Monday, September 16, 2013

Craftsy Class Review: Elegant Lace Cakes With Zoe Clark

Craftsy LogoElegant Lace Cakes was taught by Zoe Clark, and covers the basics of applying lace patterns to fondant-covered cakes. Once again there's no mention of buttercream here, but most of the techniques could be adapted if you do 98% buttercream-covered cakes, like I do. This class is on sale through the end of this week!

Lace cakes are super, super popular right now, and I've made a lot of lace-covered wedding cakes and sold a ton of lace molds in my Etsy shop in the past couple of months. Using a mold is the easiest way to apply lace to a cake, especially if you want to get the texture of certain types of lace. This class relied heavily on using molds to impress textures into individual pieces, but most of it dealt more with piping techniques.

For those of you who don't know how to pipe a straight line, go take this class first and get some practice. Piping lace isn't easy, especially if you're lacking piping skills and you try to use a tiny piping tip like she's using. She made it look very simple, but if you stink at piping you might want to concentrate on the techniques that rely on molds.

She also showed how to emboss the fondant with an actual piece of lace, which is something that I did last week to make this lace cake:

I did this on buttercream, however, so it's possible to do this without using fondant. You still need to know how to pipe, though, if you use that method.

Some other things that this class showed were how to cover a cake in marzipan, which is common in the UK but isn't going to be too useful in the US. It would be interesting to see being done if you haven't seen that process before. It also touches on how to make some different types of lace with eyelets and how to make and apply individual gumpaste flowers to cakes to get a lacy effect without replicating a specific pattern. she also talked about the design process when using a wedding dress as the inspiration for a lace cake.

My overall review:

Skill Level: Beginner to intermediate
Equipment you'll need: lace molds and cutters
Sleep-Inducing level: It was kind of slow but I managed to stay awake. Although I did start planning to take a nap when it was over while I was still watching.
What it assumes you already know: How to cover a cake in fondant and how to pipe accurately.
Unnecessary Level Of Difficulty For Techniques Shown: Not much.
Annoying Host Habits: She was so deadpan I started worrying about her. I know that I've complained about some instructors and their attempts to play to the camera and be SUPER WITTY and amusing, which is annoying, but she was totally opposite. She kind of eked out a couple of short smiles at the very end of some sections, but that was it.
Level Of Helpful Hints Learned: Thorough review of the basic techniques that you'll need to make a lace cake. No complaints other than the lack of buttercream skills, which isn't anything new these days, sadly.

Go here for the class: Elegant Lace Cakes With Zoe Clark


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

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