Creating Calligraphic Initials on a Sugar Plaque

Intermediate

Learn how to use calligraphy techniques to create an inscription for a cake.

In this tutorial, you will learn how to design and produce an initials plaque with a calligraphic design. There are a few important techniques that are involved and Serdar will give you some principles that will help you start even if you don’t have any previous experience with calligraphy.

Downloadable Course Material

If you would like to approximately match the size of the artwork in the tutorial, print the downloadable files at 100% size. If you require your artwork to be smaller or larger, just adjust the print size accordingly.
Creating Calligraphic Initials on a Sugar Plaque Course Material
This PDF document contains a template for the sugar plaque, as well as piping exercise patterns and an actual size template of the plaque in the tutorial.

Track
Duration
Introduction
2:27
Tools & Materials
2:31
Planning and Practice
10:13
Preparing the Oval Template
1:41
Planning the Initials
3:14
Preparing a Curved Mould
4:09
Making the Plaque
2:13
Coating with Gold Leaf Sheets
6:26
Piping the Initials
12:22
Piping the Shadows
5:16
Planning the Decorative Piping
3:01
Decorative Piping
8:31
Final Thoughts
1:15
Total Duration
1:04:28

While not everything on this list is absolutely required, these are the things used in this tutorial video. Of course you are welcome to find alternative ways of doing things and we would love to hear if you've discovered an easier method or better tool to achieve good results. Please note that some items may be listed as sets, and it is usually recommended to have full sets, it may not be neccessary. In most cases, only one item from a set is actually used in the tutorial. Please watch the tutorial before purchasing any items to make sure you are not buying anything you don't need.
Tools & Materials
Rolling Pins Shop Online
Preferably with no scratches or dents.
Set of Scissors Shop Online
Turn Table
LED Tracing Light Box Shop Online
Powder Shaker Shop Online
Starch
Preferably with small holes.
Small Brush in Water
Ensure that brush bristles are not loose.
Craft Knife Shop Online
Cellophane Shop Online
Basic Stationary
Pencil, eraser, ruler, sharpener etc.
Cake Box
(or other food safe cardboard)
Edible Gold Leaf Transfers (24k) Shop Online
Edible gold leaf transfers are super thing sheets of real gold that can be used to cover a cake. Here's a video on how gold leaf transfers are made.
Recipes & Ingredients

White and light brown

Royal icing is a hard white icing, made from egg white and icing sugar (mix or pure). A little addition of an acidic substance like lemon juice, citric acid or cream of tartar, the texture of the icing can be improved....[read more]

White and ivory

A thick sugar paste, similar to gum paste, that can be molded into different shapes and forms. When dried, it is hard and brittle. Unlike gum paste, pastillage dries much quicker and stronger. Made with gelatine, water...[read more]

Coated cake

1 Comment

  • Hi chef thank you verry much for the wonderfull tutorial!! Please tell me at the end with the leaf cut on your cone(59:48) , did you use the cone nose straight or a bit vertical because i couldn’ t see.Thank you verry much!!

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