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We had the pleasure of receiving a demonstration by the lovely Pat Smith this month who was showing us how to make Gladioli sprays like the one below. Pat took the time to carefully show us each stage of making the flowers and explained what tools we would need and the techniques we should use to recreate them in their various stages of bloom. It was amazing to see how realistic the flowers turned out and was a thoroughly enjoyable experience. It was a lovely afternoon, especially...
 
Here is a quick step by step guide showing you how to make Coconut and Jam Cupcakes. I only needed a small batch and didn't want to waste any so I scaled down the recipe to suit my needs. This recipe will make you six luscious cupcakes, however, if you'd like to make twelve then just double the quantities. Ingredients 75 Grams - Softened Butter or Margarine 75 Grams - Granulated or Caster Sugar 1 and a Half Medium Eggs 75 Grams - Self Raising Flour 25 - 30 Grams - Desiccated Coconut...
 
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...
 
I'm all about having staple cake decorating items in my cupboard, and Piping Gel is definitely one to add to the list. You'll be surprised to discover how versatile this tub of clear gel really is, and how many things you can actually use it for. Having recently used the piping gel as a form of glue to stick my edible ladybirds to the side of my cake. It was great to find that not only did they stick without sliding, but you couldn't see any of the gel holding them in place either. You...
 
Torting a cake is just a really posh way of saying that you need to level and slice your cake into even-sized layers and then fill them evenly to give you the height of cake you require. You must ensure that each layer is level so that when stacked and filled, the overall cake is stable, straight and upright. How do you torte a cake? To torte a cake, you would level it first, then select a specific cake height that you want your cake to be. From there, you would then torte (cut) the cake...
 
If you are looking for a silky smooth fudge with no boiling involved, then this is the stuff for you. This creamy melt in the mouth Mini Egg Fudge is extremely easy to make and tastes delicious too. Moreover, it doesn't take long to make, and your family and friends will adore it! Here is the step by step tutorial showing you how to make it. How to make Mini Egg Fudge Ingredients 400 Grams - White Chocolate 397 Grams - Condensed Milk 160 Grams - Mini Eggs Note: I used 400 grams of...
 
So these are some more of my creations that didn't quite make the cut. This was my attempt at trying to make a feminine version of my superhero toppers, however, she's more hair and glasses than anything else. Add to that, I couldn't get her hair to swish the way I wanted it to, and she definitely wasn't giving me the superhero vibe. So queue round two, whereby I changed her hair, put the mask front and centre, and we end up with 'Olive On the Buses' rather than a kick-butt superhero...
 
So here we are back at our April BSG Meeting, and it didn't disappoint! This month we let our creativity do the talking and recreated this lovely Easter Lamb that Judith had prepared for us and demonstrated how to do. Not only is she cute, but she's made using a creme egg, so she was doubly keeping with the Easter theme. Firstly I was a tad worried because I didn't bring an egg with me, but Sheila, who I sat with, gave me her spare. I didn't actually need it, though, in the end, as...
 
If you are looking for a quick and easy project with the little ones this Easter, then why not have a go at making these quick and easy easter egg nests. You only need three ingredients, an excellent stirring motion and help to decorate. The nests help give the little ones a chance to do some mixing and even helps with their counting skills too. To make the nests, you will need the following ingredients and equipment. I only wanted to make a small number of cakes, and this recipe will...
 
I made this cake for a colleague who was leaving to go and work as a kitchen gardener in a large hotel. It was the first time that I had made such a cake and was really proud especially when asked where I had purchased it from and the reactions i received when I said that I had made it.
 
When rolling out icing/fondant/sugarpaste onto a dusted surface, people typically use either icing sugar/confectioners sugar or cornflour/cornstarch, depending on their preferences and the colours they are rolling out. However, please note that if you're unsure which one suits you best, then why not try mixing a little of the two together and rolling out on that instead.
 
So I was off again to the BSG March Meeting, and this time we had the lovely Jackie Buckley showing us how to make some Filigree Flowers. Now, in all honesty, this is something I haven't come across yet and looking at how intricate it is, it's probably something I would have previously passed on. However, now that we're back out in the world, I'm all about embracing new things, and this is definitely one of them. Jackie was extremely informative and helpful throughout the workshop and...
 
If you want to ensure that your cupcakes come out moist and fluffy each time, then why not try some of the following techniques to help you out. A little tweak here and there with your baking can lead to fabulous results. 1 It's all about creating air bubbles; therefore, if you're using a stand mixer, mix your batter on a very slow speed until the ingredients have just combined. 2 Try not to over mix; otherwise, you'll undo all that lovely work you've just put into it. Overbeating leads...
 
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...
 
When I made my ladybirds, and ladybird cake Han decided she wanted to make her own. So after looking through the internet and bringing up lots of different pictures, she finally settled on this black and red version. She made it using Poppy Red & Jet Black Renshaw Icing and then painted the face using White Sugarflair Concentrated Dye. When she'd finished that, she then went on to make this cute little strawberry while she had the icing and dye out. I love it! 😍 How to make easy...
 
This ladybird cake is a relatively easy design, and the decorations can also be made in advance. The cake itself was a 6-inch victoria sponge filled with strawberry jam and then covered in white icing fondant. The grass is lincoln green, and the blade shapes were made using a cutter. I made the ladybirds a few days before so that they had time to dry out and were easier to handle. They were made from Renshaw Poppy Red and Jet Black icing. I painted the flying swirls onto the cake using a...
 
So as you know, I've started to venture back out into the world, and I've managed to have another wonderful meeting with my sugarcraft ladies. This month's meeting was Valentine's inspired, and we weren't disappointed. We had three demonstrations in total by Judith, Mo and Nicola, ranging in levels from easy to difficult and even giving us the chance to get a little hands-on too. Our first demonstration was provided by Judith, who runs the meetings. She demonstrated how to re-create these...
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