Isomalt sail cake topper tutorial

In this tutorial Lisa Elliott shows you how to make a stunning isomalt sail topper, suitable for any style of cake.

Isomalt cake topper Image credit: Lisa Elliott

Looking for a bright and beautiful topper with an instant ‘wow’ factor?! There's no end of things you can do using this on-trend product – isomalt! This tutorial shows you how to create the spectacular effect, which, once mastered, you can recreate using different colours and styles.

WARNING: Please be careful – make sure you use gloves and a heatproof mat.

You will need

Edibles

  • Clear isomalt (you can buy coloured if you prefer not to colour your own)
  • Food colouring of your choice (neon pink was used)

Equipment

  • Champagne flute or wine glass
  • Heatproof silicone mat
  • Gloves
  • Clothes pegs
  • Pan or microwaveable bowl

Instructions

1
Lay out your silicone mat and get your gloves on. Melt the isomalt in the pan (you can do this in the microwave, 30 seconds at a time). When you see the bubbles forming on top, it's ready.
2
Add the pink food colouring to your isomalt (still on the heat) and once you get the colour you like, leave to sit for a few seconds until there are no more bubbles (neon pink was used for the photos as it shows up better, but the final sail was made using rose which gives a more opaque look).
3
Start to pour the isomalt onto the mat into a circle.
4
Place over the top of the wine glass to give it a curve. You can pull the sides in or twist the mat to create flow.
5
When you’re happy, peg the corners so that you get the shape that you like. You must move quickly though so it doesn’t set or break!
6
Once set, peel it carefully off the mat – do this before removing the pegs as the sudden movement on the mat when you take the pegs off can cause it to break.
7
This photo shows another method, which is to set the mat up first and pour the isomalt carefully on whilst it is already in place.
8
You'll get a similar effect but much longer drips doing it this way.

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