Before it can be used for decorating cakes, cupcakes and cookies, the lace has to be dried out. Bearing in mind the humidity in my location, I knew that it would be prudent to dry the lace in the oven rather than leaving it to air dry and so popped it in the oven at 80 C for 15 minutes as directed.
Once "cooked" and cooled, time to peel! You can see the peeling technique in the video above.
It is always very exciting when trying a new product, because you can't wait to see how it turns out and then go on to use it on a cake or cookie, but, this is one of those times when, you really need to take a minute, take you time and focus. Definitely a task for after the kids have gone to bed, trust me, you can't be peeling cake lace with someone shouting "Mum!" every two minutes.
When you are ready to peel, it is a good idea to start by putting some baking or parchment paper on your work surface ready to peel the cake lace onto. Start by bending back a corner of the mat and peeling off a little of the lace, then turn the mat face down and fold it back upon itself. As you peel, you can use the spreading knife to hold the peeled lace down
This is where it all went a bit wrong for me the first time. The lace was just stretching and breaking away rather than peeling off. If this happens to you too, remember this is time to stop and a think, rather than chucking the whole lot in the bin or peeling it all off in tiny little bits.
After a few moments of reflection, I decided that my layer of cake lace was too thin and maybe a little too sticky, so I spread another layer of cake mix over the top of the existing one decided to bake it for thirty minutes this time. And Hurrah! this worked for me, once the cake lace had cooled, it peeled off like a dream.
For my first attempt, I had used about half a batch of mix, so the next time I tried, I used the whole of the batch in one layer and baked for 30 minutes and this also worked beautifully. It maybe that these minor issues could be remedied by mixing the cake lace with a whisk, I will be trying this next time and I will let you know what happens.
If the 25 minute video above is a little long for you, you might prefer this shorter one
I have also tried the ready coloured black cake lace mix (see picture and link below) so just thought I would share a few tips
- It is a good idea to put some cling film over the areas of your worktops that you will be using to spread the lace over the mat (just in case)
- Don't worry if the mix looks a sludgy purple when prepared, it will dry to a lovely deep black
- The black mix may stain your hands a little, so consider wearing gloves if this worries you. My hands were a little stained in places, but the staining washed / wore off within a few hours