This video tutorial provides a comprehensive guide on creating a realistic, lifelike bamboo decoration using sugar paste and the Flower Pro Bamboo mould. This three-dimensional decoration can be incorporated into a variety of cake designs, adding a unique and natural touch to the overall presentation. The process involves shaping, colouring, texturing, and glazing the bamboo to achieve a realistic look. The bamboo decoration can then be used in different cake designs, surrounded by chocolate rocks or paired with a spray of purple Vanda orchids.
Begin by preparing the sugar paste for the bamboo. Knead the paste until it's soft and pliable, then add a small amount of Tylose powder to help it hold its shape. Once the paste is prepared, it's time to use the Flower Pro Bamboo mould to shape the bamboo.
Press the prepared sugar paste into one half of the mould, ensuring it's fully filled to capture all the details. Insert an 18-gauge wire into the paste, which will provide support for the bamboo stalk. Rmove from the mould and allow this half of the bamboo to dry completely.
Next, prepare more sugar paste and press it into the same bamboo mould. While this half is still in the mould and still soft, attach the dried half to it, using edible glue. This will create a three-dimensional bamboo stalk.
When fully dry, use a mixture of moss green and egg yellow dust colours to achieve a natural bamboo colour. Apply the dust colours with a large soft brush, making sure to cover the entire stalk.
Lightly steam the entire piece. This will set the dust colours and give the bamboo a slight sheen. After steaming, lightly spray the bamboo with a spray lacquer to give it a natural lustre.
Once the bamboo decoration is complete, it can be incorporated into a cake design. For example, it can be placed on top of a cake, along with a spray of purple Vanda orchids.
See our other Bamboo video tutorial to explore other uses of bamboo in cake decorating, such as using it for cake boards, cake sides, cookies, and cupcakes.