Karen Burton




JEM Equipment #1: The wedding cake

JEM cutters and equipment Obsession
I’ve been cake decorating for around 35 years and have known and owned JEM products for many of those but it was not until I recently when I went to a product training day at PME Knightsbridge in the UK that I truly fell in love with these products. I would like to share my new found enthusiasm for JEM with you all by showing what I create using these products and hope that inspires you to have a go too!
So here we go, The wedding cake, which I have affectionately named JEM Obsession :) I will run through everything I used to decorate each tier/section of this cake and post a ‘how to’ in the very near future. (This is manly because I’ve not taken the picture yet of each stage in progress) If you have any questions, please, please feel free to ask and I will reply as soon as I can.

Close up picture of the top tier side.
The Hydrangea cutter and blossom cutter are used here and the centres of the flowers are piped with coloured royal icing using a No.1 piping tube. The piping is done using royal icing and No.1 piping tube and just a note as to why I did this, it’s to soften the ‘edges’ and give an illusion of depth, a bit like when foliage is added to a bouquet.

Close up picture of the middle tier.
This frill was created using the straight frill cutter, it had 4 layers top and bottom. The Hydrangea cutter and blossom cutter for the ‘floral’ band and the centres of the flowers are piped with coloured royal icing using a No.1 piping tube. The base boarder, see the bottom tier description.
Close up picture of the bottom tier.
I used the scroll cutter to create the main feature and then over piped it in royal icing using a No.1 piping tube. Just to the right of the shot is a lace applique piece made using the primrose cutter and the base boarder is a embosser/ribbon cutter finished with a piped No.1 snails trail top and bottom. Once everything was attached, piped and dry, I highlighted all the details by painting it with an edible pearl shimmer.

I hope you all like what I have amde and don’t forget, any questions, please ask :))

-- Karen's Cakes

  • Part 1: The wedding cake

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Michal Bulla

You did an amazing job on this cake Karen. well done!

Donna Tokazowski- Cake Hatteras, Hatteras N.C.

A very beautiful cake!

Toni (White Crafty Cakes)

So gorgeous Karen! Thank you so much for sharing!

SweetKOKEKO by Arantxa

Incredible work!!! I love the pipping from the last photo the most!!!


How much will a cake like this roughly sale for?

Karen Burton

It’s difficult to say how much a cake like this would cost but a guide of upward of £400 dependant on size, cake flavour and if any is decorated ‘dummy’ tiers.

Cake Decor in Cairns

Gorgeous and thank you for ypur revi5on Jem tools. I have yet to try them out but you have motivated me.

Karen Burton

Hi Cake Decor in Cairns, I’m glad you liked this. I will be posting some more things soon about how to use these great cutters properly as the technic is a little unusual :))

Mirth Cakes

Nice cake Karen. I saw your cake on PME forum.

SugarMagicCakes (Christine)

Love your piping techniques Karen, this cake is gorgeous!
Im yet to try jem cutters, I have a lot of pme plunger cutters. Thanks for this guide xx