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Vintage Happy Birthday Plaque – Mini Tutorial

The life of a cake artist JUST got easier!  I’m going to tell you about a new product and anyone who does primarily celebration cakes, will know what I mean!!

This vintage style plaque was SO easy to create using this new system and I show you how I did it in a mini-tutorial at the end of the post.

Normally, just the birthday greeting alone would have taken me nearly half an hour.  You had to create all the letters one by one, which takes up time.  You had to let the paste dry a bit to get the cleanest edges, which takes up time.  You could only roll out small pieces of paste for a few letters at a time or else it would dry out, which takes up time.  You only had one ‘a’, one ‘p’ and one ‘y’ to work with in a typical letter set so you had to wait until the first set was done before doing it all again, which takes up time.  Ok, ok…you get the idea LOL!

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Well, I was asked last month by Marvelous Molds to test out a new product that they were launching called Flexabets™.  It’s a revolutionary new way to add lettering, names and messages to your decorated cakes or cakeboards that does not require working with stiff cutters, having to pick out your letters (unless you choose to) or waiting for your paste to dry so you can tap (more like SLAP!) them out.  You can now create letters and numbers using their patented silicone onlay molds!  These letters pop out easily, with barely any effort, and do not get ‘stuck’ in the onlay molds.

More good news.  For helping them test out the Flexabets™ and writing a blog post, they are offering 10% OFF to my readers and fans that purchase a set.  Just enter my exclusive code TVCSFLEXABET at checkout when you purchase from the Marvelous Molds site before March 13th.

Along with three styles of font (Calligraphy, Typewrite and Swirly), they also have four “Happy Birthday” style onlays which makes the most used greeting on celebration cakes, now an ease to add!  You can use the greetings on the tops or sides of your cake, on cakeboards and sheetcakes, or to create plaques or toppers like the one I show here.

Oh how I WISH they’d come out with these back when I was making like 3-4 cakes a weekend!  It would have saved me a TON of time and made the most dreaded part of any order just that much more bearable.

Here are samples from the Swirly set, which is my fave.  I heard though through the grapevine that new, yet unseen fonts may be in development too!

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And here is a FUN celebration style lettering that is available just in the “Happy Birthday” greeting.

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I cannot reiterate enough how versatile Flexabets are for adding messages, names, monograms and more to your cakes, toppers or cakeboard.  Now for the mini-tutorial on how I used the calligraphy font to make a Vintage Happy Birthday Plaque.  Hope you ENJOY!!

(Oh and I also made this tutorial into a quick video that I posted to my Facebook page but without any instructions because I am after all a video novice and hey, getting it on a video was already an accomplishment so forget about adding text right? haha!!)

 

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How to make a Vintage Happy Birthday Plaque – Mini-Tutorial:

Step 1:

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Roll out 50/50 gumpaste/fondant mix to approximately 1 mm thickness or just under 1/16 inch; if using a pasta roller, roll out to #2 thickness; you can also use fondant with tylose (or CMC) added, approximately 1 tsp per 1lb fondant

Step 2:

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Dust the Flexabet mold with a bit of corn starch; tap out excess against your palm or work surface; alternatively, you can brush shortening into the grooves of the letters – this is my preferred method as I find the corn starch sometimes allows the paste to shift too much when you are pressing it into the mold; you can also use a combo of the two which is what I’ve used here =D

Step 3:

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Lay your sheet of 50/50 paste over top of the onlay, good side down; use your palm to press the paste against the onlay along the entire design (not shown in pic); using your smoother, slowly press the paste further against the onlay, then press and twist the smoother against the bladed portions of the design; you will see the design start showing or cutting through – continue until all bladed edges are cleanly cut through the paste

Step 4:

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Slowly remove excess paste; start on one side and slowly, gently bend and pull the excess paste towards you, not upward

Step 5:

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You will be left with just the letters in the onlay mold, along with their centres; use a sharp pointed tool to pick out the centres of the letters that have been left behind

Step 6:

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The cleaned up Happy Birthday message still in the mold

Step 7:

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Roll out some white 50/50 gumpaste/fondant mix to 1 mm thickness or 1/16 inch, or whatever colour you’d like; again, you can use fondant with tylose (CMC) added instead, approximately 1 tsp tylose to 1 lb fondant; roll large enough to fit the Happy Birthday message; you can place your onlay on top (with paste still in the mold) to check

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Brush the back of the letters with a small amount of water or edible glue; make sure to cover every surface; I prefer to use water but with some fondant brands, just water can sometimes end up making the paste too slippery so if needed, use a tackier edible glue

Step 9:

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Lay your message over top of the paste you just rolled out, glue side down

Step 10:

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Use the heel of your hand to press the design down onto the sheet of paste; make sure to press down on all parts of the design; next, go over every section of the design again with you fingers, rubbing against the letters in a circular motion; wait a few seconds (approximately 10-15) before peeling away the onlay; TIP: peel (don’t lift) the onlay, slowly and gently, again bending it away from the gumpaste/fondant sheet, not upward

Step 11:

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Message after removing the onlay; if letters have shifted, just nudge them back into place with a thin tool

Step 12:

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Create the frame for your plaque using any scroll or lace mold; create enough to fit nicely around the message; for deeper molds like this one, (which is the Kelly mold also by Marvelous Molds) I still prefer to use 50/50 gumpaste/fondant mix – I find it sets the shape better so it does not stretch out when you unmold it; again I prefer to use shortening in the grooves of the design to prevent sticking, but you can use corn starch – up to you which method works best for you =D

Step 13:

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Arrange the frame and cut away the excess paste around the message before securing the frame pieces with water or edible glue

Step 14:

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Adorn your plaque with some blossoms for that vintage look!

Happy Caking Y’ALL!! =D


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Tsum Tsum Mickey with Rainbow V-Petal Ruffles

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My baby turned 4 yesterday boohoohoo…

It’s SO bittersweet as she is now no longer a baby and she is my last so I’m gonna miss that aspect, but by the same token she is now onto a bigger, better and more adventurous phase of her life!  She has always had such a big personality though with SO many interests so it’s hard sometimes to come up with one theme for her cakes.

The last three cakes were completely up to me, so I have been lucky that I got to do what I wanted to with the designs haha.  Of course I always tried to include things I know she loves like characters from her comforter for her 1st birthday, Mickey Mouse and the gang on her 2nd birthday cake and purple and yellow, two of her favourite colours, on her last cake.

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This year though, I was really stumped…  She loves alphabets and numbers but I felt that might be a tad boring for a cake.  She loves Legos and Minecraft but I really didn’t want to do either of those because of all the potential dots or piddly squares which in either case, would entail a case of total “tedium-boredom” with the addition of crossed-eyes for weeks haha.  She loves all kinds of shows but there isn’t one clear cut favourite.  She does love Mickey still and always has, but again for selfish reasons I wasn’t inclined to do another Mickey cake either.

So I decided to just let her design her own cake this year by telling me what she wanted it to have.  Well she had very clear and specific ideas and was very thorough too!!  Score!  All I had to do was come up with something that would tie in a blue coloured cake, a rainbow or rainbow colours, a number 4, green flowers and (dun dun dun…) Mickey on top…sigh, lol.  Ok, well I had to concede on that last request as it WAS her cake and I WAS letting her design it this year, after all.  It was not going to be easy but I was determined to come up with a design that would tie it all in while still being cohesive and girly!

And Fate intervened on her cake too, kind of sort of…  We were out shopping a few weeks before her birthday and her brother (Mr. 11) saw a Tsum Tsum Mickey plush toy at the Disney Store and knowing how she loved the Tsum Tsum short videos on TV, suggested that he get it for her as her early birthday present (awww so sweet, I KNOW!)  Well, she has not really put down her Tsum Tsum Mickey since and EUREKA! I had a replacement for the 3D Mickey I was going to have top her cake (YAY!!)

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There was a tiny mishap with the topper though, not because of the last minute change but more because of my bad habit of procrastination…

The topper did not have ample time to dry completely, so it was still a tad soft when I assembled it and stood him up.  It would have been fine had I just left him to air dry the rest of the time before the party, but I thought I’d be smart and do one extra step to avoid having the purples on the cake fade, by covering it with a black bag even though it wasn’t necessary given my trick for adding extra deep pink (see this previous blog post on preventing your purples from fading).  Well, I did NOT account for the build up of humidity inside the bag which in turn, softened the topper further so that the ears drooped forward and eventually cracked and fell off.  Luckily it was a personal cake so a lousy patch job was all that was needed and voila! the topper stood again.  Lesson learned for next time though.

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To incorporate the rainbow aspect of her request, I decided to use my V-Petal ruffles (see previous post for the mini-tutorial).  After I came up with those, I immediately wanted to try it with rainbow colours so it was a win-win to use them on my daughter’s cake…well, she didn’t say it HAD to be an actual rainbow lol!  The colours are tedious to mix but it was much easier than mixing from white with gel colours because I used the Satin Ice pre-coloured fondant.  I wanted slightly less intense colours so most of them I had to remix with either white to tone down the intensity, or with other colours to get the tone I wanted.

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Here is another angle of her cake.  It just shows the topper a bit better because the number 4 plaque on the first pic kind of makes the Tsum Tsum Mickey topper look like his mouth is wide open in surprise haha!

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And here is my baby with her Tsum Tsum and her cake…

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Thanks for reading and Happy Caking Y’ALL!!

 

 


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V-Petal Ruffles Mini-Tutorial

I was asked by Cake Masters magazine to submit a cake for their Ombré Cakes Collection in their latest May Issue.  I was assigned the colour BLUE and was immediately inspired!

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Right away, I knew what I wanted to do.  I had been playing around one day, and came up with a new and unique way of doing simple ruffles.  Once I saw “ombré” in the email, I KNEW I had to use this technique for the effect.

It is super simple so I hadn’t planned on doing a tutorial but luckily I had taken some pics anyway, for reference (hence the sub-par quality!)  I’ve now decided to post a quick mini-tutorial after all, because I had that cake on display at The Toronto Bakery Showcase just this past week, and I got TONNES of questions about how I created those ruffles.  So I’m guessing it’s not as simple as it may seem, for some.

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I used 8 gradients in the ombré, and with the same batch of fondant which was first coloured the deepest shade, I just kept adding in an equal amount of white each time after I was done with the shade I was working with.

See below for additional closeup photos of this cake…

But first, here are the basic step-by-step pics of how to make my V-Petal Ruffles – ENJOY!!  If you use these ruffles, please feel free to quote this tutorial and I’d love for you to share your creations to my Facebook page so I can see what you’ve done with them!

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Cut out an oval using a 2.5″ oval cutter

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Flip the oval over and dab some water on the very end of one side of the oval – this is the underside that will end up inside the folds

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Fold oval over, so the good side shows on the outside

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Mark the centre with the end of your brush – this helps with the folding

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Dab some water just on the end of the folded over oval

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Fold the ruffle at the crease you made earlier and pinch the end so it creates a point or ‘V’

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Cut a small portion off the bottom  – NOTE: this is only needed for the first row of ruffles that rest on the cakeboard

 

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Attach the first row to your cake with a dab of water down the centre of the back – if they have dried a bit, you may need to add more water and hold longer; add additional ruffles in rows (here I show three columns only, to give an idea); when adding V-Petals on top of an existing one, dab water under the point or ‘V’ of the new petal before attaching; sit each new petal inside the top gap of the previous ruffle underneath; pinch the top loops together if necessary, to neaten up the seams; try to ensure each column is straight, as you work your way up

 

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8 rows and 7 columns of ombré V-Petal Ruffles all completed =D

 

Now for some closeups of my Blue Ombré V-Petal Ruffle cake!

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I have a tutorial in the April issue of Cake Masters for these Gumpaste Dogwood flowers that do not require special cutters.  I will post that tutorial here in a few months but if you can’t wait, you can always get a copy of the magazine first 😉

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I made the cosmos using my own method but I studied those made by Petalsweet Cakes intently!

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Happy Caking Y’ALL!! =D


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How to Make a Lego Figure Topper – Tutorial

I made this cake for my son’s 9th birthday 2 years ago when the Lego Movie first came out and was all the rage, and I’m reminded of it again now, since his birthday is coming up fast and I need to start thinking of what to make for his 11th.  But at that time, it was an easy decision since he was SO into the movie (it really is SUCH a FAB movie with an amazing life lesson) and I happened to have just finished another Lego Movie cake for a friend’s son which my son loved.  So he KNEW he wanted to have figures of Emmet and his friends Wyldestyle and Batman, as well as his nemesis, President Business.  He also HAD to have the motorbike that Emmet and Wyldestyle used to escape from Good Cop/Bad Cop.

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While making Emmet, I decided to put together this tutorial of how to make a Lego figure since many people had asked me how I made my previous figures and what tips I had for making mine so realistic.  I am happy to say that I’ve seen lots of awesome figures made using this tutorial in the past two years and it warms my heart to be able to help others in creating something they’re super proud of.  I have to admit too…I often end up having to refer back to my own tutorials when it’s been a while since I’ve made something, so there is a semi-selfish reason for making them, haha!

As mentioned before, I am uploading all my tutorials slowly here to my blog and this seemed like the perfect time to add this one to the list…so here you go and ENJOY!  As always, I’d love to see what you create with one of my tutorials so please share any such work on my Facebook page, anytime =D

Lego Figure Tutorial by The Violet Cake Shop™:

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(*figure 1 – the ball should be approx. 1″ across; figure 4 – if you don’t have a 1A tip, you can use any circle cutter approx. 1/2″ across)

 

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Happy Caking Y’All!! =D


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How to Make a Two-Toned Bow – Quick Tutorial

 

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It’s been about two years now since I first introduced this tutorial on my Facebook page after getting awesome feedback on a wedding cake I’d made for some good friends of ours the previous November.  There were lots of positive comments on the bow asking me how I made it.

I have always maintained and must say again here that although I’ve used this two-toned bow idea many times in designs of mine, it is not my original idea.  I can’t say for sure whose original idea it was but I first saw a similar bow used on a cake by Sweet Picasso Cake Creations on Facebook.  It was a STUNNING mustard yellow tiered cake that was simple, yet so dramatic because of that black and white two-toned bow.

The first time I used it, was on a geometric cake design back in July of 2013 after a long hiatus away from caking after having my daughter.  The method I used here was the initial one I attempted which was not as easy nor as neat as the one I eventually developed and use in the tutorial.  For this bow, I used two full layers of fondant for the bow pieces, laying one on top of the other, to create the two-toned effect.  Needless to say, this first method is harder to get clean and neat and takes longer so that you have to fight the clock or risk it drying up too quick on you and ending with a huge mess and lots of time wasted.  I had to re-make the bow for this cake three times before I was happy.

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The next time I used this bow was on the wedding cake for friends that I mentioned above.  Between the first bow and this bow, I attempted and tested two other methods before settling on this one as being the best way to go.

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I have since used it on a few other cakes which you can see at the end of this article.  Here are the steps for making my version of this two-toned bow with detailed instructions.  This tutorial can also be used to make basic bows, just omit the steps where you add the coloured strips (of course…duh…but just have to say it! LOL):

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** Please note I had forgotten to take photos for adding the coloured strips to the front middle piece of the bow (the 2″ strip) so those steps are missing but you get the idea 😉  Those steps should be done before the following slide…

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My other cakes featuring a two-toned bow…

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Happy Caking Y’all!

 


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Oh Minecraft! Steps to Make Your Own Minecraft Sword Topper

I feel like Minecraft SHOULD be part of a caker’s swearword vocabulary.  No, I’m serious. Because every time we cakers hear (or read) this word in context with an order request, we inevitably want to swear.

It is not an easy theme to execute however easy it MAY look.  Sure it’s just squares…but it’s LOTs of squares…LOTS AND LOTS!  I always refer to them as piddly little things because they are SO annoying to work with.  They must be straight, they must be cleanly cut, otherwise they will warp and not fit together perfectly to create a clean, precise final product.  You have to use the right consistency of paste (to prevent distortion after cutting) or you have to let it dry just the right amount so that it is not too dry that you can’t fudge the fit or too soft still that the shape warps on you.

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Well, I’ve only made one such themed cake, thankfully (so far).  So I don’t have much in the way of advice on how to best achieve the clean, straight lines and edges and get a perfect fit etc., other than the usual “make sure you have a perfectly straight and evenly ganached tier to start with, before you start adding on squares”.  You might notice mine is NOT perfectly clean but it is a good go.  This design actually has become quite popular on my Pinterest and has been repinned over 4000 times and and liked/saved over 400 times (!!! yeah, I know!!!) and has been remade countless number of times (you can see the pin here). I get asked over and over by other decorators if they can recreate the design and I always say “of course!”

And I also get asked A LOT about how I was able to create the sword topper that sits atop my cake and for that, I can give some advice because it follows the same principles that I use for other 2D embellished toppers that I make.

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Back in May 2015, I was getting asked this question more than once a week and I had been answering each person’s individual questions each time.  Well, it got to be repetitive AND time-consuming since it was a lot to type each time.  So rather than continue to type this all out over and over, I put together this list of what I do and shared it on Facebook. It is pieced together from a few of my previous detailed PMs and may not be complete but will give you all an idea of my steps. Unfortunately, I never took photos of the progress but dang now I wish I had haha!  Hope this at least helps a bit so that others can create their own!

Steps to Make Your own 2D Minecraft Sword Topper:

– the sword was made with gumpaste and fondant and allowed to dry for several days

– the topper is only as big as the part that is visible; none of it sticks INTO the cake except the skewers used for support

– the squares (for the topper) were cut with 1/2″ square cutter from appropriately coloured marshmallow fondant (MMF); you can also use straight gumpaste, straight fondant or a 50/50 mix of fondant/gumpaste depending on how soft your fondant is; ideally, you want to use a paste consistency that is firm enough to keep the perfect square shape when you cut it, so it should not be too soft; these were allowed to set for about an hour before applying to the backing

– I used straight white gumpaste as the backing for the squares, rolled to about 3 mm thickness (the purple bands if using the small Wilton roller)

– after rolling out the white gumpaste (make sure it’s wide and long enough to fit all the squares), I added the appropriately coloured squares following a pic I found online WITHOUT any water or glue at first, to make sure they are all lined up and straight

– after making sure everything is aligned and I was happy with the look, I then glued down each square with water; or use whatever method you prefer to adhere the pieces

– I then cut away the excess white gumpaste backing; I like leaving a small border (approx. 3mm) but this is not necessary for the stability of the piece, it’s an aesthetics thing with me

– I waited at least two days for it to dry after applying the squares before flipping over and attaching two skewers vertically along the length of the sword, about a fingers width apart; the drying time is important to ensure the piece dries perfectly flat and will be strong enough to hold up vertically once attached to the cake

– the skewers are attached with a piece of fresh fondant running the length of the skewers like a bandaid, only along the part that will not be inserted into the cake

– make sure to gently press down on the fondant so the skewers are snugly covered by the fondant (stronger this way)

– allow this to dry another half day or at least a few hours before inserting into your cake

– the skewers should stick out long enough on the piece to go through your cake and touch the bottom cake board it is sitting on; so if its a 4″ tall tier, there should be 4″ of each skewer sticking out the bottom of the sword

– I make sure the bottom of the sword rests on and touches the cake and then add a piece of fresh fondant as well around it just to be safe (notice the small band of green half squares)

ENJOY!


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Simple Way to Prevent Purple Fondant from Turning Blue

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I first shared this tip on my Facebook page 2 years ago but have been utilizing it since the very beginning of my caking journey which is almost 8 years now and it has served me long and served me well!

I’ve always loved creating cakes and designs that feature the colour purple because, well (obviously), it’s my MOST favourite colour (like) EVER!  So whenever I have free reign over a design or am creating something just for me, I almost always choose to work with some shade of purple.  Therefore, I have worked with it a lot AND been frustrated by it A LOT!  I quickly realized as most do, that purples have a tendency (ok, inevitable likelihood) to fade to an unsightly pale-ish grey/blue.  It’s not the beautiful kind that sits pretty and pristine, but instead the washed out looking kind, like you’ve just left it out in the rain or something and all life has drained from it lol!  Ok, I might be getting a BIT overly dramatic…

Here is one of my cakes from early on (circa 2009), where the purple had already faded a considerable amount within less than an hour (forgive the poor picture quality and contrast…what did I know back then? lol)…

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Well, I immediately went on a quest to find a way to keep my purples from fading or at least to still have a nice purple tone to it after it does (inevitably) fade.  I had done some research and found a little blog article (sorry, forget now where I found it) on using baking soda to prevent fading.  I tried this but it never really worked effectively enough for me.  It would require A WHOLE LOT to make a significant difference and it only lengthened the staying power of the purple by a few hours, at best.  Its theory seemed sound but it just didn’t pan out for me and wasn’t quite effective enough.

I then decided to try and see if I could come up with my own solution.  First, I had to figure out what was the likely cause of the colour change.  I quickly determined two things: that (1) the purple, once faded, lost its vibrancy and looked drab and dull and (2) that the spectrum of the purples that I really LOVED, were ones that had more of a pinkish tone to them.  So I figured, the vibrant part of the purple that faded MUST be the pink component.  This seemed to make perfect sense because guess what other colour notoriously fades?  Pink!

To test this, I added extra deep pink (specifically Wilton Rose) to my fondant that I had first coloured to the perfect shade of purple, in hopes that it would maintain a lovely purple shade even after sitting out for  more than a day.  EUREKA, it worked!  I still had a lovely shade of purple fondant the next day, even when exposed to normal light.  Of course, it did still fade from what I’d coloured it to originally, but at least it did not have an unsightly greyish-blue tone to it like it would have, had I not added that extra bit.

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The first pic above was from early 2010 and at this point I was already adding extra deep pink but not quite enough so you can see it still fades to a slightly bluish tone.  The second pic was after I stopped being so timid about it and it makes a huge difference.  When you think about it, blue and red (or pink in this case) make purple. So when purple fades and becomes blue, it’s the red component (or pink) that has faded. So it makes sense to add in extra deep pink to combat the problem.

Nowadays, I always add extra deep pink to my coloured purple fondant and always colour it to a slightly more pink-toned shade than I want to end up with knowing that some of the pink will still fade out, leaving me with the perfect (or nearly anyway!) shade of purple every time (mostly).  The amount you’ll need to add will depend on what shade you want to end up with after, so you will have to play with this method a bit to get more comfortable in gauging how much.  I actually share this and many of my other colouring and decorating tips in my Craftsy class, Cakes in Vivid Color, which is always on for half price using my Instructor’s discount.

So, hopefully this tip helps out some of you who are starting out.  Others may have figured this out already by now, on your own, or have another method that works better for you.  Like I always say, there’s more than one way to do anything and no one way is the best for everyone.  I’ve heard that there are some companies that are coming out with fade-proof or fade-resistant shades of purple and other people swear by using powders to colour their fondant to prevent fading.  If you have a steady hand and a quality airbrush system, airbrushing is another alternative.  Personally, I’ve never tried any other brand other than Wilton and Americolor so I cannot comment on the merit of the fade-resistant brands.  And the powders that I have tried have never worked as well as this method, requiring way too much powder to be cost effective, and sometimes left a grainy, pigmented look to my fondant.  So this is my tried-and-true go-to method.

But wait, “hold your horses,” you might be thinking…what about red?  We all know from basic colour-theory (and mentioned earlier), that purple is essentially a combination of blue and red so why, you might ask, do you not just add red?  Well, in my experimentations I did try this first and it actually DID make for a deeper purple but it resulted in more of a murky plum-like tone which was not the desired result.  Mind you, if you were going for plum purple, it would totally work haha!

Here are a few other examples of my purple cakes, all coloured with Wilton Violet to start, then had different amounts of extra Wilton Rose added depending on the final shade I wanted to achieve…

My 39th Violet Dragonfly - twm

Naomi's Team Umizoomi - front - wm TVCS

Peyton's Purple Polka Dot Safari Animals - wm TVCS

Karen C's Punta Cana 2010 - wm TVCS

Zoe's 1st Birthday Party Hat Monkey - wm TVCS

Carlington's 1st Birthday CocaLo Jacana Themed - twmpm

Jo's 26th - Vintage Purple Giftbox Style w Mixed Tiers &amp; Big Flower Topper - wm TVCS - twmpm

My Radiant Orchid Steampunk XLIV B-Day - watermark

Sam &amp; Satoko's at Venue

The Violet Cake Shop - CC Fashion Inspired - Abed Mahfouz - IMG_3286 - ii - watermarked

Carlington's 3rd B-Day - watermarked

IMG_4246 - ii - closeup - watermarked