How to Paint on Icing – Rainbow Unicorn

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Painting a Cartoon Style Rainbow Unicorn

This Rainbow Unicorn is painted on icing in a cartoon style using a poster painting technique. If you know how to paint on icing you can add any images you want to a cake and this tutorial will lead you through the stages to get a great finish. This is one of the simplest forms of painting on icing and a great place to start! You use blocks of colour to build up the Rainbow Unicorn image. A little shading adds basic detail.

For this Rainbow Unicorn I have traced out the design and transferred it to a plaque using the edible pen technique (tutorial for this coming soon). You can do this straight onto your cake if you prefer.

At the end of this post you will find a video showing the whole process.

You will need:
You will need food colours, palette brushes and edible ink pen

How to mix the colours

Start by adding some icing whitener to your palette

Add a spot of each colour to the centre and mix a little into the powder using water or alcohol

You will need:

  • Pale pink for the body
  • A deeper pink for shading
  • Blue for the horn and hooves
  • Yellow, Purple, Deep Pink, and Aqua for the mane and tail

How To Paint the Body

Paint the main part of the body of the rainbow unicorn pale pink
Load the sable brush with pale pink colour. This should be liquid enough to flow smoothly as you paint so adjust the thickness if you need to. Follow the shape of the unicorn’s body and use long even strokes to paint the pink all over the body, head and legs. Add more colour to your brush when you need to.

Adding shading to the rainbow unicornThen using the deeper pink colour – this should be a few shades darker – don’t make it too dark!- add shading detail to the head, underside of the legs and body and around the back of the unicorn.

Using a little more of the pale pink blend the edges of the shading so there is no obvious line between the two pink colours.

How to Paint the Horn and Hooves

detail of hoovesUsing the pale baby blue fill in the whole area of the horn an hooves. Then darken the blue a little and paint in the shaded detail – a line down the horn and the edges of the hooves.

Painting the head detail

close up of head detailMix a little of the pale yellow with a little pale pink to make a light flesh colour and paint the muzzle of the unicorn

Add some deep pink to this and paint the inside of the ears.

Using the deeper baby blue paint the eye

How to Paint the Mane and Tail of the Unicorn

Using the deep pink paint a stripe down each section of the mane following the flow of the outline. Do the same with the tail.
Add a stripe each of purple, yellow and aqua until the mane and tail.
detail of mane and tail
are complete. Finish the tail with a thin stripe of pink on the top

Using a very pale yellow brush around the base of the unicorn so he looks like he is sitting on something rather than floating in the air!

Leave to dry completely

How to Complete the Rainbow Unicorn

drawing the outline
When the painted unicorn is completely dry outline carefully with the thicker end of the Rainbow Dust Food Art Pen. Use long strokes if possible for a smoother finish. Draw in the eye leaving some of the blue visible and add lashes. You can add a small white dot in the eye using the Icing whitener powder to add life to eye if you like.

I have used the black pen to emphasise the cartoon nature of the painting however you can use a pale grey or pink pen if you prefer a softer look.

 

If you want watch the whole process I have added a video of how the Rainbow Unicorn was painted so check that out below:

Video Tutorial – How to Paint a Rainbow Unicorn on Icing

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How To Make a Drip Cake

…and everything else you need to know.

I’ve been busy, researching the best ways to create the ultimate drip cake and I’ve found some really interesting information for you guys. The plan is for me to write it all down in one place for you!

I have found the best free tutorials, top cakey tips and fan share inspiration. I’ll also recommend the products you can use to achieve the very best results.

This video is by Rosie’s Dessert Spot and gives you a really good idea how to get started with your drip cake.

The blog that I’d also highly recommend is Craftsy’s ‘How To Make a Trendy Drip Cake’

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Craftsy offer a full and even more importantly free step by step guide to create this also vibrant cake.

MATERIALS NEEDED:

  • Chilled buttercream, ganache or fondant covered cake (The chilled part is important! Keep it in the fridge until you’re ready to add the glaze drip)
  • Heavy cream (aka whipping or double cream)
  • Tempered chocolate or confectionery coating
  • Gel or paste food colouring (appropriate for use with chocolate)
  • Angled palette knife
  • Tablespoon
  • Microwaveable glass bowl
  • Spatula

Do you want to achieve that gorgeous vibrant pink? Try out Rainbow Dust Pro Gel Pink! Our favourite!

Pink Day Inspiration

OK, so we’ve mastered the cake, we have a step by step… do you want to try and create a glaze drip? We’ve got you covered with this helpful video recipe from Cupcake Savvy Kitchen. Their youtube channel has loads of great, free video tutorials on it!

TOP TIP: Worried about your buttercream melting? Add a small amount of Meri-White to the mix, this helps firm the buttercream slightly, whilst keeping it light and fluffy… no sticky mess! This same technique goes for all buttercream cakes including cupcakes!

Finally lets get some Drip Cake Eye Candy on the go with some of our lovely customer shares!

We have share days on our Party Animal Online Facebook Page on Monday’s and Friday’s if you want to share any of your creations with us 🙂

Drip Cake Inspiration

★ FAN SHARE ★ Now how about this for a drip cake!! This is Wendy Palmer’s first ever drip cake and I think it is amazing!! I could tuck into a piece of that right now! Chocolate heaven!

Drip Cake Inspiration

★ FAN SHARE ★ Leaza McLaughlin has shared her tasty looking Wedding Anniversary Cake with us!
“Simple buttercream and ganache drip cake for my wedding anniversary 💍🍾. Ganache coloured with Sugarflair pink paste.” Happy Wedding Anniversary and what better way to spend it than eating cake

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★ FAN SHARE ★ Mmmmm I could eat a huge slice of this right now! This delicious cake has been shared with us by Katy Chanter “Made this yummy chocolate orange drip cake. Gorgeous progel orange from your good selves.” Thanks for shopping and sharing with us Katy 

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★ FAN SHARE ★ “This was 9″ high. No dowels as the choccy is hard in this weather” posted by Cathy Taylor.

We recommend always using dowels if you are using buttercream or ganache and especially in warm weather. It will save the chance of a complete hair pulling disaster!

If you like the metallic cake finish on Cathy’s cake I recommend reading our Metallic Cake Finish Blog!

Did you know you can also make drip cakes using just Colour Melts? Read our blog Melt and Create to find out more about them.

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Thanks for reading and following our blogs… feel free to write any suggestions for helpful articles in the comments below.

Patchwork Cutters GiveAway

Patchwork Cutters GiveAway

I thought I’d let you in on a little secret… we have a really cool giveaway running on our Facebook Page this month that gives you the chance to win one of two prize bundles of Patchwork Cutters.

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It’s really simple to enter and let’s face it… you have to be in it, to win it!

You don’t need to fill in any long forms you just simply enter through our Facebook Page HERE.

Enter our Give-Away for the chance to win for awesome Patchwork Cutters Sets. There will be 2 winners this month!

Prize 1: 

Patchwork Owl Cutters & 

Patchwork Hot Air Balloon & Parachute Cutters

 

Prize 2: 

Patchwork Wedding Silhouette Cutters

Patchwork Hearts & Swirls Cutters

Patchwork Cutters Owl Cake Cutter

A huge range of Patchwork Cutters can be found on our online store at great prices!

This competition will be open for 3 weeks only. It ends at 12GMT on 22nd February 2017.

TOP TIP: Product Reviews can be entered once per day allowing you up to 21 extra entries over the 3 weeks!

We ship worldwide both for products & giveaways so everyone is welcome to join in whether you are in the UK or Australia!

Good Luck!

Thanks for continuing to support us through our social media sites and our blog. We have loads more helpful tutorials coming soon so keep popping by and enjoy our latest Patchwork Cutters GiveAway, we hope you win!!

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Check out this fab tutorial on using Patchwork Cutters Owl Set… just one of the fabulous cutters up for grabs in our giveaway!

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Melt and Create with Rainbow Dust Colour Melts

 

With Rainbow Dust’s new fantastic colour melts you can melt and create a huge range of fantastic edible fun! Of course we now have them available on the website if you fancy giving them a go.

I’ll be sharing our favourite tricks using colour melts and it’s not just about Cake Pops!

The Best Bits

  • They are made up of Non-Hydrogenated Fats
  • Smaller Buttons that melt quicker
  • Great flavour
  • Available in 8 colours and more coming soon!

Packs of Colour Melts

To melt them you can use multiple methods. One being the Microwave, nice and easy does it! The other is the double boiler, slightly harder work but ensures you don’t over-do your candy buttons.

Instructions for Microwave – Place candy melts in a microwave safe bowl. Do not melt in the bag. Microwave for 30 seconds at half power or on the defrost setting. Repeat until completely melted be careful not to over cook your melts.

Instructions for Double Boiler – Partially fill the bottom pan with water and bring to a simmer.
Fit the top pan or bowl in place and add the candy. Stir until completely melted. A jug or bowl can be used to replace the top pan. Do not allow any water to come in direct contact with the candy.

The PME Chocolate Melting pot also works fantastic with these!

 

Melt and Create

Here’s some fantastic examples on using your colour melts by Rainbow Dust.

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I love the use of the colour melts on these tasty Cake Pops. Use Rainbow Dust Edible Gold Glitter to add an extra sparkle!

Cake Pops using Rainbow Dust Colour Melts

Try dipping cake balls in candy melts and popping them in a mini cake cup, once done drizzle with different coloured candy colour melts to create these gorgeous mini cake bites.

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Or why not go for gold and create edible ice cream bowls, this will really impress the guests and they are so easy the kids can have fun giving it a go too!

Check out the entire rage of Rainbow Dust Colour Melts.

 

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Christmas Cake Bites Tutorial

Christmas Cake Bites & Cake Pops

Christmas Cake Bites & Cake Pops

These little Christmas Cake bites are a great way to use up extra Rich Fruit Christmas Cake, and if you pop them onto cake pop sticks they make Christmas Cake Pops. Perfect little mouthfuls of Christmas for after dinner or for Christmas buffets!

You will need:Ingredients for Christmas Cake Bites

Because cakes vary I have not given quantities here as it will depend on how dry your fruit cake is as to how much of the apricot jam and brandy to use. I used about 500g of cake, 1 large tablespoon of apricot jam and 1 tablespoon of Brandy for mine but you will need to adjust the quantities depending on your own cake and taste. This quantity made about 30 Christmas cake bites.

Crumble the cake into a bowl and mix in apricot jam and brandy until the mixture sticks together.

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Roll the mixture into balls about 1″ in diameter.

mixture rolled into balls

Place the vermicelli into a bowl and roll the balls into it making sure they are well coated and set aside to set up.

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If making cake pops do not make the mix too wet or they will not stay on the sticks – if your cake is quite moist it is probably better not to add brandy to the mix for the cake pops as this may make your mixture too wet – you can get a similar taste without the liquid by adding a drop or two of Brandy flavouring instead or try my personal favourite Amaretto flavour from Beau Products…yummy!

Make up a small quantity of Royal Icing. I used the Squires Kitchen Royal Icing mix as this can be made easily in small quantities – just remember that like any Royal Icing it needs to be beaten well until thick and standing in firm peaks and if  you are not making up the whole bag at once make sure you give the bag a good shake up before making up to make sure the ingredients are evenly distributed.

For the cake pop bites dip the end of your cake pop stick into the royal icing and fix the ball of cake mixture onto the end. Leave to set up before decorating.

making-christmas-cake-pops

Place about half of your royal icing onto a tile and paddle down with a palette knife until it is smooth. Add a few drops of water until it is at soft-peak consistency. Place in a small bag with a No 2 nozzle and pipe a little onto the top of each bite – allow it to run down a little for the best effect. Leave to set up.

piping the topping

 

Colour your remaining icing – half red and the other half green. This should be stiff.

Colour the icing for the holly

Place the green icing in a bag with a No 2 nozzle and pipe 3 small leaves for your holly.

Place the red icing in a small bag with a No1 Tube and pipe 3 small bulbs for the holly berries and leave to dry completely.

completed cake bites and cake pop

Pop the Christmas Cake bites into petite fours cases for presentation. Serve after dinner or as a special treat during the Christmas period. They also make a lovely little gift if you wrap them in cellophane!

 

Snowballs – An alternative to the Christmas Cake Bites

If you want to make an alternative type of Christmas cake bite how about these snowballs!

Make the balls of cake mix as before but this time cover with a thin layer of marzipan. Roll your marzipan into a strip, roll the cake mix into it and cut to size. Pinch the ends to seal and snip of any excess marzipan. Roll in your hand to form a round ball.

Marzipanning the snowball bites

Leave to set up. Then let down a little of your royal icing on a tile so that it is just at soft peak and roll each of the marzipanned bites into it before popping them on a cake pop stick and standing to dry. You can finish with a sprinkle of edible glitter for a bit of glitz!

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Anyone will be impressed with these yummy little mouthfuls when you hand them round after your dinner or when you are all chilling in front of the Christmas TV.

How to Marzipan a Square Fruit Cake for Royal Icing

How to Marzipan a Square Fruit Cake for Royal Icing

Royal Icing is one of my favourite coverings and it is really starting to become very fashionable again.   I love the flavour and the crisp sharp appearance of a Royal Iced cake but if you want a great Royal Iced cake you need to start with a good base coat of Marzipan. this tutorial will teach you how to marzipan a square fruit cake ready for Royal Icing.

Unlike most sugarpaste cakes where we marzipan to get rounded edges by marzipanning the cake all-in-one. With Royal Icing we need the marzipan to give really sharp edges so we do the top and each side separately.

We have recorded the following video tutorial to show you the best way to professionally marzipan your square fruit cake. The cake in the video is a 7″ square cake and uses about 850g marzipan.

We start off by marzipanning the top of the cake which takes about 2/3 of the marzipan. The remaining third is used to marzipan the cake sides. This means that you do not have too much marzipan on the sides but there will be enough to seal the cake ready for the royal iced coatings whilst the top has the depth of marzipan to give great flavour to each slice.

Requirements for Marzipanning a Fruit Cake for Royal Icing
You will need:

  • Square Rich Fruit Cake
  • Alcohol or orange juice for feeding
  • Apricot Jam
  • Marzipan (I use the Renshaws Rencol Marzipan because it is smooth and has great flavour!)
  • Cake Board – Do not use the board you will be finally presenting the cake on – start with a rough board until after you have completed the Royal Icing covering

The tools you will need are:

Once you have completed the mazipanning leave the cake at least overnight. The ideal is a few days to crust over but you can leave it up to a couple of weeks before covering with Royal Icing. It can even be left longer but if you leave it too long the marzipan will dry out and lose its flavour.

Coming Soon…

How to Marzipan a Round Cake for Royal Icing