Making the stand
Learn how to make a sturdy cake stand that will hold a three-tier structure. You may choose to use plywood for the base as it’s a stronger wood. However, MDF also worked well for Paul.
Preparing the cakes
Here Paul cuts his cakes to shape in preparation for being ganached, leaving him lots of spare cake which can always be used for another project.
Ganaching the cakes
As no one will be eating this cake, Paul doesn’t layer his in the video so to not waste ganache, but ideally, it would be better to cut it horizontally and layer it nice and thickly. Paul then cuts off the lips of ganache after bringing the cakes out of the fridge before adding more ganache to the side of the cake and then smoothing it down with a wet metal side scraper.
Covering the cakes pt 1
Paul now smooths the cakes off with a wet pastry brush before covering them in 3mm thick sugarpaste, the sugarpaste is cut to size and then rolled over the top before covering the front and back in separate panels.
Covering the cakes pt 2
In this instance, Paul’s use of a high-quality sugarpaste on the design has actually made life more difficult for him. You can always do as Paul does and add the design before applying the panels but just be careful not to lose detail.
Painting the cakes
Paul now gets out some lovely dusts which are noted in the ingredients section, he mixes them with alcohol to achieve a nice thin paint.
Decorating the first handbag
Here we see just how much you can achieve with just some sugarpaste and a stitchy tool. It’s always good idea to have a handbag or a picture of a handbag in front of you for reference sake whilst working on your design.
Finishing the first handbag
Here, we see Paul add the trimming to the handbag before making the all important handles for the bags.
In this lesson Paul shows us how to get a lovely quilted look using a set square and a PME modelling tool.
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In this video, we have carefully summarised the key parts from part 1 of this tutorial and condensed it into a 6 min long video. More than enough to get you started without taking up too much of your time.
- 10” round by 3” deep chocolate cake
- 8” round by 3” deep chocolate cake
- 6” round by 3” deep chocolate cake
- 1.5kg dark chocolate ganache
Cake Card and Drums
- 10” round temporary board
- 8” round temporary board
- 6” round temporary board
- 2kg ivory sugarpaste
- 600g Pale pink sugarpaste
- 100g Pink modelling paste from Saracino
- 60g Flesh tone modelling paste from Saracino
- 10g White sugarpaste
Paints and Dusts
- Super White (Sugarflair)
- Gold Rush (Sugarflair)
- Gold Sparkle (Sugarflair)
- Pearl Shimmer (Colour Splash)
- Black (Sugarflair)
- Brown (Sugarflair)
- Blue (Sugarmill)
- Rose (Sugarmill)
For the board
- 11” x 12” by 10mm thick plywood or MDF
- M10 22” threaded rod
- 6 x 10mm nuts and washers
- 4 x rubber stoppers
- High percentage alcohol
- Claire Bowman air pump glitter
- Royal icing
- Serrated knife
- Sharp cutting knife
- Palette knife
- No 6 paintbrush
- Pastry brush
- Men’s shaving brush
- Stitchy tool
- PME modelling tools
- Karen Davies Brooch mould
- Sunflower Sugarart Brooch mould
- Sunflower Sugarart leaf mould
- Karen Davies Rose mould
- PFC Brooch mould
- 5 petal easy rose petal cutter (small, medium and large)
- Metal side scraper
- Plastic smoothers
- Acetate smoothers
- Karen Davies flower mould
- Autumn Carpenter floral texture mat
- Ribbon cutter
- Rolling pin
- Peony cutter from coolpit
- Power drill
- 10mm spade bit
- 10mm drill bit for drilling metal
- Hot glue gun
- Set square
- 1.5cm by 13cm long by 1mm thick metal plates
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