Free Cake Decorating Video Tip: Choose and Use Silicone Molds
When it comes to food, “mold” is usually not a good word. But paired with the word “silicone”? Now that’s a different story! Silicone molds can help any cake decorator or designer make their cakes into elegant masterpieces. Here in this free video tip from Maggie Austin (instructor of the online Craftsy class Fondant Frills), you can learn how to choose and how to use silicone molds!
Hi, I’m Maggie Austin, the instructor of Fondant Frills on Craftsy.com. Here’s some unique ways of using silicone molds.
So just a quick note about silicone molds. I use these all the time for my cake decorations, and occasionally on some cookies. So, this is a mold that has a ton of intricate detail. And as you can see, there are four sort of baroque style medallions. And, normally, what we would do is fill the entire mold, and this is something common that you would see: a complete mold attached to a cake as a final decoration. If I don’t want to use the entire medallion for my work, I might find little pieces here and there, some little intrictate details, and put them together in a unique way. That really opens up the possibilities of my decorations.
So I want to do a quick demo here. Now, the silicone mold I have in front of me is one of my favorites. There are a lot of molds out on the market. There are different grades of silicone. For my purposes, I like a really soft, flexible mold. That allows me to extract the piece of fondant that I’m working with much more easily. So, I tend to gravitate toward the blue molds, which I think signals a more flexible mold, rather than those that are usually pale pink. Those tend to be a little more shallow, and just harder to get your piece out of.
So I have just a tiny piece of fondant that I’ve already colored. This is just going to give me a head start on when I want to paint my piece ultimately. This is going to be a leaf. And it might be a little tricky to see because it is so tiny. But I’m just pressing the fondant right into the mold and making sure that it’s flush with the top. And I’m extracting our little leaf, and you can see all of the little detail there. So instead of making this entire thing and maybe trying to slice, you can just go right in and get just the piece that you want. I’ll show one more example, using some pale yellow fondant. I have a little bit of vegetable shortening at my side, just in case I feel like the fondant is sticking to the mold a little bit. This just acts to help release the fondant from the mold. So I’m putting my fondant into the center, and again I’m just filling the area that I’m interested in getting the piece from. Okay, here’s our beautiful flower.
So I have here an example of a completely molded and painted finished cookie. I’m using a cookie as a small canvas. It’s not unheard of for me to mold out an entire cake just using little pieces here and there. I know that’s a little over the top, but maybe try your hand at something like this cookie.
So we have our two flowers here that I’ve molded out, and I have our little leaf. And all of this decorative sort of baroque molding, which maybe you have an interest in adding some of that to a cake or a cookie, I’ve added that all around the border, and those are just little pieces from all throughout our medallion molds here. So, before I attach these, I just let them air dry just a little bit so that they’re dry to the touch, did some painting, and applied them with just a dab of water.
I hope you’ll join me for my Fondant Frills class on Craftsy.com, where we’ll be learning more about painting these beautiful pieces, and just adding some unique touches.