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How to cover a cake and make some edible icing decorations and toppers.

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There are different types of modelling paste on the market, but I have found that Saracino gives remarkable results. (See Saracino Review) If you do not have any modelling paste and wish to make your own, then all you need to do is add one teaspoon of tylose powder to around 250 grams of icing/fondant/sugarpaste. To ensure you get the best results, add the tylose in stages so you can feel whether the paste needs all the powder or if you need a little less or more. Humidity and weather will play a factor in this, so it's best to add in stages until you get the consistency you prefer. Basic Baking and Cake Decorating Cake Decorating and Model Toppers Easy Cupcake Toppers Hints, Tips and Tools Recipes and Guides Tutorials
If, like me, you've flattened or misshaped a few model heads when making edible decorations, then here's a perfect solution for you. In order to prevent the dreaded flatness from occurring when you've created your faces on the table, then why not try out this ingenious idea instead. I'm not entirely sure of the technical term for it, but it's effectively a little padded sling, hammock or cradle to put your delicate edible heads in, thus giving you ample time to create the perfect eye, nose, and mouth sockets without the fear of squishing or flattening your head in the process. It also has a dual purpose too. Not only does it work for model heads, but you can also use it as a cornflour pouch for dusting. So win-win really! Here's...
I've put together a step by step guide showing you an easy way of rolling out your icing fondant or marzipan and then applying it to your cake. Please note that for sponge cakes, buttercream, jam and frosting form an adhesive that allows your icing/fondant to stick to your cake. However, if you have a fruit cake that needs to be covered, use apricot jam as the adhesive and ensure you marzipan and icing/fondant it also. This is because the fruit from the cake can bleed through onto a single layer of icing. Before we get started, I need to mention that if you are going to use this method to roll out Marzipan, note that... Jam will be your best adhesive to stick the marzipan to the cake. Never use cornflour or cornstarch with...
Have you ever wanted to know how to prevent your icing fondant covered cake board from scratching? Then check out this tutorial! We've all done it, scratched it, dented it, or marked it, but how about not doing it anymore? This is a fabulously easy way to foolproof your boards, even at the last minute! The simple solution is by baking it! Yes, you heard me correctly; you can bake a fondant covered board in the oven; what this does is dry it out, leaving you with a rock hard board that you can work on without the fear of destroying it! Heres' how! Now there are a few rules to this; you don't bake it at a normal temperature as you would a cake, and be sure to know the difference between Celsius and Fahrenheit because this can be the...
Many cultures have embraced gnomes over the years, and everyone has a different take on them. Some find them mystical, others charming; however, you can't deny they are super cute! So with that in mind and it being the festive season I thought I'd put them together with a Santa Claus twist. How to make Gnome Santa Claus The icing fondant colours used to make the Gnomes Santa & Mrs Claus are Renshaw: Jet Black Poppy Red Yellow White Sugarflair Concentrated Dye - Caramel Ivory - (This was mixed into white icing fondant to make the caramel/ivory colour for the nose). https://www.helpmebake.com/threads/how-to-use-concentrated-food-dye.49/ You can use edible glue or a little water to stick the pieces together; however, I used the heat...
I recently made a Harry Potter Slytherin Cake for my daughter's birthday and thought it would be a great idea to put together a tutorial on how to make the Sorting Hat. It's relatively easy to do and looks quite effective too. So if you'd like to make your own, here's a step by step tutorial showing you how I did it. How to make a Harry Potter Sorting Hat Equipment Chocolate or Brown Icing (I used both) Rolling Pin Silicone Mat Dresden Tool Paintbrushes Black Lustre dust Tin/Cling Film (Saran Wrap) (Optional) Water/Edible Glue (Optional) Icing Sugar (For dusting, Optional) The Hat is made from Chocolate and Brown coloured icing/fondant and was built up in stages to make the most realistic features. You could use either...
Unicorns are lovely little mystical creatures that seem to be adored by everyone, so what better way of bringing your favourite creatures to life than making an edible one! Whether it be for kids or adults alike, I'm sure the recipient of this lovely whimsical creature will thoroughly enjoy it. How do I make a Rainbow Unicorn Cake Topper? To make an edible Unicorn cake topper, you will need the following items: Icing Fondant Lustre Dust - Gold & Pink Click- Twist Brush - Metallic Light Gold Double-ended Ball Tool Ball Dotting Tool Scallop/Comb Tool - (If you wish to make a mouth). Dresden Tool Paintbrushes Kitchen Towel/Roll Tylo/CMC Powder - (This is a hardener that will help your topper supports itself). Black Pearls or Black...
Seeing as Rainbows and Unicorns aren't going anywhere soon, I thought it only fair to put together a tutorial to show you how to make a Rainbow Cake Topper. This tutorial will show you two ways of making the rainbow topper using icing/fondant. How do I make a Rainbow Cake Topper? To make the Rainbow Cake Topper, you will need the following: Coloured Icing/Fondant/Sugarpaste 2 x Silicon Mats Cake Smoother Edible Glue Thin Paintbrush Cocktail Sticks Large Knife Small or Large Circle/Pastry Cutter Icing Sugar for dusting. (Optional) Cling film/Saran Wrap (Optional) Small Cake Board (Optional) What colours did you use to make the Rainbow? I used the following Renshaw Icing Fondant Colours: Poppy Red Tiger Orange Yellow Lincoln...
In order to ensure you have enough icing rolled out, you can use a handy trick. Get a piece of ribbon and place it on the end of you cake board (before using buttercream or jam etc.) then place the ribbon across the edge then up the side of the cake over the cake, down the other side of the cake and to the edge of the board as per picture 1. When stretched out, this will give you a rough idea of how wide the icing/fondant needs to be in order to cover your cake. Now see illustration 2, if you roll your icing out to the length of the ribbon both lengthways and widthways it will ensure you have enough to cover the cake. 1. Place your ribbon across the board and cake. Stretch out the piece of ribbon. 2. Roll out your...
Have you ever see the soft edges on icing fondant and wondered how did they do that? Well, guess what, here is a little tutorial showing you just how easy it is to do. Not only does it look pretty, but it's also relatively simple to achieve and finishes off shapes beautifully. Method: 1. Roll out your icing fondant to your required thickness, place a sheet of cling film/saran wrap over the top of the icing fondant and then rest your cutter on the top. 2. Push the cutter directly into the cling film/saran wrap and icing. 3. Remove the cutter to see the indent into the icing/fondant. (You'll notice here that the pictures have changed to when I cut out the second circle. That's because I forgot to take all the relevant images...
My daughter recently asked me if I would make a cake for one of her close friend's Great Nan's 100th birthday, and I thought it would be the perfect opportunity to make the milestone cake and use one of the sparkly cake toppers at the same time. After being informed that the cake was for a small gathering, I set about sourcing a cake topper to give the cake some height and a little bit of bling. (If you make it to 100 years old, you want to have something a little extra special on your big day, don't you). So having used pink and blue before on my Mother-In-Laws 70th birthday cake, I thought I would make some Petunia and Hydrangeas and mix up the colour scheme with a pop of white to break it up a little. Cake: To start with, I...
Here is my latest cake creation that I made for a dear friend of mine for her 50th birthday. If I'm entirely honest, I struggled a little bit coming up with a design for this one as my friend had given me free rein with it and I wasn't quite sure what kind of cake I was going to make. So after a few sleepless nights, a hunt through every colour known to man I decided that blue and white would be my colour of choice. Even though I had an idea, I still didn't have a vision, and this didn't come about until a discussion with our community members and a trip to my friend Jules' house with cake tins, some flowers and a few ideas to boot. After chatting with everyone and listening/bouncing ideas, we finally came up with a 3 tier flower...
The good thing about cake is that you can have pretty much any design you want! No matter what your brief, you can create one of the wackiest cakes that you can think of and something that is unique to only you. This year my daughter had a mixed bag of ideas and finally came up with this design for her 13th birthday! The making of the toppers can be found in Baking Adventures. Now to the cake part! Firstly we rolled out Renshaw Poppy Red Icing. I then covered the cake in chocolate fudge icing, ready for it to be covered in the red icing. Once the icing had been put onto the cake, I cut the excess off with a pizza cutter. I then smoothed the cake over with a regular cake smoother and then used the Flexi smoothers for a more...
I recently made the following Peppa Pig Cake for our friends Granddaughter and thought I would give you a guide on how to make your own. Please note that I made the cake the day before to allow it to cool and settle for 24hrs prior to decoration. Day 1 Firstly I made an 8 inch Madeira cake using this method: Madeira Cake All in one method. The quantities I used were: 450 Grams Plain Flour (All-purpose for the US) 2 Teaspoons Baking Powder 400 Grams Caster Sugar (Superfine for the US) 400 Grams Margarine 7 Medium Eggs 3 Tablespoons Semi Skimmed Milk I baked it at 150°C/300F for 1 hour 50 mins. Once baked, I placed the tin on a wet tea towel on top of a wire rack to cool and allow for easy release. I left it for 10 minutes then...
I recently made my in-laws a 50th Golden Anniversary Cake with no golden elements in sight! After much debate and spending a small fortune on gold decorations, I decided that I would go old school in theme and actually bring back a wonderful memory for them...queue the wedding picture! In order to obtain the said wedding picture, I had my daughter request a few old photos from her grandparents for her school project and asked her to include their wedding picture so that their suspicions were not roused. Once I had the photo, I set about looking online to see who could recreate the image onto edible paper. Easy you might think but actually not so; after looking on the net, I found that not many people do rectangular images, nor do...
Here is a step by step tutorial on how to make the Ferrero Rocher Cake. First, make the cake; I made a 6-inch marble cake; however, you could make any flavour of cake you like including this chocolate cake. To make the marble cake the same as mine, follow the Chocolate cake instructions but remove the cocoa and increase the flour to 200 grams; then follow my marble cake's instructions, which shows you how to make the marble effect. Once you have done this, you can then get to the fun decorating part! You will need the following: Rossini Curls or Finger Biscuits Cake Board/Box - I used a 10-inch thin board. 250 Grams Chocolate Icing Chocolate Sprinkles, Curls or a Small bar of chocolate that you can peel using a potato peeler to...
As Valentine's day will shortly be upon us, I thought I would help inspire you with some edible gifts! So here is a tutorial on how to make a Valentine's Owl. This edible Owl is a lovely little Valentine gift that can melt hearts; it is very easy to make too! I used Renshaws Chocolate Icing, Renshaws Poppy Red Decor~Ice, Renshaws White Decor~Ice and my own Yellow pre-dyed icing. Method: Here is your step by step guide with pictures showing you how to make the edible Valentine's owl. 1. To make the owl, I rolled the chocolate icing into a small ball size and then flattened it slightly between my palms. I then patted the sides of the icing and moulded it with my hands to make a rectangular shape. 2. I then pinched the ears...
Here is a quick guide on how to make an edible saw blade. 1. For the edible saw blade, I added black and white icing together to make the grey colour. 2. Once I have kneaded it together fully, it gives me this grey colour. I then roll it in a ball, add a little tylo powder to it and then roll out flat like below. 3. Then, using my largest circle cutter or pastry cutter, I cut out a large circle. 4. Now, using a small circle cutter, I cut a hole in the middle also. 5. Now, to make the blade effect, to do this, I got a heart cutter and used the base of the heart to cut out the same sized blades. 6. Then, leave to dry overnight. I placed it on top of a plastic food bag that was lightly dusted with icing sugar...
A cheap way of creating hair for cupcakes or models is to use a garlic press. Simply place fondant/icing through the press and watch the hair appear. Cut with scissors and attach to your model or cupcakes using edible glue or water. Basic Baking and Cake Decorating Cake Decorating and Model Toppers Easy Cupcake Toppers Hints, Tips and Tools Recipes and Guides Tutorials
Here is a tutorial showing you how to make your very own pizza cake. To begin with, you will need to make a Victoria Sandwich base for your pizza. This is shown further down in the tutorial below. Once you have made the base and left it to cool you can then carry on and make the following toppings for it. Pizza Base Ingredients: 75 Grams Margarine 75 Grams Granulated Sugar 1 and a half Medium Eggs 75 Grams Self Raising Flour A third of a jar of Strawberry Jam For a 7 - 8 inch deep crusted pizza cake base: Icing/Fondant Yellow White Black Green Red Brown Equipment: Whisk, Grater, plates, rolling pin, clingfilm, 8 inc sandwich tin, mixing bowl, spoon, spatula etc Method: It's up to you which way around you wish to make the cake...
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