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Dad's Birthday Cake

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Cake for Dad

Created in this Craftsy Course

Modern Piping taught by Joshua John Russell

With nothing fancier than a pastry bag and a set of piping tips, you can achieve elegant details, accented with cake jewelry.

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Here are some details about my project:
Category Cake Decorating
Occasion Birthday
Material Royal Icing
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What are you most proud of? Overall, I think I was reasonably good at reproducing the image and my lettering was evenly spaced and much neater than I anticipated. The cake was yummy - citrus, white chocolate mud with a white chocolate ganache. The top was a sheet of fondant which was supposed to look a bit like sheet of paper with the crest piped in chocolate brown royal icing.

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What advice would you give someone starting this project? What did I learn: Be prepared for adverse weather conditions which will completely ruin all of your work! Piping in very humid condition is almost impossible. Learn to accept the bleeding and move on?!?!? I was very sad to see all my work bleed all over the cake, but my family were very gracious and still thought it was fabulous. I think it helped that it tasted pretty good too.

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The piping is great. Yes weather can effect the outcome. You can roll out your paste and pipe on it....then allow that to dry before placing it on the cake....this might help with the bleeding.

07/31/2012 Flag

Thanks for the suggestion. I was on a tight time frame and as the cake was covered in ganache it had to be refrigerated overnight. I had hoped to pipe straight onto the ganache, but decided at the last minute that I wasn't happy with that look, so tried to make it look like it was drawn on parchment instead. But I have learned many things form the first go, and can't wait to try again.

07/31/2012 Flag