes. They stay moist longer because they are sealed. Win win!

For this tutorial I used my Banana Cake Recipe. People are always trying to find ways to pair cakes with fillings and I am sharing one of my favorite ones.

I used sugar covered roasted pecans and caramel as part of the filling for this cake. I will be sharing the recipe for the roasted pecans soon. Basically I layered the banana cake, then added a layer of caramel then added the roasted pecans on top and finishing it with another layer of cake and buttercream.

You can use any buttercream you like for mason jars. Even soft icing will do great since the jar holds everything together. For banana cake you can use cream cheese frosting. I have a Crusting Cream Cheese Recipe but I have another recipe that is softer and has more cream cheese in it. I use it mostly as a filling but it’s great to use in jars as buttercream, (click here for the recipe) . I have made this cake using Suspiro recipe too and it’s delicious. You can also use Wilton whipped buttercream that is sold in a box if you want a fast fix on a lazy day. There are so many options, you can choose what you enjoy the most!

I have a great recipe for Salted Caramel. But if you feel lazy, you can use caramel from the store. Just keep in mind that the caramel that is sold in supermarkets tends to be too soft for cake fillings. It works great for jars because the jar holds the cake in place but in a regular cake, it might be too soft and make the layers slippery.

I sent an email to the company and got a 25% discount for you guys if you are interested on getting some of the Mason Jar Recap lids. The coupon is good until May 20, 2017. You can visit their website at: www.masonjars.com

 

Here is the tutorial posted below. It will be also posted in my website under this link: http://www.designmeacake.com/mason-jar-tutorial

 

Hope you enjoy this Blog and tutorial. Until next time..ta ta!

Edna 🙂

How to Stack a Cake

Stacking Cakes Tutorial

Stacking Masterclass tutorial
 Hope you enjoy this Blog, until next time, ta ta!
Edna 😉

Cupcake Holiday Wreath

cupcake-wreath

 

Hope everyone had a great New Years!  I posted the tutorial on New Years Eve to end the year with a tutorial but didn’t have time to write the Blog so here it is.

I don’t do cupcakes often but it’s a great way to teach basic decorating techniques that can be used in your regular cakes. Plus cupcakes are always cute!

Cupcake wreath with gold bow

 

Look below for the video tutorial if you want to go ahead and see it.  It will be posted in the website under the Cupcake Tutorial section.

Here is the cupcake I made for the tutorial. I used the small snowflake plunger for this tutorial once again. I honestly love things that help me work fast.

The bow can be done a million
ways. I love the cutters from JEM. These cutters in particular I had for years. Some people will wonder why I am using a cutter for a bow and I will answer that.

JEM Bow cutter small.

Click for more info.

Years ago I found this bow cutter and I thought it was cute. But what I truly liked about it was the fact that I could do the same bow over an over again and it would look exactly the same way and I could do it really fast. This happens while I was working on  a Topsy Turvy cake I designed and I was doing the same cake over and over again. Topsy Turvy’s are usually busy cakes and time consuming. I am very fast at making cakes but this cake would take me 6 hours to decorate no matter what I did to try and work faster. Using the cutter did help me save some time. Here is the cake below.

 

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roller-foam

Click for more info

One thing I love about this cutter is that it can be placed in this roller foam and can be cut upside
down.  It’s simple and fast!

I painted the bow in gold just to have a white and gold theme but I will say that if you want to save some time, just pick a holiday color for the gumpaste so you don’t have to hand paint, or simply leave it in white. There are so many colors variations
that can be used for this cupcake and all of them can be lovely. I do have a tutorial on how to use the gold highlighter. Click here for the link.

Gold highlighter

I have 2 favorite gold highlighters. The one to
the right I like because it’s less expensive and
you get a good amount for the price. The color
is gold but it has a more rose gold tone. It works
great if you are all about saving money. If you
want a really bright gold then below it’s a great highlighter. But the difference in price might
make you think twice.
You can click on the photos for more info on these products.
gold

I will probably do another tutorial for the bow since
I was using white gumpaste. It might show better if I do it in another color and that way I can do a more
detailed explanation on it.

bow

You can also use a mold
for the bow like this one. I love this mold and it’s so detailed! You can see in the photo below how pretty it is.

 

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I also used Super Pearl on the snowflakes. You can see in the photo above how lovely
it looks when used on pearls. Click here for info on Super Pearl dust.

I always use gumpaste for my details.
You can click here for the Gumpaste Recipe.
Remember all tutorials and recipes are posted in my website. If you are
looking for more holiday cupcakes, check my earlier blog for
Santa’s Hat.  Below I posted the tutorial.

 

 

I hope you enjoyed the tutorial. Until next time, ta ta!!!

Edna 🙂

Santa’s Hat Cupcake Tutorial!

santas-hat

Hope everyone is having a great Holiday Season. I just wanted to share this basic tutorial on Christmas Day with everyone. It’s a simple tutorial and they
are such cute cupcakes that I couldn’t resist. They remind me of a cake I made
years ago. Anyone can make this cupcake. It’s for beginners and even those who
want something pretty and fast.

Santa's Hat CupcakeI used cupcake wrappers I found in my craft store and they match perfectly to the theme of Christmas. You can also use your favorite buttercream. If you never done buttercream I have a few recipes posted in the website. Click here to go to the Buttercream Recipes.

For the topper I used Sugar Crystals. You can find those in the baking section of supermarkets or the baking aisle of your favorite craft store.

To make the red buttercream, I use chefmaster
Super Red liqui-gel color. It has great pigment!
I usually get that here…click here

For the snowflake you can use any small snowflake cutter but you can also use
a star or maybe some holly leaves. This is an idea that you can change and make
yours. Just have fun with it! I do love the plungers because I can move fast cutting with them, but some companies have copied the original plunger and they are not that good. So be careful when you buy the imitations. I might do another Blog about this so people are aware. I only trust the original company because I have tested the imitation plungers and they do not work the same.

Santa's Hat TopperHere is the tutorial. Just Click to watch!


Hope you guys enjoy this simple tutorial and had a wonderful Christmas Day.
Until next time, ta ta!!

Edna 😉

Gumpaste Snowflake Tutorial

snowflakes

 

I just finished a new tutorial. Since it’s Christmas time, I decided to do it about Snowflakes. Last year I made a beautiful cake for Christmas using some snowflake molds from the company Marvelous Molds. The video tutorial is posted at the end of the blog and I will post in the website too.

Snowflake Holiday Wedding Cake

Here are the molds are use. These molds are awesome. There are many molds in the market but not all of them are great. When I look for molds, I want one that, not only it’s easy to use but I love when the gumpaste doesn’t stick to it.
These molds have a sharp edge and it cuts the gumpaste really easy too.
Plus now they make them transparent. This comes very handy since you can
place some gum glue on the back and place the mold directly on the cake and you can see exactly where you are placing it. I will do another tutorial showing you how to do that.
Marvelous Molds Snowflakes

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For this cake I attached some of the snowflakes as they where made but I also let some of them dry. I wanted them to look almost like they were falling from the sky and making a bed of snowflakes at the bottom.

The top of the cake was finished with snowflakes and a poinsettia gumpaste finished in super pearl dust and a gold center. I just added a section in the website with an advanced tutorial on how to make Poinsettias.
Here is the link to the Poinsettia Tutorial for those of you who are interested. Click here for the Poinsettia Tutorial.

snowflakes-5Gumpaste Snowflakes

I used the recipe for gumpaste I have posted in my website. Click here for Gumpaste Recipe.

You can see here how beautiful and delicate these snowflakes are. The tutorial is below.  You can also visit Marvelous Molds for more info on these snowflakes.

You can visit Marvelous Molds and check their
beautiful molds.
Click here to visit Marvelous Molds.

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Here is the tutorial. I will post it too in my website along my other tutorials and recipes.

I hope you enjoy the tutorial, until next time Ta Ta!
Edna

White Chocolate Fondant

White Chocolate FondantI finally did the tutorial for my White Chocolate Fondant. I love this recipe. The chocolate added to it makes the fondant pliable without being too soft. Since white chocolate has a light flavor, you can still add your own flavoring to this recipe plus you can make the fondant at the consistency you  like.

In the tutorial I give all the information you need to make the fondant. Without the chocolate, the recipe still gives you a basic fondant. But adding the chocolate makes it so much better. One thing I do want to make clear. Not all chocolates are the same, so having a good quality chocolate makes a big difference. I use White Chocolate Melts from Guittard. These are a compound coating but is one of the best out there. It’s really delicious and melts like a dream.  It’s important to use a good quality chocolate that is made for melting or if you use a compound coating, it should be of good quality too.

chocolate chipsI don’t recommend using chocolate chips since they are made for high temperatures and won’t start melting until they have reach 350 degrees. Plus the wax they are coated with doesn’t really make for the best melted chocolate. But I am sure some people will try them. Other good quality chocolates brands are Valrhona and Callebaut. I am sure there are other great quality chocolate companies out there that I haven’t used but I have used Guittard and love the product so I will stick to using it.

Since I  know there are followers from almost everywhere in the world, I won’t be able to test all the chocolates or melts out there to know the outcome of each of them. I did go to the supermarket and bought a few brands available there. They might not be the best out there but they are the most accessible to everyone.

Bakers

Baker’s Premium White Chocolate is a very common baking brand chocolate found easily in most supermarkets. Taste wise it’s less tasty than the Guittard melts. But I was able to use it in the recipe. I found out that for this one I had to reduce the Glycerine to 1 tablespoon, use 1 Tablespoon of Tylose instead of a teaspoon and I had to use more sugar. to get the consistency I like. Overall, it works well if you adjust the ingredients.

 

ghirardelli

 

The Ghirardelli Premium Bar for baking worked well. I did the same exchange of ingredients as Baker’s and I got a pretty good outcome. This one also used a bit more sugar too than what I normally use with Guittard. But just like Baker’s, the recipe turned out well.

My next test was Ghirardelli Candy Making for Dipping.
Ghirardelli melts

 

 

These wafers do taste really good in comparison to  the bars from Baker’s and Ghirardelli. I did stick to using less glycerine and more tylose with them and the fondant works pretty good too. From the supermarket brands, this one was my top favorite.

 

Next, I decided to test Wilton Candy Melt, these are a compound coating too ].
I did want to test them because they are easily found in crafts centers in the Wilton section. I tested these before the other chocolate brands from the supermarkets.
Wilton Candy melts 2My first try was a complete fail. The fondant felt grainy and was not elastic. I was not happy about the outcome. That’s when I decided to lower the Glycerine and add more tylose to the recipe. The second batch worked well with the changes and that’s when I decided to do the same with all the supermarket brands.

My suggestions are:
*Try to use a good quality chocolate or a good quality compound coating melt, it does make a difference. Use a scale to measure it.

*Make sure to melt the chocolate at a low heat or if you use the microwave, do it slowly. Melting the chocolate too fast can damage the chocolate, making it grainy and lumpy. If you use the stove, use a double boiler and make sure the water doesn’t get to the chocolate or it can seize. I will do another blog and talk more about this subject. Let’s go back to fondant talk!

The recipe I am giving you works great. I will add though, that athmospheric conditions might make a difference on the outcome. If you feel a grainy fondant, make the next batch with just one tablespoon of glycerine. If your fondant is too soft you can use up to 1 tablespoon of Tylose.

I know I will get a million questions about Tylose. Most of them will say, “I can’t find it Tylosewhere I live”. I haven’t tested the recipe with other products. I don’t like Gum Tex (personal opinion), and I haven’t tested it with other gum ingredients like gum tragacanth or CMC. I love my Tylose and I will honestly say, order some from the internet. It’s totally worth it! If you decide to try other gums, let me know the outcome. But remember, the recipe is made for tylose so if there’s a fail, you might have to adapt the amount you add.

Other things to watch out will be
* Don’t overheat the Corn Syrup. You want it warm, not hot.
* Make sure the gelatin blooms properly. Sprinkle the gelatin evenly
over the water.
* Don’t overheat the gelatin. You want the gelatin to dissolve and look clear.
* Make sure that when you start, you are gonna finish what you started. Fondant
won’t wait. It will dry out and be a complete mess if you leave in the middle of
making it.
* Work fast, the less air the less the fondant will dry
* Vegetable Shortening will help you with the kneading. If your fondant feels dry,
apply the shortening like it’s hand cream and continue kneading.
* If you have a fail, try again. Maybe you need to get a better ingredient or make
sure you are following the recipe. If humidity is not helping, make sure to lower the glycerine. It’s best to work in a room with air conditioner and if you have
huge humidity issues, then get yourself a dehumidifier. Sugar and heat don’t
mix so try to make your environment proper to work with sugar. You will have
a harder time with your work if it’s too hot.
* You will fail if you stop trying. So if you fail one time, try again and again.
I promise that it’s easy but you got to learn the process and what works
best in your environment.
* A scraper is great to use when you start kneading.

Bench scrapper

I did the fondant in the video manually so everyone could see how it can be done, but you can easily make this using a kitchen Aid. If you don’t like the microwave, use a double boiler. Everything is adaptable.

Once you make your fondant, make sure you seal it well in cling plastic and then place it in a ziploc bag. It will last just like any pre-bought fondant as long as it’s sealed well. If it gets hard after a few days, place it in the microwave for 10 seconds. I do that with all my fondants to soften them. It’s easier on the hands!

For the full recipe tutorial and tips for White Chocolate Fondant, click here.

 

 

I hope you enjoy the full Recipe (click here), and feel free to send anybody to my website so they can try it.
Until next blog….ta ta!

Edna 🙂

 

 

 

The Hand Painted Cake

 

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Hello to all my cake friends. In two weeks I will be attending the ‘That Take the Cake Show‘ being held at the Round Rock Sports Center in Round Rock, TX., where I will be teaching a 3 hour class with my great friend Karen Vazquez on February 26th, 2016 starting at 5:30 pm. The show itself starts Saturday, February 27th and ends on Sunday the 28th. This show is one of the best cake shows and I finally have the chance to go!

The theme as you can see represents the 17th – 18th century baroque style. Consisting of the dramatic exuberance of colors from today while bringing out the profound ornate elegance of the many fine detailed golden miniature flowers, swirls and pearls. The class will be separated into 2 part class for the 3 hours. Karen will teach the students on how to create the beautiful blend of colors on the cake, and I will teach how to accessorize the cake so it shines!


Gumpaste flowers can be time consuming, so you can imagine how much time it would take to create a dozen miniature flowers using cutters. Luckily for the class, I will educate the students on how to create this beautiful miniature flowers without the use of cutters. This, way I can move faster when decorating the cake and still accomplish that quality that the clients expect from me.

 

Also, I may mix freehand petals with cutter petals to give the class different approaches so they can choose what works best for them.

Miniature handmade gumpaste flowers.

The roses can be made completely with no cutters or you can use cutters to finish them; totally based off preference. I will demo 2 kind of blossoms:

  1. Small blossoms are actually the simplest blossoms to create. These flowers are great fillers for gumpaste flower arrangements.
  2. Bigger blossoms have more delicate petals needing just a few more steps to complete them.

Gold swag of gumpaste flowers.Once you know how to make this flowers, you can make beautiful arrangements with them like the swag in the photo above.

Cake Decorating Class

Since the class is a 3 hour class, we won’t be able to do a 4 tier cake, so we will have to make a one tier cake that includes the main parts of the design. Because of the limited time, this means that we will only be able to teach you how to paint the cake, create the oval frame, do a couple mini roses along with the leaves. This way, I can demo the rest of the details in the cake for the class so that everyone can see the outcome on how to create this gorgeous creation.

If we have time, I will also include a free demo a full size rose. With what you learn on the class you will be able to do the 4 tier cake shown above, on your time in case we run out of time here. One must not take haste when creating art, for it expresses the true identity and intent of the artist themselves.

If you are interested in the class, click here.
‘That Takes the Cake Show’ is one of the best shows in the country.

If you are interested in participating in the cake competition, take classes or simply just go to visit the show, go to:
That Takes The Cake website.

 

Hope to see you there, ta ta!
Edna 🙂