The Simpress Sequins Brooch Tutorial
Declaration – This post is in collaboration with Marvelous Molds. I was offered a set of the new Simpress Molds for use. All opinions expressed in this post are my own.
Sequins as a cake trend that’s making a huge statement in fashion cakes. It give a dramatic look. Make it classy as this or as rustic combined with textures and frills. This sequins brooch is bound to look impressing on any cake designed for a lady.
I have so been looking forward to sharing these cakes with you. Not just because I love how my cakes turned out but also wanted to share with you these new molds!! You know how excited I am about new cake toys so when Marvelous Molds sent me this new Simpress Collection I could not wait to try them.
Sequins Cake Trends
Are one of those who follow cake trends? The sequin has been in for a while now. The oldest method being the use of confetti and then brushing it with metallic dust.
For some reason that method didn’t seem to pick up with me or my customers. While it looks good on pictures. Customers weren’t so excited with the idea of eating all that confetti and metallic paint. So no matter how much I sold it….. nope..! However, customers are open to using sugar paste as a base. After all it’s the same old sugar paste to them. Now with this method…. yes please.
The one thing I have learned about cake decorating with my customers? They aren’t so excited about trends (that’s for us cake decorators) My customers care about how it taste.
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The classic Sequins
I think this is usually how most people use sequin – all over the cake. These are two six inch tall tier cakes. And the Sequins mold is a standard 4 inch. So I could use this very easily on the whole cake. Just like you would any other onlays or mold.
Here I have used the Simpress Symmetrical Sequins Mold with orange sugar paste as a base. Added some CMC to make sure my fondant was a bit firmer. (especially with the summer humidity I have). You don’t always have to dust the sequins with metallic dust. The bottom tier orange sequins cake has a light dust of pearl shimmer.
The Second Simpress Sequin Jubilee mold is different. I’m looking forward to using that one very soon too.
It’s really a simple design. But there’s a lot less work using a mold as compared to the traditional method.
If I did this the confetti method it would mean a couple more steps – Diving the cake, covering part of the cake that I don’t want messed up. then adding piping gel to that part of the cake to add confetti. Placing my cake on a big bowl so I can contain the mess! Making sure the confetti attached to every inch so it looks even, let the confetti dry so it can then hand paint with metallic colors.
With the mold.. well, I just roll the fondant out, place it on the mold, attach it to the cake! Wait for a fondant to get a big firm before hand paint with metallic or lightly dust with peal. See….. there is a reason why I LOVE molds!
You can use the sequins on the whole cake which is obviously the easiest!! But wanted to show you how I made this Sequins brooch for my Bat Mitzvah Cake. I like using molds but it’s always exciting when you have something different on your cake as compared to the same stuff that every one else has. Right? As you can see it’s very simple but pretty. You can make it many different ways by just simply changing the shape, colors, movement in design.
Video – How to make the Sequins Brooch Mold
- Simpress Symmetrical Mold – or find it on Amazon
- Swanky Brooch Mold –
- Rolling Pin
- Black Fondant
- Edible Glue
- Edible Gold Metallic Dust
- Edible Silver Metallic Dust
Cake Details – As with every post – here’s more about the cake in detail. .
Cake Flavors – Bottom Tier is my Classic Chocolate Pound Cake with Chocolate Ganache. Top tier is my Coconut Cake with Coconut Swiss Meringue Buttercream. You know you can get all these cake recipes and frosting here on my log.
Black Fondant – Can you guess? yep this is my Black Fondant recipe! I’d add the recipe below for easy access but you can get a detailed post with trouble shoot here. Of course you can also use my Chocolate Marshmallow Fondant by just adding black gel food color if you wish.
Double Barrel tier – is a double barrel cake – Two 7 inch cakes stacked together with a cake board in between and then covered in black fondant. We spoke in more details about double barrel cakes here on this post – What are double barrel cakes ?
Top Tier – is a six inch cake. Ideally you would keep a two inch difference in cake sizes but in this cake. I wanted my Simpress Sequins Brooch to sit in between the two tiers. A two inch gap would be too but three 7 inch cakes was not what I wanted so.. I use a little gap of one inch. Just one of those little things that you have to keep in mind when you plan your cakes.
Bottom Two inch tier is a cake dummy used to complete the design I had in mind.