ENTIRELY EDIBLE QUILLING-Rakhi Cake Topper

I have always been intrigued by different crafts and arts. Quilling with long strips of paper has fascinated me since long.I have been waiting to try it out some day.

I decided to combine my love for cake making and decorating with the quilling technique. Instead of paper strips I used thin gum-paste cuts to create this edible Rakhi cake Topper.

Colorful edible medium Rakhi
Colorful edible medium Rakhi

Raksha bandhan is a festival of bonding.It celebrates the love and duty between brothers and sisters.On this festive day, sisters tie a rakhi (sacred thread) on her brother’s wrist. This symbolizes the sister’s love and prayers for her brother’s well-being, and the brother’s lifelong vow to protect her.At this ritual there is giving and exchange of sweets of various kinds……cakes,cupcakes,desserts,Indian sweets,cookies etc between families.Most cake makers are busy toiling long hours keeping up with the demands of this festive season.

HOW I MADE THE EDIBLE RAKHI

I started by rolling thin strips of modelling paste.I hand cut them into strips,depending on the height and thickness I wanted of the quilled motif.

Thinly rolled
Thinly rolled
hand cut strips of modelling paste
hand cut strips of modelling paste
hand rolled strips
hand rolled strips
Made 5 blue O scrolls and one large red one
Made 5 blue O scrolls and one large red one
Cut one wider and ten thinner strips
Cut one wider and ten thinner strips
Wrapped the red roll with wider golden strip of modelling paste
Wrapped the red roll with wider golden strip of modelling paste
Cut mini leaf motifs
Cut mini leaf motifs
Next cut a 4 inch diameter white gum paste
Next cut a 4 inch diameter white gum paste
Ruffled the edges
Ruffled the edges
Flattened and extended the edges with a large balling tool
Flattened and extended the edges with a large balling tool
quickly painted the Rakhi with luster dust
Quickly painted the Rakhi base with luster dust
Started to assemble the Rakhi
Started to assemble the Rakhi
Made vibrant green paisley scrolls
Made vibrant green paisley scrolls
Finally ......placed all motifs
Finally ……placed all motifs
highlighted the Rakhi with a touch of gold ediple paint and edible sugar glitter
highlighted the Rakhi with a touch of gold edible paint and edible sugar glitter

For the last touch I rolled two strips of red and yellow fondant,elongating and lightly blending them.

To resemble a Mouli thread.Mouli or Kalawa is a cotton red thread roll, considered to be very sacred and used in all religious purposes of the Hindus.I gave the fondant thread some texture with a sharp knife,to make it look realistic.Finally, I added proper sized sugar beads throughout the design.Lightly placing them with tweezers (a must tool for any sugar artist ),at strategic points.

WHOA !!!!

The handcrafted quilled effect RAKHI was ready…………

All edible rakhi,completed
All edible rakhi,completed

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This topper depicts the craft and skills sugar artists use.It is for display purpose only.Top it on a cake or make a mini one for cupcakes.

I’m Quilled with joy !! Good bye till my next post.

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