Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Peacock feather "How to" for cupcakes & cakes

This lovely tutorial comes to us from Autumn Carpenter (my gorgeous friend I met in the USA last year). You can find both of Autumn designs for the Peacock feather cutters and impression mats in the Kiwicakes catalogue here. This tutorial is reprinted with express permission from Autumn Carpenter. 



Peacock Feather Cupcakes




Tools & Ingredients

Autumn Carpenter's Peacock Feather Cutter Set
Autumn Carpenter's Peacock Feather Texture Mats
Rolled fondant
Gum paste
Rolling pin
Pasta machine (optional)
Non-stick cooking spray
Sharp paring knife
Piping gel
Food grade paint brushes
Dropper
Paint tray
Grain spirits or lemon oil
Toothpicks
Super green dusting powder
Gold dusting powder
Navy glitter
Teal glitter
Gold glitter
Lilac glitter


Roll gum paste or fondant very thin. If using a pasta machine, thin to a #4. 
Lay gum paste or fondant down on a powdered sugar dusted surface or mat. 
Lay lightly sprayed texture mat on top of fondant and using even pressure, roll pin over mat. 
Use cutter to cut the textured piece. 
Use paring knife to fray ends of feather. 
Using a small brush, fill in the center of the eyespot with piping gel. 
Sprinkle navy glitter on top of the gel then turn feather over to rid of excess dust. Allow dust to dry for 5 minutes then repeat the steps until all four colors of the eyespot have been completed. 
Mix your paint by placing a ¼ teaspoon of dusting powder into a cavity of the paint tray and dropping enough grain spirit or lemon oil into the powder to make a paintable consistency. 
Use paint brush to paint the larger part of the feather super green. 
Mix a small amount of gold dusting powder into a small amount of super green to make a golden highlight; use a medium brush to cover the feather.
Ice cupcakes using tip 1M. Lay feather into just piped icing.




Peacock Cake


Tools and Ingredients
Autumn Carpenter's Peacock Feather Cutter Set
Autumn Carpenter's Peacock Feather Texture Mats
Rolled fondant
Gum paste
Rolling pin
Pasta machine (optional)
Non-stick cooking spray
Sharp paring knife
Piping gel
Food grade paint brushes
Food dropper
Dusting powder in the following colours:
Midnight blue
Peacock blue
Gold
Fuschia mixed w/pearl
Teal
Super green
Charcoal
Super blue
Paint tray
Grain spirits or lemon oil
Toothpicks
White floral wire
Assorted round cutters, 1" and under
Parchment paper
Black and ivory food coloring


Hand mould body of peacock in gum paste. 
Use the opening of a round tip to detail the marks on the peacock body. Use paring knife to distinguish the beak from the head. 
Attach peacock to cake using piping gel.
Roll gum paste or fondant very thin. If using a pasta machine, thin to a #4. Lay gum paste or fondant down on a powdered sugar dusted surface or mat. 
Lay lightly sprayed texture mat on top of fondant and using even pressure, roll pin over mat. Use cutter to cut the textured piece. Use paring knife to fray ends of feather; gently separating some of the frayed pieces away from each other. 
Starting at the outer edge of the cake, attach feathers with piping gel. Continue to layer feathers toward the body until all are attached. Use the ¾" and 1" cutters to cut circles to form smaller feathers near the body and attach with piping gel. 
Allow all pieces to dry overnight.

Cut various pieces of parchment paper to slide under your feathers before painting. This will help minimize the amount of paint/dust that gets on the cake. Mix your paint by placing a ¼ teaspoon of dusting powder into a cavity of the paint tray and dropping enough grain spirit or lemon oil into the powder to make a paintable consistency. Use a drop of grain spirit or lemon oil to thin out the tip of your brush when it gets difficult to keep details.
Using black food colouring and a fine tip paint brush, outline the eye. Use ivory food coloring to fill in the pupil. Use super blue dusting powder paint finish the body. Use the super green dusting powder paint to do the feathers on the body. Mix a small amount of gold into a small amount of super green to brush golden highlights over the feather.
When painting the feathers, use a fine tip paint brush and follow the outlines made from the texture mat. Repeat this step until the eyespot of the feather is complete. Use a larger brush to paint the larger part of the feather super green. Mix a small amount of gold dusting powder into a small amount of super green to make a golden highlight; use a medium brush to cover the feather.
To complete the peacocks crest, brush white cloth-covered floral wire with charcoal dusting powder. Roll small balls of fondant into piping gel then coat them in super blue dusting powder. Insert floral wire into balls and cut wire to length needed. Use straight pin to make a hole in the top of the head and insert wire. Repeat until crest is complete.
To finish peacock, simply free-hand cut feathers using the opening of a round tip and paring knife to detail. Brush with dusting powder paint and attach to body with piping gel.





Cascading 3-Tier Peacock Cake


Tools and Ingredients
Autumn Carpenter's Peacock Feather Cutter Set
Autumn Carpenter's Peacock Feather Texture Mats
Rolled fondant
Gum paste
Rolling pin
Pasta machine (optional)
Cooking spray
Sharp paring knife
Piping gel
Food grade paint brushes
Food dropper
Dusting powder in the following colors:
Midnight blue
Peacock blue
Gold
Fuschia mixed w/pearl
Teal
Super green
Charcoal
Super blue
Paint tray
Grain spirits or lemon oil
Toothpicks
White floral wire
Assorted round cutters, 1" and under
Parchment paper
Black and ivory food coloring

Hand mould body of peacock in gum paste to about 5" tall from top to bottom. You will need to place a wooden skewer up the center of the body to support the head. Use the opening of a round tip to detail the marks on the peacock body. Use paring knife to distinguish the beak from the head.
Roll gum paste or fondant very thin. If using a pasta machine, thin to a #4. Using a ¼" small round cutter, cut circles that will be used for the smaller layered feathers. Use paring knife to fray edges of circles. Use piping gel to attach smaller circles to the body overlapping them. Insert body of peacock into the top layer of the cake along the edge.
For larger cut feathers, lay gum paste or fondant down on a powdered sugar dusted surface or mat. Lay lightly sprayed texture mat on top of fondant and using even pressure, roll pin over mat. Use cutter to cut the textured piece. Use paring knife to fray ends of feather; gently separating some of the frayed pieces away from each other. Starting at the bottom of the cake, attach feathers with piping gel. Continue to layer feathers on top of each other until all are attached. Attach body to the top of cake, lining it up with the cascading feathers. Use the ¾" and 1" cutters to cut circles to form smaller feathers near the body and attach with piping gel. Allow all pieces to dry overnight.
Cut various pieces of parchment paper to slide under your feathers before painting. This will help minimize the amount of paint/dust that gets on the cake. Mix your paint by placing a ¼ teaspoon of dusting powder into a cavity of the paint tray and dropping enough grain spirit or lemon oil into the powder to make a paintable consistency. Use a drop of grain spirit or lemon oil to thin out the tip of your brush when it gets difficult to keep details.
Using black food coloring and a fine tip paint brush, outline the eye. Use ivory food coloring to fill in the pupil. Use super blue dusting powder paint finish the body. Use the super green dusting powder paint to do the feathers on the body. Mix a small amount of gold into a small amount of super green to brush golden highlights over the feather.
When painting the feathers, use a fine tip paint brush and follow the outlines made from the texture mat. Repeat this step until the eyespot of the feather is complete. Use a larger brush to paint the larger part of the feather super green. Mix a small amount of gold dusting powder into a small amount of super green to make a golden highlight; use a medium brush to cover the feather.
To complete the peacocks crest, brush white cloth-covered floral wire with charcoal dusting powder. Roll small balls of fondant into piping gel then coat them in super blue dusting powder. Insert floral wire into balls and cut wire to length needed. Use straight pin to make a hole in the top of the head and insert wire. Repeat until crest is complete.
To finish peacock, simply free-hand cut feathers using the opening of a round tip and paring knife to detail. Brush with dusting powder paint and attach to body with piping gel.
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