I don't know about you, but when birthdays and Christmas role around I don't put diamonds and furs on my list ! And when I feel like treating myself I don't head to the nearest salon for a mani pedi . Oh no ! It's cake equipment that I want ! The buzz of a new product turning up in the post - there is nothing like it . I know that you know what I mean !!
One such delivery was of Sugar Veil equipment, I had purchased it a fair while ago, (supplemented by some Claire Bowman mats, the lure of making my own edible sequins was too much ) , unfortunately it was still sitting in it's box. Unused, and unloved. How did I ever expect a customer to order a cake with edible lace if they had no idea that it was possible to do so . I needed some examples to show them , and now was the perfect time. I had a free afternoon, no where to go , nothing to do but play with sticky icing and some fiddly mats.
So, I cracked open a packet of the icing and set to work. The instructions included were great , really clear and easy to understand for a layman as myself. I made the icing up as advised .
Firstly , I dusted the mat with cornflour to prevent sticking. I must say that I panicked a little when I saw how detailed the mat was. I applied some of the icing mixture to the corner of the mat and started to smear the icing from one side to another with the Sugar Veil spreader. I kept doing so , in different directions to work the icing into the delicate grooves . I seemed to be scraping it straight back out each time so I let a first layer dry a bit before reapplying to build up a stronger layer.
I have to say that I got a darn sight messier than they did in the instructions ! I got it all over my tablecloth , luckily it was an oilcloth so it came off easily.
The final swipe was done with the cleaned spreader. You need to be extra careful at this point or you will be left with a messy result. When I used the Claire Bowman sequin mat I really struggled at this point - I need a lot of practise !! Daren't even show you that pic !!
There are two drying methods , air drying or oven. I liked the sound of the air drying , less chance of messing it up ! And I had plenty of time on my hands , as it takes a good couple of hour to dry. Fast forward 3 hours later ( it depends on humidity) and it was done . And I next had to deal with separating icing from mat . I flipped the mat over , after working away the side edge of the icing from the mat, and pinned the icing to the table using the cleaned scraper. Then I peeled the mat away , moving the scraper along as I did so to keep the tension. I don't think I took a single breath at this point.
For a first time I don't think I did too badly , do you ? There were a few teenie weenie tears but all in all - not too shabby !!
You can store the made decorations indefinitely , according to the Sugar Veil webisite. You place the pieces between parchment paper and then in a zip locked bag. Please don't use grease proof paper like I did , as the icing sticks to it ! I lost half my decorations :-(
I am so excited to have cake lace in my repertoire now, it is so versatile . You can cut it , colour it , bend it , frill it , the list goes on ! You couldn't get such a delicate effect any other way . Definitely a convert !
(This is an unpaid post, all views are my own)