quilled’ cake

Tuesday, May 17

I have always loved the look of paper quilling and thought that it would be a fun technique to try out on a cake.  I haven’t quilled too much paper in my days  but I do know that it is a ton easier with paper than it is with fondant. But none-the-less I had to try it out.

My Grandma just celebrated her 90th birthday this week. Since she has made my birthday cakes every year for as long as I can remember I just had to make hers this year. I figured it was a good time to test out this new technique.

I don’t think it turned out too bad. It is a bit crazier than I was expecting but my grandma loved it and I guess that is all that matters.

I thought I would add a couple pictures of what paper quilling is, since I’m not sure how well know it is. I have seen it done before but never knew what it was called. I had just called it rolled paper art.

I encourage you to give it a shot with your cakes. The technique was rather fun. Just roll out your gum paste to 1/4 inch think and than cut it into 1/2 inch strips and shape them. I printed out the shapes first so that all my petals would end up being the same size.

Here are a couple tips;

Tip #1– Use gum paste. If you want to use fondant (which I did) add gum-tex to it and let is sit over night. You need the fondant to have a gum paste or clay-like texture so that it holds it’s shape and doesn’t fall over.

Tip #2 — Make sure that you create all your shapes a day in advance so that they have enough time to dry. You can’t rush it. If your gum pastes isn’t fully dry it won’t hold it’s shape like it’s suppose to.

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