If I had to choose one word to review Stevi Auble’s – Delicate Wafer-Paper Cakes class, on the Craftsy platform, it would be WOW! Being a stranger to wafer paper, I will admit that I was extremely intrigued by the whole idea.
The only time I ever achieved making something that was even slightly close to the result you get with this medium, was when I used extremely thin gum paste. Anyone familiar with gumpaste knows that the thinner you roll it, the much quicker it dries and that gives you way less time to be able to work with it. The working time and results you get with wafer paper are just amazing and I have become a very big fan.
"In taking this Craftsy class, you will not only learn how to mold this paper, but you’ll learn just how versatile a medium wafer paper is"
Stevi is a really great teacher, and actually one of the best I have encountered on the Craftsy platform. Her teaching style is very thorough and although she gives you a lot of information, she delivers it in a concise manner. She takes you through plenty of techniques with the paper and provides templates for her “stylized flowers” and explains her cake design process. She also points out many ways where you can implement your own “style” to the flowers you create. Part of the beauty of this technique is that, especially for flowers, you are not trying to make a botanically correct flower. After working with the paper in the few initial tries, you can see that there is a lot of room for interpretation. When I made my first rose, my decorator instincts took over and I embellished and added to the rose in a way that would have taken much longer with fondant and/or gumpaste. It was so artistically satisfying!
In taking this Craftsy class, you will not only learn how to mold this paper, but you’ll learn just how versatile a medium wafer paper is. While it has its limitations on a buttercream cake, the possibilities are endless when applied to fondanted cakes. When used with special paper punches you can create unbelievably detailed patterns that would never hold up if punched out in fondant. Stevi makes gorgeous use of edible gold leaf and printed patterns on the paper. Because of her background in design, Stevi is very skilled at combining colors and patterns. She makes use of this great knowledge and instructs you on how to select and pull different patterns together. This helps so much when you have a blank canvas and are wondering how to start so that you end up with something as beautiful as the cakes that she creates.
This class is definitely geared towards a beginner cake decorator or anyone who has had zero experience in working with wafer paper. Even though it is delicate and sensitive to humidity, its positive results totally outweigh any extra care you need to give it. I highly recommend this class as I have made flowers from modeling chocolate, fondant, gumpaste, buttercream and now wafer paper. When I compare all the methods of making flowers for a cake, this is one of the methods to get a truly beautiful flower in the least amount of time. I love wafer paper!
Update: We used this technique for Piper's Christening Cake! Check out the result below:
We even applied the wafer paper technique to create these ruffles:
The complete setup in all its wafer paper glory is available here:
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Craftsy Class: Delicate Wafer-Paper Cakes
Skill Level: Beginner
"Must Have" Tools for Craftsy Class
- Piping Gel
- Wafer paper
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Joanne’s love of pastry started with earning her Girl Scout baking badge! Since then, she has graduated from the French Culinary Institute and The New School in NYC, where she also completed an internship with Gail Watson Custom Cake. Joanne has advanced training with industry experts such as Nicholas Lodge,...