This is our latest post for Siamnovella. We are providing a tutorial that will aid readers if they wish to make a unique celebration cake design – a Pillow cake. Pillow cakes are wonderful and eye catching. They appear highly detailed and complexed to construct, when in reality they are actually rather simple in nature. This tutorial guide will describe to readers how to create a square pillow cake which will have curved sides. For readers who would prefer a pillow with straight sides, simply omit where necessary the stages that remove the curves from the cake design.
Some of the following info was provided by a professional bakery and its staff. For more helpful tips, look on online for Birthday cakes London and you will find the Cake in a Box website. The following utensils have been recommended by their team.
What you will need:
- Food Colour
- Sugar-paste smoother
- Use of a chill/fridge
- 1 x Confectionery rolling pin
- 1 x knife
- Kitchen toothpicks
Firstly, we must make the cake. We achieved this by using a double layered 8″ cake which was filled with cream and jam. filled cake. Once prepared, the cake must be placed in a chill/freezer to harden.
The cake is now frozen and ready to work with. Use a ruler to measure 1″ in from the edge. Mark the area then place a toothpick on this location. You will repeat this process with the remaining 3 sides.
With the toothpicks inserted and aligned, the next task is to mark a curved line from the toothpick to the corner closest to it and then a curved line to the opposite corner. To achieve this a knife will be required. Again, repeat this process with the remaining 3 sides.
With the curved lines marked on the cake, you will now cut down into the cake – using the cured lines as a guide. As done previously, repeat this process with the remaining 3 sides.
View this online video for more helpful info:
The next task is to cut the cakes edges with a knife, so as to taper it. Don’t be afraid to continue carving until you have the look you want. The cake will now be turned over and the process repeated for the remaining corners.
When you have the shape you are happy with, you are ready to stick to a cake board. This can be achieved by using icing or a jam. Once done, the sugar-paste will be rolled and prepared for use in covering the cake.
To make it less difficult to smooth the cake underside, simply elevate the cake in a way that allows you to carefully sugar-paste. It is advisable to work and smooth the sugar-paste from the cakes centre area, out to the the corner edges. Be sure to take care when smoothing the corners and then cut away any extra unwanted sugar-paste.
Now we are ready to begin the decoration of the pillow cake. For this tutorial, the overall design is going to be minimalistic.
What you will need:
- Edible Dust/lustre (pink, pearl)
- Sugar-paste colours
- Edible Glue
- Confectionery brush
- Decorative pearls
- Edible dragee decorations
With the utensils sourced, the first thing to do is mix your edible lustre. Take the pink and pearl dust and mix until you get the colour and sheen you are happy with. When it is ready you can dust the pillow all over.
You are now going to make some sugar-paste curls. Simply roll out some sugar-paste into a string then cut and curl. the curls can be attached to the cake with edible glue. This action will be repeated until the pillow is circle is covered.
At this stage we will use the edible glue to attach a small flattened sugar-paste sphere to the middle of the cake. Now take a pre-made pearl, dipped in edible glue, and attach it to the centre of the pillow. You may glaze it with a dust mixture and then attach some edible dragees around the pearl decoration.
The sugar curls you made earlier will now be painted.
to add tassels to the pillow, it is again needed to roll out some sugar-paste into a string like format. Again, these can be attached with edible glue. Allow time for them to set.
After attaching the tassels to the cake, you can now add one pearl to each for decoration. Your pillow cake design is now completed and should be left to harden.
Although more detailed than required, the pillow cake should resemble the cake below is shape:
We trust you have found this guide informative and hope you enjoyed making your pillow cake. For more detailed information please contact us through the various channels.