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Saturday, May 21, 2011

Brush Embroidery and The Queen of Macaron



Besides the sugarpaste and flower gumpaste, one of the things that a fondant cake decorator has to familiarize himself with is the royal icing. While at first I was merely aware of royal icing conventional piping, as I get to learn more about fondant decorating, I find out there are so much more I can fiddle with such as broderie anglaise, lacing, filigree, extension work, embroidery, etc. So many things to learn ... so little time.



Brush embroidery is the decorating technique which involves imprinting, outlining and brushing. The decorator usually imprints a pattern on the cake, then outlines the design following the imprint by piping the royal icing starting from the deepest or most internal layer. A damp paintbrush is then used to pull the edges of the outline piping inward leaving brush strokes pattern. The whole process is time consuming especially if the design is elaborate and extensive, but normally the end result is worth the effort as brush embroidery gives an elegant look to the cake.



As I was practicing Brush Embroidery, meanwhile at the other side of the world the Queen of Macaron, Thip of the inspiring Bonbini informed me that she would be visiting Bangkok. It was totally delightful to receive her email a few weeks ago and arranged an appointment to meet up one of these days.



My respect and admiration for her were earlier established in her very first year of blogging when she introduced her irresistible range of macarons and exquisite pastry. It was intoxicating, I should admit that I had entirely dedicated my time in baking macarons through and through. Into these days, while any presence of macaron is in my sight, I would instantly think about Thip.



It was mainly her that shed the lights into exotic, adventurous, and sophisticated desserts such as basil-lime sorbet with basil gelee, coconut vanilla bavarois with hibiscus gelee, and many more…. And not to mention her fabulous feuille d' automne. Sensational… Do check out her blog, Bonbini :-)

I am sure meeting up with Thip would be pleasant and exciting…. So look forward to it!

41 comments:

  1. That's beauty... You're amazing, you make such incredible things!!

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  2. That cake is simply stunning. I've heard of brush embroidery like this before - must try it. It looks so gorgeous.

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  3. Wow, this cake looks so stunning, so beautiful! You made yourself a real expert in no time. Bravo! It's always a pleasure to look at your latest creations.

    Greetings, Lena

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  4. Wow!! Beautiful! Awesome work like always, Kris!

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  5. Ma che capolavoro, sembra ricamato con un pizzo prezioso questo dolce....

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  6. Working in the wedding industry for over a decade I've seen a lot of wedding cakes and have to say this may be the most beautiful one I've ever seen! I had no idea this technique even existed!

    I really have to make the time and feature you on my blog. You are such an inspiration to me and that makes me want to share you with everyone I know.

    And very happy for you that you are going to meet your muse :)

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  7. What a wonderful cake! I love the rich color and the beautiful decoration. What a dream of cake!

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  8. I have only ever made one wedding cake with brush embroidery. I was white on white then the brush embroidery was painted gold. I was very happy with it. However your white on that gorgeous rich golden yellow is exquisite! Brilliant work! You certainly have mastered the technique!

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  9. What a masterpiece ! it looks very pretty...the combination of the colors are perfect.
    I always admire your work of art...very neat with so much details.

    Greeting from your biggest fan in Indonesia...^.^

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  10. That cake is stunning! I am wordless in front of such beauty.

    Cheers,

    Rosa

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  11. Wow!!! Elegant is nothing, you should try ART! Amazing work, congratulations!

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  12. Your cake is stunning, Kris! I can't believe that you are so new to all of these methods and materials of cake decorating. You decorate like a veteran professional! Love the lace look of the design. Have fun meeting your friend, Thip!

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  13. It's a very nice page.
    Congratulations!

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  14. Such an amazingly beautiful cake!

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  15. Kris!!!! Wow! Amazing...i guess, is an understatement;)This is a piece of art. How beautiful! You have great skills, well done.

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  16. Kris, this is a piece of art. Very beautiful and the Brush Embroidery looks like a beautiful white lace placing on top of the cake.
    So nice to hear that you're meeting Bobini soon. Will check on her exciting site now :)

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  17. Very beutyful brush embroidery. I love brush embroidery, but i have only done smaller parts, not a whole cake like this. I also love the yellow clour of your cake, reminds me of mangoes.

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  18. OMG! This is unbelievable! I can't imagine how can somebody do such a masterpiece.
    Congratulations!

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  19. He publicado una foto de esta entrada y un enlace a tu blog en Mis Favoritas de esta semana... si quieres verlo está en http://blocderecetas.blogspot.com/2011/05/mis-favoritas-semana-20-2011.html. Espero que te guste!

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  20. สวยงามมากเลยคะ ศิลปะบนขนมหวาน ดูแล้วรับรู้ถึงความอ่อนหวาน และงดงามในตัวคุณคริสต์เลยนะเนี่ย อิอิ

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  21. Kris, I don't know what to say!! I don't think there are adjectives suitable for this work. I could stay here looking at this cake for hours to please my eyes. Your art is exquisite, your talent is amazing!

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  22. Kris, where do I start? This is so beautiful!! I showed my bf who doesn't normally care as much about all the beautiful creations people make like I do, but when I showed him this he was amazed. Can you make my wedding cake one day? lol

    I met Thip when I went to SF last year and like you, I've admired her creations from the start of my blogging adventures. She is an awesome person to hang out with and to learn from (I had the pleasure to attend a one on one macaron class with her). Have fun meeting up!

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  23. Words fail me! This cake is so beautiful beyond words. I don't think I could ever attempt anything this beautiful! :o

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  24. welcome back,Kris.. I've been waiting to see another project of yours. Oh MY..my waiting moment is ended with happiness to see this. those cake and decoration is amazing, again you show us you are a master of decoration. :)

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  25. stunning cake, you get me inspired...
    Valeria

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  26. wow i'm amazed with such a beautiful work of art!

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  27. Wow your talent grows by leaps and bounds in this new world of fondant and related decorating! This technique is breathtaking! By the way, have you heard of the Sweet and Saucy bakery? They do some lovely and elegant things with fondant, gumpaste, etc.: http://www.mysweetandsaucy.com/

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  28. oh my goodness, i am so impressed. this cake takes my breath away.

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  29. Your desserts and cakes are more than just food. They're edible art! I just love the way you go from strength to strength.
    You're a bit of an inspiration yourself. You've set me on the road to discovering fondant and gumpaste.

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  30. Kris, this cake is just phenomenal!!! I'm in absolute awe, is there nothing you can't do beautifully?! :D

    Stunning, just stunning!

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  31. FAN-TAS-TIC! So beautiful! We admire you

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  32. It was great meeting you today, Kris. I had a really good time talking to you. :)

    p.s. your works are amazingly beautiful!!

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  33. I am even more impressed every single time, Kris :) Well done!

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  34. It's so nice to see an update.. I didn't know you were in Paris? What part of France are you from, I'm from South France, but living in Tokyo. This sure does look tedious and time consuming.. I'm so intrigued. I would love to learn this technique.. did you have the decorator implement the print first?

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  35. Kris, a stunningly, stunningly gorgeous cake! I am speechless.

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  36. Olá, passei para conhecer seu blog e suas receitas me encantaram, vou seguir, pois gosto de coisas boas. Um abraço, Marta. Venha me visitar também, será muito benvinda.

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  37. Kris, there is no one on this planet of ours can compare to yours colors designs and taste! You are unique in every sense of the word. What a cake! I have never seen anything so beautiful! Bravissimo!!!

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