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DIY Edible Lace Icing
We thought we would share this quick and easy tutorial from Carina’s Cupcakes. Have fun, and remember – mistakes still taste good!
Lightly-treated coloured fondant (add 1/4 teaspoon of CMC to 250g fondant)
Pearl lustre spray
A patterned mat – this one can be purchased here
A 78mm disc-cutter
A flat-edged, wide-tipped paintbrush
A paint palette
Roll out your fondant to around 5mm thickness, and cut a disc with your disc-cutter.
Rub the top of your disc with a smear of cornflour to prevent sticking and lay the disc face down on your mat.
Using the rolling-pin, starting with your fingertips and a good even pressure, roll from the base to the top in one even movement to allow the fondant to take the impression of the mat.
It is very important that you pull the MAT off the FONDANT and not the FONDANT off the MAT!
The disc will be slightly mis-shapen, so use the cutter to tidy the disc up.
Add a generous blob of buttercream to the centre of your cupcake ensuring none touches the sides, and lay your disc centrally on the blob. Carefully smooth the VERY EDGES of the disc down onto the edges of the case to form a seal.
You need to do this gently so as not to completely smooth out the embossed pattern on the fondant disc!
Once complete, your dome will look like this :) (below).
Mix up a small amount of white alcohol with some of the superwhite to form a smooth but fairly thick paste; your paintbrush should not be WET but should be COATED in the mixture.
Now for the HOLD YOUR BREATH bit! Start applying the superwhite in GENTLE sideways strokes… this bit takes a bit of practice and you will probably SPLODGE a few times before you get it right, but small splodges can be covered with decoration, so don’t panic! :)
Work across the entire surface, reloading your brush as necessary, but ensuring you are not OVERLOADING your brush!
The image below shows the ideal angle of the brush when applying.
Add some prettifications to finish (and cover any splodges). At the end I will explain the final touch to achieve this look.
Now cut a second disc, following the steps as described before, but this time lay the disc 3/4 on the mat and 1/4 off.
Once even, roll with the rolling-pin from your fingertips.
Roll all the way down the length of your hand in one even, firm roll.
Gently peel the MAT from the FONDANT disc.
Tidy up the edges with the disc-cutter.
Repeat the previous steps with the superwhite until covered.
Your dome should now look like this! :)
TIP: WHEN YOU START WITH A RELOADED BRUSH, BEGIN IN AN AREA YOU KNOW WILL BE COVERED WITH A DECORATION – THEN IF YOU’RE TOO HEAVY-HANDED OR OVERLOADED IT IS EASILY HIDDEN!
Finally strafe with a few bursts of pearl lustre spray and wrap in some pretty cupcake-wrappers to finish the look :) – the quickest, easiest technique you will ever use! :)
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