Homemade Cake Lace

Decorating By 4laynes Updated 19 Feb 2015 , 12:02pm by Crazy-Gray

4laynes Posted 29 Jan 2015 , 2:48am
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I found a couple of videos on youtube about making homemade cake lace.  Has anyone tried it?  Does it work?


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kathyw Posted 31 Jan 2015 , 7:48pm
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AI tried the first recipe. It seemed a bit thicker than the commercial products. It eventually worked pretty well. I found that the drying time stated in the video wasn't long enough so you have to experiment with that. Also I would follow the suggestion to add more glycerin so the end result is more flexible.

Gingerlocks Posted 1 Feb 2015 , 5:36am
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I did a trial of a few of the commercial and homemade cake laces. I didn't have any luck with a few of the commercial products and all of the homemade ones. It's worth a try to see if the recipes work in your climate, but I didn't have any luck. 

4laynes Posted 4 Feb 2015 , 5:50pm
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Thank you. I didn't know that it doesn't do well on SMBC.  I've never had anyone ask for fondant so I guess I'll back burner the lace idea for now.  :roll:

PinkCakeBox Posted 4 Feb 2015 , 6:45pm
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We actually make our own cake lace here at the shop - We use the gelatin recipe from Mike McCarey's Sculpted Car cake at Craftsy and add a bit of white gel color. I've used it over fondant, on top of buttercream and on display cakes. Actually, a display cake we made with Sugar Veil lace aged rather faster than we expected so we pulled it off and replaced it with the gelatin lace and it still looks good a year later. 


We usually just use a Sugar Veil mat or one of the other texture mats made for the commercial mixes. Squeegee the gelatin mix over and let it dry. There is a dehydrator here in our sugar room, but I've also let it sit over night. Putting it in front of a fan works, too!


There's a fairly detailed description of what we do here: http://university.pinkcakebox.com/experiments-gelatin/


Hope this helps!

shanter Posted 5 Feb 2015 , 12:16am
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I wish I could just buy the recipe/instructions for the cake lace. I am not at all interested in paying Craftsy prices (even on sale) for how to carve a car cake. I have a number of their other classes, and they're great, but I'm not interested in that one.

kathyw Posted 5 Feb 2015 , 12:18am
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AI agree. I would like to buy just the recipe. Or does anyone want to share?

Jedi Knight Posted 5 Feb 2015 , 5:56am
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AWhy not contact the company and ask if they would be interested in selling just the recipe?

PinkCakeBox Posted 5 Feb 2015 , 5:04pm
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Perhaps Mike McCarey has it posted elsewhere? As it's his, I don't feel comfortable sharing it around without permission. Sorry! He uses it in that class for making a windshield, we adapted it for lace. 

kathyw Posted 17 Feb 2015 , 8:44pm
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AHello Pink Cake Box,

Can you store unused gelatin or do you have to use it all at once?

Also, on your website you pour the gelatin mixture into the color. Is there a reason for this or can you add color straight into the gelatin mixture?

Thanks so much

PinkCakeBox Posted 18 Feb 2015 , 2:27am
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The gel color is heat sensitive -- so if you want to keep remelting the mixture, the color (at least the white) must be added only to the amount you plan to use. I often freeze whatever un-colored mix I have left and melt it later! 

Crazy-Gray Posted 19 Feb 2015 , 12:02pm
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Originally Posted by 4laynes 

Thank you. I didn't know that it doesn't do well on SMBC.  I've never had anyone ask for fondant so I guess I'll back burner the lace idea for now.  :roll:


You could try this maybe: once the lace is dry leave it in the mold, spray the back of the lace with confectionners glaze and let that dry, then take it out of the mold and attach to your cake.


Maybe test by buying some premade lace from ebay and spraying the back unmolded, that would save you from having to invest in all the stuff?

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