Modeling Tools for Cake Decorating
I have been wanting to share this topic on modeling tools for quite a while now. I spend a lot of time watching cake decorating shows on television and have observed enough number of times that professional cake decorators have special tools to shape and design their modeling paste that most of us don’t know.
They all still have the basic tools that we all know of. And by the basic tools I mean these:
Before I go on any further explaining the other modeling tools, I use the term modeling paste here because modeling, as far as cake decorating is concerned, can be done on fondant, sugar paste, marzipan, chocolate plastic (aka chocolate modeling paste) and gumpaste. What is the difference between all this different modeling pastes? Well, let’s keep that for another post. For now, lets look at the other modeling tools that pros use:
Many times when I do figurines with fondant, it reminds me of my childhood days when we used to play with playdough and clay. Modeling on cakes is almost similar to shaping with playdough and clay. As much as some of us are passionate about cake decorating, there are also people (I mean adults) who are passionate about clay modeling. And they make all sorts cute little figurines and models using what is known as the ‘soft clay’. This clay is soft when you take it out of its package or container which means you can shape it in whatever way you want to, and once done, they are left to air dry. Once dried, you cannot change the shape anymore.
Clay sculpting and modeling, just like modeling on cakes, is done using various modeling tools. These are some of the clay modeling tools available in the market:
Another type of modeling that some people are passionate about are wax carving. And these tools are typically used for wax carving and sculpting:
An important thing to keep in mind is to make sure these tools are made from food grade material. The Wilton tools above are made of plastic so there is no issue of using them on food. But the clay modelling tools and wax carving tools might not be, unless you get the ones made of stainless steel.
Now you will be surprised, but to make and shape models and figurines with extreme precision, I have seen cake decorators use the dentist tools. Don’t be shocked, but if makes perfect sense to use these tools on cakes – they are meant to be used in the mouth, so they are definitely safe to be used on food.
Here is a video I found on Youtube featuring the very famous cake decorator, Ron Ben Israel. If you observe from minute 5:30 of the video, he actually uses one of the dentist tools to model his clay which is then used to create a silicone mould.
Before I end this post, I would like to introduce one more tool which I think every cake decorator should have. It is the knife cutter tool which comes with a small blade. When you are doing modeling or any other fondant deco, this tool will enable you to make those little incisions or cuts you need to create your figurines.
I don’t own this tool yet but its high on my wish list.
I hope you find this post useful.
Happy Modelling :)
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