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Wednesday, 13 April 2011


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Good morning everybody. I hope you're all having a good week so far. We've got something a little different for you this week. We're going to make a cake! Yep, we're going to show you how to put a digital image on a cake. This tutorial was prepared by Clare, Debbie's daughter in law, so thank you Clare - it's fabulous. Although, I have to say that I'm a tad miffed that you didn't send me a slice, lol. Clare has used Fairy Chloe on her cake, available from THE CRAFTY PAD DESIGNS.

Whilst on the subject of food, look at this fabulous recipe sentiment image. It's another of Debbie's new releases, also available at The Crafty Pad Designs. The coloured example was done digitally in Photoshop but you could use your markers or paints or just leave it white. It makes a great focal image but is also suitable for an insert.

Right, let's get baking.
We are using an 8 inch round sponge cake.

To make the plaque that will sit on top of the cake, roll out approximately 150 grammes of Roll out Icing.

This needs to be rolled out slightly larger than a cd which is 12cm. Set a cd on top of the icing and cut around the it. Allow to dry 24 to 48 hours.

We have cut our cake into two and filled it with buttercream and jam (optional). Cover the whole cake with a thin layer of butter cream.

Roll out more icing approximately 600 grammes – enough to cover the whole cake, cut away excess. Smooth and decorate as you wish. I used a cake smoother to smooth my icing.

The decoration was made on the top of the cake with an Icing Crimper. The base of the cake was piped with royal icing and a ribbon was added to finish.

Now the Fairy Chloe fun begins...
Print your Fairy Chloe image(available here) to a size of 11cm or 4.5 inches approx onto regular copy paper. Trace over the image using greaseproof paper.

Keep your tracing paper still and do not push heavily on the icing as this will leave finger prints. Using a sharp pointed tool (piercing tool or needle) retrace back over the image on the greaseproof paper onto your dried circle you made previously.

Don't worry if you've missed little bits at this stage.

You will need to use the piercing tool again to go over the image on the icing – this is to make the image deeper and you can re-check any detail you may have missed.

Select some fine brushes and the colours you wish to paint your image in – we have used Food Colouring Dust – Edible Tints, colours – Green, Red, Blue, Yellow, Brown, Peach & White for the flesh. These tints are powder and need to be mixed with blending solution or you can use Alcoholic Spirit like Vodka. Do not use water to mix or paint on with.

When your colours are ready, paint your image.

Completed Fairy Chloe image. :) We have added a touch of non toxic glitter to her wings.

To complete your cake place the decorated plaque on top of your cake and decorate further if you wish.

So there you are. Brilliant isn't it? Perfect for your little princess's birthday. Enjoy making it and once again, a big thank you to Clare for doing this for us.


darling Ho said...

Wow! Fantasy work! Love it.:)
~darling Ho~

Debbie said...

Thank you Clare for such a fab, inspirational tutorial and also for letting us eat the cake

Lisa said...

Wow this is fab! x

Dawn said...

Mmmmm Cake!
Yum Yum well done Clare! Great Job!
Dawn xxx

Sylvia x said...

wow this looks me a piece next time though pretty please

Sylvia x

Betty said...

Wow Clare
its a brillant tutorial, and that cake is so yummy thank you for sharing.
Betty x x

maxine said...

wow this is fantastic Claire well done, I wish my cakes looked like that.
Hugs maxine

Sarah said...

What a fantastic idea. Must remember this one

shirley gaskin said...

How wonderful too nice to eat,

pinky said...

Wow you are amazing!!