I‘m completely self taught, with a little help from YouTube therefore haven’t learnt the ‘official’ way to create cakes but what I have learnt are some simple ways to create some fab effects. One of these is how to create a super simple quilted effect.
When I first tried quilting I Googled & checked out Pinterest. All the tutorials were about cutting out templates on card, measuring with a ruler, using straight lines, working out the spacing between each marking, so so complicated I made a right mess of my first attempt. Then I spotted something in my cupboard that was the perfect solution and made it one of the easiest cake decorating jobs… the humble cocktail stick container. Yep it’s the simple things that work the best!
How simple is this? Simply press the square lightly onto the fondant & ta da, you’re creating the easiest quilted effect known to man!
I always choose the centre of the cake, basically the part of the cake that’s the smoothest & nicest to look at and start there, always from the bottom up. I start from the bottom as this is where you know is level & straight against the cake board. The top of the cake may not always be 100% level and could end up with a wonky pattern.
Starting from the middle work out a couple of squares at a time both left & right until you meet at the back making sure you keep the container in the same position, if you tilt it slightly left or right you’ll ruin the pattern. If you work all the way around the cake your diamond shapes might not quite meet and will look messy but don’t worry if they don’t quite meet at the back as it’s noticeable and you can blend it in with the silver dragees (little silver balls).
After all the rows of diamond shapes are complete take a reasonably flat edged knife, not a sharp pointy one, and create a little cross at each join by pressing into the fondant slightly. Once you have done all the crosses use a little edible glue in the centre of each & press in a silver dragee or edible pearl and you’ll have a stunning quilted effect with no fuss, no measuring and no tearing your hair out!!
I’ve been asked a lot about sharing some hints, tips & how to’s hence why I’ve started Cake Club, so if you need any help or advice with cake decorating or want to request a particular tutorial then just give me a shout & I’ll be happy to help :
I’ve also recently filmed how to cover a cake in fondant which should help too 🙂