Sugar Structures with Kaysie Lackey

November 09, 2016 8 Comments

Sugar Structures with Kaysie Lackey

Kaysie Lackey is world-renowned for her incredible, gravity-defying 3D sculpted cakes. But how does she do it? By all laws of physics and everything you've ever learned about flour, sugar, and moisture, that cake should fall down, fall apart, sink, or sag.

Kaysie Lackey's Sculpted Cakes with Sugar StructuresBut just like your own body couldn't stand up without a skeleton, those cakes have an internal structure that holds them up and keeps their form. Today Kaysie is going to teach us all about the new Sugar Structures cake armatures!

Innovative Sugarworks Sugar Structures



 

Cake Artists have known forever that you need a structure to hold up your sculpted cakes, but until now we had to rely mostly on hardware store findings: pipes, fittings, wires. These things were designed and manufactured for plumbing, not for food. They were heavy, clumsy, and had to be wrapped in plastic for health and cleanliness.

But not anymore!

Innovative Sugarworks Sugar Structures

Sugar Structures are made of lightweight food grade aluminum. Pop them in the dishwasher and they're clean and ready to be eaten from. For this guy, I used the 2-Legged Running kit and started by building my basic skeleton. The pipe elbows are engraved with the degree of their angle, making it super easy to build a figure in motion whose arms and legs each bend at different degree.

Innovative Sugarworks Sugar Structures

Next I added some foam cake boards to hold the weight of the body. This is going to be one chubby teddy! In addition to weight support, the foam boards also allow for gradual sloping of the parts I want to be rounded. You can see in the photo how I've carved out some of the foam on the bottom-most board so it sits around the metal joining. This will give my bear a more gently rounded bottom.

The blue straw on top is a bubble tea straw. These fit perfectly around the Sugar Structure rods and allow you to slide the head on and off smoothly without making multiple holes in your cake.

Innovative Sugarworks Sugar Structures

Next I start to add the cake. This guy is going to be about 2 feet tall, so that's a lot of cake weight I've added already, and more will come when I put on his head. The Sugar Structures are super sturdy and won't bend, warp, twist, or break. I can make this cake enormous! 

Kaysie Lackey Teddy Bear with Sugar Structures

And there he is! Sugar Structures are the strongest, safest, simplest way to make a sculpted cake that will stand tall and proud through even the longest party!



 

We hope this gives you a good overview of our upcoming Sugar Structures cake armatures. We expect these to be hitting the shelves in the next month or two. Sign up to our email list to see the release announcement as soon as it's given!





8 Responses

Dominique Ballard
Dominique Ballard

July 01, 2017

Donna, you have the customer leave a deposit which they get back when they return the structure.

PEGGY THOMAS
PEGGY THOMAS

March 03, 2017

On the structures can they only do what they say or can you buy additional pieces to create a 4 legged from the 2 legged structures? Or will there be a structure that we can make any one of the 4 from it? Thanks so much!

Berenice
Berenice

November 29, 2016

I’m in love with this structure, it just makes sense to me, so now I can create and not worry about it

Innovative Sugarworks
Innovative Sugarworks

November 15, 2016

Claire and Kerry- we don’t have an official release date yet, but yes we do ship to the UK. International orders of $200 or more get free shipping!

Donna- we’re advising professional artists to require a refundable equipment deposit on any cake that goes out with a Sugar Structure inside. The idea is that you inform the client that their cake will contain an internal structure that you need returned and if they fail to do so, they are responsible for the cost of the equipment. Do you think it would be helpful if we developed an informational document that could be printed from our website and given to clients?

Kerry
Kerry

November 13, 2016

When will this structure be available? And will it be available in U.K.?

Claire
Claire

November 09, 2016

Wow! This looks amazing! Can you tell me if this will be approved and available in the uk?

Nayda Hernandez
Nayda Hernandez

November 09, 2016

I love that bear!!! Kaysie’s cake are amazing and I cannot wait for this product to become available. Love your products ☺️

Donna
Donna

November 09, 2016

This was amazing! Fabulous idea. The only thing is going to be the cost, because if this goes out to a customer the cost has to be incorporated in the overall price & it’ll be a structure that will never be coming back to you, I know most of the clients I have throw all of these things away. In any case I can’t wait to see them on the shelves so I can get some.

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