Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Candy Clay Flowers On Wires

I had a message from another decorator asking about making chocolate clay flowers on wires. I wasn't sure how that would work since I usually don't use any wires with candy clay, but I figured it would make an interesting tutorial.

After doing these, I think that the only thing to keep in mind is that this method probably won't work well in hot weather. Right now it's in the 60's here, so it's pretty cool, and the candy clay is staying fairly firm even when it's been kneaded. If it was hot it wouldn't keep its shape the same way.

I saw a wedding cake that had been delivered to an outdoor reception in the summer, and it wasn't a pretty sight. Melty, melty, melty.

So here's a quick description of a few different things to do with candy clay.

Leaves



To do the leaves, cut the shape out of the clay, put a wire that has a hook in it (to keep the leaf from sliding off as easily) on the leaf, and cover the wire with another piece of the clay.





Press the two clay pieces together, leaving the center fairly thick so that the wire isn't exposed.  Put the leaf in a silicone veiner, or just impress some veins in it using a gumpaste tool to draw them on.



Press the veiner pieces together, not putting too much pressure on the center, again so that the wire won't come through the candy clay.







Roses

 Start with a cone of candy clay and a hooked wire. I used a 12-gauge wire, so that it would hold up the weight of the candy clay.

 Insert the hook into the cone, then remove it. Pipe some melted chocolate into the hole in the cone, then reinsert the wire and pinch the base of the cone closed. The chocolate will hold the wire in place and will prevent the candy clay from moving around and loosening up around the wire.




Let that cool off completely, then start doing the rose petal by petal, or you can do a quick rose.





When the petals are all on the flower, bend them out and shape them so that they look natural.






Turn the rose over and smooth down the candy clay at the base. Be careful not to press it too hard, or the candy clay on the inside can flatten out.






Cut the base of the rose off to get rid of some of the excess candy clay.

Add a calyx by using a calyx cutter, or a five-petal cutter and shaping it into the calyx shape, then cutting the edges with a pair of scissors to give it jagged edges.





Apply the calyx to the rose, and there you have it.











Chocolate flowers with molds

I used the chrysanthemum mold that I had written about before, since it's got a deepish center. This will work with molds that have a deep cavity, but maybe not as well with shallower molds.

Fill the cavity with melted chocolate, and stick the hooked wire, bent at a 90 degree angle, on top of the center.






Pipe more chocolate over the wire at the center of the mold.






Put this in the fridge to harden up. When it's hard, take it out of the mold carefully, NOT by grabbing the wire and pulling it out.





And here are the flowers and the leaf all together. I could have done the leaf on a thinner wire and taped them it to the rose stem, but the other flowers do need to be on heavier gauge wire. Be careful to bend the wires using a pair of needle-nose pliers, and not to bend them too close to the flower itself, or it could rip through the flower.



 Kara Buntin owns A Cake To Remember LLC in Richmond VA, and cake supplies online at www.acaketoremember.com and www.acaketoremember.etsy.com

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I recently did a cake with chocolate roses and foliage but instead of wires I used precooked and shaped vegetable dyed spaghetti. for heavier items I did twist some noodles together. I also added some stevia to the water so the noodles would be lightly sweet. I knew there would be children at the wedding and wanted a completely edible decoration.

See the end result here: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=1936662135207&set=a.1539460045403.2074601.1201976019&type=1