cake in steampunk style isolated on a white

Or, if I’m honest, also for the lazy and the artistically-deficient.  And by that, I mean dead simple, and still looks fantastic! I used to think that not everyone has the time, inclination, or (eh hem, like me) the talent to make jaw-dropping Steampunk desserts. Or maybe we do! Here’s a quick list of decoration tools and products you can get to turn that every-day cupcake into a clockwork cupcake masterpiece:

Gears, Cogs, & Clockwork

Gears are probably the most universally-recognized Steampunk shape, so we’ll start with those.  The easiest way to make soft food items like fondant, cookie dough, and sandwich bread look like a gear is to use a cutter of some sort. I have a few you can take a peak at below:

This cutter is 3D printed and technically made for fondant cutting, but works well for any soft food.  They are made to order for a very good price and currently on sale at JB Cookie Cutters.  They offer a couple styles of gears which you can see at the bottom of the page as well, and you can order them in whichever diameter you wish.
Another great place to find cutters with Steampunk flare is Etsy!  Just check out this one by TheCookieCutterLady, which has sharp edges and comes in a variety of sizes.  (She also sells cutters in the shape of swords, plaques, and vintage keys, so check her store out!)

 

Edible Art

Edible paper (called wafer paper) is a great way to make your iced cookies and cakes look literally hand-painted and come in an incredible array of styles (including custom!)  I’ve found a couple excellent examples for your next Steampunk tea party:

Alice in Wonder Wonderland Wafer Paper Which of us could ever say “No!” to a Mad Hatter Tea Party?  None, I dare say!  These edible wafer paper designs are not just for children and come in 8.5 x 11″ sheets with 25 assorted images.  They’re available from Fancy Flours, who also carries hundreds of other designs as well.
Hot Air Balloon Wafer Paper Here comes Etsy to the rescue again!  QueenofTartsWafers has a delightful array of edible art suitable for your splendiferous needs.  The best part?  They’re made with potato starch, water, vegetable oil, and food coloring, so they won’t taste strange, but they will certainly look it, in a good way!

 

Breaking the Mold

Feeling a bit more daring?  Check out these extremely cost-effective and awesome-looking molds for icing, fondant, chocolate, and more!  These mold kits are all available on Amazon from Anyana:

 

Finishing Touches

Those are some good basic design shapes, but what about that last touch of class you want?  If you have a local crafting store, chances are they sell Wilton brand cake decorations, which can help you through that last mile to the delicious finish line!  Just look at some of these:

Bronze Pearl Dust

Stick-n-Stay Scroll Stencils

Gold Color-Mist Icing Spray

Pearlized Silver & Black Sprinkle Mix

Edible Mustache Candies

 

And that, dear readers, should get you off and decorating on the right foot.  Though, if you need inspiration, I highly suggest you check out the Steam Cakes Steampunk Collaboration gallery on Facebook – some of the pieces there are truly awe-inspiring and incredible to behold.

~ A guest blog by Evalynn