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If you're in need of a cake fix and are saddened to hear that Cake International isn't going ahead at the minute, then why not get yourself online and enjoy the carnival instead! Filled with all your firm favourites from modelling demonstrations, floral demonstrations, cake business help, sculptures, and much much more. You'll be pleased to know that our wonderful Rosie Cake Diva will be hosting the event, and a few other cake favourites will also be making an appearance too! This...
 
If you are looking at other gift ideas for the summer, then how about making some of these sweet boxes. Great for both children and adults alike, they can be filled with any sweet treat imaginable. Perfect for parties, weddings, get-togethers, or even for a Friday night treat. The only thing you'll need is a bag of sweets, boxes, decorations of your choice and a great imagination! Not only can the sweets be tailored to the individual, but so can the boxes. For the decoration aspect, you...
 
Here are some last-minute Father's Day cupcake toppers for you to have a go at. These are a great generic design and easy to recreate. All you'll need are some of the following equipment. Circle/Pastry Cutters Heart Cutters Letter Cutters Rolling Pin Edible Glue Icing/Fondant I used Renshaw - Poppy Red, Latte and Baby Blue for the colours. Just make a batch of cupcakes, buttercream or jam to the top of the cupcake and then decorate as required.
 
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...
 
So with it being John's birthday, I finally had time to make him a cake this year. Usually, he reminds me about the day before, and I've never got all the stuff I need, or I'm making one for somebody else. So after patiently waiting three years, he finally gets this one. Now in all fairness, it nearly went in the bin! Because when I first started decorating it, I squished the sides, and all the filling came out. 🤨Anyway, after a few deep breaths and a little chat with myself, I finally...
 
When using the plain creme mix, I made muffins and cupcakes using two different methods. Method 1 was done by adding the ingredients in stages and at different speeds. Method 2, although using two different speeds I used the all in one method instead. Method 1 - Made Muffins - Adding the eggs first and then the oil and water. Method 2 - Made Cupcakes - Using the all in one method. Method 1 - Muffins - Adding the eggs first and then the oil and water. Ingredients 500 grams Cake Mix 175...
 
If you are looking for a vibrant summer cupcake, then why not rustle up a batch of these citrus lemon curd cupcakes. All you'll need are a few yellow bits to help with the visual, and voila, your summer cupcakes will appear in no time. Now, remember less is more, so don't overload the cupcakes with everything that's lemon. As long as the picture of them looks lemony, then you'll only need a few decorations/flavours to help pull off that summer vibe. Here is a mini-guide showing you how to...
 
Well here it is... the rainbow birthday cake for our granddaughter's 5th birthday yesterday. It's five layers of vanilla sponge, coloured with concentrated pastes, vanilla buttercream in between the layers and crumb coat, milk chocolate buttercream for the icing, dark chocolate ganache for topping and drip. Also topped with maltesers as requested, plus sprinkles. The longest drip broke in transport, can just see where it was. In all the excitement, we forgot to take a picture when we...
 
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...
 
This mini-tutorial shows you how to make your own homemade gold-painted chocolate drops using a chocolate mould and edible paint. Equipment/Ingredients Chocolate Drops Silicone Mould Chocolate Piping Bag Scissors Paintbrush Toothbrush Edible Gold Paint* *If you are making the paint from scratch will need alcohol, gold lustre, a small pot to mix in and a cocktail stick. Method 1 Firstly, wash the mould in the dishwasher or hot soapy water and let it air dry. 2 If you would like...
 
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...
 
I have to give a quick mention to Holly and Andrew, who have recently sent me these lovely products over from BFP. Founded in 1932, BFP has been supplying a whole host of companies and cake makers since the dawn of time, so I was thrilled to be sent the above products for me to try out and review. The products include... Milk Chocolate Drops Chocolate Muffin Mix Plain Crème Mix Chocolate Brownie Mix The guys have sent me these various products to get to grips with, so I'll let you...
 
Move over, Colin; a new Chocolate Treat is making its way to town! Yes, that's right, folks; for all you Jaffa lovers out there, things just got interesting! You'll be pleased to know that our friends over at Mcvitie's have been working their magic and have teamed a Jaffa Cake with the one and only doughnut, thus bringing us Jaffa Jonuts! The Jaffa Jonuts will be available to buy from Tesco stores this Sunday and can be purchased individually at 60p or £1.99 for four. Last year they...
 
Well here is the first birthday cake, for youngest son... Different than planned for various reasons. it's a 7-inch two layer chocolate cake with milk chocolate buttercream between the layers inside. The side is iced with Swiss meringue buttercream, the top and drip are a 50% dark chocolate ganache. I went for the random look with the drip. The icing will get better with practice. The fully finished version had a bought "Happy Birthday" topper behind the square chocolates. Rainbow cake next.
 
If you're looking for elegant ways to spruce up your cupcakes, then why not try your hand at these chocolate stamp toppers. The fun thing about them is they're quick to make, you can have different designs, and you can either leave them as they are or decorate them with sprays, colour or lustre if you wish to. The size of each stamp is approximately 2.5 cm in diameter, which is similar to that of a two pence piece. Now I did this in two ways; I explain both methods to show the results of...
 
I've put together some hints and tips on making paint with Gold Lustre, and some do's, don'ts and possible outcomes when making edible paint. What alcoholic products can I use to make edible paint? You can make edible paint using Vodka, Rejuvenator Spirit or Vanilla/Lemon Extract, as they are all alcohol-based. The lemon extract also contains oils that mix well with the dust, helping it flow/paint better. Please note that the Vanilla or Lemon Extract may leave a residual taste on your...
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