Using Sugarcraft Moulds!

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Sugarcraft moulds have become an extremely popular way to add decoration to cakes in recent years. There are several ways to use the many different types of moulds available, and there are moulds for just about every theme you can think of.

The majority of moulds are flexible silicone, therefore making it extremely easy to remove the paste. However, a few are rigid plastic, where you may have to tap the edge of the mould on the work surface to remove. Any problem, use a pin in one corner to flick the paste out.

What paste should I use in a sugarcraft mould?

All these moulds are best used with a strengthened sugar paste, such as a modelling paste which will be easier to remove, and will hold its shape better when removed, from the mould.  This is more important when using a very intricately shaped mould.  Basic sugar paste may be used by strengthening it with natural powder, Gum Tragacanth, or a substitute CMC powder such as Tylose  (1 tsp per 250g of paste), or alternatively, buy a ready to use modelling paste.  Bear in mind they are also suitable for use with marzipan, chocolate, isomalt and cold porcelain.  Any medium which is non-edible should be used for this only and not mixed for use with edible pastes.

3D Moulds

First, dust the mould lightly with either corn flour, or if a lustred finish is required, lustre dust. This will aid the removal of the paste from the mould, preventing it from sticking.  Place in sufficient paste to fill the mould, any surplus can be removed with a knife carefully working from the centre outwards, to prevent disturbing the paste too much. The paste can then be removed immediately, and if not already pre-coloured, coloured by either painting or dusting with a colour of choice. Use either paste/gel food colours slightly diluted, or dusting colours mixed with clear alcohol (rejuvenator spirit) to paint, and build up the colour sparingly in layers. Dusting powders could also be brushed on dry, or lustre sprays used for speed and convenience.

With more intricate moulds e.g.faces with eye/nose detail, these parts often require filling in with paste first, before adding the remainder. This will ensure that every tiny detail is there when you remove from the mould.

Top Tip

If following this method with a mould, add a touch of edible glue to the paste added first to make sure it sticks to the main piece of paste, and comes out in one piece when removed.

2D (Shallow) moulds & Impression Mats

These moulds/mats also need to be dusted with either corn flour or a lustre dust first.  For many of these, the paste should be rolled out first, and the mould placed over the top. A good clean, even design is then achieved by using either a rolling pin or a smoother over the top of the mould. The mould is then removed, and the design cut out to the shape required.

There are also moulds/mats where the paste is rolled out and placed on top of the mould.  A rolling pin or smoother is then used over the paste, and then very carefully removed from the mould.

Cupcake Top Moulds

These are designed to include the complete cupcake top and detailed design all in one for speed and convenience. You may wish the background colour to be different from the design, so more than one colour of paste will be used in these moulds. More care should be taken when doing this e.g. the paste for the detail pushed in first, and the main colour for the cupcake top goes in on top. The whole cupcake top is then removed from the mould and placed directly onto the cupcake.

Each supplier / manufacturer will always give instructions within the pack on how best to use their own particular type of moulds, to eliminate any doubt you may have.