Avante Garde String Work Piping Pedestal

As seen in Cake Central Magazine’s 2014 Fashion Issue, cakemaker Joshua John Russell took every opportunity to decorate his cake… including the pedestal! This striking, whimsical cake design is inspired by fashion designer Elie Saab. Learn how he created the fringed piping on the pedestal.


I started by securing a small masonite board to a cake pedestal.

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I am using a premix royal icing mix which is made from 1pound of mix and 5 tablespoons of water. In order to avoid adding additional moisture to the mix, I use powder color. I dissolve the powder in the 5 tablespoons of water before adding to the mix. Stir the mixture until the powder is completely dissolved. This will help avoid getting flecks of color in the royal. If you dissolve the powder first, you will have a uniform color.

Add the colored water to the premix and whip as directed on the bag. Once the royal is mixed, it should be smooth and uniform in color.

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Start by piping strings along the edge of the masonite board with a #1 tip.

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Continue piping strings on top of one another to build volume and create a fringe look. The top will look a bit messy but it will be covered by the cake.

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To prevent breaking in the stringwork, add a teaspoon of corn starch syrup to a cup of royal icing. The string will be very sleek and string well.I learnt that in Wilton method advance stringwork class.


Where did you take that class? The stores near me only offer the four basic classes dealing with buttercream and fondant. I would love to take a class on royal icing and modeling chocolate if they have it.