I'm supposed to be updating about 1200 links on my blog that are not set up properly (Lord, help me). But in the process of going back through so many posts, I ended up with a dozen new blog post ideas. So I took a break from the link repairs to write a post (ahem, procrastination much?) ... about my favorite Silicone Pearl Molds.
Over the years, I've made some good purchases and some bad purchases when it comes to cake decorating tools and supplies. First Impressions Silicone Pearl Molds are one of my great purchases.
They're not "cheap" molds, but if you take care of them, I can testify to the fact that they last a long, long time. I've had mine for more than 6 years and they're still in perfect condition. Well, except for that time when I accidentally sliced into one of them with a scalpel. But we won't talk about that.
I only buy the First Impressions brand and I stand by them as some of the best silicone molds on the market! I've used them on countless cakes over the years and they've more than paid for themselves!.
I'll share some of the cakes in this post, but I couldn't possibly share them all. The best way to get an idea of how often I've used them is this Google search.
There's just something about adding a pearl border that immediately makes a cake look more polished and finished. It also covers a multitude of (border) sins, if you know what I mean 😉
My most recent purchase was adding this (above) pearl drops mold to my collection.
I used the drop pearls and the regular pearl molds on the cake that should've been six tiers but ended up being five tiers. You can read that drama here if you missed it. Bottom line : I absolutely loved the way that middle tier turned out! I hope I get to use those on another wedding cake soon!
My Favorite Silicone Pearl Molds
But those aside, here are the two molds I've used a thousand times...
First, the 6mm, 8mm, and 10mm pearl mold. I use this for smaller cakes or when I want a really delicate border.
Generally, I use the 8mm and 10mm size the most!
I haven't had a chance to blog about it yet, but I did my very first carousel cake a couple of weeks ago and adding the pearl border was the perfect finishing detail!
And they can be used for more than just borders. I've used them a handful of times to actually look like strings of pearls (I know, I know... I'm so creative 😉 )
But sometimes I need bigger pearls... especially for the larger cakes.
This is the 12mm and 14mm silicone pearl mold:
Mostly I use it for larger wedding cakes, like this one:
Or this one:
Or even this Shabby Chic baby shower cake:
You see what I mean? I use the pearl molds all.the.time. They work for birthday cakes, wedding wedding cakes, baby shower cakes, anniversary cakes... they're so versatile!
I even have a (dated) tutorial here for how to use the silicone pearl molds, if you haven't ever used them before.
I'd like to also mention one more mold from First Impressions that I love. I haven't used it as much as my pearl molds, but it deserves a mention, I think. That's the rope mold.
You can use an extruder to do a rope and it works just as well, but sometimes you might want to just pop your fondant into amold. I have this rope mold and it has saved me some time over the years!
Anyway... I have all of my favorite silicone molds in my new Amazon shop here. I've just started adding products to it but I hope to have all of my favorites added there very soon! Isn't that fun?!
If you have any questions about using the silicone pearl molds or if I forgot any detail that you're interested in, leave me a comment! I'll do my very best to answer if I can.