At Cakes & Sugarcraft magazine we are privileged to work with the most talented sugarcrafters, who create high-quality, original, easy-to-follow projects especially for you in each issue. We’ve selected just a few of the step-by-step skills from the June/July 2016 issue, out now.
1. Ombré airbrushing
Using an airbrush makes it easy to create the striking gold ombré effect on this tiered wedding cake designed by Emily Hankins. The hand-painted design, created using a mixture of dust food colours and cocoa butter, can be scaled up or down to suit the size of your celebration.
2. Painted pastillage
If you go down to the woods today, you’re sure of a big surprise. A surprise party, that is! These adorable animals are made from pastillage decorated with edible paints using Natasha Collins’ signature layering techniques.
3. Cake carving
This winning trophy will certainly help you score points with its recipient! Perfect for sports fans of all ages, the ribbons can even be adapted to suit their team’s colours. Find out designer Sherry Hostler’s tips for creating a perfectly-formed cake using carving, stacking, dowelling, sugarpaste and pastillage.
4. Wafer paper
Designed to celebrate the 90th birthday of The Queen, this luxurious cake by Zoë Clark was inspired by a regal gown featuring ornate detailing and silk and organza flowers. Combine moulded sugar blossoms with simple rolled wafer paper flowers for a pretty, easy-to-achieve floral finish.
5. Perfect pâtisserie
If, like us, you’ve been glued to the recent series of Bake Off: Crème de la Crème featuring professional pastry chefs on BBC2 then you may have spotted a familiar face. Cakes & Sugarcraft contributor, Head of Squires Kitchen International School and all-round pastry expert Mark Tilling invited us behind the scenes of the popular show – find out all about it in our interview then learn how to make mouth-watering Saint Marc slices.
Bake Off: Crème de la Crème programme images courtesy of BBC/Love Productions; Saint Marc images from Bake Off: Crème de la Crème (£25.00, Hodder & Stoughton), photography by Haarala Hamilton.
6. Gravity-defying modelling
Show Dad he’s the champion with this fun modelling project by Harriet Childs. The gravity-defying figures are made using internal supports to ensure they stand strong all day long. With Father’s Day coming up on Sunday 19th June, you’re spoilt for choice in the latest issue of Cakes & Sugarcraft magazine. The step-by-step tutorials range from simple tiers of beer topped with a cake through to colourful cake graffiti.
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