Sugar Cake Lace Made Simple
How to Lace Dust a Cake
This is a very elegant cake topping that is actually extremely easy to do. The end result will appear as if the cake has a layer of lace across the top. This is best done just prior to serving the cake, as the moisture in the cake can melt the design if left too long.
Icing/powdered sugar or quality dark cocoa powder
Cake baking ingredients (recipe of your choice)
Choosing the materials
Choose the dusting material.Icing or powdered sugar and cocoa powder are typical dusting powders. There is also an edible cake dusting powder available from some cake supplies stores.
- Take the cake color into consideration when choosing what to dust it with––either match or contrast, according to your preference.
Choose the lace.The best lace is large in design, so that the pattern is really obvious. You can use old or new lace, provided you're happy for it to be dirtied by the dusting powder.
- Old doilies can also make excellent patterns.
Preparing the cake
Bake the cake.Round or square, it's up to you. Follow your favorite recipe.
Frost the cake.Place the frosted cake into the refrigerator to set the frosting.
Lacing the cake
Remove the cake from the refrigerator with the set frosting.
Sift the lacing ingredient before use.Whether you're using cocoa or icing/powdered sugar, sift it to remove all lumps first.
- You may need to do this several times, into a bowl and through the sifter again, to ensure that it whatever you're sprinkling on looks nice and fine.
Lay the lace piece across the cake surface.Ensure that it is sitting flat. Cover every part of the cake that you want the lace design on.
Sieve the dusting powder over the lace.
- Place the sifted ingredient into the sieve.
- Hold over the cake and gently tap across the lace over the cake.
- Cover the lace area entirely. Aim to keep it even across the cake top.
- Put the sieve to one side.
Carefully remove the lace off the top of the cake.The lace design should be left imprinted on top of the cake. Place on the table for immediate serving.
- Depending on the humidity, the frosting and dusting ingredient's makeup, the lacing design may eventually melt into the frosting. This may be faster in warmer weather.
- This method can be used for single slices of cake given for dessert. Slice the cake, then dust individually just before serving. You may need to hold the slice upright––support it between two mugs or something similar before dusting.
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