How to Make Two-Colored Swirled Roses on Cake: Thanksgiving Cake

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I posted this cake last Thanksgiving (within a day of making it) and as I was going through my cakes from last Fall, I realized I had snapped some pics of how I did the frosting to make it swirled with two colors.

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Sometimes I worry that my tutorials are out-dated and everybody already knows what I’m about to share (like this one!), but usually, at least a few people end up benefiting from it, so I’m pressing forward anyway.. here’s How to Make Two-Colored Swirled Roses on Cake.

Before I get into that, let me show you a couple of other cakes where I’ve done this. They’re actually very similar, but I’m showing both anyway ;)

Teal & Purple Swirled Buttercream Roses Cake

This was done with teal and lavender and cream cheese frosting.  Read more about it here.

Purple and Teal Swirled Buttercream Roses Cake

This one had more purple than teal (at the customer’s request) and it was vanilla buttercream.  You can read more about it here.

Now, on to the Thanksgiving Cake.

How to Make Swirled Roses Cake 01

Start by mixing up two colors of frosting.  Before you ask, I can’t tell you how much of each to do (I always get that question), but I can tell you that the roses take more frosting than “normal” for whatever size cake you’re doing, so err on the side of caution and make a little more than you think you’ll need!

For this cake, I was asked to do a Thanksgiving sheet cake but not given any other requests.  I knew I wanted to do something with the Fall colors, so I had this idea to mix up the orange and brown for roses!

Oh, and it was a 9×13 white almond sour cream cake with vanilla almond frosting.

How to Make Swirled Roses Cake 02

Now, you’re going to need three frosting bags.  I prefer disposable for many of my jobs, and that’s what I used here:  (3) 12″ disposable piping bags.   Fill two of them with your frosting colors of choice. I prefer to not overfill – the’re hard to work with – and I like to tie them with a clip (these are my absolute favorites!!) or bag tie on the end.

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After they’re full and tied, snip off the ends (but not too much!!)

How to Make Swirled Roses Cake 03

In the 3rd bag, put a Wilton 1M frosting tip.  I like to leave the bag as long as I can but still have the fill tip opening exposed.

How to Make Swirled Roses Cake 05

Now – here’s the tricky part.  Hold the bags of icing together, lining up the ends so that they go in the same, and sort of squish them flat and put them inside the 3rd bag.  It takes a little practice to get this right, but once you’ve figured it out, it gets easier!

Now, just pip on your roses – starting in the center and going out and around.  Amanda from I am Baker has the original video tutorial on piping the roses here.

Brown and Orange Buttercream Roses

I went all the way around the bottom of the cake with the first row of roses (making them the same height as the sheet cake), then I did the top row around the outer edge of the top of the cake…

Thanksgiving Cake Brown Orange Roses

Then I piped a border inside the roses to give the rectangle in the middle a nice edge to frame the words.  The words which I did not attempt to pipe… because I told ya – I can NOT do that!

Happy Thanksgiving on Cake

Instead, I used both my Funky Alphabet cutters and Block Tappit Cutters to do the wording and I piped a simple pumpkin off to the side.  See how I use Tappit Cutters here.

And that’s it!!  Do you have any questions about this cake or how to do the two-colored swirly roses?  Leave me a comment!!

Here are a few of the tools I used to make this cake:

How to Make Two-Colored Swirled Roses Cake

How to Make Silver & Gold Shimmery Candy Apples

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How to Make Silver & Gold Shimmery Candy Apples

Ever since I wrote about how to make candy apples any color, I’ve received dozens of questions about how to make silver & gold candy apples   Well, after some experimenting, I thought I’d share a few different ways to make your apples really shine!  

All of these apples start with using my basic recipe here – except use only the Americolor white gel coloring, not the pink or orange or blue or purple.  This is what your apples will look like after dipping:

White Candy Apples

I let them harden and from there, I tried a few different methods to get shiny, shimmery, metallic apples and I’ll show you some pics of each…

Silver Candy Apples

For these first apples, I simply sprayed the white candy apple with Wilton Silver Color Mist Spray.  The key to this is to go light!!  If you spray on too much at once, it’ll start to run!  Overall – this silver apple was the easiest to eat, there were no controversial ingredients and the apples were pretty!

I couldn’t capture it perfectly in the picture but they really were shimmery and shiny and the metallic silver really came out well!

Gold Candy Apple Sprayed with Wilton Color Mist Spray

Sadly the Wilton Gold Mist Spray didn’t turn out as shimmery.  They weren’t bad – they just weren’t as “gold” as I’d have preferred!

Next, I thought I’d use some gold and silver sugar that I had on my sprinkles shelf.  I’ve used the silver on cake pops before (you can see the pink & silver cake pops here), but I wasn’t sure how it would work on the apples.

Silver and Gold Candy Apples

For these apples, again I started with white apples and let them harden, then I gave them a light mist of the Wilton Color Mist (in silver and gold respectively) and let that dry.  You could probably skip that step, but I just thought it would keep from a lot of white shining through.

After they were dry, I painted over them with corn syrup, then I sprinkled them in the gold and silver sugar try to get as much coverage as possible.  In the end I sprayed them with a little more of the Wilton Color Mist (again, you could skip this if you don’t have any).

Silver Sugary Candy Apple Bitten

I wondered how it would be to eat these, so I gave it a try!  I’ve already established that these candy apples are hard (as they should be!!), and these just had a little extra texture with the sugar.  The sugar doesn’t really make them any harder… just crunchier?!

And last… my most controversial apples.  Who knew candy apples could be controversial!?!    I first posted some of these glittery apples back on the 4th of July and since then, I’ve gotten quite a few nasty and opinionated emails and comments.

People… if you don’t like what I write or say, don’t read it.  Or don’t make the apples.  Or just keep your opinions to yourself.  Don’t send me nasty emails and comments and turn into the “food police” on me …  because I’ll just delete you/them.

My Mama always said if you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all and my Mama is a very wise woman.

So here goes… the controversial apples.

Glittery Candy Apples

For these apples, I covered them in white candy, then painted them with corn syrup and then I sprinkled them with Disco Dust.

Disco dust is the culprit that got me in so much trouble.  Here’s what the folks over at CK Products say about Disco Dust:

An extra fine glitter with lots of sparkle. 5 grams. Developed for the craft industry and often used on display cakes, Disco Dusts contain only ingredients that are NON-TOXIC. These dusts are not FDA approved. They are not a food product and should not be considered as such.

Yes, I know disco dust is not “food”.  Yes, I know it’s not FDA approved.   No, I would not sell them as edible.  Yes, I did feed them to my kids once.

There, I said it.  Crayons are also not food and not toxic.  But if I saw a kid eat one (and mine have!!), I would not flip out and go all “food police” on someone.   We don’t eat them daily or even monthly or heck… even yearly.  But I made them once upon a time and we ate them. And they were good.    And that tiny amount of glitter did not hurt any of us.

For these apples, I used American Gold Disco Dust and then had blue, silver and red disco dust for the 4th of July ones.  And in my opinion… they were the very, most, prettiest of all the apples!  Yep – I liked them best!!

Having said that, if you want to do something similar that is deemed completely safe and edible by the FDA, I have since found this Silver Edible Glitter.  I have not bought this product or tried it, but it looks pretty!  I don’t know if it comes in other colors either… but here’s the silver.

Just for kicks – I’ll tell you what didn’t work for me… and that’s mixing luster dust with vodka and trying to paint that on.  Super Gold Luster Dust gives such beautiful intense color when painted on fondant (like on this Gold themed wedding cake, but when I tried it on the apples, I got this:

Gold Candy Apple

I actually think they were very pretty in their own way, almost like a marbled-gold thing going on, but that wasn’t the look I was really going for!  I would’ve kept trying different methods to see if I could find a way to make the luster dust work, but I ran out of apples!   Oh the problems of being a food blogger!

Anyway – so there you go… a few different ideas to make beautiful shimmery, shiny, metallic candy apples!  Please leave me a comment and let me know if you try any of them!

As always, if you have any questions, please leave me a comment.  If you have questions about candy apples in general, go see my original post here and the hundreds of comments… I bet you’ll find your answer!  

How to Make Silver & Gold Shimmery Candy Apples Tutorial



How to Make Fondant Sugar Glue

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How to Make Fondant Sugar Glue

I’ve shared this before, but that post was not read very much so I thought I’d share again How to Make Fondant Sugar Glue.

I used to use either water or “Tylo glue” (Tylose mixed with water to form a glue).  The problem is, you have to be extremely careful with water alone because if you use too much and it drips or runs down your cake, it makes a mess in a hurry!

The Tylose glue really does work great – but it’s not ready in an instant.  It’s best to mix up and let it sit (and sort of “congeal”) overnight in the frig.  This is not always practical for us decorators who are super scatter-brained don’t always think that far ahead.

But recently, I’ve started doing a couple of new things that I like much better!

When I can get away with it (when the decorations are flat), I rub the entire surface of my cake with shortening and apply fondant on fondant.  A good example of that is the Rainbow Chevron Cake up top!  All of those stripes are adhered to the cake with shortening alone and it works great!   I also use shortening almost all of the time now to put letters one.  I can move them around without damaging anything if I discover that I’ve put a name on off-center or too high or low!

How to Make Easy Fondant Sugar Glue

However, today I’m sharing my newest and most favorite method… melted marshmallow fondant with a little water!   I learned this trick from CorrieCakes on Facebook and it’s a perfect, easy “glue” for all fondant decorations.

It only takes seconds to make and if you decorate with mmf, you have everything you need on hand to make this “glue”.  It’s thicker than water, doesn’t “run” easily and well… it’s just a great solution!

See the picture up there… you just take a small ball of fondant, put it in a microwavable glass dish with a little water (less than a teaspoon) and microwave for 15-20 seconds. You’ll get a perfect, sticky sweet glue!!

If it’s too thick, add a tiny bit more water, microwave for a few more seconds, stir and it’s fixed!  If it’s too watery, you can microwave it more to thicken it up (just be careful… small glass bowls get really, REALLY  hot!).

And that’s that!!  Any questions?

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