Wednesday, February 24, 2010
Let's go swimming.... swimming at the pool!!!
This cake was so much fun. I wanted to have a beach ball in mid air, so I stuck my little gum paste ball to an spaguetti and inserted it in the cake - The fun thing is that the spaguetti is flexible so it moves a little from side to side when wiggled, so it was like the kids were really playing.
What everybody ask on this cake is: How did you do the water? it looks like if it was so difficult but it was truly the easiest thing on the whole cake. I use a product from Wilton called piping gel see link http://www.wilton.com/store/site/product.cfm?id=3E30E850-475A-BAC0-582D80C4F0374347&killnav=1
The piping gel is clear so I color it with a little blue (use gel colors not liquid colors) and mix it only a little as it is nice to have swirls of different blues and clear. I iced the bottom of the swimming pool in light blue buttercream, did the edges/sides of the pool with brown chocolate butercream and then filled the pool with the piping gel. That is it honestly!!
This little princess was going to a ball with a bunch of flowers, but her carriage broke... fortunately for her, a cute little gnome was walking by and help her fix her ride!!!
This was the cake for my baby's 4th birthday. She wanted a princess with a long pink dress. The cake is covered in buttercream to resemble grass The figures and flowers are made with gum paste and the carriage and birds with pastillaje.
I do not know if you can find pastillaje ready available in the US so I use my own recipe - it is very simple to make and the good news is that you can make a lot of things in advanced as it keeps forever. I made a whole bunch of birds in different sizes, a carriage and a few other thins at one go.
Here is the recipe:
3 tbs water
1 tbs powder gelatin (non flavored) or Knox
1 tbs glucose
2 tbs of lemon juice (you can also use vinegar)
1 pound of icing sugar
1. Pour the gelatin in the water for about 5 minutes, add the glucose and put under low heat until it all melts together
2. Take half the sugar and pour the above mixture and the lemon juice
3. Knead very well, it will be tough at the beginning but keep at it, the heat fro your hand will help you melt the mix. At this point you can keep the mix covered on cling film (plastic wrap) and keep it covered on a zip lock or airtight container. you can keep on the fridge for a week or freeze for longer
4. When you are ready to work, add the rest of the sugar and knead again until it is pliable - sort of like play doh
You need to work relatively fast as pastillage dries out - keep the pastillage you are not using completely covered in plastic wrap.
have fun with it!!
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