29th April 2019
It certainly feels like Springtime since we had the glorious weather over Easter this year! And with the April Cake Bag “Hello Spring” filled with goodies to create all manner of pretty decorated cakes with this theme – perfect for weddings and baby showers, which are super popular at this time of year, you’re sure to be able to create some really beautiful bakes!
Being outdoors more means I find inspiration for Spring baking and cake decorating all around, from the first blossoms appearing, to the pretty bluebells and lavender flowering plus the bumbling bee’s are out and about again!
Bee’s were my inspiration for this tutorial; using the fabulous honeycomb impression mat from PME to press the honeycomb design onto icing then enhancing the impression with gel food colouring and metallic paint to give it a realistic honeycomb finish!
It’s so simple to achieve a decorated cookie or cupcake topper design, personalised with messages, which are perfect as part of a dessert table at an event or wrapped up in cellophane bags to give out as edible favours at a themed wedding!
All you need to do is roll out some white fondant icing or covering paste to about 1mm-2mm thickness. Add your personalised message using letter stamps as a guide or paint straight onto your icing. Use a cookie cutter to cut out a circle or plaque from the icing. Then Press the honeycomb impression mat around the edge of the cut out topper.
Lift the mat away to reveal the design.
Using a little yellow gel food colouring mixed with clear alcohol, paint stronger yellow colour towards the edge of the topper over the honeycomb design, then water down to achieve a lighter, water colour effect towards the centre of the topper.
Leave this to dry before using a metallic gold paint or lustre dust mixed with a little clear alcohol and paint this to enhance the raised area’s of the honeycomb design.
You can then paint in your messages if you used stamps and create splatters using a dry toothbrush (not a used one obviously!) to add a contemporary feel to the design.
Once dry, you can attach to biscuits, cookies or cupcakes!
I loved creating all the bee themed messages, but you can also add bee’s and flowers or why not create a beautiful design to add to a larger celebration cake?! You can create some really realistic looking honeycomb decorations as part of a cake topper or decorate the edge of the cake or cake board, make a textured honeycomb sugar ribbon (check out this tutorial – but instead of using a stencil, you could roll out a length of yellow sugar modelling paste and use the impression mat to press the pattern along the length of the strip!). Use number cutters to cut out a honeycomb age topper to stand upright on the cake. There are literally so many ideas that utilise this mat to create a whole host of cute cake decorations! I think bee themed cakes are now my favourite!
We’ve loved seeing what you’ve been creating with the products so far! Keep sharing your cakes and bakes with us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter using the #cakebagcreations tag!
May’s theme has finally been revealed! The Contemporary Edition will go on sale on May 1st! So keep your eyes on your inboxes for the sneak peek product!
Thirzah – Cakey Goodness xoxo