Claire Bowman Cake Lace Butterflies ♥

Depending on how into cakes and cake decorating you are, you may have seen some beautiful wedding cakes or cupcakes with delicate lace detail on. If you’ve ever wondered how this edible lace is made, I can now tell you! I recently got try try out a Claire Bowman lace starter kit that I was sent from the nice people at Cake Craft. I picked the butterfly kit as I thought that these would look lovely on little cupcake swirls.

The kit includes everything you need to make the lace; a lace spreader, a tub of lace, and a silicone lace mat. Making the cake lace was surprisingly easy and quick to do. I’d seen demonstrations of making the lace before at cake exhibitions, but I always thought the expert probably made it look easier than it really is. But luckily, if I can do it, I think anyone can.. it’s so simple!


To make 100g of Cake Lace:

1. Place 50ml of water and 4 tablespoons of the lace powder
into a bowl
2. Mix thoroughly for 2 minutes
3. Add half a teaspoon of the lace liquid

4. Mix further for 5 minutes until the Cake Lace looks smooth
5. Pour some Cake Lace mixture onto the mat and spread with the Cake Lace knife
  
6. Placed mat in a preheated oven at between 70°C – 80°C  for 15 minutes)
7. Push the back of the mat to release the lace gently

8. To adhere the Cake Lace to your cake use a little water straight onto
the covered sugarpaste cake, place the Cake Lace on and press gently.

Once made, the lace will remain pliable for a few months, so you can still use any extra lace in future. You can also use powder or gel pastes to achieve pastel coloured lace. You can apply the lace to sugarpaste, ganache, and swiss meringue, however, I applied my lace to buttercream, which looked pretty at first, but as the buttercream is moist this made the butterflies a bit droopy once stored in a container. Next time I’ll try it on sugarpaste!

Overall I’m really impressed with this kit. It’s so easy to create such a professional and delicate cake decoration, and in less than 30 minutes too. My family were all pretty amazed too, and it’s hard to believe they’re edible and made at home. I really love the variety of butterflies in the mould too, as you get various sizes and different designs, which would look beautiful scattered over a tiered wedding cake.

Cake Craft are selling these sets for £39.99, usual retail price would be £48.28.


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7 Comments

  1. September 9, 2014 / 1:02 pm

    This is so neat! I love it!

  2. September 9, 2014 / 6:47 pm

    Can I just eat all the cupcakes, please and thank you <3 hahaha

  3. September 9, 2014 / 9:18 pm

    What a beautiful topping. Your cupcakes always look so fab.
    Rosezeeta.

  4. September 27, 2014 / 9:16 pm

    So pretty!! Good post. 🙂 florencemayvintage.blogspot.co.uk

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