I don't really know how to decorate cakes properly. I've always been to lazy to fuss with pastry bags so my cakes always look very "organic." My favorite move is to dab an offset spatula around a cake to make a texture and cover the top with fruit so you don't see any of the sins underneath. This technique has served me pretty well over the years.
However, every time I go into little gift shops, I always see these cute little cake toppers. They usually say Happy Birthday or Congratulations but they are nothing more than skewered bits of plastic. Well these little guys will make my desserts look way better! I decided to go home and make a much prettier, more custom version of my own.
- 2 colors of Sculpey, a polymer clay you can bake at home. FInd it at any craft store.
- cookie cutters
To marble clay, use two contrasting colors. Since I made this for Valentine's day, I chose a red and a pearly iridescent white. Knead your Sculpey until it is soft and pliable.
Step 1: Roll them out into two even ropes.
Step 2: Twist those two ropes together.
Step 3: Press down and turn that twist until it becomes one long rope.
Step 4: Halve your rope into itself and twist. Knead into one long rope again.
Step 5: Repeat steps until you get the marbleization that you wish. This may take up to three to six twists.
Step 6: Roll your rope into a ball and flatten with a rolling pin or drinking glass. You want it a little thicker than your skewer (about 1/4 of an inch).
Step 7: Press your chosen cookie cutters into the Sculpey. Re-roll and cut as needed.
Step 8: Insert the skewer into the center of your letter carefully. REMOVE skewer, we are just making pilot holes.
STEP 9: Bake in an oven safe glass dish at 275 degrees for 15 minutes. Remove and let cool completely in dish.
Step 10: Once cooled and hardened, reinsert your skewers, I had enough leftover to make a heart.
You're all set to put them in cakes, cupcakes, even a vase for a fun flower arrangement.
Isn't the marbling gorgeous?! Store them to use at any time of the year.