Do you sell this cake? Yes Name of website or online shop Catherine Mason Cakes Link to website or online shop cmcakes.co.uk Share a little about the materials, processes, and techniques used to create this cake This cake was inspired by two Craftsy classes, the first was Jacqueline Butler's sugar flowers, the second was Joshua John Russell's Fabric Inspired Fondant, both of which I've really enjoyed and found incredibly useful. Although they weren't covered in Jacqueline's class, she's well known for her gorgeous sugar ranunculus and this was my first attempt at making them, using some of her techniques and other information gleaned elsewhere online. I don't have an airbrush so I painted the middle tier, as demonstrated by Marina Sousa (Advanced Fondant Techniques), who gave me the confidence to just go for it! To get a smooth metallic finish I mixed lustre dust with dipping solution (strong alcohol) until quite runny and painted in horizontal strokes using a big, flat brush from the top down. I was pleased with the effect - it worked better than on previous, more tentative attempts. What are you most proud of? Probably the gold finish. I was quite pleased with the flowers when I'd first finished them but now I'm seeing their flaws and would make them differently next time... What advice would you give someone starting this project? Make the flowers well in advance so you don't have to skimp on the number of petals and they have plenty of time to dry. Make a few extras too, in case of breakages. If you've not done a metallic paint finish before, just practice a bit on some spare fondant. It's worth getting the strong alcohol - I found it was much easier to use than the vodka I tried previously. Finally, make sure you have enough lustre dust to complete the gold tier in one go. My middle tier took an entire pot, so either buy two or one big one.
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