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STARTER KIT
INSTRUCTION BOOKLET
Welcome To A Revolution In
Cake Construction!
Hello, Dawn Butler here!
I’m so excited to bring you my new
invention. As a cake decorator I was
frustrated that there was very little
available to me by way of food safe
internal supports for cakes. After
nearly 2 years of designing, testing
and manufacturing I am proud to
bring you CakeFrame.
About this book
In this booklet you will find easy to follow diagrams on how to
construct all of the 10 cakes featured in the starter pack.
Very quickly, you will see that the possibilities are endless as you find
other ways to configure CakeFrame parts to build your own designs.
There are also some great decorating tips and design ideas too, and
even more on the website and Facebook page.
Don’t forget the fun doesn’t stop here. With so many different parts
available to buy individually, you’ll never be short of the right piece
when designing your cake.
Enjoy!
Dawn Butler
Contents
How Cake Frame Works
1-5
Cakes Featured:
Wedding Cake
6-7
Chandelier
8-9
Toadstools
10 - 11
Sweetie Explosion
12 - 13
Steampunk Clock
14 - 15
Teddy Bear
16 - 18
Roberta Robot
19 - 21
Castle
22 - 24
Topiary Tree
25 - 26
Fast Food
27 - 29
Construction & Decorating
29 - 30
Planning Your Own Cakes
31
Transporting Your Cakes
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Materials Of Choice
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How Cake Frame Works
CakeFrame is made from a very strong polystyrene-based plastic which
is both food grade and dishwasher safe. Yes, you’ll be able to get the
parts back, wash and re–use them.
I have designed all manner of joints, straight pieces, curves and angles.
There are platforms too (round and square and in different sizes) that
will support your cakes as you create height and the indispensable part,
the foundation piece which screws your structure tightly to the base
board.
When designing CakeFrame, I wanted it to be simple but effective. No
gluing, drilling or cutting is required as you simply slot pieces together as you build. Each part fits securely into the next (see picture) and
whilst it can be pulled apart for re use, it holds firmly in place, adding
strength and support to your cake.
When adding cake to your structure you can either stack, fill and cover
as you go, or decorate separately and add a finished cake to the
structure (See Construction & Decorating Tips at the end of the booklet).
CakeFrame is suitable to support other edible creations too such as
chocolate or rice crispy treat. Let me take you through the parts in
more detail…
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Base Boards
Whilst you have a 10” round in this kit there are
other sizes available, both in round and square
shapes. The pre-cut holes in the baseboard have
been specifically spaced to offer the greatest flexibility with your design. You will be able to use from
1 foundation piece to 9 foundation pieces in one
design.
Foundation
Pieces &
Lock Nuts
This provides the core strength of your structure. It
is a rod which has a hollow, hexagonal core with a
screw thread at one end and a negative end at the
other. It is added to the baseboard by pushing the
threaded end through the hole on the baseboard
and then screwing the lock nut onto the threaded
end until it gives a firm fit.
As you build your structure, you can use a second
foundation piece, turn it upside down and secure
a platform to it (see instructions for Steam Punk
Clock).
The foundation piece comes in 2 different lengths
which offer freedom in design. Whilst the longer
foundation piece offers the greatest strength the
shorter piece allows other angles or rod lengths
to be added very close to the surface of the base
board or a platform.
Platforms
Like the baseboard these are available in many
sizes and in round or square shapes. Use a
platform as you would a cake card to support
cakes, either internally within a structure or as a
base for a tiered cake. If the platform will be
exposed don’t forget to add blanking caps to
prevent your cake from drying out.
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Blanking
Caps
These are great for creating a smooth surface on
your baseboard or platform prior to icing it.
Simply push the caps into any unwanted holes. If
your design has an exposed platform with
unwanted holes which might cause the cake to
dry out, use the blanking caps to fill any unwanted
holes prior to placing the cake onto the platform.
PLEASE NOTE THAT WHILST THESE FIT SNUGLY
INTO THE PLATFORM HOLES THEY CAN BE REMOVED. PLEASE ENSURE THAT CHILDREN ARE
NOT LEFT UNSUPERVISED WITH THESE PIECES AS
THEY COULD CAUSE CHOKING IF SWALLOWED.
Rods
These come in three different lengths so you
should be able to get just the right length for your
needs by either using one rod or a combination of
lengths. Each rod has 2 distinctive ends, one
negative, one positive. Each end slots into its
opposite shape (positive/negative) to create a
strong joint. To pull apart, simply wiggle the rod at
the joint until loose and pull apart.
Joints
I have designed many different joints to suit all
manner of designs. Each joint comes in 2 halves.
Line up the halves side by side and snap the 2
pieces together. This allows further versatility
because it keeps the core structure hollow (like
the rods and foundation pieces). You will not only
be able to feed rods and dowels through your
structure to add even more strength if your cake is
going to be a large and heavy design but you can
also use these joints as posy picks to support
flowers and other wired decorations. If you’re
feeling really adventurous the hollow core allows
you to safely feed lighting or a mechanism which
provides movement through your structure to
make your cake really come to life!
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Adapters &
Connectors
An adapter will allow you to join 2 negative ends
together. A connector will enable you to join 2
positive ends together.
Collars
These are designed to offer support when adding
a platform to your structure. Whilst the holes in a
platform will fit snugly onto a foundation piece the
collars allow a platform to be suspended between
2 rods, trapping it in place at the desired height.
Simply place a collar into the desired hole on the
platform, add the next rod and then slide the platform over the rods until it sits on top of the collar.
At this stage it will still feel loose but the weight of
the cake on top will hold this in place.
Use a foundation piece to the lock the platform
securely in place to offer strength or if you want to
continue your support structure from a different
hole on the platform. Use a collar when a
foundation piece isn’t necessary, usually when your
structure continues using another rod.
The foundation piece is useful when:
1. You want to lock the plate securely in
place to offer strength, even if you are
continuing the roads from the same hole,
or when you want to carry on your support
structure from a different hole in the plate
(see picture on next page).
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OR
2. You can use another foundation piece to
start a new support column from a different
hole in the platform.
So the collars are used when a foundation piece isn’t necessary, usually
when you are carrying straight on with another rod.
Simply place the collar into the desired hole, add the next rod, then
slide the platform over the rods until it sits on top of the collar (see
pictures below). At this stage it will still feel loose, but with the weight
of the cake on top, it will hold its place as gravity will push it down.
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Wedding Cake
Long Rod x 1
Medium Rod x 2
Short Rod x 2
Long Foundation x 1
Lock Nut x 1
Blanking Caps x 12
Collar x 2
Base Board - 10” x 1
6” Platform x 1
4” Platform x 1
Cakes Used: 6” Round Sponge & 4” Round Sponge - 3 layers each.
Hints & Tips
Adding your own touches to this
wedding cake will be very easy.
I have chosen to use flower oasis to
hold fresh flowers for this display
which I have slotted in place as I’m
building the frame, adding the
flowers once the cake is decorated.
You could equally use polystyrene
dummies in any size to make
separators or change the design
completely to have a larger cake touching the base board, turning this
into a 3 tiered cake design.
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Take a look at the “Using CakeFrame” section for advice on when to
cover your cake. You can do this either on or off the structure.
Lock Nut
Collar
Long Rod
6” Platform
Add Cake
Medium Rod
Small Rod
Collar
Medium Rod
4” Platform
Add Cake
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Chandelier
Long Rod x 2
Medium Rod x 1
Short Rod x 1
Long Foundation x 1
Lock Nut x 1
Blanking Caps x 12
Collar x 2
Base Board - 10” x 1
6” Platform x 1
4” Platform x 1
Cakes Used: 6” Round Sponge & 4” Round Sponge
- 3 layers each.
Hints & Tips
Whilst this is called a chandelier cake,
it doesn’t have to be decorated as such.
The name refers more to the inverted
design, with the smaller cake being at
the bottom rather than the top.
I have used Isomalt decorations on this
design made from a mould by
Marvelous Molds (see the stockist page
for more details).
This is a very similar configuration to
the wedding cake, and you can see how it easy it is with CakeFrame to
come up with many different designs whilst using only a small number
of parts. See “Construction & Decorating Tips” for advice on when to
cover your cake. You can do this either on or off the structure.
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Lock Nut
Collar
Long Rod
4” Platform
Add Cake
Long Rod
Collar
Medium Rod
6” Platform
Small Rod
Add Cake
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Toadstools
Long Rod x 1
Medium Rod x 2
Long
Foundation x 1
Short
Foundation x 1
Lock Nut x 1
Blanking Caps x 11
Collar x 2
Base Board - 10” x 1
6” Platform x 1
4” Platform x 1
Cakes Used: 6” Round Sponge (carved into a dome &
4” Round Sponge (carved into a dome) - 3 layers each.
Hints & Tips
You can pre-ice the underside of the
platforms to look like mushroom gills.
Do this 24 hours prior to adding the
carved cake on top so it has had a
chance to harden.
For the mushroom stalks I have used
layers of small cake circles, but you
could use cake pop mix, rice crispy
treats or polystyrene dummies.
Adding detail to the top of the toad
stool was easy too,, I have used the rod inside the large mushroom as
a posy pick to support the caterpillar. This could just as easily support a
fairy figure or other modelled item.
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See the section on “Using CakeFrame” for advice on when to cover
your cake. You can do this either on or off the structure.
2 x Lock Nut
Collar
Medium Rod
Collar
Long Rod
Medium Rod
6” Platform
&
4” Platform
Add Cake
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Sweetie Explosion
Long Rod x 2
Medium Rod x 1
Short Rod x 2
Long Foundation x 1
Lock Nut x 2
Blanking Caps x 8
Collar x 1
Base Board - 10” x 1
6” Platform x 1
Cakes Used: 6” Round Sponge & 4” Round Sponge
- 2 layers each.
Hints & Tips
Don’t feel restricted to using the same
sweets for your cake, there are so many
kinds that would work.
I have added a sweetie explosion to the
top by wiring extra sweets and using
the central rod in the top tier as a posy
pick to support them.
Don’t forget you will need to smear
ganache or royal icing to the central
rod to secure your sweetie explosion.
You could use an adapter (plain or collared) and a small foundation
piece to bolt the top platform in place.
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Lock Nut
Long Rod
Add Cake
Long Rod
Collar
Medium Rod
6” Platform
Add Cake
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Steampunk Clock
Long Rod x 1
Short Rod x 1
Blanking Caps x 8
Long
Foundation x 1
Short
Foundation x 1
Lock Nut x 2
Single Angled
Joint x 1
Base Board - 10” x 1
6” Platform x 1
Cakes Used: Double Height 6” Round Sponge
Hints & Tips
This is such a simple yet effective
structure and can work with lots of
different themes. This could be a
Christmas present, birthday present,
box of chocolates or hat box cake.
The possibilities are endless.
On this design I have used chocolate
paste and dusted it with Dinkydoodle
Lustre Dusts. I have piped the gold
details with gold Cake Lace.
You will need to ice the clock face onto the 6” platform in advance and
allow it to harden before securing it to the foundation piece.
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You will also notice that the angle joint for this design doesn’t use both
parts of it. I have used this “spare” hole as a posy pick to support wired
decorations.
Lock Nut
Small Rod
Add Cake
Single Angled Joint
Long Rod
Short Foundation
6” Platform
Lock Nut
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Teddy Bear
Long Rod x 3
Medium Rod x 2
Short Rod x 1
Single Angled
Joints x 2
Long
Foundation x 1
Blanking
Caps x 16
Collar x 2
Lock Nut x 1
Connector x 1
Base Board - 10” x 1
6” Platform x 1
4” Platform x 1
Cakes Used: Layered and Carved Vanilla Sponge (Body) &
5” Round Layered and Carved Sponge (Head)
Hints & Tips
The handle for his knapsack is simply a
wooden dowel secured with modelling
chocolate around the hand and rested
on the shoulder.
The knapsack contains rice crispy
treats, which is then secured to the
pole with modelling chocolate. It is
then covered in sugar paste.
The head for this design was made
from cake, but if you struggle with
carving or would like to keep it as light as possible you could replace
the cake with rice crispy treats or even a polystyrene ball.
Whilst I’ve decorated this structure as a teddy bear, it could of course
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be anything you like, such as a girl, or boy, or your children’s favourite
cartoon character. Once you see how easy it is to create support for a
standing cake structure, the only limit to what you can create will be
your imagination .
Collar
Add Cake
Long Rod
6” Platform
Long Rod
Add Cake
Single Angled Joint
Small Rod
Collar
Medium Rod
Connector
Lock Nut
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Medium Rod
Add Cake
Single Angled Joint
Long Rod
4” Platform
Add Cake
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Roberta Robot
Long Rod x 2
Medium Rod x 2
Short Rod x 1
Single Angled
Joints x 2
Long
Foundation x 1
Short
Foundation x 1
Blanking
Caps x 16
Lock Nut x 2
Collar x 1
Elbow
Joints x 2
Connector x 3
Base Board - 10” x 1
6” Platform x 1
4” Platform x 1
Cakes Used: Layered 6” Round Sponge carved into
a “birdcage” style.
Hints & Tips
Balancing, gravity-defying cakes don’t
have to be difficult and this shape
illustrates this very well.
The important thing to do when
building structures with extremities is
to think about the central point of
gravity.
The leg on this cake counterbalances
the tray, and the teapot is kept light by
making it out of rice crispy treats or
even a polystyrene ball.
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Lock Nut
Single Angled Joint
Small Rod
Elbow Joint
Small Rod
Collar
Connector
6” Platform
Add Cake
Single Angled Joint
Add Cake
Medium Rod
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Long Rod
Add Cake
Connector
Elbow Joint
Add Cake
Long Rod
Medium Rod
Short Foundation
4” Platform
Lock Nut
Add Cake
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Castle
Long Rod x 2
Medium Rod x 2
Single Angled
Joints x 1
Short Rod x 1
Long
Foundation x 1
Short
Foundation x 1
Blanking
Caps x 16
Collar x 1
Lock Nut x 2
Elbow
Joints x 1
Connector x 1
Base Board - 10” x 1
6” Platform x 1
4” Platform x 1
Cakes Used: 4” Round layered cakes
- both tiers.
Hints & Tips
This cake is a great example of how the
central support can be used to create
interesting shapes that appear to defy
gravity.
Again, the key point to remember when
designing your cakes is balance. A cake
will not stand up if the top extremity of
cake is much heavier than the lower
one.
You may notice here that I have
supported the top tier of cake through an outer platform hole, rather
than the central one. This brings the cake further to the centre of
gravity, therefore offering more support.
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I have decorated this with an icy theme, but don’t forget this could
just as easily be a haunted castle, or princess tower. The turrets can be
made in many ways. For larger turrets and towers consider covered rice
crispy treats or iced plastic dowels. For smaller turrets I suggest
modelling chocolate or flower paste.
Lock Nut
Medium Rod
Collar
Small Rod
6” Platform
Add Cake
Single Angled Joint
Add Cake
Long Rod
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Medium Rod
Add Cake
Connector
Add Cake
Elbow Joint
Short Foundation
4” Platform
Lock Nut
Long Rod
Add Cake
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Topiary Tree
Long Rod x 4
Long Foundation x 1
Lock Nut x 1
Blanking Caps x 8
Collar x 2
Base Board - 10” x 1
6” Platform x 1
4” Platform x 1
Cakes Used: 5” carved and layered cake (Pot) &
6” sphere carved from layered cake.
Hints & Tips
Here’s a 2-tiered cake with a
difference!
This one should be tackled as 2 very
separate tiers, and I would advise
carving off the board (before assembly).
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Lock Nut
Long Rod
Add Cake
Long Rod
Collar
Long Rod
4” Platform
Add Cake
Collar
Long Rod
6” Platform
Add Cake
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Fast Food
Long Rod x 2
Medium Rod x 2
Short Rod x 1
Single Angled
Joints x 1
Long
Foundation x 1
Short
Foundation x 1
Blanking
Caps x 12
Collar x 1
Lock Nut x 2
Elbow
Joints x 1
Connector x 1
Base Board - 10” x 1
6” Platform x 1
4” Platform x 1
Cakes Used: 4” carved cake (Burger) &
rice crispy treats with modelling chocolate (Fries & Popcorn)
Hints & Tips
There are all sorts of possibilities with
this structure, as it has been used more
as a stand than internal structure
(hence no cake pictures on this one).
I have placed a “menu card” in front of
the first angle joint, but this could just
as easily be made out of cake (see last
picture for an example).
The 6” platform is iced to look like a
table cloth and the burger cake needs
to sit on the outer edge of the platform to counter balance the weight
of the 4” platform behind it. The fries are again on the edge of the
platform but this time covering the rod that leads to the second
platform.
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The popcorn tub is then slotted over the rod on the 4” platform.
Lock Nut
Single Angled Joint
Long Rod
Short Foundation
6” Platform
Lock Nut
Long Rod
Connector
Elbow Joint
Long Rod
Collar
Medium Rod
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4” Platform
Construction & Decorating Tips
There is no real right or wrong way to decorate your cakes as we all
have different ways of working, but here are some suggestions to help
you get the best from CakeFrame.
For some designs it will be obvious that you should build your cake
and structure at the same time and cover it once the shape is complete
(such as the Teddy Bear cake).
However, on other designs you may choose to decorate your cakes off
the structure and add them to the design after icing it and allowing it to
go firm (such as the Wedding cake or Chandelier cake).
The collar and “loose” platform allows you to do this easily, as you
simply slot the cake (on its platform) over the rod and onto the collar.
When slotted in place, gravity will hold the platform and cake in place.
You may want to use a Cake Smoother on top of the cake you’re
adding.
Blanking Caps: don’t forget that these are suitable for both the base
board and platforms. They allow the baseboard (or platform in some
designs) to be covered smoothly with icing once pushed into place.
They are not necessary when placing a platform amongst your cake
structure (such as the Teddy Bear) but are more suitable when the
underside of a platform carrying cake, would be exposed (such as the
Sweetie Explosion) as they seal off any unwanted holes in the platform
and stop your cake from drying out. Please note, none of the
instructions show blanking caps being used. It is presumed that each
platform and baseboard will be started with this already being done.
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Making holes in cakes that have already been iced:
If you are dealing with a bottom or middle tier of a cake, it doesn’t
matter that the hole for your rod makes a hole through the icing, as
the next tier will cover it. You can ensure that the rod is in the correct
place by pushing a BBQ skewer up through the correct hole on the
platform (that the decorated cake is sat on) push up all the way through
the cake, then guide your rod over the skewer until its all the way down
through the cake and can be secured in place.
If you are building cake layers and structuring CakeFrame as you go,
then you can stack your cake in one of 2 ways:
1. Push each layer of cake over the rod (you can use a platform as
a guide) so that you get the hole in the right place and the cake
is supported by the platform, meaning the cake won’t split as you
push it over the rod; or
2. Cut your cakes in halves then make small “V” cuts into the
centre cut of each half to accommodate the rod. Then layer your
cake in a “brick laying format” in the desired design see picture
(see pictures below).
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Planning Your Own Cakes
Now that you’ve had a play with CakeFrame you’ll see how easy it’s
going to be to design your own cakes whether that be a carved novelty
cake or a tiered cake with a difference.
However wonderful as this product is, it will not defy the laws of
physics so there are some things to bear in mind when you plan your
cakes.
1. If your structure has its weight centrally balanced as close to the
base board as possible, it will be more structurally sound than if
the weight is high and off centre.
2. The height of your cake will also have an affect. If there is no
weight to the bottom of the cake whilst it may be still be
structurally sound transporting it may prove difficult. (We’ll come
to transporting your cakes in the next section).
It’s like a skyscraper. Did you know that a skyscraper moves around 5ft
from left to right at the top? So if a building moves this much imagine
your structure in the car!
The beauty of CakeFrame is that you can do all of the planning more
practically, with actual pieces in your hand, testing it with weights,
where you plan to put them, small packets of icing or tins stacked onto
the platform will work well.
Because there is no gluing or cutting required you can slot all the joints,
platforms and rods together to see if your designs will work before you
even get baking! When you do bake, you’re safe in the knowledge that
your structure will hold the desired weight and will make your cake
stand proud!
Most of the retailers should have all CakeFrame parts available for you
to see and try out so that you’ll know what pieces you will need before
you make a purchase.
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Transporting Your Cakes
Transporting a cake is actually the worst thing you could do to it and
yet how many of us are lucky enough to make a cake that only has to
travel from the kitchen to the table!
Cake doesn’t like vibration and the constant humming of a car engine
can be enough to shake a soft structure, cracking the icing, making
things fall off or even worse. CakeFrame, if used correctly will be
secure, so that it should be able to cope with all of this. There is a slight
freedom of movement in the joints, meaning that it will cushion any
movement or vibration.
However, this comes with a word of warning…If you have built a really
top heavy structure, with nothing but a rod attached to the base board
you will find that whilst standing still the structure is secure, the vibrations and movements of the car may not agree with it. When you get
to the other end of your journey you are likely to find that whilst the
structure is still in place any delicate decoration you have made or any
icing on the cakes may have cracked.
As I say, CakeFrame is strong and doesn’t mind being moved about, but
cake itself is not so durable.
That’s where the other added bonus of CakeFrame fits in. Whilst the
rods and joints slot together to form a strong joint, you haven’t glued
anything together, so they can be taken apart just as easily. Why not
build this feature into your design, allowing you to transport your cakes
separately, slotting your intact, perfect cakes, together on site!
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Materials Of Choice
Cake Lace:
The pre-mixed gold was used on the Steam Punk Clock cake, piped
through a #1.5 nozzle.
Isomalt:
I used pearlised Isomalt nibs on the Chandelier Cake, with bead moulds
from Marvelous Molds.
White Isomalt was used on the castle cake.
Airbrush Colours:
A selection of Dinkydoodle paints were used to airbrush the following
cakes:
Toadstools: red, orange and yellow
Castle : sky blue pearl
Topiary Tree: duck egg blue for distressing the pot.
Fast Food: yellow and brown mix for the fires, burger bun and popcorn
glaze.
Lustre Dusts:
A selection of Dinkydoodle Lustre dusts were used on the following
cakes:
Steampunk Clock: bronze, copper, bright silver, silver.
Topiary Tree : bronze for the base coat of the pot.
Roberta: silver
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