Teresa contacted me about a cake for her parents’ 25th wedding anniversary. She wanted to use the invitation below for inspiration. I knew I would have to pipe it to get the fine lines on the invite, and I wanted to use some small 3-D flowers. I learned to pipe way before I learned any techniques with fondant or gumpaste, and I really enjoyed it. I don’t get to do much piping now, but when I do, it’s like visiting an old friend.
Quick Tip for the Baker: Whenever I want to paint using metallic luster dust, I always start by coloring my fondant, gumpaste, or royal icing a similar color. In other words, if I know I want to paint a fondant ribbon silver, I’ll start with gray fondant. That way, I don’t have to worry about white coming through. For gold, I color it a similar golden yellow, and for bronze, I use a matching brown.