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post #1 of 40
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I have to make this wedding cake for this weekend and im not sure how the heck to make the black lace on top.  It looks like all piping but how do you getthe lines so straight?  Also some parts look like fondant?  like those star petal shaped things....

ANY advice would be awesome!

 

 

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That's all piping...probably royal.  Practice.  Lots of practice.

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post #3 of 40

Gorgeous cake, please post a picture when you're done!

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post #4 of 40

It could also be sugarveil. That's how I would accomplish the look, probably the easiest.

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post #5 of 40
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how do you use sugarveil?

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To do sugar veil you buy the molds and the sugar veil mix.

If you go to their site you will get a better idea of what it is. Might be to late for that option though if you have to make it this weekend unless you have a local vendor.  I agree that would be the easiest way to get that lace. 

 

In the picture though, I also agree that cake looks to be all piping. Some really , really good piping. 

I couldn't pull that one off if I tried, I imagine black icing isn't too forgiving.

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ya i think its too late for sugarveil but good to  know for the future.....  guess i better start practicing my piping skills!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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how do you use sugarveil?

 

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To do sugar veil you buy the molds and the sugar veil mix.

If you go to their site you will get a better idea of what it is. Might be to late for that option though if you have to make it this weekend unless you have a local vendor.  I agree that would be the easiest way to get that lace. 

 

In the picture though, I also agree that cake looks to be all piping. Some really , really good piping. 

I couldn't pull that one off if I tried, I imagine black icing isn't too forgiving.

 http://sugarveil.com/ Here's the site, lots and lots of neat things there. However, I agree with Melanie, it would be too late for that option if you don't already own the system. As far as piping, you will have some sleepless nights to practice this before the weekend. Maybe you could use Colette Peters technique from craftsy.com and pipe the royal icing pieces ahead of time, then just place them on the cake. You will need to make lots of extras for breakage. Good luck! Let us know how it goes.

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post #9 of 40

Doubt that's sugarveil. Looks piped to me.

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post #10 of 40

This cake is due this weekend and you're just now going to practice??!! You have more guts than I have! If I got an order with a technique that I've never done, I would have started practicing the minute I got the order (if I even took the order in the first place)! Just don't drink a lot of coffee when doing it! I'm sure you'll do fine. It's a beautiful cake.

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it looks lovely ;-)

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post #12 of 40

I think that it is all hand piped.  If you look closely you can see that the gaps between some of the rows are not quite the same, which they would  have been if they had come out of a mould. Beautifully executed, though.

Be warned,  Do not buy the sugarveil stuff and expect to be able to use it professionally the next day.  As far as I am concerned it is not quite as easy as they make it look on the videos.  Same from another professional decorator that I know.  Like all good cake decorating techniques it needs some practice.  Can look beautiful when done properly.
 

post #13 of 40

I agree with cazza1  its all hand piped. If it were sugarveil, the pattern would be much more uniform. However the lace detail on this cake demonstrates good piping techniques and great talent!

 

I watched a demonstration on Sugarveil at a cake show in Cork last weekend. The results were fanstastic!!!  However the cost of some of the border molds would take your breath away - very expensive i. e. around  €80.00 for the larger ones! I am just a hobby cake decorator so declined to invest in one. Good professionals will invest in training for themselves and staff - when introducing new materials and equipment. Mistakes deplete profit margins! "PRACTICE MAKES PERFECT"

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Doubt that's sugarveil. Looks piped to me.

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I think that it is all hand piped.  If you look closely you can see that the gaps between some of the rows are not quite the same, which they would  have been if they had come out of a mould. Beautifully executed, though.
Be warned,  Do not buy the sugarveil stuff and expect to be able to use it professionally the next day.  As far as I am concerned it is not quite as easy as they make it look on the videos.  Same from another professional decorator that I know.  Like all good cake decorating techniques it needs some practice.  Can look beautiful when done properly.

 

I wasn't referring to using one of the molds. I was referring to using the surgarveil icing dispenser to pipe her own pattern. She would have had to hand pipe it all out like normal, resulting in spacing and flaws that let people know you're human and not a machine (a personal touch). However, it's piped out on a sheet to dry, then pulled up and put on the cake. But you're correct that all techniques, no matter how easy they make it look, take a lot of practice!

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Just to be clear, I was merely offering her another suggestion as to how to achieve the look as asked. I would in no way take away from the original artist's talent for this gorgeous cake, which can be see here: http://www.cakecoquette.com/gallery/.

 

Either way, you may just have to tell the customer that you will not be able to give them the cake they deserve in the amount of time provide and offer another suggestion at a small discount.

 

As for straight lines if you have to pipe directly on the cake. You can use guides, such as lightly scoring your design on the cake. Just remember that when using black piping on a white cake, you will have to take extra care not to make large mistakes that will need to be move. Black stains quick and  is very unforgiving, it will show a major flaw if trying to move a line. Make sure you fondant is dry, no condensation, work in a cool place to keep down the humidity and use royal icing. If you make a mistake, let it dry before removing. You make be able to remove some of the black residue with a q-tip, clean small paint brush and grain alcohol or vodka. Again, good luck and happy caking. I really hope it turns out Great! Let us know.

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