Our signature edible lace doily, here in white, on a peach cake. Sugar dahlia, roses, succulents, and hydrangea.
First, I need a take-back. Can I get a take-back? After watching this video by Alan Tetreault of Global Sugar Art, I recommended using Mexican paste with RVO resin molds exclusively. And it’s true, Mexican paste can work beautifully. But it’s one of those mediums that has to be the exact right consistency: not too moist, not too dry, not too old, not too new, not too hot, not too cold, not stretchy, not too…well, you get the idea. But the consistency can vary so dramatically when you’re making it from scratch that working with Mexican paste can actually be a very frustrating experience.
Many people have asked if they can use gumpaste in the molds, and until recently I’ve always advised against it. Years ago, when I was first introduced to sugar flowers and gumpaste, I purchased a few commercially made pastes with horrible results. Several consecutive batches of Bakels brand refused to dry, and I suffered minor PTSD from the Wilton gumpaste. When sugar flower artist extroirdenaire Jacqueline Butler shared the Nicholas Lodge recipe with me, I fell in love. I’ve been using it ever since and never thought I’d buy commercially made gumpaste again. It works beautifully for sugar flowers, leaves, and other 3-D embellishments, but it’s too wet, too stick, too stretchy for the RVO molds.
Fast forward to last June, when I was out in Denver shooting my Craftsy class. One of my cakes (the pink Sprink cake seen here) needed some pretty extensive repairs, but I didn’t have any white gumpaste with me. There was a 2-pounder of Satin Ice gumpaste on set. I didn’t want to use it–I’d had such horrible experiences with commercially made gumpaste–but I had no choice. To my surprise, it felt like velvet in my hands, and rolled out silky smooth. It allowed ample working time, was quite stretchy in the best possible way, and perfectly malleable. I was sold.
Once back home, I purchased some Satin Ice gumpaste to keep at the shop. Then, just a few weeks ago, when I had to make this lace cake, I figured it was time to try it with the Satin Ice gumpaste. I mixed in some tylose–about 1/4 teaspoon to 1/2 pound of gumpaste–to stiffen it just a bit, allowed it to rest, and used it in my lace mold the same way I used the Mexican paste. Great success.
So, here is your revised supply list for the edible lace doily cake:
You’ll also need: cake covered in your choice of icing, a pizza wheel or knife, vegetable shortening, corn startch. I highly recommend watching Alan’s video to understand how to work with the RVO molds, and of course my Craftsy class to see how I cut and apply the doily.
I’ve used the lace doily in so many ways on so many cakes.
Here’s the one I teach in my Craftsy class with sugarpaste lavender and sage leaves.
Photo: Brooke Allison Photography