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It's always good to have an array of patterns and embossers in your decorating box, so I recently tried out these textured sheets made by the USA company Makins. They are a quick and easy way of adding patterns and textures to your cakes/cupcakes, and there are lots of designs to choose from too. Predominantly the sheets are marketed for clay. However, you can just as easily use them for cake decorating. All you have to do is wash them in soapy water, rinse them and leave them to air dry before use. As I will only be using them for food, there is no contamination with any other products. Packaging and Contents There are four textured sheets contained in the pack. These are sealed in a cellophane packet with a cardboard interior...
Here are the two-pack splat shape cutters by FMM. These are great for a multitude of projects and very easy to use. So if you're looking for a unique splash shape/paint splatter in super quick time, then it's worth checking out the following review. Product Packaging The cutters are packaged in a see-through plastic fronted cardboard box. Product Care/Instructions There are full instructions on the reverse of the packaging telling you how to use the cutters. The packaging advises you should wash them before use. (I hand washed them in hot soapy water, rinsed them, and left them to air dry. I have also washed them in the top tray of the dishwasher, and they came out fine). The cutters can be used with icing/fondant, but it does say...
I have just discovered a stencil that I purchased a while back and thought I would add it to my list of reviews. The Tim Holtz collection from Stampers Anonymous has multiple stencil designs and is based in the USA; I'm currently reviewing the Lace THS034 design that I purchased in the UK. Product Packaging The stencil is covered with a good quality cellophane sleeve and has a sturdy cardboard insert to prevent warping. Product Care/Storage There are no washing instructions on the packaging, but this is due to the stencil being geared more towards drawings and crafts. I hand washed the stencil and then dried it using kitchen towel. It's easy to store and doesn't take up much room. Quality/Colour The stencil is a bright white...
I've been looking at updating some of my shape cutters recently and came across these rectangular ones from the Decora range. There are four different sizes in the pack, and they can be used for a multitude of projects such as biscuits, cookies, and cake decorating shapes, to name but a few. Product Packaging The cookie cutters arrived in a good quality plastic box, which keeps them intact. Product Care The instructions on the packaging state that the cutters should be washed before use. It does not say whether they are dishwasher safe; however, I washed them in the dishwasher's top knife and fork drawer, and they came out fine. Quality/Colour The cutters are a bright orange colour. They're easily visible. They're made from...
This black acrylic number topper was just the ticket for my recent Harry Potter Slytherin inspired cake that I made for my daughter's birthday. I don't tend to put black decorations on my cake and usually opt for more vibrant colours; however, as the colours of the Slytherin cake were grey, green, black and brown, this topper was exactly what I needed. Product Packaging The black acrylic 16 topper came stuck to a large piece of sturdy cardboard with a label attached stating the instructions of use. Product Care The instructions state that the topper is covered in a plastic coating which should be removed. It also advises that the topper can be washed in hot soapy water but is not dishwasher safe. Plastic Coating Removal...
Chocolate Brownie, who doesn't love a chocolate brownie? This is a firm favourite with many of you, and the best thing about it is that you can eat it plain or dress it up with fruit and cream. The only thing you really have to decide on is how gooey you like it in the middle! With this Brownie Mix, I think I achieved the right amount of goo for the right amount of bake. So without further ado, on to the review! Packaging The Artisan's Choice Chocolate Brownie Mix is concealed in a robust plastic bag that is easy to wipe down on the exterior and is lined on the interior to keep the product dry and airtight. Labelling The labelling on the bag displays all the relevant information required, such as: Ingredients Allergy Advice...
So I'm back trying more of the Artisan's Choice Products, only this time we're reviewing the Plain Crème Cake Mix. According to the website, you can make a whole host of items with this product, including puddings, cakes, muffins, tray bakes, and more, so with a variety of options in mind, I opted for muffins and cupcakes. As you know, I'm very thorough in product testing so let's run down our usual info of things you need to know. Packaging The product arrived in a large brown paper bag that was silver lined on the inside, keeping the plain crème mix dry. The packaging was very sturdy and did not tear. Labelling The label displays all the relevant information required, such as: Ingredients Allergy Advice Storage...
Having never used any of the cake mixes currently on the market, I was eager to try out and test Artisan's Choice - Chocolate - Extra Moist Muffin Mix to see how it faired with bakes I normally make from scratch. I was sent this item for a fair and honest review so let's start putting it through its paces. Here goes... Packaging This Extra Moist Muffin Mix is in a plastic bag that is easy to wipe down on the exterior, albeit the packaging is quite large for the amount of product that's in it. However, I think they use the same bags for various other products, hence why the bag was on the large side. Labelling The label displays all the relevant information required, such as: Ingredients Allergy Advice Storage Item Code Weight...
I have recently been sent these Castle Chocolatiers Chocolate Drops to be reviewed and had great fun testing them out to see what they can do. With the bag being 2.5 kg in weight, it's allowed me to make many products and discover how versatile the chocolate really is. Packaging What is the packaging like? The packaging consists of sturdy brown paper to the exterior and is silver lined on the interior to keep the freshness of the chocolate drops. Labelling The bag is clearly labelled, showing all the relevant information required. Ingredients Cocoa Butter Content Allergy Advice Best Before Date Storage Nutritional Value Weight Size and Shape What are the sizes of the chocolate drops? Each chocolate drop varies slightly in...
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