Cake designer Sarah Lu shares her foolproof technique for using a cake lace mat to make perfect edible lace.
Edible lace is an extremely impressive cake decoration that is actually easier to make than you’d expect. It all starts with a cake lace mat, of which there are a vast variety online.
You can pick up the lace mix at the store or online. It’s best to buy it white, and color it with gel color or luster dust to get just the right color for your cake design.
When you have your supplies:
Scoop some edible lace mix on your offset spatula, and spread it all the way across the cake lace mat. Work quickly in one direction, filling all the crevices of the mould.
Apply some pressure to work the batter into the details of the mat so there are no air bubbles, which would cause the lace to break when removed.
Make sure to scrape off all the extra lace batter so that you don’t get bits and pieces in your lace once it’s dry.
Bake the lace at 275°F for about 7-10 minutes or let it dry overnight. Test it to make sure it’s solid by removing a small section of the lace before trying to peel the whole thing out of the mould.
This part is not hard, but does require a great deal of patience, as edible lace is quite delicate. Peel it slowly from the cake lace mat, making sure not to rip it.
Once it’s out of the mould you can paint it with a little luster mixed with vodka, or dust it with some pearl dust.
You can also gently fold it to create a flower shape for a Mexican-style cake. This would work great with some colorful sugar flowers.
In her cake design, Sarah Lu paints the lace with gold luster and cuts it into some geometric shapes for a splash of modern elegance.
To apply the lace:
Dab piping gel around the borders and in the center where you will lightly press it to your cake. A scalpel is just one of many non-cake related tools that is super helpful in the world of cake decorating.
Sugar lace is also an excellent embellishment on a glamorous glitter cake!
What’s your experience using a cake lace mat for edible lace? Share your decorating adventures in the comments section!