10 New Skills for 2017

Posted February 6, 2017 by Squires Kitchen Shop


Make 2017 the year you master all the techniques you’ve been looking to try. Learn how to make all these cakes, and more, with step-by-step tutorials in the latest issue of Cakes & Sugarcraft magazine.
1. Sweethearts

Use wafer paper and edible gold leaf to create Trudy Mitchell’s romantic decorations in next-to-no-time. Easy to make and quick to dry, this simple but stylish cake is perfect for Valentine’s Day or anniversary celebrations.

2. Dancing waves

Recreate Sarah Hayter’s sculptural design with fluid, folded curves of wafer paper. Combine these with a soft ombré effect using Electric Blue and Pop Pink airbrush colours.

3. Playful pussycats

Brush up on your sugar modelling skills with the furry characters on Vicky Turner’s cute celebration cake. Learn how to add bags of cat-titude to your models, as well as how to texture the wood panelling in simple steps.

4. Modern geometrics

It’s easy to create Emma Iivanainen’s clean and contemporary design using gold Flexi-Ice and the Geometric Floral mat. Add touches of silver and metallic pink to complete the look.

5. Pastel florals

Hone your sugar flower skills with hydrangeas, roses and succulents by Elena Wilkinson, popular choices for wedding cakes this year. Ensure realistic petals by using Sugar Florist Paste and a touch of dust food colour.

6. Hedgerow botanicals
Natasha Collins

If sugar floristry is already your forte, why not try painting flowers on cakes instead? Natasha Collins offers her top tips for painting on dark sugarpaste to create a moonlit meadow, plus you can visit Squires Kitchen’s annual exhibition to see her demonstrating watercolour-style painting live.

7. Nursery rhyme cupcakes
Hey Diddle Diddle

Celebrate christenings and early birthdays with these adorable ‘Hey Diddle Diddle’ cupcakes by Laura Dodimead. Simply trace the templates then paint over the designs with pretty colours that complement the pastel-coloured baking cups.

8. Ombré swallows

Combine three great techniques with this serene cake design by Emily Hankins. Learn to airbrush an ombré sky, create delicate ruffles and paint using a mixture of cocoa butter and dust food colours.

9. Afternoon tea
Afternoon Tea

Perfect your pâtisserie and put on an elegant spread for Mother’s Day with this trio of French classics from Marianne Stewart. Every mum would be proud to receive a pistachio, rose and strawberry fraisier, pink Reims biscuits and orange blossom madeleines.

10. Petal fairies
Petal Fairies

Get creative with this fairy cake inspired by mixed-media fashion illustrations. Adapting sugar flower techniques, Rachel Hudson has created petal dresses for fairies drawn with a food colour pen to make a sweet and feminine design.

Keep reading

You’ll find these step-by-step tutorials and many more from top cake designers in the February/March 2017 issue of Cakes & Sugarcraft magazine, out now. It’s packed with the latest trends and original, easy-to-follow tutorials that you won’t find anywhere else.

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