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Baubles & Wreath Tutorial

Magda is a self-taught cake artist based in North East England but originally from Poland. She discovered her love for cake decorating when she made her first cake in 2013 for her daughter’s first birthday. It turned into hobby and she started to spend more time teaching herself all about cake decorating, trying different recipes, challenging herself with more complicated cake designs and learning new techniques to improve her skills. Magda loves making colourful and cute cakes for children but also enjoys creating modern designs. With her love for DIY, she enjoys making more challenging, big showstoppers or gravity-defying cakes. She is proud and honoured to have her work published in Cake Masters Magazine. She was also awarded Silver and Bronze at Cake International.

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Step 1

To make twigs for the wreath, tape three 24 gauge wires together using white florist tape. Make six.

Step 2a

Start twisting twigs together.

Step 2b

Place each twig around 3cm lower than the top of the previous one.

Step 3a

Insert in a posy pick

Step 3b

Shape in a circle to around 6” diameter, twist the ends together and wrap with tape.

Step 4

Knead modelling paste and insert into the extruder gun. Attach the disc with the circle shape and create nine thick strings.

Step 5a

Starting with three strings, wrap the first around the wreath and follow with the second and third leaving space between.

Step 5b

Glue together in places where they touch.

Step 6a

Using the remaining six strings, wrap the first around the wreath as shown and follow with the other strings again leaving space between.

Step 6b

Continue wrapping the strings.

Step 6c

Use edible glue to stick them together. Leave to dry.

Step 7a

To make the cyathium, take 4-5 stamens and bend in half creating a loop. Thread 28 gauge wire through and bend.

Step 7b

Cut off the stamens around two thirds from the top.

Step 8a

Roll a little ball out of modelling paste and insert the wire with the stamens through.

Step 8b

Push the ball to the bottom of the stamens and shape.

Step 9

Attach little pieces of paste on top and make a little cut in the middle to create a nectar gland.

Step 10a

To add colour, brush yellow dust on the nectar gland.

Step 10b

Paint red on the stamens.

Step 10c

Brush green at the bottom of the cyathium.

Step 10d

Dip the top of stamens in edible glue and then in the yellow dust.

Step 11

Make 6-7 cyathiums and tape together using white florist tape.

Step 12

From a wafer paper sheet, cut out leaves freehand using the X-acto knife. You will need three small leaves around 3cm, three medium leaves around 5cm and six bigger leaves around 6-7cm. You can make a few more just in case.

Step 13

Make a cut in each leaf around halfway up.

Step 14a

Put the leaf on the leaf veiner and brush with a little bit of water (make sure you don't have too much water on the brush, you can use kitchen towel to wipe off any excess).

Step 14b

Press the leaf between the veiner and then gently take the leaf out.

Step 15a

Apply edible glue on the leaf near the cut and attach the 28 gauge wire.

Step 15b

Press the other side of the cut on top of the wire to hold in place.

Step 16

To add colour to the leaves, spray with pink airbrush colour.

Step 17a

To assemble the flower, start taping the three smallest leaves around the cyathia.

Step 17b

Add a second row of three medium leaves.

Step 17c

Add two more rows of the bigger leaves.

Step 18a

For the baubles, you'll need modelling paste in four colours: white, two shades of light pink and light grey.

Step 18b

From each colour, shape small balls of different sizes.

Step 19

To add shine to the baubles, brush with white dust.

Step 20

Cover all the cakes and the board with white sugarpaste.

Step 21a

Create a wooden effect on middle and top tier. Around each tier, mark vertical lines 5cm apart.

Step 21b

Deepen these lines using the dresden tool.

Step 21c

Using the knife tool, mark irregular lines freehand to create a wooden effect.

Step 22a

To add shading to the wood, mix white and black dust to create light grey.

Step 22b

Start brushing in the deepest places.

Step 22c

Add further tones.

Step 23a

Roll out sugarpaste to around 7” diameter and cut out to create an irregular shape similar to as shown.

Step 23b

Brush the top of the top tier with edible glue and attach the sugarpaste.

Step 23c

Smooth the edges with your fingertips.

Step 24a

To make edible snow, use around five A4 sheets of wafer paper and tear into small pieces.

Step 24b

Shred in a blender or coffee grinder. Mix in white dust to add sparkle.

Step 25

Brush piping gel on top of the top tier and around the bottom tier. Stick the edible snow to the piping gel.

Step 26

Stack the cake.

Step 27a

To attach the wreath, grab it gently, push the posy pick into the bottom tier and rest the wreath on the middle tier.

Step 27b

Use edible glue or royal icing to glue to the cake. You can secure it also using a cocktail stick.

Step 28

Push the posy pick into the cake behind the left side of the wreath in the middle tier. Bend the wire of the flower and insert into the posy pick.

Step 29

Baubles & Wreath

Your cake is finished

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