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with Toba Garrett
Online Class

Elevating Oriental Stringwork

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Expand your repertoire of piping techniques with delicate Oriental stringwork. Join distinguished cake artist and instructor Toba Garrett, and start with the basics: make and use the perfect royal icing to ice your cake for a super-smooth finish and razor-sharp corners. Move on to measuring and marking your cake, before Toba guides you through piping a traditional design with gorgeous Oriental stringwork. Then, create a more modern design that incorporates trellis piping and a piped ornament for tremendous style. Toba will even teach you tips for safely transporting this sophisticated style of cake. Deliver gravity-defying stringwork that has the elegance customers crave and the precision judges look for.


  • advanced
  • 6 episodes
  • 1h39m

Included in this Class

1. Royal Icing Basics

1. Royal Icing Basics

Discover the gravity-defying beauty of Oriental stringwork with your instructor, cake artist Toba Garrett. Learn to create the perfect consistency for egg-white royal icing, which is paramount for piping strong stringwork.

2. Coating the Cake in Royal Icing

2. Coating the Cake in Royal Icing

Cover your cake in marzipan and then coat it with a meringue-powder royal icing one thin layer at a time to create a beautiful, smooth and sturdy surface on which to build your stringwork.

3. Traditional Oriental Stringwork

3. Traditional Oriental Stringwork

Create drop strings that appear to float upward as you learn the technique behind this beautiful effect. Measure and mark your cake before creating your first strings. Then flip your cake upside down to mirror your work in the opposite direction.