Above: A beautiful wedding cake in stages of the cake decorating process.
If you have ever seen Carlos Lischetti at a Sugarcraft Show or workshop, you will be amazed at how simple he can make his craft look! Its fascinating watching him turn a lump of sugar into a character full of expression!
If you would like to give it a go yourself, he has just published a wonderful book called Animation in Sugar: 14 Beautifully Hand-Crafted Modelling Projects for Celebration Cakes available on Amazon.
If you would like to learn more about Carlos and his work, read the interview I had with him a little while ago!
I came across this link recently and thought that it was a really great step-by-step tutorial on making a simple cake look stunning by covering it with beautiful red roses.
The website is in Italian, but the pictures are so good that it would be easy enough to follow even if you don’t speak a word!
With some practice, it is a technique that I am sure could be used on many, many other cakes.
For advice on getting a lovely deep red colour for your red roses, have a look at the tips and tricks page.
Steps for Creating a Sugarcraft Rose
Alan Dunn has a new book published called “Creative Cakes”. It will soon be available to order from Amazon. Alan Dunn is one of the most talented Sugarcrafters – especially in the area of sugar flowers. He has published many best selling books, Creative Cakes being his 12th.
Betty from Athlone Sugarcrafters has participated in many of his classes, and looks at him as one of the top Sugarcrafters in the world. She recently received a copy of Creative Cakes, and is looking forward to trying out some of the projects. I will be asking her for some photos that I can show you when she has a few completed!
Anyway, you can sign up to receive an email to be informed when Creative Cakes will be available to purchase.
A really, really useful and money saving thing to have in your Sugarcraft kit is a tub of Tylose powder. It has quite a few uses. One of them is making your own edible sugar glue. The particular powder that I used to use required a mix of one part Tylose Powder to 30 parts water. You give it a good mix, put it in the refrigerator over night, and you have enough glue to last you a while! So you can imagine, if you were to use just one teaspoon of Tylose Powder at a time, you would make a lot of glue for your money, in comparison to buying the ready made stuff.
Another very handy use is to make fondant stiffer. Sometimes when making models, or flowers with fondant, it tends to get quite soft, and doesn’t dry as hard as flower paste. By adding some Tylose Powder, and working it into your fondant, you will find that it adds more gums to it, and it will dry harder.
So what do customers say about it? And what tips do they have?
Customers really appreciated the fact that buying Tylose Powder saved them money on buying both gumpaste and glue. They were also impressed by the quality of this product.
For best results, knead in the Tylose Powder to your fondant and let it sit, covered, overnight.
For places with higher humidity, use more Tylose Powder in your fondant.
Experiment with the amount of Tylose Powder needed in your fondant – too little will not make it dry hard enough, and too much will make the fondant too dry, and will leave cracked and rough edges.