Meadow Fairy Cake by Claire Anderson
TIP – Be careful how you move airbrushed cakes! Either slide a cake lift underneath the cake or move the board & slide the cake off. Touching must be avoided as you will leave marks on the cake.
TIP It is very important that your airbrush is on minimum mode when you stencil so that you can airbrush gently, build up the colour, get quite close to the stencil & avoid over spray around the stencil. If you are feeling nervous practice first on paper.
Ensure that all the cakes are dry. Then dowel the bottom & middle tier and stack the cake using royal icing to ensure that the cake is secure. Make sure that all the designs are in the right position before the royal icing sets. Add the purple ribbon to the board & each tier. Secure the ribbon onto the cake using a dot of royal icing.
Cake (5” depth) 4”, 6”, 8” Rounds (all prepared & covered in white sugar paste)
Blue, Black, Yellow, Pink
50g Royal Icing
Gold lustre dust
Airbrush Compressor & Cleaning Jar
Fairies and Star stencil set
10″ covered cake board
10″ uncovered cake board
Ribbons for tying stencils
2 Paint brushes
Dowels to stack
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Let’s Chat with Claire…
Q. I adore your Claire, your designs have such a rich and warm feeling, how do you start designing?
A. I take inspiration from everywhere but I am drawn to colourful things, I am a colour magpie! There is so much beauty in nature whether it’s the beautiful colours of an autumn sunset or the vibrant colours from a coral reef but I can also be equally inspired by a t-shirt or wallpaper print! Once the idea for a design has been sparked, I sketch the designs out & make an inspiration board – even if it’s just for me, I need to put ideas together to see if they work visually. Sometimes 3 different cake designs can merge into one.
Q. What has been your favourite tool for 2017?
A. Well that’s easy – my new Clairella Cakes 7cc airbrush as the cup of the airbrush has a lid so I am spilling less colour on my shoes. It’s also light to hold like a pen & so easy to use, I really love working with it.
Q. Any disasters you would like to tell us about?
A. Every cake designer has disasters it is inevitable & all part of learning your craft. I once finished one cake order & dropped it on another finished cake. I could have cried at the time and to be honest I still can’t laugh about it. However, I fixed both cakes & they did look better than they had originally & both clients were very happy. I suppose that taught me to stop, have a break & eat as then my hands wouldn’t have been so shaky!
Q. What trends are you currently in love with?
A. I have loved the bright tropical trend this summer – there have been pineapples, watermelons & Flamingos everywhere. I like that kind of happy, holiday vibe. Unicorns too – who doesn’t love a unicorn?