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This Week – Creating Neat Side Designs With Press-Ice Tools

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Press-Ice tools, available in a range of design:
Polka 1
Polka 2
Polka 4
Polka 5
Diamond 1
Ribbon 1
Ribbon 2
Zig-Zag 2
Drape 3
Set of 2 (Polka 1/Ribbon 1)
Royal icing
Piping bag
PME 1, 1.5 or 2 piping tube
PME Small Blossom Punger Cutter
Edible pearls or silver/gold balls

The Press-Ice tools take all the stress away from trying to achieve a symmetrical pattern, making pattern marking quick and easy by embossing the design onto soft sugarpaste. They come in a variety of designs suitable for decorating all cakes – from decorating the sides of a wedding cake with polka dots to creating a ribbon-like effect around the side of a birthday cake.

Step 1.

Before you start using a Press-Ice tool on your cake, practise first on a little rolled out sugarpaste so you get used to how much pressure to use and how to align the pattern. Keep an even pressure along the whole length and when removing the tool, be careful not to drag the icing. Once you feel confident, you can move on to marking your cake.

Start at the back of your cake and, resting the bottom of the Press-Ice tool against the board, carefully impress the pins into the sugarpaste. To align the Press-Ice tool when moving to the next section of the cake, insert the first column of pins into the last column of holes. When you reach the back of the cake, finish off as neatly as possible. If the pattern does not align up perfectly and there is a gap, press a celstick or the end of a fine paint brush into the icing to neatly finish off the pattern.

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Step 2.

Now you have a clearly marked out design on your cake, you can decorate it in a number of ways. For a neat polka dot effect use royal icing and a small piping tube like the PME 1, 1.5 or 2 to pipe dots over every indentation. To create soft piped dots without points, add a few drops of water to your royal icing so that you have a soft peak consistency. Other decorating ideas include attaching edible pearls, which come in a range of pretty colours; use tweezers to pick up the pearls and edible glue to attach them to the cake.

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Step 3.

Press-Ice tools are not just for creating designs on wedding cakes, you can create a pretty ribbon effect on a birthday or Christening cake by attaching small icing flowers or shapes over the indentations. If you use the small PME plunger blossom cutter, you can cut the tiny flowers out in sugarpaste and plunge them straight onto the cake attaching them with a dot of royal icing or edible glue.

It doesn’t all have to be pastel colours and pretty though, you can also use the Press-Ice tools on brightly coloured sugarpaste with silver or gold edible balls and really jazz up a design.

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