Archive for 23 June 2010

Cold porcelain

Posted on 23 June 2010

I received this recipe from a great professional; here you can see her work and the video step by step of this recipe, just click here.

You will need the follow ingredients:

1 cup + 1 tbsp White School Glue or any white glue (non – toxic)
1 cup Cornstarch
2 tbsp baby oil
2 tbsp liquid Vaseline
2 tbsp glycerin.

1. – Place all the ingredients into a non-stick pan and stir together “OFF THE HEAT” with a
wooden spoon until the mixture becomes milky in appearance.
2. – When everything is very well mix place over low heat. Continue stirring until the paste leaves the bottom and sides of the pan.
3. – Remove from stove and carefully knead until it has completely cooled down.
4.- When the paste has completely cooled, place the paste on plastic cling film wrap and store overnight, thus the porcelain acquires more elasticity. It can be used immediately in case of an emergency!

Tip: use a piece of foamy onto the area of work.

Gumpaste

Posted on 23 June 2010

With this paste you will be able to model figurines and flowers. You will need …

250g powdered sugar + 50 g to knead.
1 tsp gum tragacanth or CMC
1 tablespoon glucose
2 tablespoon warm water.

1.- Sift 250g sugar with cmc or gum tragacanth in a bowl .
2.- In a container dilute the warm water with glucose, bring to the fire but don’t let boil. Add diluted glucose mixture to sugar sifted with cmc or gum tragacanth until well mixed;use a plastic spoon ( for don’t touch the warm paste) place the remaining sugar on the table and knead until it forms a dough no longer sticky to handle. This step can take a little bit longer untill the ingredients are very well mix.
4.-Keep in plastic wrap, without air. Store for an hour. Knead again and store in plastic wrap and store in an airtight container.

Another way to get your modelling paste is mixing rolled fondant with cmc or gum tragacanth in the follow amounts…

2 tsp gum tragacanth or cmc
500 g rolled fondant.

1.- Put the cmc or gum tragacanth on a work surface and knead it into the rolled fondant untill is very well mix.
2.- Wrap teh paste in plastic film and store in an airtight container. If you use gum tragacanth store for at least an hour before use it. If you use cmc you can use immediatly.

Modelling and Cake Decoration

Posted on 22 June 2010

The concept on cake decoration has evolved a lot in recent years, every day more daring and intricate forms can be created and the fact is that the only limit is your own imagination.

Nowadays many techniques exist to decorate a cake, but this time i would like to comment about the modelling. In my long hours of inspirational 🙂 search on the internet, books and magazines, I believe that it is enough to do a simple but beautiful modelling piece and so for be the center of attraction of any celebration.

The modelling is an art, that seems difficult but can turn out to be simple if we do it with patience, continuing step by step, using the adequate techniques and above all enjoying the moment.

The variety of materials for the modelling development is wide, all of them allow us to create any type of design, all depend on the task one would like to achieve. Among the well-known materials are the gum paste, pastillaje, porcelain and artista soft, the last one perhaps less well-known but applicable to modelling for cake decorating, contains basically rice and potato flour. Important: Porcelain and Artista soft are not edible.

Gumpaste is a edible material ( the modelling piece can go directly onto the cake), but is very sensible to humidity and direct sunlight. Personally I prefer the Gumpaste modelling, but I apply the techniques of the cold porcelain since I have magazines of cold porcelain for cake decoration. Nevertheless I think it is important to get experience with different materials and to be able to give to our designs versatility. The artista soft and the porcelain have the advantage that they are a lot more malleable to work and above all you can keep the piece without fear to damaged it. The piece worked in porcelain cannot be placed directly on the cake, this should go on an acrylic plate.

If you have curiosity to work with some of these material, click here and you will find some recipes, if you are looking for another especially, do not hesitate to write me .

Here I leave you some lovely pictures of modeling in porcelain and gumpaste. The pictures that you will see are not my creations… I am also in process of learning :).

Sweet regards.

Claudia.






Marita, thank you very much for let me use your pictures on this post. If you want to see more of her wonderful design in porcelain www.dulcedecoracion.es






Nivia,thank you very much for let me use your pictures on this post. If you want to see more of her wonderful design in gumpaste www.cakelandbynivia.co.uk

Let’s start!

Posted on 10 June 2010

Hello and thanks for visiting our site. Today is a special day . It is the first  post of Cakedeco.ch! , so we will begin to tell  you how this marvellous idea was born.

 My name is Claudia. I am 34 years old and from Perú (Lima). I live in Switzerland ( Zurich) since 2007 with my lovely husband and my two wonderful children.

 I always liked everything related to sweets  and Cake Decoration, but because of work and time  I could never dedicate myself to this passion.

Having  moved to Switzerland, and dedicating  myself  to the care of my family, I have  spend  time surfing  the internet  and many great different blogs and  videos on “cake decorating” captivated me, grasping  all my attention; without  realising I was continuously  looking , admiring, learning and above all knowing lovely people.

Two years ago I made  my first decorated cake and I enjoyed it so much that I decided to dedicate more time to this, and  to acquire tools, books, etc.  My  interest for Cake Decoration was growing fast, together  with  my desires of learning; sadly, not everything  was in my reach, not only for the poor  offer of products  but  also for the absence  of trainig courses or workshops on this subject  in Zurich.

 Then  the idea to do something about it came to my mind.  Something to help me and all those people who share my passion for  cake decorating and who live in Switzerland. Offering them the opportunity  to buy  products as well as to learn and to perfection  the techniques of this marvellous art.

 And  It is my pleasure to announce to you that already we are in preparation and we are organizing the first CAKE DECORATION course!!  . I cannot give  away  more info  at  the moment, but please come back to our blog or subscribe to receive news, we will post  more details during the week.

Sweet Regards : )

Claudia.

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