Friday, September 21, 2012

How to make a tiara for a Princess cake

I get asked quite often how did I make the gumpaste tiara for this cake that I made for a Bridal Shower a few months ago.
Here are some step by step pictures I took of the process hoping that maybe you can learn how to make your own.

To make the tiara, you will need:

.small brush and water
.tiara template
.a container the size of the tiara you want to make
.clay extruder
.exacto knife
.piping gel
.silver dragees
.pastry bag
.tip #1

1- I started by making my own tiara template, you can easily download one online.I just downloaded a few tiara pictures and copied a combination of designs until I had the one I wanted.

 I needed my tiara to fit a 4" inch round cake, so I used an empty platic yogurt container as my mold.. If you need a larger one, adjust your container size accordingly

2-When you have the template that you want already trace in parchment paper,wrap it around your can and tape it in place.

3-I kneaded some shortening with my gumpaste to help it come out of the clay extruder better. I also lightly greased the inside of the barrel of the clay extruder.

4-I made the first rope and placed it around the whole bottom edge of the tiara.

5- I then started making the ropes, cutting them with the exacto knife and adjusting the sizes to the pattern.

6-I found easy for me to work in sections. I worked from the center of the tiara out.
I did the first pattern carefully curving  the rope into the shape I wanted, I shaped the end pieces using my fingers and cutting pieces here and there until I had the shape I needed it..
I used a dab of water at every point where pieces touched each other to stick them together..

7-When I finished the center, I did the sides of the tiara.

8- I continued making/curving ropes and adjusting them to the design.

9-When I was done , I let the tiara sit for 2 days. Do not rush this drying time or the tiara could break.

10-When the tiara was dried to hold its shape, I removed the tape holding the parchment paper to the back of the yogurt container. I  then slided the parchment paper and tiara off the end of the container  and peeled the parchment paper off..

11-Let the tiara sit and dry for 1 more day.

12-When the tiara was completely dry,I airbrushed it with pearl color.

13-I used a pastry bag with piping gel,tip #1 and tweezers to attached the silver dragees.
My tiara was very strong and turned out better than what I had expected.

I used royal icing to attached my tiara to the cake.

Happy tiara making and share pictures with me if you get to make one.


Ozlem said...


Unknown said...

You're awesome.

Cake Fixation said...

So pretty! Thank you!

francy said...

bellissima!!!!sei davvero brava..ti seguo sempre!

Unknown said...

This is so pretty!!! I will have to remember this tutorial, I tried to make one for a cake I was doing couple of months ago and it held together ok, but didn't get as stiff and I wanted to!! Next time I know to let it sit for 2 days!!

Carsedra of:

Colleen said...

Beautiful! Thanks so much for the tutorial!

Unknown said...

That is awesome, I know two little girls who would love me to make this!

Anonymous said...

Not only is the tiara stunning but so too is the entire cake Kathia! Any girl, young or old would love to be presented with this on a special occasion.
Wonderful and very interesting tutorial. ~ Paula

Jenniffer said...

This is SO pretty! What a great tutorial!!

Aurora said...

Waoooo,es espectacular,muchas gracias por el tutorial,en Noviembre es el cumple de mi sobrina y cumplirá 6 años, me vendrá genial para su tarta,aunque no se si me saldrá tan bien como la tuya,es preciosa!!!!

Dream of cakes said...

So beautiful! Thank you for the tutorial. It will help a lot!

Barbara Bakes said...

Extraordinarily beautiful! You make it look so easy in the tutorial.

Melissa said...

Such a great tutorial!

SweetThingsTO said...

Wow - the cake is just gorgeous!

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Lovely!! perfect!!


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