In this video we focus on creating realistic blackberry leaves. This tutorial will take you through the process of crafting these intricate details, perfect for adorning a variety of cake designs.
To start, knead the paste until it's smooth and pliable before pressing it into the mould. If the paste is too sticky, a small amount of cornflour or icing sugar can be kneaded in. If it's too dry, a small amount of shortening can be kneaded in.
The paste should be pressed into the mould evenly to ensure a uniform thickness. Start in the centre and extend to the edges using a cosmetic sponge. Insert a wire into the paste while it is still in the mould using the moulds wire channel as a guide until it is about half way into the leaf. This will provide support for the leaf and allow for greater flexibility when arranging the leaves later on. Before removing the paste from the mould, use a poinsettia back veiner to add texture to the back of the leaf. This tool will create realistic vein patterns, enhancing the overall appearance of the leaf.
Flex the mould gently to pop out the shape. This will give you the basic leaf, complete with a supporting wire. Make as many leaves as you need in the same way before allowing to dry.
For colouring the leaves, start with a base colour of foliage green, applying it over the central area of the leaf. Then use a darker green to highlight around the edge and in a stripe down the centre of the leaf. Add a little plum colour down the very base of the leaf, about halfway down, and a touch of chocolate brown here and there, especially around the edges.
To give the leaves a realistic look burn little holes and 'bug bites' into the leaf using a hot skewer or a stencil wood burning tool.
To finish off, lightly spray the leaves with lacquer. This sets the colour and gives the leaves a glossy finish. The finished blackberry leaves can be used to adorn a variety of cakes, adding a touch of natural beauty to any design.