This week I figured we'd take a break from the geek themes and instead feature some Sweets that showcase amazing piping skills. This kind of cake art is becoming pretty rare in these days of all-fondant cakes, so it's nice to be reminded of the painstaking talent that a lot of the more traditional bakers possess. The designs can be deceptively simple, but it takes a practiced hand and a lot of patience to get results like these.
First, let's start off with some lovely scroll work and piped pearls:
Here's a fondant-free example:
That's all hand-piped! Here, check out the detail:
I love the color on this next one:
And last is the most technically difficult of today's bunch:
For the scroll border, royal icing is layered on a flat surface, dried, and then carefully adhered to the base with more icing. Have I mentioned that this stuff is incredibly fragile? 'Cuz it is. I've been told that for a cake like this, you have to do the string work onsite; the slightest bump or jarring would cause them all the break right off.
Well, hopefully you have a better appreciation for piping art now! Thanks to today's bakers!