Video:Apply Lace Applique to a Fondant Cakewith Lisa Mansour
Applying lace applique to a fondant cake will give it a very elegant and unique design. See how it's done!See Transcript
Transcript:Apply Lace Applique to a Fondant CakeHi, I’m Lisa Mansour with New York Cakes in Manhattan, here for About.com. Today I’m going to show you how to apply a lace appliqué to your fondant cake.
What You'll NeedYou’re going to need a cake, some rolled fondant, some silicone lace molds. You can find these at cake decorating stores. Depending on the style they could run about thirty dollars. Lace appliqués are perfect for wedding cakes, anniversary cakes, women’s birthday cakes. It’s just a very elegant and different design.
Push Fondant Into MoldThe first thing you want to do is make sure your fondant is ready to work with. I basically just knead it for a few minutes until it’s nice and soft and pliable. Then I’m going to take my mold. Push the fondant into the mold. Take a piece of fondant and roll it out. And I’m going to roll it out into a rectangle type shape. Always make sure your surface is greased with a little shortening so it doesn’t stick.
Trim Excess FondantSo, I’m just rolling it about the length of the lace mold. So, a little bit more. I need a little bit more on this edge. Basically, I’m just going to lift it and put it right on top of the mold. I’m basically just pushing it in. And I could see the indentations here, so, I want to make sure I push it in well. Now, I’m going to take the opposite side, line it up, we’ll start trimming it. Trim off the excess. Can use an exacto knife. Or any kind of knife that you have at home and just follow the design. We’re just cutting it out.
Remove Fondant From MoldYou want to go around the entire pattern, lace pattern. You just want to make sure it’s lined up correctly. And you just have to have a lot of patience. But once you get through this part the work is done for you. Once you have cut around the entire edge of your lace piece you’re going to flip it over and it doesn’t stick because it’s made out of silicone, so, it’s really nice. Amazing. So basically, here it is.
Apply Edible GlueThe next thing we’re going to do is just take your gum Arabic and water and mix them together in a little container. Equal amounts. So, it’s equal amounts of gum Arabic and equal amounts of water, stir it with a little brush, and then you have your edible gum glue. So, we’re going to flip it over again. And we’re just going to dab a little bit of gum glue here. Not too much – just make sure it’s covered all over.
Now we’re going to apply it to our cake. You want to just get all the pieces. Lift it quickly. And you’ll see the parts that don’t have enough gum glue on it. And, we’re going to go back and add a little more.
Apply Pearl Dust For ShineOkay what I’m going to do next is I’m going to add a little shine to this lace appliqué by using a little bit of pearl dust. Basically what pearl dust is, is an edible powder that will give a pearl sheen on to your appliqué. So basically you could use it two ways. You could either just use it dry or you can mix it with a lemon extract and make a paint out of it. In this case, I’m just going to use it dry. So just dip your brush in and brush your appliqué and it’s going to give it a pretty shine, adds a little sparkle and makes your lace come to life.
Finishing the Cake BottomJust want to show how to finish the bottom edge of a fondant cake. We’re just gonna roll it into a log, and using my smoother – you can do this by hand or just roll it, wrap it around the base of the cake, this is called a ball tool and I’m just pushing in. You could either pipe a border with butter cream or whatever you’d like. Always finish the bottom of your cake.
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