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asked May 23rd 2012

sugarpaste or royal icing?

Hi all I have been asked to make a tiara for a little girls birthday cake, has anyone got any tips on which medium to use? Is there any chance of a tiara tutorial Paul. Many thanks

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Hi all I have been asked to make a tiara for a little girls birthday cake, has anyone got any tips on which medium to use? Is there any chance of a tiara tutorial Paul. Many thanks

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Hi Philip,

I’d use pastilage or modelling paste, think I’ve seen cutters on the internet too, just give it plenty of time to dry out. Once you have the design you like, let the tiara shape dry around a well powdered 5″ or 6″ cake tin, which can be turned onto it’s side, and supported. You can stick lots of edible pearls etc into it, while it’s still soft.

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Philip, there is an excellent step by step tutorial on youtube by Laurapoopie. She uses gumpaste but there is no reason why you couldn’t employ the same technique using royal icing. To make it with royal icing you’d have to trace a picture of the object on parchment paper and stick it to a can as shown in the youtube tutorial. You would then use stiff peak royal icing and pipe around the tracing. If I was making it with royal icing, I’d pipe several layers, drying each layer before piping the next to give the tiara strength. The tiara would have to be dried for several days before adorning it. The gumpaste method seems a lot more straight forward and there is no reason why you couldn’t make some fancy piping work over your creation. Once made, the tiara can be jazzed up with lots of shiny dragees or you could buy edible gems online. The other medium to use would be Artista, which is similar to gumpaste but dries a lot harder. Paul has some information about this medium, just click on blog on this site. Hope this information has been of help and good luck with your creation!

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Patchwork cutters have a tiara and wand. I use flower paste for it and leave to set overnight. Depending on the size wrap around something round to get the curve.