Lilac - Sugar Filler Flowers Part 6
This video provides a detailed, step-by-step guide to crafting a lifelike lilac for cake decorating using the Katy Sue Designs Flower Pro Ultimate Filler Flower Mould. The process involves the preparation of wires, the creation of buds and flowers from paste, and the assembly and colouring of the final product.
This project begins with the preparation of quarter-length 28-gauge wires. A 14-inch length wire is cut into four equal parts. Small hooks are then made at the ends of each wire, which can be done by taking four or five wires at a time.
For the lilac buds, a number three size ball of paste is used. This is measured on a size guide, with one third below and two thirds above the guide. A small amount of vegetable shortening is applied to the paste, which is then rolled into a slight sausage shape with a little cornflour on the fingers. This is placed into the medium cavity of the mould with four segments.
The rounded end of the tool is used to lightly pack the paste into the mould. A small amount of egg white is brushed onto the hook of the prepared wire, which is then inserted into the middle of the paste. The mould is flexed three or four times to ensure the paste is pushed around the wire. The paste is then removed from the mould and stretched down to about 12 millimeters in length to form the lilac bud.
For the lilac flower, a number six size piece of paste is used. This is worked with a little bit of vegetable shortening to form a small carrot shape, about 15 millimeters in length. The end of the paste is flattened, and a needle tool is used to press into the middle to open it up. The paste is then cut into four sections using a pair of small scissors, creating a flower shape.
The flower is then placed into the four-cavity mould, and a Dresden tool is used to press the paste into the mould. This not only gives the correct shape but also adds veining to the petals. The flower is then removed from the mould and placed onto a pad. A ball tool is used to work back and forth on each of the four petals, creating the shape of the blossom.
A 28-gauge hooked wire, brushed with a little egg white, is threaded down through the middle of the flower. The excess paste at the back of the flower is trimmed off. A short, pointed yellow stamen is then inserted into the middle of the lilac flower. The flowers are then left to dry for about 90 minutes to 2 hours before assembly and colouring.
For colouring, equal amounts of pink and purple dust are mixed together to create a lilac lavender colour. This is brushed over the top two-thirds of the buds and flowers, leaving the bottom third the original natural colour. A little bit of the straight purple colour is then added to the edge of the petals and the tip of the bud. Apple green dust is brushed at the base of the bud and the flowers.
Finally, the lilac is gently steamed to set the colour. This completes the process of making a lilac with the Katy Sue Designs Flower Pro Ultimate Filler Flower Mould. The lilac can be used in a head or in smaller groups in sprays, offering a versatile addition to any floral arrangement for cakes.