Although I design cakes for a living, I try not to take them too seriously. It is, after all, cake, and should be fun and festive, like an edible party. So, when left to my own devices, I create cakes inspired by bright and colorful things.
First, decide on your design and measure your cake to determine how many wafer paper garlands you’ll need and how long they should be.
Next, cut wafer paper into strips approximately 1″ wide. (It need not be exact.) Cut as many as you’ll need for your measurements.
Cut strips into squares about 1″ x 1″.
Dip paintbrush in piping gel and brush a generous amount on the bumpy side of wafer paper. This will soften the paper and allow it to bend without cracking. This can be messy business (the piping gel is pretty sticky) and it’s nice to have a moistened towel nearby to periodically wipe your hands on.
Now scrunch. Hold paper gently between fingers of one hand. Bring fingers together until paper is scrunched at the center.Continue scrunching until you have as many scrunchies as you’ll need for your garland.
Tie a large knot at the end of your thread, and thread your scrunchies at the base until desired length is achieved.
To attach the finished garland to your cake, moisten a bit of fondant with piping gel and secure to the cake. Brush the fondant with more piping gel and allow the gel to dry slightly so it is sticky but not wet. Adhere one end of the garland to the fondant by press gently into the fondant. Repeat with the other end of the garland, allowing it to drape.
These cakes both feature edible wafer paper garland. Fun, fun, and more edible fun. The pink garland cake was for The Cake Blog.