Tuesday 29th July 2014
This month sees Renshaw tapping into ‘Flower Power’ with the launch of a range of eight new coloured flower and modelling pastes. Celebrations are high on the agenda this summer from Royal birthdays to a full summer of sporting events and Renshaw is leading the way in cake decorating innovations with these bright new range additions.
Modelling with this paste is easy and celebratory bunting is a great place to start as the shapes are simple and fun to make. By using Renshaw Flower and Modelling Paste you can make your bunting shapes well ahead of time and allow them to set so that they are easy to handle.
And here’s how
Knead and roll out the White Flower and Modelling paste. Cut out triangular bunting shapes using your cutter. If you don’t have a suitable cutter then a small sharp knife will work just as well. Leave these to dry for at least 12 hours. The bunting can now be painted with your flag design. Leave the bunting to dry completely for a further 12 hours then they can easily be handled for decorating your cakes and bakes.
Bunting like this can be made from any of the colours in the range. On the hot-air Balloon basket (pictured ) we have used a couple of different colours for the bunting and then attached them using Royal icing. The string can be piped in too from your Royal icing to complete the final look.
For a little more advanced work with the Flower and Modelling paste, we consulted Margaret Ellis of Pipedreams.
Margaret says “For advanced flower making, and to make them into little sprays for decoration, then the flowers ideally need to be made on wires. Using wires usually requires a great deal of skill and we have found that beginners may find it easier to start off with simple blossoms or open roses.”
The Renshaw range of new Flower and Modelling paste colours are ideal for making simple flowers. A wide range of plunger cutters are available through a number of outlets and these are perfect for this application.
To make the higher-skilled wired flowers Margaret found that it worked best when she added a little sugarglue to the mix. Sugarglue can be either shop bought or made at home from a mix of gum tragacanth combined with either tylose or cmc. The addition of a little clear spirit such as vodka then turns this mix into an effective sugarglue. Only a small amount of this sugarglue would be needed and makes the flower making process quite straightforward. The final paste then has the required elasticity for fine detailing and provided Margaret the extra working time she needed to complete each flower.
Margaret added “I recommend making any centres for buds and flowers well in advance so that they have a good drying time. Use hooked glued wires for the buds and this will result in a good solid foundation for adding petals”