Thursday 30th April 2015
If you’re looking for a sugar crafting project to take your cake to the next level but you’ve already made dozens of flowers and butterflies try your hand at feathers. This looks set to be one of the hot cake design trends this year, with plenty of examples on display at cake shows.
Like so many other cake decorations, feathers don’t have to be hard. With some simple tools you can give your cakes a wonderful sense of texture and movement.
You can make feathers with Ready to Roll Icing, marzipan or flower paste. If you want to make very intricate and delicate feathers you’re probably better off going for flower paste as it can retain its shape when much thinner than normal icing and marzipan. But if you want something simple and colourful you could try coloured marzipan, like this owl cake.
You could also add some edible paints or lustre dusts to your feathers to create a similar to these feather cake toppers by Cakegirls.
[Image via: thecakeblog.com]
Follow these simple steps and you’ll be creating beautiful feathers in no time. In this example we’ll use flower paste but the same basic steps apply for Ready to Roll Icing and marzipan, you’ll just need to roll them out thicker.
Depending on how you are going to use the feathers you can attach it to a sugar-crafted model or cake using some cooled boiled water once it has dried. Alternatively you can use wire to stick them into the cake. Just place the wire down the central spine of the flower and then use a small amount of flower paste to cover the wire over.
We’d love to see your feathery cakes. Be sure to share them with us on social media.