What Is On The Middle Tier Of This Cake?

Decorating By rbcakes Updated 3 Mar 2014 , 11:19am by rbcakes

rbcakes Posted 26 Feb 2014 , 7:35am
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Hi Everyone,

I'm trying to figure out what's on the middle tier of this cake. :detective:

I'm not sure if it's real lace, sugar veil or something else? Is it a mould or mat that you recognise?

I'm not sure who the original baker is (I tried a google image search but it just came up with pinterest pages and blogs.)

http://www.stylemepretty.com/gallery/picture/1166250/

 

Any advice is appreciated!

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thecakewitch Posted 26 Feb 2014 , 8:08am
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That cake is made by: Beatriz Belliard of Cake and Cupcake It's on her FB

 

To me it looks like fondant pressed with lace pattern of some kind. It doesn't look like it was made from a mold or Sugarveil.

rbcakes Posted 26 Feb 2014 , 8:45am
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Thanks for finding where this came from! I'll check out her FB page ;-D

 

I hadn't thought about it being an impression in fondant - thank you!!

AZCouture Posted 26 Feb 2014 , 12:52pm
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AArgh! How can anyone see the details thru that trendy overexposed photography! Ok, I actually see what appears to be something sticking out from the surface of the cake, on the top of the design, all the way to the right...on the darkest side of the cake, indicating 3D work to me...but I could very well be mistaken.

rbcakes Posted 26 Feb 2014 , 8:19pm
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I know! It's pretty and all, but it makes it impossible to figure out the details.

 

Thanks to thecakewitch I was able to find some more photos of the cake - which aren't overexposed! (The baker is French, and although i used to speak a little I've forgotten it all so asking her would be rather tricky!)

 

 

I'm not sure if these photos are big enough to help. I'm going to try pressing lace into fondant and brushing it with gold to see if I can get a similar result. Unless anyone has any other suggestions? Could it be textured paper?

Thanks!

AnnieCahill Posted 26 Feb 2014 , 9:05pm
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It looks like fondant or gumpaste to me.

JWinslow Posted 26 Feb 2014 , 9:28pm
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It looks like fondant presses into a mold pattern.  The top edge of the lace looks like it was cut with one of the straight frill cutters.

rbcakes Posted 2 Mar 2014 , 11:01pm
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AThank you everyone for your replies :-) I really appreciate it.

I cut out the shape of the fondant 'strip' and tried using a few different types of lace to imprint into the fondant and even tried hand piping the pattern but I haven't been able to achieve anything with a similar 'feel' to the original design/texture. I've searched for embossing mats also with no luck. I'll keep trying, but I think this one may be beyond me!

MBalaska Posted 2 Mar 2014 , 11:16pm
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Just out of curiosity......there should be a Cake Decorating Hall of Fame  where the Original Desigers of a cake style get the full complete credit for an original style.

Like Van Gogh, Picasso, Da Vinci. Monet, Vermeer.  Everyone can copy their styles for eternity but the original artists are known to all, credited and celebrated.

Nah it's just cake and the creators get overlooked and forgotten.  Kinda sad.

 

Anyhow, the cake looks like someone actually used their own skills and created something unique of their own for this cake. 

Don't get me wrong, I could not do it myself.  However I applaud the artist who made it.

costumeczar Posted 2 Mar 2014 , 11:38pm
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That looks like a strip of gumpaste or fondant that's been pressed into a lace mold (maybe) then painted badly with gold to make it look like lace. It doesn't look too neat, either, just kind of slapped on there.

costumeczar Posted 2 Mar 2014 , 11:39pm
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Seriously, that doesn't look good, You could do a band of fondant lace around the tier and make it look a lot nicer. That just looks sloppy and not textured very well.

rbcakes Posted 3 Mar 2014 , 12:25am
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Originally Posted by MBalaska 
 

Anyhow, the cake looks like someone actually used their own skills and created something unique of their own for this cake. 

Don't get me wrong, I could not do it myself.  However I applaud the artist who made it.

I agree - I've spent a lot of time starting at this and the pattern I can pick from the photos has no obvious repeat to it like you'd see on a standard embossing mat or mold. It does look like it's been hand done with this decorator's own flair. I don't think it's something I can replicate.

rbcakes Posted 3 Mar 2014 , 12:38am
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Originally Posted by costumeczar 
 

That looks like a strip of gumpaste or fondant that's been pressed into a lace mold (maybe) then painted badly with gold to make it look like lace. It doesn't look too neat, either, just kind of slapped on there.

 

This is what I thought when I first saw it, but no luck. I'm not sure if that's due to my lack of skill in this area, or whether some other technique's been used (I suspect it's my skill level though!)

You should see my attempts with the gold paint - they are prime candidates for cake wrecks! :D They are seriously shameful - whatever style this is, it's not for me :wink:

MBalaska Posted 3 Mar 2014 , 1:41am
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Well, the Czar is the expert who makes brilliant cakes!!  She says it's ^^^^^.

Who knows what the original  cake designers customer thought. Perhaps it was a replica of an design that had sentimental value for the customer?

 

Perhaps you could just use it for an inspiration, a place to start, and create your own style-design-colors and make something even better for your customer.  You probably can, and will.

costumeczar Posted 3 Mar 2014 , 2:39am
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Originally Posted by MBalaska 
 

Well, the Czar is the expert who makes brilliant cakes!!  She says it's ^^^^^.

Who knows what the original  cake designers customer thought. Perhaps it was a replica of an design that had sentimental value for the customer?

 

 

Nah, it just isn't a lace, it's too slapdash for that. It does look like some kind of a lace press was pressed into it...On the left side of one of the photos you can see some ridges that look like a lacey pattern, but it isn't as distinct as a lace panel would be. I don't like it :twisted:

costumeczar Posted 3 Mar 2014 , 2:57am
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You know, what it looks like is that the lace was pressed into the gumpaste, them it was painted gold, then the gold was wiped off and some of it stayed in the depressions of the pattern.

costumeczar Posted 3 Mar 2014 , 3:33am
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AI bet that was what it is...i tried it with a random piece of lace and when you rub the gold off it takes away some of the detail of the pattern, but leaves some of the gold in the depressions. I can't get a good picture of it but It's one way to do it.

morganchampagne Posted 3 Mar 2014 , 5:50am
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AYep. That looks like that's it. I can tell you that's definitely no kind of lace mold . Too bulky in my opinion. The way costumeczar said it is the way id do it

rbcakes Posted 3 Mar 2014 , 11:19am
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AI hadn't thought of that - I'll give it a go. Thanks!

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