“I never profess to be a good modeller. I remember only getting a bronze once at a competition because of my modelling. The judges said it dragged the piece down, so I’ve always been a little scared of it. When I went to the Squires Kitchen exhibition in March, one of the demonstrators recommended Squires Kitchen’s modelling chocolate cocoa form. I have a full packet of white cocoa form sat in front of me, so where do I start?” – Cassie Brown
“I’ve been messing around with edible metallic colour by Magic Colours and I must say that I’m very impressed! I used a flat brush and an iced board; I was just doodling, but I noticed that if you put one side of the brush in gold and the other side in bronze and then paint, it looks like little metallic bricks. I’d planned to cover the cake with this effect, but I didn’t like it so I used a really big brush to colour the bottom tier. I loved the way the metallic colour moved over the icing – it’s very therapeutic. You should give it a go!” – Cassie Brown
“I love painting. Not just on cakes, but using all mediums! There are lots of different ways to paint on cakes; there’s cocoa paint, whereby you melt the cocoa butter and add edible food dust, there’s airbrushing, there’s folk art painting, and so on. They’re all great fun to do, but gel paints are very popular and you’ll always have them in your toolbox anyway for colouring your sugar paste. Why not paint with them too?” – Cassie Brown
“I wanted to have a little play around with colour and as spring is here, what better flower than a tulip? They come in all different colours and shapes, but I also wanted to have a go at making a parrot-like tulip. I don’t have the particular veiner required to create it, so thought I’d improvise by using a cocktail stick instead. So, here it goes!” – Cassie Brown
“I was asked to come up with a birthday cake to celebrate Create and Craft‘s Birthday, but I had my work cut out! As there are so many things that I could’ve done, I was wondering where to even start. My biggest problem was that there are so many different types of crafts across the shows that I wanted to incorporate. I started by making a list of all the amazing crafts in shows, then picked out a few of my favourite ones to help me create this cake.
Soft crafts are very much in at the moment, which include knitting, crocheting, sewing, etc. I thought that the bottom of the cake could be knitted so that it would look slightly heavier. Grey is also very much in fashion this year, so decided to go with grey knit.” – Cassie Brown