Edible Paper and Cake Decorating

 

green pink

Sugar Roses and blossoms fillers by Edna De la Cruz

I love this cake. Just one single tier, but it’s so delicate and elegant.
I designed this cake last year and some people were asking me how it was done.
With so much work on my hands, I postponed doing a blog or tutorial because I really wanted to do a You Tube video about it. I suppose for now I will do the blog and eventually I will let you know when the video tutorial is finally done.

Let’s get started!
This cake was covered in Fondant. I used Americolor Neon Green liquid-gel to color it. I love that tint. It can go from very delicate, if you use a little, to very funky, if you use a lot.

Edible Image Paper from Icing Images Co.

Edible Image Paper from Icing Images Co.

In the photo above you will observe a very delicate lace was used. The lace was made with a Martha Stewart cutter and an edible paper from a company called Icing Images, (link posted below).This particular paper has a pearl finish to it and they offer many beautiful colors you can choose from.

Martha Stewart Deep Edge Punch-Garden Gate

Martha Stewart Deep Edge Punch-Garden Gate

The name of this cutter is Deep Edge Punch-Garden Gate. These punch cutters are really fun to use for scrapbook projects but they also work really well for cake when you combine them with edible image paper. It’s very important to use paper of very good quality. Some papers are too thin or they dry too fast. This is why I love the Icing Image papers. They are thick and give you a bit more time to work without the paper breaking or cracking. NEVERTHELESS, still it’s a good idea to work fast so the paper doesn’t break.

I always keep my edible paper in the original plastic bag it came in and sealed well so it doesn’t dry. I also store it in a dry place because humidity can affect the paper, just as it affects anything with sugar in it. Just make sure to take care of the paper and store it well. Never leave the paper uncovered so it will last longer.

DSC_0755logoThe Martha Stewart punch is packaged with the sides closed. This is a great way to store it. To use, just open the wings. I cut the paper with a guillotine to make sure I have a straight edge. Doing this will save the rest of the paper from drying
too. Make sure to take of the plastic backing that the paper has before you start
using it for this type of work.

Once the paper is cut, I place it in the punch, carefully aligning it to the back line of the cutter. This will ensure a straight cut every time. After you cut the first part you move that and align the cut with the side wing of the punch where the design is imprinted. This is very helpful when you make cut after cut, always ending up with a perfect pattern.

First practice with a regular piece of paper until you get used to it. I will be doing a tutorial of this soon to better show how to use it.

green pink2How thick you want the strip is just a personal choice. Just cut it to whatever thickness you prefer it to be. To finish the design, I used the Perfect Pearl Mold. I love this mold when making pearls. Here below is an old tutorial I made on how to use the mold. I am planning to redo this tutorial but for now this is still the way I make pearls.
For those who want the mold, here is the link to it. Click here.
I use this mold all the time as it has 3 delicate pearl sizes.

Gumpaste Pearl Tutorial

Click to watch Pearl Tutorial

For the roses, I used my fast rose method on how to make roses. It’s part of my DVD “How to Make Sugar Roses”. This DVD has 4 hours of tutorials on the many ways to do roses. It includes the fastest way but also how to do the separate petals. This is in case time is not an issue and you opt to make a tight center. It also includes how to make

leaves, stems and even thorns. Then it teaches you how to color your roses.

Gumpaste Roses, blossoms, leaves and fillers.

Gumpaste Roses, blossoms, leaves and fillers.

The blossoms and buds are part of my DVD “Blooms and Vines”. This DVD shows how to make Hydrangeas, blossoms, buds, their leaves and Ivy vines. It even includes how to make these flowers without cutters, another way to make flowers. Finally, it teaches how to color and finish them.

Remember that in my website there are a number of tutorials that can help you get started in the wonderful world of cake decorating. You will find them under tutorials. If you are a beginner and have never done gumpaste flowers, I suggest you start with my tutorial on “How to Make Calla Lilies”.

I am posting all the links below too, so you can go check them out.

Basic Cake Tutorials:
http://designmeacake.com/tutorials.

Perfect Pearl Mold:
https://www.designmeacake.net/collections/molds/products/perfect-pearls-molds

Sugar Rose DVD and Blooms and Vines:
https://www.designmeacake.net/collections/advanced-tutorials-dvds

Icing Images:
http://www.icingimages.com/

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I hope you enjoy this “How Did I Do That” blog. I will also do a tutorial soon.
Until next time, ta ta!!

Edna 😉

 

 

 

Simple Syrup

symple syrup

Where I come from we like our cakes extremely moist. I don’t know how many of you have traveled to the Caribbean and tried the well-known “Rum Cake”
from Tortuga.This cake is extremely moist, delicious and comes in many flavors
too. 

That is just an example of the kind of cakes we like in Puerto Rico; extremely
moist. Some people even use Brandy instead of rum. Personally, 
I prefer
rum better, but adding the alcohol is always an option. Cakes that 
are made
with just flavored Simple Syrup can be equally delicious.

Many of you have asked me: “What is simple syrup?” Well, this blog is for you. It’s just as simple as the name implies. It’s basically sugar and water cooked until the sugar is dissolved. You don’t want to overcook it since making the sugar too thick would be harder to get into the cake.

There are many recipes for simple syrup and all of them work. The most common one is in the ratio of 1 cup of water to 1 cup of sugar (225 gr) to 1 cup of water (225 gr). Some people make a stronger version by using 2 cups of sugar to 1 cup of water instead. You can always choose what would work best for you. I will write the full recipe in the website.
The video tutorial is at the end of this blog. Press here for recipe.

Learn how to make simple syrup for your cakes.

My recipe for simple syrup consists of 1 cup (225 gr) of sugar to
2/3 (150 gr) cup of water. I do less water in my recipe because this way
I can add flavorings to it. You can always add more water if you are not
adding anything else to the syrup. 

The next question I usually get is: “How much liquor do I add to the recipe?”

I can say 1/4 cup to 1/2 cup, but the problem is this amount will vary depending on so many factors. For example, if you use Captain Morgan Rum you probably will need less rum than if you use Bacardi rum because of the extra spices it contains. I like to use Bacardi Rum because it has a very smooth flavor that doesn’t ‘pack a punch’ as you bite in the cake. Then again, some people might want the rum flavor stronger and that is where things are going to change. Each person has his own opinions when it comes to taste, so the best way is to test it and see what you prefer to use with your own cakes. If you decide to try the simple syrup with Rum, try adding first a few tablespoons of the rum and taste it. From there, you can add more rum if you want too. Another great flavor to add is Amaretto.

Amaretto is one of those liquors that I usually add by looking at the bottle. Basically, I add the liquor until the syrup starts turning into a brown tint. Rum and Amaretto are the most loved flavors in my business. Even though it’s alcohol, by the time you cut a piece of the cake you will have the flavor but you won’t get drunk from it. It’s just a small amount of alcohol, unless your cake is soaked in it and you made the syrup too strong.

Simple syrup is mostly used in sponge cake since that particular cake tends to be on the dry side. The sponge soaks the liquor really nicely. But it can also be used with other types of cakes. Just make sure to test it. For some recipes a little goes a long way. Some people will use simple syrup when a cake didn’t turn out moist, maybe due to overcooking or a bad recipe. You can use it not only to ensure a cake is moist, but to help a cake stay moist for even longer!

If you don’t want to use alcohol in your cakes, you can always add other
flavorings. If you use extract, I usually just add another 1/4 cup of water to my
recipe or just make the basic recipe a 1:1 ratio. You can use juices too or even concentrated juice to give flavor. I have used strawberry syrup from my

‘Strawberries in syrup recipe’, and also concentrated orange juice with great success.

Coconut milk is still another option you can use. Lemon juice with simple syrup
makes a lemon cake sooo delicious. Again, there are so many options!

You can even add lavender, ginger honey and many other flavors to infuse the syrup.

Vanilla Simple Syrup

Vanilla Simple Syrup

 

Remember, you can keep your syrup simple with the addition of vanilla, but if you want to compliment the flavors of your cake just add extra flavors to the syrup. Simple syrup is not only used in cakes. Bartenders use it for drinks all the time. For those who will ask: “Can I save the leftovers?” Yes, you can. Some people will save it for up to 2 months in the fridge, but make sure that where you store it is completely clean or crystals can build up in it. I usually make it as I need it. It’s so easy to make.

You can make flavored syrups for coffee with leftovers too. For example, with vanilla, you can add it to coffee or tea. You can make syrup for ice cream or pancakes by adding simple syrup to jam. You can make some caramel or melt it, and add the syrup to make a soft caramel that you can pour over desserts or even coffee. This syrup has many uses. I have even used it to fix a jam that I overcooked were it becomes a bit too hard.

Raspberry Cake filling

Tutorial Coming Soon.

 

Another question people tend to ask: “How much syrup do I add?” You can use a pastry brush to add the syrup to your cake. It will add smaller amounts of syrup and you don’t have to worry about adding too much. Another way to safely add smaller amounts would be to use a spray bottle. If you are trying to make a very moist cake like the Caribbean version, then I suggest a squirt bottle, like the ones Wilton sells for the candy melts. With it, you can add plenty of syrup fast.

Typically, I layer my cake and add the syrup to both sides of each layer. This way I ensure there is moisture on both sides. Once I do this, I like for the cake to rest at least overnight, so the flavors come together and the syrup spreads through the cake plus, a cold cake is stronger, so you can layer it and crumb coat easily. In simple steps:

  • Bake Cake
  • Seal and place in the fridge before it completely cools down
  • Let cake rest overnight (it can stay in the fridge safely for 4 nights, SEALED WELL)
  • Layer my cake
  • Add simple syrup on both sides of each layer
  • Add filling
  • Give the cake a crumb coat,
  • Seal the cake with Saran Wrap so it doesn’t get all wet from condensation
  • Place the cake in the fridge either overnight or until it cools down enough
    to give a second coat.

Don’t leave the cake in a hot environment. A cool house will do ok if the fillings
in the cake are safe to be left out the fridge. Personally, I place my cake in
the fridge so it cools down. This way I can apply the second coat to my cake
very easily.

There is another way the simple syrup can be added to a cake. You can add the
syrup before the cake has cooled down completely and this helps the syrup
spread faster. Then you place the cake in the fridge sealed well. But you have
to keep in 
mind that It will be more difficult to layer a cake after the syrup
is in it, and layering the cake while the cake it’s warm can be a problem
since the cake is too soft.

Most of the time that I have seen people adding the syrup to the cake this way,
don’t layer the cake. The only have one layer of filling in a 4 inch tall cake.
Some people don’t like doing it this way because they feel the cake will ferment.
I have seen it done successfully but you have to take precautions if you do it
this way, especially in the hot summer days. Always do a test cake for the
area you live in to see which option works best for you. I usually work in
an area that has AC.

Vanilla flavored cake

Vanilla cake soaked in vanilla, almond, amaretto simple syrup.

It’s important to keep in mind that a cake that has been soaked or lightly sprayed
with simple syrup, will taste better by the next day. The reason for this is
because the syrup needs time to spread around. In the cake above you
can see patches 
of dry areas. That’s because the photo was taken as
soon as the simple syrup 
was added. After you let it rest, the syrup will
reach those areas.

 

Some options for chocolate cake can be dark rum, cherry syrup, Frangelico, Amaretto, Chambord,  chocolate liqueur or Kahlua.

For butter cakes you can use Amaretto, Grand Marnier, Chambord, Coconut Rum, white chocolate liqueur and so much more!

Once again, you can keep the syrup simple or you can add flavors to complement your cake.

For those who prefer a Latin style cake, I will do another blog dedicated just to that cake and I will go through how much syrup per cake you can add. In the meantime here is the tutorial.  Press here for the link to the recipe.

Hope you enjoy the tutorial.

Have fun with the recipe. Until next time, ta ta!

Edna 🙂

 

 

Cake Fun Contest- Week 4!

Here we have the winners for last week by popular vote. Congratulations No Ordinary Cakery and Daniella Dahl!

 

 

No Ordinary Cakery-Cabanatuan

No Ordinary Cakery-Cabanatuan

Daniella Dahl‎

Daniella Dahl‎

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We are in the last week of this contest. I need you guys now to vote for your all time favorite cake. We still have 2 categories to choose from, beginners and advanced.
Please make sure to vote for one person of each  category.

Here are the 3 advanced winners. Choose your favorite one.

Michelle Head

Michelle Head

Beverly Call Brown

Beverly Call Brown

No Ordinary Cakery-Cabanatuan

No Ordinary Cakery-Cabanatuan

 

And here are the 3 winners from the past weeks for beginners. Choose your favorite one!

Alis Nonoleta Nuta

Alis Nonoleta Nuta

Daniella Dahl‎

Daniella Dahl‎

Debbie Shaw

Debbie Shaw

Remember to choose one cake for the advanced level, and one for the beginners level. Post the names of your favorite cakes in the comments below. I will announce the winners next week.

I will ask of you guys to not spam the contest with fake votes or business promotions; this is a contest that is for fun. Remember to vote only once, and to list the names of each contestant for each division. Just have fun with it.

Next week I will post the winners of this 4 week contest.
Thanks so much to those who participated in this contest. The winners will win a DVD from my collection, check them out here:

http://designmeacake.biz/DVD-Tutorials_c2.htm

I will do another one soon so others can have the chance to win too and show off their beautiful creations to other cake friends.

Sugar Hugs!!
Until next time

Ta ta!

Edna 😉

 

Cake Fun Contest- Week 3

We are reaching the end of this contest. So many beautiful cakes! I wish all of them could win a prize, but I assure you that you guys are all winners in my heart. The love and passion for cake decorating shows.

Here are the winners for this past week contest. Beautiful job!

Michelle Head-advanced

Michelle Head- advanced

 

Debbie Shaw- beginner

Debbie Shaw-beginner

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We now begin voting for this week contest. This is the last week for the contest, but I love when everybody shares their work with me, so please keep sharing! I still need you to come and choose the winner for this week and the winner of the month which will be posted next week. So stick around. 🙂

Scroll down to choose your favorite beginner and advanced cake. Leave a comment below with your favorites for each division.

Here are the names and the cakes chosen for Advanced cakes:

Brenda Oliveira Henkel

Brenda Oliveira Henkel

María Alejandra Lizárraga

María Alejandra Lizárraga

No Ordinary Cakery-Cabanatuan

No Ordinary Cakery-Cabanatuan

 

 

Here are the names and the cakes chosen for Beginners cakes:

Daniella Dahl‎

Daniella Dahl‎

Holly Rhodes

Holly Rhodes

Sandra Van Berkel-García

Sandra Van Berkel-García

Remember to choose one cake for the advanced level, and one for the beginners level. Post the names of your favorite cakes in the comments below. I will announce the winners next week.

I will ask of you guys to not spam the contest with fake votes or business promotions; this is a contest that is for fun. Remember to vote only once, and to list the names of each contestant for each division. Just have fun with it.

Next week I will post the winners of this week and then the voting will begin for who is the winner of the month, for both advanced and beginners category.
Thanks so much to those who participated in this contest. I will do another one soon so others can have the chance to win too and show off their beautiful creations to other cake friends.
I need you guys  to stick around to help me choose the winners next week too. I will post the reminders in my Facebook Page.

Sugar Hugs to everyone!

Until next time..ta ta!
Edna

 

 

Cake Fun Contest- Week 2

Week 1 was a success. Here are the winners chosen by you guys.

Alis Nonoleta Nuta was the winner for the beginners cake, and Beverly Call Brown was the winner for the more advanced cakes. These 2 cakes were part of our first weeks competition.

Alis Nonoleta Nuta

Alis Nonoleta Nuta

Beverly Call Brown

Beverly Call Brown

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We now begin voting for the 2nd week of this contest. Scroll down to choose your favorite beginner and advanced cake. Leave a comment below with your favorites for each division.

Here are the names and the cakes chosen for Advanced cakes:

Christine Jelloian

Christine Jelloian

Leyla Sanabria-Perez

Leyla Sanabria-Perez

Michelle Head

Michelle Head

 

Here are the names and the cakes chosen for Beginners cakes:

Debbie Shaw

Debbie Shaw

Jessica M. Dorman‎

Jessica M. Dorman‎

Judy Stebbings

Judy Stebbings

Remember to choose one cake for the advanced level, and one for the beginners level. Post the names of your favorite cakes in the comments below. I will announce the winners next week.

In the meantime, don’t forget to post your cakes with the BEGINNERS or ADVANCELABELS on them so I can place your cake in the right division. Post them on the thread that is pinned at the top of my page by clicking here: Facebook Page Design Me a Cake.

Remember you can be a winner! The final prize will be a cake toy for each division from my web Store www.designmeacake.biz. Go check out all the goodies!!

I will ask of you guys to not spam the contest with fake votes or business promotions; this is a contest that is for fun. Remember to vote only once, and to list the names of each contestant for each division. Just have fun with it.

Remember, October 6th is the last date to submit your cakes for the final drawing. So if you didn’t win this week, keep posting your cakes with your title of beginners or advanced level. Good luck to everyone!

Until next time, Ta ta!
Edna 🙂