Thanksgiving Cake Decorating Idea

Thanksgiving Cake Decorating Idea

Here's a Thanksgiving cake decorating idea that is slightly different from your typical turkey and pilgrim scene. This is a gum paste serving platter with a pumpkin pie cake decoration made from DECOgel™. On the dessert plate sits a slice of the pie, accompanied by the serving utensil and a cup of espresso. The espresso is also made from DECOgel.

Tools needed:

light brown gum paste
white gum paste
measuring cup
pastry wheel
ball tool
silicone mat
3-1/2" round cutter
2 heatproof cups or containers
white DECOgel
clear DECOgel
gum glue
exacto blade or scalpel
large bowl
lemon extract
petal dusts - chestnut, silver
clay gun with small round attachment
small and large cake decorating tips (used for cutting)

DECOgel Pumpkin Pie Instructions:

1. Roll out light brown gum paste on silicone mat lightly dusted with cornstarch. Use the large round cutter (3-1/2") to cut out a circle. Remove excess. gum paste. cutting gum paste circle
2. Place the gum paste circle over the underside of the measuring cup which has been greased. Be sure to center it. Smooth the gum paste down the sides and leave for an hour or so to harden up. forming gum paste pumpkin pie crust
3. Remove from the cup and allow it to dry. gum paste pie crust drying
4. While your pie crust is drying, repeat the process with a white gum paste. Using the end of a paintbrush or similar tool, create indentations to make the gum paste resemble a Corning Ware dish. Go around the edges with a knife or other straight tool to make the edges even all around. (They stretch somewhat as you form the circle around the cup). gum paste Corningware
5. When the crust is dry, you'll fill it with your DECOgel pumpkin pie mixture. To make it, place a chunk of white DECOgel in a heatproof cup and melt for 10 seconds. melted white DECOgel
6. Add one drop each of orange and brown airbrush color and stir. If still too light, add one drop at a time. It doesn't take much food color to get the pumpkin color. Pour the DECOgel into the "pie crust." Allow the DECOgel to set. You can pop the air bubbles with a toothpick. gum paste pumpkin pie
7. When the pumpkin pie is firm, use an exacto blade or scalpel to cut out a slice. Slowly and carefully start from the center making sure to cut all the way down through the bottom. (You should set the pie on a cutting board to do this step). Once you remove the slice, you can clean up the edges in the pie and on the slice if your slice didn't come out perfectly clean. DECOgel pumpkin pie
8. Put a little gum glue in the bottom of the white Corning dish. pumpkin pie dish
9. Place the pumpkin pie in the dish. decogel pumpkin pie
10. Use a pastry wheel to cut out a long white strip of gum paste to place at the top of the Corning Ware dish. finishing gum paste corning ware
11. Apply gum glue to top edge of the white dish and apply the long strip of white gum paste all around the edge. Trim the excess with a blade. gum paste pie plate
12. Use a small hole attachment with a clay gum to create a long string of light brown gum paste. Apply it to the edge of the pumpkin pie slice and the pumpkin pie in a zig zag pattern to resemble pie crust. Finish the pumpkin pie and pie slice by dusting the "crust" with chestnut petal dust. gum paste pumpkin pie

Serving Utensil:

1. Cut a small triangle from gum paste and round two of the corners. gum paste triangle
2. Roll a small sausage of gum paste, making one end wider than the other. Attach the smaller end to the triangle with gum glue, in between the rounded corners. Prop up the end of the serving handle to dry.

gum paste pie server

3. When dry, paint with a mixture of lemon extract and brown and silver petal dust. gum paste pie server

Gum Paste Espresso:

1. Roll out gum paste to 1/8 inch thickness and cut out circle with a large cake decorating tip.
2. Place the circle into the opening of the large tip and press in to shape into a cup. forming gum paste cup
3. Round out the cup shape with the ball tool. Remove the cup from the tip. Roll a small ball of gum paste and flatten it to create the bottom of the cup. Attach to the cup with a small dot of gum glue. Roll a small sausage of gum paste to create a handle and attach to the side of the cup with gum glue. gum paste cup
4. When the cup is dry, mix brown food color with clear DECOgel and pour into the cup. gum paste espresso coffee

Dessert Plate:

1. Roll gum paste out to 1/8" thickness and cut out a circle with a large cake decorating tip. Use a smaller tip to indent a circle in the middle. cutting gum paste plate
2. Lay the gum paste plate inside a spoon to dry so the edges will curve upwards. gum paste plate drying in spoon
3. When the plate is dry, you can paint the outer edge with any color petal dust and lemon extract. gum paste dessert dish

Gum Paste Serving Tray

1. Cut out a large circle of gum paste. (I used the lid of the Crisco can and pressed it down on the gum paste). large gum paste circle
2. Grease the underside of a bowl and center the gum paste circle over it, smoothing the edges down to conform to the shape of the bowl. Allow to harden and then remove from the bowl to finish drying. creating gum paste serving tray
3. When dry, paint the serving tray with a mixture of lemon extract and silver luster dust. gum paste serving tray

Assembling the Thanksgiving Cake Decorating Idea

Attach the pumpkin pie to one side of the serving tray with a small amount of gum glue. Attach the slice of pumpkin pie to the dessert plate and then glue the dessert plate on to the serving tray. Glue the pie serving utensil and espresso coffee cup in front of the pumpkin pie. And there you have a fun and different cake decorating idea for Thanksgiving that can sit on top of any sized cake.


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