I was searching around for ideas for my in-laws 50th anniversary cake - and stumbled across this website. The borders are fabulous! I have two questions. Any ideas where I can find info or a tutorial or something how how to do borders like these?
And... The piping on this cake is a really great shimmery gold. No way (I don't think) it was dusted after. How do you think they get that great gold icing? Can you mix those metallic dusts right into icing?
I'm sorry - I can't help. I'm just checking in to say WOW!!!
The gold piping looks painted - I do the same thing. If they're London based they probably using something like Edable Arts, which gives exactly that kind of solid golden look - it's the only really good lustre dust I have been able to find, it's British.
As for the borders, I'm not sure about tutorials. But if you need any help with Lambeth style, feel free to PM me.
Gefion -- I pm'd you this same question - but if you answer in here - everyone else might be interested, too!
Right good idea. Here's the explaining-part of the PM I sent:
I paint with Lustre Dust mixed with very strong alcohol - like Everclear. I mix it fairly thick and brush on the dried borders. It dries almost immediatly, because of the high alcohol content. I only use royal icing, I am not sure if it will work on buttercream, since it doesn't dry. But it doesn't break down the royal, as the liquid evaporates so fast.
As for the cake, there is a youtube video showing that exact technique, right here, it's a very simple border:
All you need to do is to overpipe with a smaller round tube to get a similar effect.
Wow! Thank you! Great video. I always forget about you tube. I'd love to take a Lambeth class - but I don't know of anything like that around here. I may break down and buy a book!