HOWTO CRE­ATE YOUR OWN HOME­MADE CAKE

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start paint­ing on a cake, if you’re a novice, without prac­tis­ing on su­gar paste rolled out flat first.

wear a sweater or you’ll end up with fluff on the ic­ing.

use marzi­pan. It locks in mois­ture and stops the cake stain­ing the ic­ing. If you hate it, try two lay­ers of su­gar paste in­stead.

au­to­mat­i­cally go for white ic­ing. Mich tips satiny pale blue as the colour for 2009.

cover the board with su­gar paste sep­a­rately from the cake, 24 hours be­fore paint­ing. Rib­bon tied round the bot­tom of the cake hides the join.

let your imagination rip. A woman cel­e­brat­ing her 40th once tried a fig­ure from mythol­ogy with strap­ping thighs, flow­ing hair and sword.

trace the de­sign be­fore de­cid­ing where the mes­sage will go.

keep a pip­ing bag handy to make clus­ters of royal ic­ing “pearls” to cover blem­ishes.

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