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Fave Finds is Erica OBrien Cake Design’s weekly list of the products, gizmos, gadgets, tools and must-haves we’re wanting, needing, buying or using.
This week’s Fave Finds is more “How’d you do that?” than “Here’s what we’re up to.” We get asked a lot of questions about where we’ve purchased some of the tools we use, so here are a few of our faves.
To create the scroll work on this classic ivory and silver cake from last weekend, we used the CelShapes scrolls mold. I know from experience these molds can be tricky to use, so we watched this YouTube video to get some tips.
I have a bowl scraper that looks a lot like the tool they use to scrape the excess paste from the mold in the video, but it was too bulky for the job. When I stumbled across this scraper tool, I thought its compact size could be just what we needed. After I purchased it and felt its sharp edge, I knew I’d found the right tool. In fact, Callan described it as “magical”. Plus, I got the little spatula–which also has a slightly sharp edge–as an added bonus.
The boho chic cake we did for The Cake Blog featured a lot of unconventional techniques.
The elephants on the third tier, as well as the designs on the top and second from top tier, were all made using a fabric stencil. Cake stencils are wonderful, but you needn’t be limited to stencils intended for cake. I like to find stencils everywhere from crafts stores to home improvement stores. One note about wall stencils: the designs are often very big in scale and too large to work on a cake.
Here, we used the FolkArt Handmade Charlotte Stencils in Alibaba.
The green cutouts seen below were actually created using gumpaste and this Martha Stewart eyelet lace paper punch. We roll the gumpaste very thin–a pasta roller works great for this–and use the punch the same way you would on paper. Although we make our own gumpaste for sugar flowers, we’ve found that Satin Ice gumpaste is perfect for use with paper punches.
For the doily inspired design seen at the top and bottom edge of the bottom tier, we used this Fiskars AdvantEdge lace border punch on colored gumpaste. (Although I tried to avoid purchasing the whole AdvantEdge Punch System and using the punch alone, I found that it wasn’t possible and ended up breaking down and buying it.)
More than any other design, people ask about our edible lace doily cake. It requires just one specialized tool: The RVO Marroqui Lace Mold. (I demonstrate the technique in my Craftsy class. You can find it here for 50% off.) Although I’m partial to traditional doily colors in neutral tones, I would love to see it in white on blush pink, or in peach on white. Below, we painted the doily with rose gold luster and added sugar flowers in a fall color palette.
Have a great product you’d like to see on our list? We’d love to hear about it! Please feel free to leave a comment or contact us.
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