Weekly Tips - 1. Catching Dreams Tutorial

Welcome to the new blog. This is the first in a series of weekly tips.

To celebrate the new website and the new blog, my first tip is going to be an entire tutorials.

Wafer paper is amazing stuff! It really is.

So my top three favourite products in this tutorial are:

Saracino 0.27mm Wafer Paper


FPC knitting mat

You can use the amazon app to find them and remember to always shop original brands.

Catching Dreams

It has long been said that sleeping beneath a dream catcher protects you from nightmares but I also think they are beautiful. Although they are often made from willow wood, I thought that creating one from copper with the lacey copper board would work beautifully for the current trends in cakes. Add wafer paper feathers for a delicate finish.

You will need


Prepared cake 15cm (6in) round buttercreamed on 15cm cake cards

1kg sugarpaste (Saracino)

Gel paste colour: blue; orange; red; brown (Saracino)

Lustre dust colour: copper (Saracino)

air brush colours: spring green, brown; holly ivy; black (Rainbow dust)


Flower and Modelling paste – 150g white (Renshaw)

liquid shiny (Saracino)

Edible glue

1 sheet A4 wafer paper –white (saracino)

4mm edible dragees: orange; matt blue (Drageekiss)


Long rolling pin

Flexi smoothers

Small sharp knife

Palette knife

½” wide flat paintbrush

No.2 round brush


20g white wires


8” round drum

15mm board edge ribbon

Knitting Mat (FPC Sugarcraft)

Star lace mat (Crystal Candy)


Circle cutter set (Ateco)

Square cutter set (Ateco)

1.5cm square cutter (tinkertech)

1. Knead the sugarpaste. Pin out the sugarpaste to 3mm thick, then cover the cake. Trim off the excess and smooth with the flexi smoothers to achieve sharp edges.

2. Pin out the remaining paste to cover the drum. Emboss with the star lace mat. Leave to dry overnight.

3. Mix Copper lustre dust with liquid shiny in a cup to a smooth liquid paint. Paint onto the covered cake drum with a large brush.

4. Colour 100g of sugarpaste with blue paste colour and 20g with a mix of orange; red and brown paste colour. Roll a strip long enough to wrap round the cake (half of the required is shown here) and 9cm tall. Cut out hollow squares using 5cm and 3.75cm from the blue paste. Then cut small 1.5cm squares from the rust coloured paste.

5. Fix the squares onto the strip of paste following the pattern shown. Evenly space them out. Cut some of the squares in half and fix at the top and bottom of the strip. Gently press the paste into place with a smoother.

6. Emboss the paste using the knitting texture mat applying even pressure for a neat finish.

7. Trim the top and bottom of the strip with a knife.

8. Moisten the base of the cake with a little water. Roll up the strip you have created then unroll around the cake. Neaten the top with the edge of a knife if required.


9. Knead the flower and modelling paste until flexible and smooth. Roll out thinly and cut one hollow circle using 6.5cm and 5cm circle cutters, then three hollow circles using 3cm and 2.25cm cutters.