|Gumpaste Chili Pepper Plant|
This month, at the Sweet Arts of Orange County Cake Club, we had a hands on class on how to make a Chili Pepper Plant in celebration of Cinco De Mayo. The class was taught by John Jennison who is an amazing sugar artist in making realistic and botanically correct flowers. I was really excited about this since it was also my very first class!
As eager as I was, before we could get started, John showed us how to knead the gumpaste into the right consistency and how to roll out and shape a chili pepper...
|John Jennison showing us how to roll and shape a Chili Pepper|
|Ta-da! The chili pepper|
|My 2 chili peppers and 3 little leaves waiting for their next step|
|Calyx added to the base of each pepper|
|John showing us how to lightly brush the leaves and peppers with petal dust|
|And finished them off with a light spray of edible lacquer|
The edible lacquer we used is by Albert Uster Imports and called, Lacquer Spray. It only took a very light spritz of the spray, dried instantly and left a nice glossy finish on the chili peppers - amazing stuff!
What a fun class and hopefully, if time permits, I'll get an opportunity to take more of John's classes and finally learn how to make some real looking flowers. At least for now, I have some chili peppers.