Scratch work and cornelli lace Cake Decorating and Baking Tutorial

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Scratch work and cornelli lace
with Ceri Griffiths
Skill level: Intermediate
HD Lessons: 3
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1. Scratch work & Cornelli Lace

In this lesson, Ceri teaches us the difference between ‘scratch work’ and ‘cornelli lace’ and the appropriate application of each. Scratch work is a lot quicker and easier and doesn’t really require any planning, but just a loose hand and some spontaneity – just make sure you’re not piping from right to left (if you are right-handed) or left to right (if you are left-handed) to prevent you from stabbing into the cake and creating incomplete lines. Cornelli lace gives the illusion of being one continuous line and so requires a bit more thought with regard to the overall design and where it begins and ends.

For the full tutorial see Vintage piping techniques

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2. Applying the scratch work

This is a very therapeutic process and the finished product is very effective. It can however be quite a time-consuming technique, so may wish to plan ahead if you want to cover a very large area with it.. Remember not to pipe over the paper template as it will stick to the cake or damage your scratch work when removed.

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3. Finishing the Scratch work

To finish off this section, Ceri adds some piped love hearts underneath each arch of the scratch work. He does this by piping small mirrored shells next to each other – very clever!

Ceri Griffiths

Ceri Griffiths

Ceri DD Griffiths is an internationally recognised expert in his field of royal icing and as such travels extensively. From baker and confectioner to professional dancer, cake artist and much more, Ceri’s own eclectic style of cake design and flare is made up from the many varied elements of his life. As a widely travelled teacher and demonstrator, Ceri Griffiths firmly believes that sharing knowledge and skills is the only way in which cake decorating and design can grow.
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