How to Use a Lace Mold

Wedding cakes with lace patterns on them are very popular right now. Using a lace mold is one way you can achieve an all over lace design, lace border, or just a few lace accents. Lace molds can be used with either rolled fondant or gum paste and come in many exquisite styles and designs. These molds are usually on the more expensive side, but are well worth the investment. The molds are fairly easy to use, but may require some extra patience and practice to get the pieces looking perfect.

Here’s how to use them:

Step 1: Dust the mold with a pearl or luster dust if a pearlized look is desired. If not, dust the mold with cornstarch.

Step 2: Roll out the fondant or gum paste so that it is about 1/8″ thick and large enough to cover the entire mold. Place the fondant onto the bottom piece of the mold.

Step 3: Using your finger, press the fondant down into the mold.

Step 4: Place the top piece (or pieces for this particular mold) on top of the bottom piece, lining up the edges.

Step 5: Starting at one end, roll over the mold with a lot of pressure using a rolling-pin.

Step 6: Tear the excess fondant away from the mold.

Step 7: Remove the top piece and use your finger to neaten the edges of the fondant.

Step 8: Turn the mold over and flex it so that the fondant piece is released. Don’t pull the fondant out or it may stretch or tear.

Step 9: When ready, attach the lace piece to the cake using piping gel. If the lace piece must conform to the shape of the cake, it should be attached right away, before the fondant dries.

Both of these cakes were decorated using a silicone lace mold:

green and pick color was added to the lace pieces to create a colorful Hawaiian lei

gold shimmer was added to the lace trim for an elegant 50th anniversary cake

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