Sugar Lace Cakes

Flexible and edible, sugar lace has amazing detail. For quite some time I have been in awe of this decorating medium, and recently I finally got the chance to make some of my own. How it works is you mix up a paste and apply it to a silicone mat with the lace impression. Then you scrape away the excess and let the lace dry for a few hours (or speed things up by baking the mat in the oven on low heat). Once set, you remove the lace and get an intricate lace piece that’s completely edible.

Flexible sugar lace

I followed this up on a couple cakes. The first features a toasted coconut chocolate cake, decorated in edible lace, pink sugar carnations, and a big floppy bow. The result is fantastically elegant.

A modern lace cake

For my sister’s birthday, I experimented in creating a more playful design with a chocolate raspberry cake that features a layering of bright colours, Antwerp lace, and applique flowers.

Layers of bright colours, Antwerp lace and applique flowers
Antwerp Lace birthday cake

Cascade of Balloon Hearts – Wedding Anniversary Cake

This whimsical one year wedding anniversary cake is a combination of buttercream with fondant applique. This white cake is coated in a fluffy Swiss meringue buttercream to match the request for the client that the cake be not too sweet. The couple as well as a multitude of hearts were cut from fondant. Then, these were all hand painted in a rainbow of colours. The little heart balloons cascade off to the right and down the side of the cake. Here are some pictures:

The cascade of balloon hearts cake
The cascade of balloon hearts cake
Hearts on the front and side of the cake
Hearts on the front and side of the cake
More colourful little fondant balloon hearts
More colourful little fondant balloon hearts
A bit of a side view
A bit of a side view