Having problems using silicone cake decorating moulds to create decorative elements and textures for your cakes?
I have a LOT of experience with using silicone moulds for cake decorating, as a former design team member for Katy Sue Designs (a UK based silicone mould manufacturer).
OK, so now you have seen one of the silicone moulds in use, lets get down to sharing my TOP TIPS with you:
I know that silicone moulds can be expensive, I get that. However, in reality, the saying ‘buy cheap – buy twice’ is really relevant here!
Not only are you damaging the original manufacturer’s business by buying these counterfeit copies (most often found on online selling/auction sites and secondary sellers on websites like Amazon), they are sub-standard quality. The silicone they use is different and quite often not even food safe. This can be potentially harmful. They are also nowhere near as flexible, making them far more difficult to use.
So if you only take one thing away from this blog, please let it be this. Buy wisely and safely.
It is really easy to get carried away with the HUGE array of exciting designs, with new additions being released all the time.
So, I would advise you to think carefully first, and choose moulds that you know you will get good use from.
A lot of moulds can be used in many different ways, so a few well chosen pieces will serve you well in your cake decorating journey.
I find that texture mats are really useful, and can be used on many different styled cakes and cupcakes with great success.
I also love border moulds, as they make it so easy to give a perfect finish to the bottom of your cake (as well as hiding any imperfections!)
There is nothing more frustrating than carefully getting your paste into the mould, only to find it won’t come out! This can be particularly common with intricate designs.
My tips for this are:
If you have used cornflour in your mould, you may find that some of the cornflour sticks to your paste. This is particularly noticeable if you are using dark coloured paste.
To remove the cornflour, you can:
I generally tend to use a small amount of water to attach moulded sugar paste items to cakes/cupcakes.
If the piece you are attaching is quite large (eg from a plaque mould) you could also use piping gel.
Alternatively, leave to dry and use Royal Icing to stick in place.