HOW TO MAKE A CAKE STAND
- 350g of polymer clay in white
- 57g of polymer clay in black
- 57g of polymer clay in grey QSmall wooden dish, 10cm (4) diameter
- Non-stick baking sheet
- Baking tray
- Plate, 20cm (7 7 /8) diameter
- Knife QNon-stick rolling pin
- Thickness guides or marzipan spacers (we got ours from www. windsorcakecraft.co.uk)
- Kitchen wipes
- Pure alcohol, 95% or higher
- Wet and dry sandpaper in grades 800, 1200 and 2000
- Microfibre cloth
- Kitchen towel
- Hot glue gun
Whether you’ve spent hours faffing in the kitchen or made a last-minute dash to M&S, any treats become Insta-worthy when artfully arranged on this marbleeffect make. The secret? Polymer clay. Yep, a clever bit of rolling and blending and you’re on your way to an impressively luxe cake stand.
Once you’ve got the technique down, how about making a set of these disks as fancy placemats?
01 Preheat the oven to 110ºC/ 225ºF/Gas Mark ¼ or according to the polymer clay manufacturer’s instructions. Ensure your workspace is free of dust and lint.
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