In light of HRH Princess Eugenie’s autumnal themed wedding cake, and the beautiful colours of the season that are seeping through my window I have been inspired to make some edible leaves that you may want to have a go at.
To begin with, I pre-washed my range of plunge cutters in hot soapy water and left them to air dry.
Mason Cash Ivy Leaf Cutters
Kitchen Craft Leaf Cutters
Mason Cash Leaf Cutters
Autumn Fall Leaves Tutorial
To create the leaves, I took a selection of autumn fall colours and rolled them into balls. I used Renshaw’s Icing; Chocolate, Poppy Red, Black, Yellow and Lincoln Green colours.
I pulled a little piece off each of the icing fondant balls and squashed them together with my fingers on the silicone mat.
I then rolled the squashed icing out onto my lightly dusted (with icing/confectioners sugar) mat using a rolling pin to create a marbled effect.
Once rolled out to the correct thickness, I took one of the leaf cutters (that had also been pre-dusted in icing/confectioners sugar) and held the cutter with my thumb and forefinger as shown below. I then scored it in a side to side motion on the mat.
I then lifted it into the air and then ran my finger along the edge of the cutter to smooth the edges. As autumnal leaves can be damaged, torn or have rough edges you can leave them rough looking if you want to, it all depends on the look you are going for.
I then put the cutter back on the dusted mat and pressed the cutter into the leaf to make the indent pattern. It should then pop out onto your surface.
Continue and repeat this process; I did it with the different size cutters.
You can then place them in a blossom/petal former so that it gives the leaves some dimension.
If you do not have a blossom/petal former, roll up some clingfilm or saran wrap and drape the leaf over that and let it dry, this will allow the leaves to dry in a bent position.
I re-rolled some more icing but this time put dots of colour on the top and just rolled them in lightly so that I would have bold colours sat in the icing fondant.
I then used the Kitchen Craft Cutters for a different shaped leaf. I repeated the process as above using these cutters and then the Mason Cash Leaf Cutters for the bigger leaves.
As you can see they don’t take that long to make, but do look very effective.
These leaves would be great on celebration cakes, bonfire themed cakes or added decoration to cupcakes.