A few months ago, I won a contest held by none other than Kerry Vincent. The objective - to design a wedding cake for the main character in an upcoming book about a fashionista vampire titled, "Dracula in Dior" by Scarlet Stoker. I decided I wanted to bring my sketch to life and have the cake displayed in the winner's circle at the upcoming Montreal Cake Show. Using many tools purchased from Icing Inspirations - including Marina Sousa's bead molds, James Rosselle's Parrot Tulip veiner and Peony cutter, I set to work to make this a reality.
When I got to the top tier, I did not want to replicate the same lace I used near the bottom, so I took out my lace molds that I bought (also from Icing Inspirations) and tried to make some sugar lace. I had not had any success with these molds despite numerous attempts and countless amounts of advice from Chrissie, who kept trying to help me figure out where I was going wrong - she filmed and posted a video of her first attempt at the molds and was successful. There was just something I was not getting. I heard of a sugarpaste called Dab that was made specifically for this application. Chrissie told me it was on it's way, and as soon as it was posted, I bought a pack (and the application tool too - figuring every little bit helps, right?). As always, I anticipated getting my delivery (which Canada Post has been kind enough 3 times in a row to deliver earlier that the date provided by tracking - way to go Canada Post - it's about time!).
My goodies arrived Friday and all I could think of was getting through the weekend's orders so that I could play. It was now Sunday morning and the time was here. I needed black, so I took a small amount of Dab and tinted it medium grey (didn't want to change the texture too much in case). I massaged it between my fingers, placed it on the edge of the mat, took hold of the applicator, took a deep breath and had at it. 1 word - SUCCESS! Finally! I was able to quickly make enough lace to get the coverage I needed. I couldn't believe how easy it was to do! Dab is one of the best products I have ever used. A little went a long way - using about a ball of paste the size of an extra large gumball, I was able to make 4 pieces of lace - enough to go around a 6 inch tier with some to spare. Dab is definitely worth investing in. It is definitely going to have a positive effect on the way I make lace for my cakes.
I have included pics of my finished cake and a close up of how good the dab looks.
Thank You Icing Inspirations for always bringing in the newest and best products in the cake world to us!
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Enjoy the rest of your weekend!