Time to make the decorations! This week we made our low relief toppers that would go on the top of our cake.
We sized our templates and printed out a couple of copies. One of them we stuck onto some card to stiffen it up, and then cut it out. This is the template around which you cut the sugarpaste. Leave the other copy; it’s basically to keep the image in front of you so you remember where all the separate pieces go after you cut them out.
Choose the colours you will be using. Try to be as accurate as possible with colours. I will be using red for the head and green for the body. I had two choices here. I could have marbled blue and green for the body, but then I wouldn’t have any control over how the marbling turned out. Or, I could keep the base colour green, and paint on the blue and black accents. I chose the latter option.
Next it was time to colour our sugarpaste. For my caterpillar, I coloured some green for the body, and a little of red for the head. Dip a cocktail stick in your food colouring and get it onto your sugarpaste.
Don’t knead it if it a very small piece. Holding it on one hand, pull it with the other so it stretches. Then fold it over and repeat.
For the red, I didn’t end up using the standard Wilton Gel food colours. Instead, I used the Wilton Colour Right System in the shade Crimson, because I wanted a very deep red. This is why it looks like a drop, not a streak. The Colour Right system has eight colours which are each in a small bottle. To use, simply squeeze the bottle for however many drops of colour you want.
Roll out the sugarpaste. Then lay your template onto the rolled out sugarpaste and using a sharp knife, cut out your design. It doesn’t matter if its not perfect. When you lift it out just smooth over any rough edges.
I totally forgot to take pictures of the caterpillar head, but you get the gist. Its pretty simple really!
Add any detail or dimension with a moulding tool while the sugarpaste is still soft.
And that is that! Leave this to dry. If you have any questions, or are puzzled by anything, let me know in the comments and I’ll get back to you as soon as!
Next week we’ll be painting on the finishing touches. See you then!
(Woah, a lot of exclamation points! And another one! Okay stop.)