If you follow me on Instagram @DAISY_AND_FRED you'll know that my other love, aside from wedding cake and cake in general, is teacup candles.
The obsession started when I got married last year and wanted teacup candles at my wedding. So, I had a go at making them, they turned out OK and I was impressed with them.
Since then, not only am I chief cake decorator to my friends wedding cakes but, chief teacup candle maker too.
So I though why not combine my two loves? And I've put it into a tutorial for you lovely lot.
I used a cake pop mix for the teacup as it's easier to mould and shape. It also saves trying to carve a cake or find a tin in an unusual shape. If you don't know how to make a cake pop mix here goes....
Crumble your cake into fine pieces, add a blob of butter cream (ignore the fact that mine is orange – it was left over from Halloween) With clean hands, mush them together making sure all the crumbs are in the mixture.
Line your chosen teacup (if I were to do this again I'd use a vintage teacup – you'll see why soon),with cling-film and add the cake mixture to the teacup. Leave about 1/2cm gap at the top. Use the excess cling-film to cover the cake and put it in the fridge to set.
The saucer: Use a 50/50 mix of sugar paste and flower paste as you don't want a floppy saucer. I used the bottom of my saucer as a mould and template but I found this a little bit big. If I were to do it again I would do it the right way up. Either way, just make sure you use plenty of cornflour between the saucer and the paste to ensure it doesn't stick. This will need to be left to set over night.
Take your cake out of the fridge and cover it with your chosen fondant, doesn't matter what colour as long as you know how to decorate it. Find a round cutter, roughly 1cm bigger than your cup, to trim the excess fondant. My largest cutter was still smaller than my teacup so I had to cut it free hand. It was messy – this is why you should use a vintage teacup, they are thinner.
Add some grease proof paper to the exposed part of your cake and find something to elevate your cake on. Mould down the edges of your teacup for a realistic look. Let it sit over night to harden up as it will be easier to paint on.
Add your handle, yours will probably be different to mine so pay attention to what yours looks like. For mine, I rolled a sausage and flatten one end. Add it straight away so that it has time to adhere over night, use something to balance it on.
On to the painting: If you're not comfortable with painting, you don't have to, just do what is easiest for you. I used baking paper (use grease proof as it's more translucent than baking paper) to trace the outline of the rose pattern on my teacup.
Prepare the area of your teacup, you want the painting to go on, by rubbing it with TREX. Then rub it off again, don't be tempted to miss this step out as your stencil will not transfer.
Add a little TREX either side of your drawing (the side you drew on) to help it stick to the teacup better, as gently as possible, smooth over the drawing. If you want, you can re-trace the lines to help the picture transfer better.
Hopefully, once you lift the paper off you should see an imprint of the picture. Use this as your template for painting.
I use petal dust mixed with vodka for an edible paint.
I'd suggest spraying your dried teacup with an edible glaze to make it more realistic.
Use what ever colour fondant to make the 'wax'
I used a lolly pop stick for the 'wick' -not edible but food safe
take a ball of yellow fondant and roll it into a tear drop shape. I added some orange petal dust to make it look realistic.
Serve to an unsuspecting tea guest.
I served it to my in laws and they had no idea it was a cake, they thought the teacup was real!!
Let me know how you get on.
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