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A Moment of Reflection with Dot Klerck

A Moment of Reflection with Dot Klerck

Painting Decorative Elements with Belinda Lucidi

Painting Decorative Elements with Belinda Lucidi

For this project, I used my Innovative Sugarworks' large Sugar Smoothers and Artists' Fine Detail Brushes.  The brush set includes all six of our fine detail liner, round, and flat brush heads.  However, for painting these specific decorative elements, the two main brushes I will use are the Round 1 and the 3/0 Liner.  

 

I will also use Styrofoam bases, covering each one with black sugar paste.  The large Sugar Smoothers are perfect for removing excess fondant and creating a a clean cut when covering cakes.  They are excellent for curved and flat surfaces.  

 

I will be hand painting this cake based on my chosen decoration, which is inspired by damask textures.  Before I start painting, I gently mark off the space I will be leaving blank.  I use pins to act as guides to help me outline the area of the central rhombus.  Then making the most gentle of impressions, I trace the border where I will be embellishing with my textured sugar paste frame.  Using the edible gold color, I start painting the decoration by first referencing the pattern.  However, the pattern gradually becomes my own creation as I continue to fill in the spaces on the cake.  

 

Painting free hand like this is, is a job of precision and having these wonderful brushes helps me speed it up while still being able to be very precise.  These brushes are ideal for applying edible color dusts, powers, and paints.  

 

After the intense painting session, I will add even more detail by applying different decorations modeled in black sugar paste.  Same thing for the Crown!

 

AND THIS IS THE FINAL RESULT!!!!

Flamingo with Chef Mitchie

Flamingo with Chef Mitchie

How many Sugarworks products does it take to build a flamingo?  Let's find out!

For this project, I used several Sugar Structure components to build the flamingo's legs and belly.  I was inspired by fellow Brand Ambassador Belinda Lucidi's video tutorial, which you can check out here if you haven't seen it yet!  

 

For my creation, I started with a wide base, made of wood, to attach the Sugar Structure flange.  And placed atop my turntable extender.  Even though the Sugar Structures are food safe, I did add aluminum tape for more stability. 

 

The belly contains a half inch piece of foamcore and rice cereal treats adhered with chocolate.  I alternated cake layers with caramel, buttercream, and crisp pearls, then carved with a serrated knife to meet flush with the belly base.  The crumb coat and final coat of Swiss meringue were easy thanks to my Sugar Smoothers.

 

All that gorgeous pink is a hybrid of modelling chocolate and fondant.  I prefer using this mix for carved cakes so that I have more work time.  Which is also great for my Sugar Shapers.  I can create so much free hand detail.  I tend to favor the bone chisel (orange), pointed chisel (blue), and tri-tip chisel (red) in both the mini and regular sugar shapers.

 

Ok, I have to pause and give praise to all of the new brushes!  From the fluffy to Artist brushes, I baby them all.  They are really comfortable, keep their shape, and do not shed.  I am a bit of a brush fiend, see my previous blog post as evidence, but these are a total knockout!

 

The medium cake porter was absolutely ideal for not only keeping this structured cake safe and cool, but concealed until its television debut!   

 

My worktop is consistently covered in Innovative Sugarworks products.  I trust them wholeheartedly and they make my cake life so much easier.