Saturday, May 7, 2011

Hand painted Wedding Cake Tutorial



Materials needed
7" and 9" round card for the base of each tier.
Doweling for support
Bottle Green satin ribbon - 6mm wide by 2m
Bottle Green satin ribbon - 2 inches wide by 2m
Black satin ribbon 1 inch wide by 2m
Diamontes buckle
13" diameter cake board 4mm or 6mm thick


7” Dark Chocolate Mud Cake round
135g butter
135g dk choc
15g coffee
100ml water
75g SR
75g plain
30g cocoa
.3 tsp bicarb
295g caster
2.5 eggs
4.5 tsp oil
60ml buttermilk

Ganache
735g dark chocolate
365ml pure cream

Fondant
740g sugar-paste

9” Dark Chocolate Mud Cake round
220g butter
220g dk choc
25g coffee
160ml water
125g SR
125g plain
50g cocoa
.5 tsp bicarb
480g caster
4 eggs
7 tsp oil
100ml buttermilk

Ganache
1200g dark chocolate
600ml pure cream

Fondant
1.2kg sugar-paste


Click here to learn how to make dark chocolate mud cake and dark chocolate ganache.
Click here to learn how to torte and cover your cake with ganache.
Click here to learn how to cover your cake with sugar paste.


The pattern on the top tier of the cake was inspired by Crewel Embroidery and I looked at many examples on the net for inspiration.

Sample of Crewel Embroidered fabric


I wanted to use simplified elements of the original designs to create a new and unique black and white design.  
First of all I made a template for the top of the cake and the sides from some greaseproof paper...


....and then drew on my design with an HB pencil. 

I turned the paper around and traced the design on the back, again using an HB pencil (do not use a softer pencil as it will smudge onto your pure white icing and really make a mess). Pencils are made from graphite not lead and are non toxic.

I transfered my design onto the cake using a sharp HB pencil, securing the template with sticky tape around the sides and holding the top down lightly with my fingertips.



 I scanned my greaseproof paper templates for you to enlarge in your photocopier to fit the exact size of your cake. Once you have the outline transferred to the cake you can paint the motifs larger going over the lines a little covering up all the pencil marks as I have allowed for this by drawing the outlines smaller than i require for the finished work.



The bottom of each stem is covered by the green ribbon and the top of each stem I ended in an RI dot or two. Choose one of the central stems and line it up with the stem on the top of the cake.



I used Cake Art black edible colour on top but it was a little shiny so used Wilton on the sides and was happier with the finish. I used two round Taklon brushes a No 5/0 to outline and a No 4 to fill in.


If your colour is too thick, use a little Vodka to thin it down. I didn't need to use any on this occasion.






Sorry that the video is so boring and has TV noise in the background but it is my first YouTube clip and I hope to improve. It also shows how slow I am at painting on cake. it took me 4 hours to complete! My brush was rubbish with hairs sticking out at right angles which I cut off making the brush almost impossible to use as there were only about 12 hairs left LOL! I have since replaced it.
Another tip! Use a brush with very long hairs as this helps with lines. Lay most of the brush on the cake and pull it along as this reduces hand wobble.
To make my design zing I wanted to add piped Royal Icing dots but decided to wait until the cake was fully assembled.

To assemble the cake I firstly placed the bottom tier on its base using some Royal Icing as glue. I then covered the bare edges of the board using a roll of sugar-paste which I unrolled like you would a carpet around the cake. Join at the back by first overlapping the sugar-paste and cutting with a knife through both layers, removing the excess and joining with a little Royal Icing.

Ali (my partner) marks the length of dowel to be cut while I take the picture.

I needed 4 dowels to support the top tier for this cake and one double height piece for the central dowel (this stops the top tier from sliding about while being transported).

Ali pushes in the first dowel

Ali carefully taps in the central dowel.

The central dowel cuts right through the middle of my design but it is easy to cover this up with a small black sugar-paste cut out, topped with a smaller white round piece of sugar-paste and crowned with a large dot of black royal icing.

Can you see the added dots!




I stuck the black ribbon onto the middle of the green ribbon using 12mm wide double sided tape but left the ends of the bow unstuck so that they could be hanging loosely from the bow as they would look too rigid otherwise.


I didn't cut the ribbon in any way to form the bow. I just made it look good while holding it in my hand then slipped it through the diamonte buckle trying not to lose any of the nice shape I had.




16 comments:

  1. Looks gorgeous Smurfie! Thanks so much for sharing...such a stunning and elegant design. xx Nipsy

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  2. Nipsy, your praise and encouragement is very much appreciated.

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  3. that is just beautiful. You make it look so easy.

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  4. You are incredible Bernice, just awesome!

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  5. Hi. your cake looks beautiful. I wanted to ask how long did it take for the paint to dry on your cake if you didn't use alcohol.

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  6. The 'paint' took a day and a half to dry out. The Wilton gel that i used was more runny than normal and that is why I did not need to thin it. Even although it took a while to dry, the cake looked finished and could have been delivered before it was totally dry.

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  7. Thankyou for a great tutorial.
    I am going to try and make an engagement cake with this method. I have made a trial cake and have a couple of questions. The colour that I would like to use is pink, I have tried using it undilluted but the colour is dark and murky(wiltons). To get the colour as I want it I have to dilute it with vodka, but then when I paint it on the cake the colour was too watery and streaky. Am I missing a step somewhere along the way.
    Any feedback would be greatly appreciated

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  8. Just a question: did you transfer your design onto the cake using a sharp HB pencil. A normal one? Non edible?
    Regards,

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  9. I used an HB.
    No lead in modern pencils.

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  10. what a fabulous cake. Everytime I look at it, I just feel envious. Beautiful concept and thanks for sharing.

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  11. Sorry for the silly question how do you 'transfer' the design?

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  12. To transfer the the design just read through the above instructions again as I think I have described it quite well. With the design on the tracing paper you turn the paper over and trace the design on the back. You then use this as you would old fashioned carbon paper by now drawing the outline onto the cake surface. The pencil marks on the reverse of the tracing paper are 'transferred' onto the cake.

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  13. This cake is amazing! And so is everything else on this blog! You are truly talented!! && most importantly thanks so much for sharing! :)

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  14. Love the ideas but does the edible paint taste bad or do you not notice it on the cake?

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  15. Great tutorial. Do you know how to erase the pencil mark on cake? I am in middle of tracing my design on cake and there are few pencil smudges which doesn't give clean look... thank you :)

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