Leather and Lace Valentine Cake

leather and lace valentine cake

Learn how to make this striking leather and lace valentine cake in a tutorial by cake artist, Mark Desgroseilliers of Morsels by Mark:

I was stoked when asked to do a Valentine themed tutorial for Cake Decorating Corner. I wanted to stray away from the traditional whites, reds and pinks. I wanted this cake to be a bit different. I find a lot of inspiration in fashion, and while watching Project Runway with my wife, one of the designers was using leather and lace to convey a message of soft & sexy meets hard and edgy….that was it – I knew which direction I would be going in….but how was I going to get fondant to look like leather?  Read on to find out!

To complete this project you will need:

  • Cake – a double barrel for the top (6 inches round by 6 tall) & an 8 inch round (4 inches tall)
  • Black & Red fondant
  • Plastic wrap
  • Heart Plunger cutters
  • Gray Gum Paste
  • Small Chain Mold
  • Black Edible Lace (I used black cake lace in the Baroc mat by Silikomart – yes it’s ok to mix n match)
  • Clear corn syrup
  • Paint brushes
  • Silver Highlighter
  • Confectioner’s Glaze – bottled and spray
  • Parchment paper
  • Red Disco dust
  • Red Sugar Rose & leaves
  • Black Gel Color
  • Vodka
1. Roll black fondant about ¼ inch thick.  leather technique on fondant
2. Cover with plastic wrap – it’s okay if it is wrinkled a bit.  using plastic wrap on fondant to leatherize
3. Use plunger cutters to cut out hearts and set aside to dry over night.  Using the wrinkled plastic wrap will add a texture to the fondant as well as give the hearts a puffy appearance.  For this cake I cut 34 black hearts.  Cut 1 red heart following same steps.  leather fondant hearts
4. Cover tall tier in black fondant.  Use a scrunched up piece of plastic wrap to press into the fondant and start our “leathering” process – bumps and dips are ok and will help add realism to the final look.  Set aside to dry slightly.   leather texture fondant
  black leather fondant
5. Make a glaze using black gel color and vodka.  Use a wide paintbrush or pastry brush to paint the tall tier.  Set aside to dry.  shiny leather fondant
6. Cover bottom tier & board with red fondant.  Insert straws for support as well as two skewers for added stability.  red valentine fondant cake tier
7. Make lace per manufacturer’s instructions and apply to red cake.  lace cake
8. Stack cakes using white chocolate or royal icing to help glue tiers together.  stacked valentines day cake
9. Make chains using gray gum paste and chain mold.  Make enough to act as border on leather tier as well as to drape on top.   fondant chain
10. Cut 3 chains in various lengths and adhere to top of cake using some corn syrup to create chain loops. leather and chains on cake
11. Slide a small square of parchment behind the loops.  Make a paint the consistency of cream by mixing silver highlighter and confectioner’s glaze (this helps to keep the metallic from flaking off).  Also attach chain border and paint silver, too.  silver fondant chains
12. Use some corn syrup to paint the red heart and cover in red disco.  Remove excess and spray with spray glaze to prevent glitter from getting everywhere.  Decide where the center column (5 hearts) of your pattern will be and adhere to leathered cake with corn syrup – the red heart will be in the middle position of this column. fondant hearts
13. Continue adding columns to tier with taller columns to left of central one and shorter to the right.  fondant heart rows
14. Add rose to top of leather tier hiding where chains are attached. red gum paste rose
15. Glue some leftover black hearts to the cake and finish board with black ribbon.  cake lace

You now have a Valentine cake sure to set the mood for any celebration!  black leather cake

Mark DesgroseilliersMark is a Montreal based, award winning sugar artist.  His work has been featured in magazines like Edible Artist Network and on websites such as the Marvelous Molds Tutorial section.   Mark is an Administrator & the Sponsor Coordinator for the Canadian Cake Decorators Guild.  In 2014, he launched his first instructional digital class (Timeless Wedding Flowers) through The Cake Tool Company as one of their featured artists.  This year, Mark will be releasing more digital classes and launching his own line of cake tools centering around sugar flowers, his true passion (other than teaching). To see more of his work, visit his website.


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