Sugar cake decorations are used to transform baked goods into pieces of edible art. Sugar can be shaped into flowers, animals, fruits, almost anything the imagination can dream. The decorations can be painted in an endless variety of colours, making it a very versatile choice to customise cakes for weddings, anniversary, baby showers or any other occasion.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Challenging
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Things you need
- Sugar gum paste
- Vegetable shortening
- Paste food colour
- Non-stick board
- Powdered sugar
- Rolling pin
- Cookie cutters
- Small glass bowl
- Gin or vodka
Take the appropriate amount of sugar gum paste for your design out of the packaging. Sugar gum paste is a sugary dough mixed with gum to make it pliable. It can be bought in your local cake decorating shop. If you are designing flower petals, take out just a small amount. If you are making something as large as a bow to cover the cake then you will be using more.
Coat your hands lightly with vegetable shortening to keep them from sticking to the sugar paste. Knead the gum paste, using the heat from your hands to make it soft and pliable.
Use a toothpick to put a small amount of the paste food colour into the sugar paste. Food colour paste can be found at your local craft store or cake decorating shop. Knead the colour into the sugar paste with your hands. Keeping adding small amounts of colour until you achieve the shade you want. If the colour of the sugar gum paste gets to dark when tinting it, a small amount of untinted paste can be knead in to lighten it.
Lightly dust the non-stick board and your hands with a mixture of one part cornstarch with one part powered sugar. With a rolling pin, quickly begin to roll the sugar paste evenly. You can roll it about to as thin as one-sixteenth of an inch. If you get an air bubble pop it with a toothpick.
Using cookie cutters or a knife, cut the rolled out sugar paste into the shapes that you need. Using your hands, form the designs needed for your cake.
In a small bowl mix a dab the colour paste with one tablespoon of alcohol. Use it to paint your shaped sugar gum paste. Do not get the sugar gum paste too wet or it will become gummy. Allow the designs to dry for a few hours to set. Store the decorations in an airtight container until they are ready to be used.
Prepare a glue by mixing one part sugar paste to three parts water. Use the glue to attach the finished pieces of sugar gum paste to your cake.
Shaping and Painting
Tips and warnings
- A variety of tools and moulds to shape sugar gum paste can be purchased from you local cake decorating supplier.
- A liquor with a high alcohol content should be used when painting the sugar so that the alcohol will quickly evaporate.
- Do not take more sugar gum paste than you need out of the packaging. Sugar paste hardens when exposed to air.
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