I have been keen to try piping detail onto a cake for a while now and found the perfect cake design for Aunty Wendy that presented the perfect opportunity. It was a Harry Potter cake and as we are all massive Harry fans, this was the cake for Wendy. Sadly due to a lack of time I had to simplify the cake, but I still got to practice piping detail on to a cake and produce a fab birthday cake for Wendy.
For piping I prefer to use ready to roll fondant mixed with a little water. I was taught this in my cake class and find it to be a quick and easy way to get the right consistency for piping detail and it works well from a piping bag. I use a large, deep mug to mix in, I add a small amount of icing then place a few drops of water and mix. You can add a little more water as required to ensure the piping is the right consistency, pop it in your piping bag and off you go!
To produce a gold colour I used white icing with Sugarflair Edible colours – Old Gold. The colour it produced was exactly what I wanted however if you wanted to, you can use gold dust or shimmers to brush over the icing to create a different shade.
I cut a piece of paper out long enough to wrap around the cake and folded it in to quarters. I then drew the pattern on one quarter, ensuring the ends would meet when continuing the pattern. I then used the paper to mark the pattern on the cake using a frilling tool as it has a sharp point. I then removed the paper and piped over the marked pattern.
I really enjoyed making the cake and completing the piped design. I was disappointed I didn’t get to do the Hogwarts Emblem on the top, but I had lots of gold icing left in the piping bag so I had fun writing a birthday message on the top, without using any stencil just going freehand!