Give this super fun and easy decorating idea a try this 4th of July 🎆🎇
The design possibilities are endless!
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- Before decorating your cake, ensure you have: A Rolling pin, Confectioners sugar, Smoothers, Knife, Parchment paper, Fine pointed paintbrushes, Piping bags, No.2 piping tube, Paint palette, Food grade letter stamps, Palette Knife, Craft Knife, 9 x 18-gauge white florist wires, 9 x large posy pics, Wire cutters, Star cutter, 22-guage white florist wires.
- Knead 2.2lb of Black Fondant until pliable. Lightly dust your work surface with confectioners sugar and roll out the fondant to 5mm thickness.
- Lightly moisten the prepared cake with a little water then drape the fondant over the cake, gently smoothing the top and down the sides to the bottom of the cake with the palm of your hand and trim away the excess fondant. Smooth with the palm of your hand then finish off with a set of smoothers. Leave to set.
- Pour a small amount of each colour of Metallic Food Paint into a paint palette. Then using the fine paintbrushes, paint fine clusters of brush strokes to replicate fireworks. Continue all around the cake being sure to leave some areas blank.
- Place your cake onto a piece of parchment paper to protect the work surface. Next, take each colour of Click-Twist Brush. Twist so it is loaded with paint and flick in the direction of the cake, creating a splatter effect all over.
- Prepare a piping bag with a no.2 tube and fill with Royal Icing. Like before, pipe clusters of fireworks starting in the center and extending outwards. Repeat in all the blank spaces differing them in size.
- Once the Royal Icing has set, paint over using Metallic Food Paint and a fine paintbrush.
- To create the toppers, knead both 8.8oz packs of White Gum Paste until pliable. Roll out to 3mm thickness. Line up the letter stamps of your choice and once you are happy with the placement, gently press down. Remove the letter stamps and smooth over the surface using a smoother.
- Using a craft knife, cut around the letters leaving a 2cm border all the way around. Take three 18-gauge wires, carefully insert them ¾ of the way into the paste a couple of inches apart for maximum support. Repeat for each group of words. Leave to set completely.
- Once set, paint the letters using Metallic Food Paint and a fine paintbrush. Then, take the Click-Twist Brushes, twist so they are loaded with paint and again, covering the work surface with parchment paper, flick over the toppers creating a splatter effect all over.
- To create the stars on wires, knead the remaining Gum Paste until pliable. Roll out to 2mm thickness and cut out star shapes using the star cutter. Trim each 22-guage wire into 3. Carefully insert the wires ¾ of the way into the star and leave to set. Brush over with Gold and Silver Click-Twist Brush.
- Carefully lift the letter toppers above the cake and once you are happy with the positioning, insert posy pics by gently pressing them into the cake, then pack the posy pics with some paste. This is to hold the wires, ensuring they do not come into direct contact with the sponge. Trim down the wires using wire cutters until you reach the desired height and place them into the posy pics.
- Lastly, insert the stars into the same posy pics. Place your completed cake on a decorative cake board, stand back and admire!