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Time Saving Way to Make Scrunch and Rosette Ruffles – How-To Tutorial below

OMG…these new Simpress moulds by Marvelous Molds are a total TIMESAVER, not to mention game-changer in cake decorating!  (I show you how to use them below in the mini-tutorial)

If you’ve ever done a fully ruffled tier in any of your designs, even as small as 4″, you KNOW that they are absolutely TIME-CONSUMING, wow!  I used to avoid including full ruffle tiers in my designs and almost NEVER used them for a celebration cake order because quite frankly, the client would cringe at the cost lol.

A single 7″ tier (at standard height of 4″) could take up to 11 hours or more depending on the type of ruffling you’re doing.  Even with my innovative standup ruffling technique, which saves a bunch of time, it would still take upwards of 7 hours.  With these new Simpress moulds by Marvelous Molds, it took me just 1.5 hours for the bottom of my niece’s recent wedding cake.  And that included redoing one of the panels because I had a brain-fart and forgot to press firmly to pick up the details of the mould.

 

Full view of the cake I made for my niece’s rustic chic wedding

I could not have been happier with the results!  Normally, I only use moulds if they add clean, ornate detailing that cannot be achieved manually.  So ruffles, because I can make them by hand, would normally not be something I would consider using a mould for.  Especially because I always felt the details on those I’ve seen made using other moulds, rarely looked natural or authentic.

The original plan for my niece’s wedding cake was to use my standup ruffling technique on the bottom tier.  But when Marvelous Molds sent me their new line to review, I decided to test out the Scrunch Ruffle mould on a dummy and see if I liked it better.  Well, I was SO happy with how natural and custom the ruffling looked, that I decided to go ahead and use it on her cake, which saved me hours and hours of work!  Serious TIMESAVER I tell ya!!  Now you KNOW, if I am using it on a cake for my niece’s most special day, it HAS to be fabulous.

On a side note, here is a rare pic of me with one of my cakes.  I usually look like total crap after I finish a cake because I’m totally exhausted and disheveled after pulling an all-nighter, so never take pics with my creations.  As you can see, I cleaned myself up enough to attend the wedding hence how I was able to take a pic, but if you look closely, my eyes are a bit glazed because I’m literally a walking zombie at this point haha!

So here is the promised mini-tutorial.  It shows you my tried and tested way of using the Simpress line by Marvelous Molds and which actually works for any of their moulds including the Onlays.  Enjoy and Happy Caking Y’ALL!!

Top: new Scrunch Ruffle Simpress, Bottom: new Rosette Ruffle Simpress

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Mini-Tutorial on how to use the new Scrunch Ruffle Simpress (and any other mould actually)…

 

Add 1/4 tsp of CMC or Tylose powder to 4 oz of fondant to fortify it so it can be used more easily in the mould. ALTERNATIVELY, you can use a 50/50 paste of gumpaste and fondant. NOTE: for the 7″ tier pictured on the wedding cake above, I used approximately 1 pound or 16 oz of fondant and added a full tsp of Tylose powder.

 

Use cornstarch to dust the crevices of the moulds to prevent the paste from sticking. Make sure to dust into all creases, grooves and crevices, especially the borders of the mould. ALTERNATIVELY, you can use shortening if you prefer. PRO TIP: I like to use BOTH shortening and cornstarch just to be on the safe side though either one works well on their own.

 

Roll out some of the paste so it’s large enough to fit over the mould, approximately 7″ long and 4.5″ wide. The thickness you roll it to will vary depending on the mould you are using. For the Scrunch Ruffle mould, 3-4 mm is a good thickness.

 

Lay the sheet of paste over the mould and press firmly downward with the palm and heel of your hand so the paste fills the mould beneath. Gently lift your hand and move to another area of the mould and repeat until the entire surface has been pressed into the mould below. Try not to slide the fondant around or push it side to side as this can mess up the impression. PRO TIP: dust some cornstarch on the surface before you start pressing the paste into the mould – this prevents the paste from sticking to your palm.

 

After pressing all areas firmly into the mould, you can now press more firmly so the blades of the mould cut through the paste and so the paste can pick up more of the impression from the mould. PRO TIP: I like to go over the entire surface, pressing firmly, two to three times.

 

Take a sheet of paper towel and fold into quarters. Wet the paper towel so it is damp but not dripping, and use it to wet the back of the paste.

 

Take the panel and lay it against your cake so the entire back surface of the paste touches the side of the cake. Press along the entire panel with your hands so that the paste starts to adhere to the cake underneath – this can take a few seconds, up to one minute if necessary. TIP: the cake should be iced already in either buttercream, ganache or covered with a thin layer of fondant before applying the panels.

 

Starting on one end, start peeling away the mould slowly, revealing the paste below. PRO TIP: if any of the paste sticks to the mould, you can ease it out with a thin brush that has some shortening on it.

 

Repeat all previous steps to create another panel. Line up the second panel with one end of the first panel as shown, and unmould.

 

Gently press the edges together to clean up any gaps between the panels.


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Western Steampunk Plaque Tutorial

Time sure does fly by so fast sometimes!  It’s been a while since my last post and so much has been going on both with cakes and home life and the recent holidays, that I haven’t had a chance to blog until now.

I still have so much to share and will have more time soon to share more, but for now, I wanted to let everyone know some great news from Marvelous Molds.  Their new Flexabets line has been such a successful addition to their offerings that they’ve had requests for more and more font styles.   Well good news!!  They just released two new fonts – WESTERN and ACTION COMIC.

I am lucky ’cause they send me prototypes of some of their new lines to try out and I have to say, I was so excited when I got these and just love the new styles!  They are so needed in the cake themes that we cakers get asked for today.  And the Flexabets system is SO easy to use.  Much better than struggling with the old hard plastic style alphabet cutters from when I first started decorating.

I’ve put together a quick mini-tutorial for making a birthday plaque using the new Western font.  It’s a great way to dress up your cakeboard.  Or just add it to the front of a western or steampunk style cake and voila!  I hope you enjoy the tutorial and if so, you can get your own moulds here.

 

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Roll out some brown coloured paste made from 50/50 fondant and gumpaste to 1/32″ thickness (you can also use fondant with CMC added to make it stiffer instead of adding gumpaste). Brush some shortening into the cavities of the mould.

 

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Lay the brown paste over the letters of the mould and press into the grooves with the palm of your hand.

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Once firmly in the grooves, go over the back of the mould with a smoother until the cutting blades cut through the fondant.

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Here the blades have cut through the paste.  Continue until all lines are clear and clean.

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Once all lines are clean, remove the excess paste.  Remove the excess cutouts inside the letters with an exacto knife.

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Roll out some white or ivory paste to 1/32″ thickness and using a large cookie cutter, cut out a shape for your plaque base.

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Wet the back of the paste in the mould with some water or edible glue.  Remove any excess with a paper towel.

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Position the onlay over the plaque base, ensuring it is centered.

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Press the back of the onlay with your palm so the letters adhere to the plaque below.  Use your fingers to go over the letters again.

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Once the paste has adhered to the plaque below, lift away the onlay carefully.

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Roll out some brown fondant, large enough to fit the plaque.  Add some water to the back of the ivory plaque base and attach to the brown paste.  Using an exacto knife, cut out a border around the plaque.

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Now it’s time to embellish your plaque.  You can add any decorations you like, to style it to the theme of your cake.  Here, we will style it in a Western Steampunk style.

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Brush some shortening into the cavities of a mould with gears, keys and other Steampunk decor.  Add some 50/50 fondant/gumpaste into the cavities to create some moulded pieces.  Allow the pieces to dry at least 10 to 15 minutes before adding to your plaque.

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Mix some gold lustre dust with lemon extract to create gold lustre paint and brush some onto the moulded pieces.

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Mix some silver lustre dust with lemon extract to create silver lustre paint and brush onto the letters.  Add some rolled roses and voila!  You have a beautiful plaque to adorn your cake!