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how do I create this look

post #1 of 10
Thread Starter 

I've been asked to make a cake like this and am not sure how to make the top swirly bit in the middle.  anyone got any ideas ?  http://25.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_ltculzBSrj1qhl1q0o1_500.jpg

post #2 of 10
Piping gel. Color it whatever color you need, and swirl away.
post #3 of 10
Thread Starter 

Thanks for that - got a recipe for gel ? Am in the UK so would need UK ingredients

post #4 of 10

Yah, I think I agree w/the above ^^^ poster.   Just be sure you DO NOT mix the color into the piping gel well.  Just give it a light mixing.  The LESS you mix it the more you will have the lighter parts.  OR you can make two batches of piping gel - one dark and one barely colored then just drop the light colored one into the dark and Do NOT swirl it at all.

Remember - piping gel takes color VERY well so go lightly when adding the color.  You can always add a bit more to darken it as you want, but it does not lighten near as easily.

post #5 of 10
I order mine from GSA. I think you can actually buy colored gels from your local supermarket too. If they have a cake section, there are usually small tubes of it.
Anyone else have a recipe for piping gel? I might like to make my own, too, if it's possible.
post #6 of 10

Just buy piping gel.

 

You can get it from Almond Art or A Piece of Cake Thame or Sugar Shack or Design a Cake..

 

If you Google it, there are loads of places that come up.

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post #7 of 10
Thread Starter 

thanks everyone so much!  I've just ordered a tup of piping gel (and far too much other stuff) from Sugar Shack!  I'll experiment a bit before I give the cake a go...watch this space!

post #8 of 10

Hobbycraft at Fort Kinnaird have piping gel, if you find that the stuff from Sugar Shack isn't right.

 

Hi, by the way :-)  If you're the Rosie's Kitchen I think you are, then you are Helen Stark's friend?  We met for coffee once.  I've wondered if you were on here...

post #9 of 10

Piping gel is super easy and cheap to make, it is just caster sugar, cornflour, lemon juice and water, personally I think it tastes better than the commercial ones that have a chemical aftertaste.  There is also an American version which uses cornsyrup, but as that is very expensive here.  You just colour it with gel colours. I am not very computer literate so I don't know how to link the recipe, use the search button it's easy to find.

post #10 of 10

I find that when I make piping gel it dries where as the bought ones don't so if you want to have the wet look stay then I would go with store bought.

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