We love anything involving tea and we had been hankering to put together a tutorial on how to make a teacup or teapot for a while. So in this week’s tutorial we show you how to create an edible teacup and saucer using flower / modelling paste! We loved putting together this teacup and think it is perfect for summer afternoon tea themed parties, weddings and birthdays!
You can definitely fancy it up and add some whimsical fun by adding unusual sprays of sugar flowers nestled into the saucer, or make sugarpaste macarons and cookies to sit next to the cup. Why not add a little teabag string and label into the cup, copy the pattern from a favourite tea set, add some fondant ‘tea’ or create a elegant silver spoon either on the saucer or poking out of the ‘tea’!
What you will need:
Step one: Roll out your modelling paste to around 4mm thick and wider than your tea saucer.
Step two: Dust your sauce with icing sugar (make sure there are no lumps of sugar or this will dent your modelling paste.
Step three: Place your rolled paste into the dish and gently smooth into the contours of the tea saucer. (After a few minutes gently slide out the paste saucer to make sure it comes out easily.)
Step four: Cut away the excess paste from around the saucer like you would when cutting crust away from an un-baked pie. Leave to set.
Step five: To make your teacup handle roll out some modelling paste to about 3 inches making sure one end is tapered. Whilst it is laid on your surface begin to shape it. Keep comparing it to your teacup to make sure it’s the right size. Leave this to set along with your saucer.
Step six: Make the base of your teacup by rolling out some paste into a ‘rope’. Form this into a ring that is a bit bigger than the base of your teacup. Glue the ends together with edible glue.
Step seven: Roll out some paste and cut a circle the same size of the base of your cup. Glue this to the ring / teacup base you made in step six and set aside.
Step eight: The trickiest part is the cup itself so this needs to be checked and planned a little. Cut out a fan shape template from paper and nestle this into your cup to check how it will fit. Adjust the size.
Step nine: Using the template you created in step eight cut out the fan shape in rolled modelling paste. Place the cut modelling paste into your icing sugar dusted teacup and press slightly. Join the edges with edible glue. To reinforce the edges cut a strip of matching fondant and glue over where the edges meet. Leave to set.
Step ten: When all your pieces are set glue each together with some melted white chocolate. For the handle it helps to hold it up whilst the chocolate dries with some bubble wrap underneath.
Step eleven: If you want to create some ‘tea’ to put inside your cup then dust the inside of your cup, mould some tea coloured sugarpaste (you can use this instead of modelling paste as it doesn’t particularly need to hold) into the cup and flatten the top. Place inside your cup and gently mould further into the teacup. You can also paint the top of the ‘tea’ in a light brown colour instead of colouring fondant.
Voila! Now you have an edible teacup and saucer ready to paint, decorate and add to the top of a cake! Lovely floral sprays, polka dots and light stripes work well painted onto teacups along with pearlescent, gold or silver edges. We’re sure that whatever you do to decorate your teacup and saucer will look lovely and striking!