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Crerative Designs Cake Decorating Method
by Linda McClure
The Creative designs cake decorating method is a method that uses gum paste or icing sheets and an electronic paper cutter to cut out decorations for cakes. The machine I prefer is the Silhouette Cameo Cake machine and this is the machine that is used in this instructional manual. You can use any electronic paper cutter, as long as it has a mat and blade. The techniques that are demonstrated with the Cameo can be used with the other brands of electronic cutters.
Some cutters require cartridges for their source of designs while other cutters use a computer. I prefer the computer-based electronic cutters because I am able to create and cut the designs I need for my project. I am not limited to pre-selected designs on a cartridge.
Using your computer you can create designs in the Silhouette Studio program and the Cameo does an excellent job of cutting the designs from gum paste or icing sheets. I tell people all the time, "If you can cut it out of paper then I can cut it out of sugar!" The sugar I refer to is gum paste. I developed this method using a firm gum paste that I use with my normal cake decorating. My recipe works great for flowers and holds up well in a humid climate. I share my recipe so you will be able to make your own gum paste. Once you work with my gum paste you will better understand the texture, firmness and how stretchy it should be.
Fondant and gum paste are basically the same product. Gum paste has tylose added to firm it up and fondant does not have any tylose, but glycerin added to help soften it. Fondant, even commercial fondant is usually too soft for this method. You may be able to get a good cut from fondant, but when you take the fondant design off the mat it is usually soft, can stretch out of shape or break apart. I find it easier to use a good firm gum paste and avoid these problems. The gum paste designs are decorations and really not intended to be eaten. They are easily removed from the cake or break apart when the cake is cut and served.
I take you through the process, step by step, from making the correct gum paste to a finished, one of a kind, decorated cake.
This is an invitation I had as a source of inspiration for a wedding cake. The bride wanted the scroll design from the invitation to vertically up the cake. As I studied the invitation I realized that I only had to turn the invitation on its side. I scanned the invitation and broke the design into sections. Each section became one tier of the cake. I was able to size the design section to be the exact size I needed.
After you have mastered the basics of using the Silhouette Cameo, you will be able to create amazing, intricate designs. Not only will it be easy to create these designs, but they will be easy to apply to a cake. I call this technique cake wraps. That is, cutting the entire side design as one unit. You can make the design to the exact measurement of your cake so that the design matches up perfectly.
This technique works with stripes, chevrons, or even intricate cut designs.
I love to make sugar flowers. It’s fun to make one rose, but not so fun when I need to make 24 for a cake. Using an electronic cutter helps when making several flowers. You can make these flowers any size you need. You are not limited to the size cutter you have. You can take any flower cutter you have and transform it to use with your electronic cutter. The easiest way to do this is to roll out some black gum paste and cut out the flower shape with the cutter. Scan the shape into the computer and save the scanned design.
If you need to make a flower that you do not already have a cutter for, you can use the real flower as a pattern. Carefully take the flower apart and trace around the petals or scan them into the computer. Include the leaves. Be sure to take pictures of each step of the process so you will be able to put the flower together once the pieces have been cut from sugar.
Beautiful sugar flowers, intricate damask and scroll designs, and stand alone shaped sugar pieces are just the beginning of what you can do. Use your imagination and the techniques I have shared to create your own one of a kind masterpiece.