Thank you

for helping the JLP Quality & Technical Department

raise money for City YMCA London.

Thank you so much for making a donation to this fundraising initiative.  I hope these videos will encourage you to have a go at creating edible cake decorations and that you pick up a few decorating tips.  Don't worry about making mistakes, just keep practising and eat anything that doesn't turn out quite right!

You will find the recipe for Devils Food Cake & vanilla buttercream frosting at the bottom of this page.

Making Gnome Decorations

Sugarpaste decorations keep for months once dry & hard so you can make your decorations ahead of time and store them in an airtight box somewhere out of direct sunlight until you need them.

Make a Gnome!

Crumb Coating a Cake

This first (thin) layer of frosting is put on to seal the cake so that no cake crumbs spoil the top layer of frosting.  This technique is known as 'crumb coating'.  Chill your cake for 10 minutes before going on to the next stage.

Crumb coating the Cake with buttercream frosting

Frosting the Cake

It usually takes me about 10 - 15 minutes to complete this stage.  I dip my spatula in very hot water (& then dry it on paper towel) to warm it.  This helps smooth the surface of the frosting.

Frosting the Cake with buttercream frosting

Decorating the Cake

The soft texture of buttercream frosting means that decorations can be stuck on/into the frosting.

Tweezers are very useful for positioning small decorations!

Decorating the Cake

A frosted, decorated cake will be at its best within about 48 hours of completion.  It can be stored in the fridge but will taste best served at room temperature.

The cake was decorated using a combination of handmade decorations (the Gnomes, log, mushrooms, grass, pebbles), decorations made using cutters (leaves, flowers, snowflakes) and moulds (pine branches, pine cones) and commercially produced decorations (100s & 1000s, Chocoballs, sugar snowflakes, edible glitter spray).

RECIPE