When pastry becomes art. Say goodbye to old profitterol full of cream, evergreen millefoglie and classic mimosa. No more grandma’s granddaughter or even “dietary” fruit tart: now the cake is of design. Sculptures in sponge cake and sugar paste, typical of Anglo-Saxon tradition, have also captured the capital, becoming in a short time the favorite genius to celebrate special events.
Because cake design pies are real personalized sculptures in everything and everything. So if the stork has just arrived, pink or blue flakes will appear on the shelves, if a birthday is celebrated, they will come up with cartoon characters such as Peppa Pig, Disney Princesses or, for Males, superheroes like Spiderman and Batman. And even to crown in style the fateful “yes” wedding cake will be coordinated with the colors of the wedding and elegantly decorated with lace and lace lace.
A real fashion, a boom also dictated by so many TV programs that have also led the historic laboratories to “convert” to glacial glaze, real ice and sugar paste.
One mistake is to underestimate pastry. To work in the field of Sugar Art, it is not enough to be decorators, but also good pastry makers. Lack of material study can also cause serious damage, compromising the health of potential buyers. That’s why I advise you to attend specific courses, especially for banquets, where baked pies are taught, such as Spanish pan and other unleavened pies. As for the modeling council I always follow courses with accredited people.
To get tangled or lively colors that children like, it is necessary to add the food dyes to the sugar paste, that is, the edible pigments that can be purchased in specialist stores such as Cantavenna.
The mainly used dyes are in paste or gel, liquid and powdered.
Dye or gel dyes are more concentrated, they have good yield and are suitable for sugar paste. In addition, they are sold in a wide range of colors, enabling you to meet every need and aesthetic taste. To use them, take a small portion of pasta and with a toothpick join a bit of color to the white fondant. Work well with your hands so that it can perfectly fit. It is advisable to add little at a time, otherwise you risk not getting the tone you like. In addition, to avoid staining hands and nails, it is best to use disposable gloves when working.
Liquid dyes are mainly used to paint directly on cakes or to make details about 3d models.
However, they are not suitable for coloring the sugar paste, as they will change the consistency.
Dye dyes are very useful to create shades on created subjects or to color cream, butter and cheese creams, also known as “frosting”. If you are curious to know the main creams that are used in the design cake continue reading the article, you will find a paragraph devoted to them.
There are also pearlescent powder dyes that, as the name suggests, help to get a metallic effect; spray colorants; the food markers that work just like the drawing ones, useful for finishing and precision work.
Where does the art of decorating sweets with sugar come from?
The story tells that the first decorated cake, and specifically the first wedding cake, was the one prepared for the wedding in 1840 of Queen Victoria with Prince Albert of Saxony. A cake whose base was 3 meters in diameter with a weight of 140 kilograms, on top of which the King and Queen were depicted. A cake decorated with that white glaze, which will then be called “Royal Ice” or Royal Ice Cream.
The first book on Cake Design was published in 1934 by Joseph Lambert and the first pastry and cake decoration school was opened in 1929 by Deweney McKinley Wilton. He had so much success in teaching the sugar processing techniques learned by working in a candy factory, which even today in the United States, and for some years now in Italy, the Wilton Academy courses are famous, as well as the product line for Cake Design.
All you need for cake design can be found in Cantavenna.