I had no idea that the cake that I did for the North Texas Sugar Art Cake Show would get so much response. I am overwhelmed and humbled by the many positive responses and comments when I posted it to CC (Cake Central). Well as I gave my word that I would post a tutorial and here it is. I apologize that it took so long but I didn't realize that photography was so difficult. Yeah you can tell I am not a photographer but I have done my best. I didn't post it on CC because of the glitches with posting pictures. So without further ado I present to you my first tutorial: Gelatin Sequins
|The finished cake|
|closeup of the sequins|
- unflavored gelatin
- airbrush color
- measuring spoons
- small spatula
- 2 hole punchers :1- 1/16 round hole and 1- regular size individual hole punch
- acetate sheet (or something that won't melt or bow from the heat of the gelatin) Hint: the backing sheet from your edible images is perfect for this job.
- microwave safe container
After it comes from the microwave it will have foam on the top of the gelatin.
You are going to let it sit until the foam is thick enough for you to skim it off of the top. Here is where the toothpick comes in (if you don't want to use a toothpick use a disposable spoon). You are going to take your toothpick and pull off the foamy white gunk off of the top and throw it in the trash. Once you do that your gelatin will be clarified.
|The gunky foamy stuff! Yuck|
Stir in your color with a toothpick. After that put your gelatin back in the microwave for no more than 30 seconds. Again watch it to ensure that you don't have any boil overs.
Hints: Stir your color in gently so that you won't incorporate air bubbles. Also for darker colors it takes more, especially black.
After it comes out of the microwave immediately pour it out on your acetate sheet (or clear plastic sheet) and use your spatula to spread it out.
|Hint: You DO NOT have to put any shortning on the plastic.|
|Don't spend too much time spreading it out because it sets up in less than 2 min|
|You can see on the left upper corner where it's pulling away.|
|If it is like the green it's too thick!! You are going to want it flexible like a piece of paper, well not that thin, closer to card stock|
|This is why you need a lot of black ! It looks black on the picture but it was more purple.|
|1/16 circular hole puncher|