Happy with your airbrushed cake base? Perfect! Here we continue our Moody Blues Airbrush cake tutorial from the fabulous Lisa Munro of The Airbrush Company.
Follow the links below for the first and third parts of this tutorial. Now, we’re going to make the dragonflies and butterflies.
Mix white sugarpaste with white flower paste (50:50), work until soft and pliable. Dust the dragonfly and butterfly moulds with cornflour and press the paste into the mould. Carefully press out the dragonfly/butterfly.
Roll out the white sugar flower paste (this needs to be very thin, about 1/2 mm). Place the butterfly cutters onto the paste and press firmly. Remove the cutter and surplus paste.
Place the dragonflies and butterflies onto a piece of folded card to set. You will need approximately 50 butterflies and dragonflies varying in size to complete this design.
Step 12: Making the large rose for the top of the cake:
Cut a 20 gauge wire in 3 pieces (only one piece is needed) and make a hook at one end. Roll a piece of white flower paste into a cone shape and insert the hooked end of the wire into the cone. Leave to dry for a day.
Roll out a small amount of flower paste very thinly. Working with just one petal at a time, cut out using the small rose petal cutter. Soften the edges using a ball tool on a foam pad.
Add a dab of edible glue
to the petal. Position the cone on top of the petal and tightly wrap it around to form a point for the inside of the rose. Repeat this with a second petal wrapping it tightly around the first petal on the opposite side.
Tip: Make sure that all of the petals are level at the top and that you can’t see the top of the cone protruding above the petals.
Now repeat the process of cutting out a petal and shaping with the ball tool on the foam pad. Add a small dab of edible glue in a V shape at the base of the petal before sticking into place.
Repeat again, adding another petal, opposite to the last one you attached. Encourage the edge of the petal to curl outwards.
Add another 6 petals overlapping them as they go around the rose. Remember to encourage the petals to curl outwards otherwise the rose will appear too tight.
Tip: On some of the petals, turn in one of the sides using a toothpick to give them a curl before attaching them.
Repeat the process of cutting out a petal, shaping with a ball tool and then wrapping another 6 petals overlapping them as they go around the rose - but this time using the medium rose petal cutter.
Repeat again wrapping another 6 petals overlapping them as they go around the rose but this time using the large rose cutter. My rose measures 4 ½ inches in diameter. Hang upside down to set.
Insert a posy pick into the centre of the top of your cake. Trim the wire of the rose and place into the posy pick.
Look back at part one, and continue the tutorial with part three.
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To read some of Lisa's handy tips, links to products featured and step-by-step images click the link here.
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Lisa Munro also teaches courses for Airbrushing Cakes and Sugarcrafts. This hands-on workshop will cover as many basic techniques and airbrush effects as possible in one day. You will discover the airbrush to be a versatile addition to your other sugarcraft techniques. Find out more here.