Awesome Uses for Royal Icing

Here’s some awesome uses for Royal Icing

We have put together a cool blog with ideas on using Royal Icing for the latest trends in cake decorating and sugarcraft. Not only that but we have put together some of our favourite Royal Icing recipes and it includes one suitable for Vegans & Vegetarians too.

Delia Smith Royal Icing Recipe

1 lb 2 oz (500 g) icing sugar, sifted
3 large egg whites
1 teaspoon glycerine

For the full method check out Delia’s page. I have tried and tested this one myself and find it great for peaky icing, piping and biscuits!

Are you vegan or vegetarian and wanting to find a recipe to suit those dietary requirements. Well, there’s one right here:

Wallflower Kitchen Vegan Royal Icing Recipe

9 tbsp chickpea brine (the water drained from a can of chickpeas)
500g / 4 cups icing sugar, sifted*
2 tsp vegetable glycerine (optional)

For the full method checkout Wallflower Kitchens Blog.

You can also make some homemade hummus while you are there!!

Alternatively, Squires Kitchen do an awesome powdered Royal Icing mix, all you have to do is add water and you can use as little or as much as you like!

Awesome Uses for Royal Icing

Now we have the recipes down we can look at what to create with all this Royal Icing.

Rose Run Outs

I love this idea by ‘I am Baker’ although after reading her blog I would definitely avoid moving these gorgeous cuppies at all costs! Especially avoid driving with them. Stunning though aren’t they! For the cupcake swirl, Amanda used a 1M piping tip.

Traditional Cakes

It may be a few years since these cakes were the height of fashion but I think they are absolutely stunning and something really different to admire. So much work goes in to creating these stunning cakes. Let’s bring them back!

Above cake created by Lion Sugar Work

Above cake created by Fair Cake who offers master classes on creating these gorgeous Royal Iced designs.

Learn how to create some of these awesome designs with this video:

Henna Designs

These are fantastic, using a writing tube to create intricate henna patterns to add to the cake for free-standing design. Oh Sugar Event Panning have kindly put together a fabulous step by step on how to create your very own henna sugar transfer HERE.

You don’t have to create free standing designs, the royal icing can also be piped directly on to the cake. The cake below was created by Panache Cake Design. I would recommend a visit to their website with a  coffee and a slice of cake to drool over the fabulous cake designs they create!

Create Gold Piped Designs

This is simple however, it is time consuming. Check out SweetAmbs fab guide on creating your very own gold royal icing. You can use a range of gold lustre to create this!

gold royal icing tutorial by SweetAmbs

Royal Icing Biscuits

How cute are these?! I love the use of a simple heart cookie cutter to create these adorable love birds. Huge thanks to Little Wonderland for putting together this comprehensive tutorial. See their page for the full method.

Royal Icing Biscuits

Brush Embroidery with Royal Icing

Using the Patchwork Cutters Poppy Cutter to create an impression you can create gorgeous floral designs on biscuits, cakes or even cupcakes.

Check out this fabulous video tutorial by our friends over at Patchwork Cutters for tips and help with brush embroidery.

I wanted to finish up with these 6 uses of Royal Icing by Squires Kitchen. You certainly will have lots of ideas for using Royal Icing as your media going forward! We hope you enjoyed reading this blog.

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

How To Make A Drip Cake

★ 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 

Make Drip Cake

★ 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.

Melt and Create

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

Using Tylo Powder

Using Tylo Powder

Using Tylo Powder

Using Tylo Powder

If you want to know more about using Tylo Powder and how to get the most out of the product for cake decorating and modelling then you are in the right place.

This write up has been brought to us by the well renowned cake decorating colours and consumables company ‘Rainbow Dust Ltd’.

Tylo Powder is an essential ingredient in any sugar crafters equipment box, and is widely used to make modelling paste, flower paste and edible glue. It is also reffered to as CMC and is a professional grade extra fine powder, which is available in 50g, 80g and 120g.

Modelling Paste:

Tylo Powder is vital in transforming sugarpaste into Modelling Paste and it starts to work straight away, no need to leave over night like it’s alternative Gum Tragacanth.

  • Add 1tsp to 250g of Sugarpaste and knead well.

Tips:

If it starts to crack then add a little more sugarpaste and knead again.

Once done the paste is now ready to creat models, drapes, bows and to use in moulds.

 

Edible Glue

Using Tylo Powder to create an edible glue is really easy!

  • Simply mix 1/4 teaspoon to 50ml of water in a pot.

It will initially form a lumpy mixture, don’t worry as this is normal!

Leave overnight and the next morning you’ll find a clear thick glue ready to use. If you require it to be slightly thinner simply add a little more water.

Tips:

With Tylo edible glue you can also create ‘gunge’, this is the term we use to describe very thick glue paste, made from sugarpaste you are using and mixed with a small amount of the Tylo edible glue. This is used for a stronger hold and it will match the colour of sugarpaste you are using it with!

 

Flower Paste:

Tylo Powder can also be used to make flower paste, ideal for making wired flowers, shapes on wires and any other shapes or leaves that require a firmer paste.

Flower Paste Basic Recipe: For 500g of Flower Paste

  • 450g of sieved Icing Sugar
  • 5 teaspoons of Tylo Powder
  • 60-65ml of cool boiled water

Add all the ingredients to a bowl and mix together using an electric mixer, mix until completely combined. Place the paste on a dusted non stick work surface and knead until fully combined. Then place in to a polythene bag until required.

Tips:

You can freeze both modelling paste and flower paste for up to 6 months!

 

We have a few different sizes available in the Tylo Powder and with it’s long best before’s and versatility it’s almost worth getting the larger quantities!

All sizes of Tylo Powder are available in our Online Shop.

Why not Pin the Rainbow Dust worksheet so you always have it handy!

Using Tylo Powder

 

Pink Cake Inspiration

Pink Cake Inspiration

So today is Pink Day and we are here to inspire you with some gorgeous Pink Cake designs.

Pink Day Inspiration

 

I love that we have a day for everything! Pinks are really fashionable right now, whether it is blush pink, dusky pink or fuchsia pink!

Did you know that 23rd June welcomes and celebrated National Pink Day!?… well you do now.

Here’s some super pretty pink cakes to inspire you…

Pink Day Inspiration

This gorgeous striped Pink Cake was found on The Cake Blog

 

Pink Day Inspiration
Mon Cheri Bridals

I still love the look of naked cakes! They just look so elegant, I love this idea of a partial naked cake with pink details and flowers. Stunning. Thanks to Mon Cheri Bridals for sharing this with the world.

By MakeMyCake
By MakeMyCake

This hot pink two tiered cake by Makemycake is stunning! Beautiful details and blossoms! You can achieve this colour with Sugarflair Fuchsia Food Colour Paste!

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By Peggy Porschen

Peggy Porschen has such fantastic talent! Just look at those pink edible Peonies cascading down this stunning masterpiece.

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Now this is a real girly Christening cake! Our lovely customer & fan Mary Quin shared this beauty with us on our Facebook Page!

Pink Day Inspiration
By Dorta Mifa

Handpainted cakes are huge! I love the colour combo on this one created by Dorta Mifa

By Bubble & Sweet
By Bubble & Sweet

This is a blog I came across a few years back on Bubble & Sweet! They used our edible gems to encrust the edible crown! LOVE! The blog is full of loads of really great articles & tutorials.

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I’m not sure who the artists is but I stumbled across this on Cakes Decor, so many talented folks on there! Serious Pink Cake Inspiration!

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Macarons and Cakes! Errrrr yes please! Pink can be accompanied well and Juniper Cakery show this off with a gorgeous leafy green on this 2 tiered stacked part naked cake.

Some of my favourite pinks available in food colouring on the market are by Rainbow Dust & Sugarflair and of course are all available in our Online Shop as well as loads of other cakey goodies.

Pink Day Inspiration

If you liked this blog…you’ll probably like these too for cake eye candy!

10 Beautiful Butterfly Cakes

Nurse Inspired Cakes

Silhouette Cakes

Baby Block Cake Toppers

Baby Block Cake Toppers

How to make Baby block cake toppers by our guest blogger Victorious Cupcakes.

Baby Block Cake Topper Tutorial

This is a really cute tutorial which is perfect for so many occasions; New Baby, Christening, 1st Birthdays and Children’s Novelty Cakes. You can use whatever colours suit the occasion…go for pastel shades for babies and lovely bright colours in primaries for your toddlers!

Here’s what you’ll need:

Ingredients – To make 5 blocks you will need:

Baby Block Cake Toppers

Step 1:

Mix 30g of fondant and 30g of modelling paste (keeping 10g for the lettering) together and knead for a couple of minutes to warm the paste up. Colour with a touch of food colour paste.

Baby Block Cake Toppers

Step 2:

Roll the fondant/paste mixture into a 20mm thick sausage and mark out squares on the top, as a guide where to cut.

Baby Block Cake Toppers

Step 3:

Cut the squares out using a sharp knife and flatten the top by rubbing it onto your work surface. Use a touch of corn flour to stop the squares sticking.

Baby Block Cake Toppers

Step 4:

Emboss the edges of the squares with the stitch tool or a cocktail stick.

Baby Block Cake Toppers

Step 5:

Roll 10g of white modelling paste to 1mm thick and leave to dry on the counter for 15 minutes. Dust the counter and letter cutters lightly with corn flour. Cut your letters and tap the end of the cutter on the counter – the letter should fall out. If it gets stuck in the cutter, the paste needs to be thinner, roll and leave to dry again.

Baby Block Cake Toppers

Step 6:

Stick the letters to the blocks with a water brush.

Baby Block Cake Toppers

Step 7:

You could leave the letters white or paint them with edible paint.

Baby Block Cake Toppers

Step 8:

Display the blocks on your chosen cake.

Baby Block Cake Toppers

If you loved this blog, you’ll like these tutorials we’ve added:

You can also see loads more of Victoria’s fabulous tutorials and recipes over on her page on at GoodtoKnow.

Edible Stripy Bow Tutorial

Edible Stripy Bow Tutorial by Shereens Cakes and Bakes.

I had to share this simple yet incredibly creative Edible Stripy Bow Tutorial by our lovely guest blogger Shereen. For more of Shereens awesome tutorials visit her Facebook Page.

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What you will need:

  • Sharp Knife
  • Rolling Pin
  • 2 colours of your choice modelling paste (250g sugar paste mixedw ith 1 tsp gum tragacanth, leave overnight in a bag to settle) or you can use just sugar paste, I prefer modelling paste.

Also try switching up the colours depending on the occasion, a red and white striped bow would look fab for Christmas!

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Roll your colours into a sausage shape and then flatten/stretch a bit with your rolling pin about 5mm thick, can be thicker if you like, these were about 10cm long and 3cm wide, the wider and longer the bigger the bow – tip, try and work fast with your sugarpaste or modelling paste so it stays ‘warm’ and a little tacky so it sticks together and you don’t need glue.

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Start layering 1 colour at a time.

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Your stack of icing – make however many stripes you want and press down a little on it to make it all stick together.

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Using your sharp knife, trim the edges, you can see the icing is pretty well stuck, if your icing is too dry this won’t work too well

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Cut strips from your block, these should be about 5mm thick.

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Roll it out with your rolling pin and trim the edges.

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Bring your edges in and fold and pinch them in the middle and stick down trim off the excess between the bow to give you the bow shape.

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Add some more stripy icing to the middle and glue it on – set aside to dry. This was a smallish bow so I didn’t need to add anything into the bows to get the shape. If your bow is bigger, just use some bubble wrap, kitchen paper towel or rolled cling film to place inside the bow to shape it.

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To make the ribbons roll out more icing and cut in the middle and cut each edge at an angle.

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Fold and pinch the straight sides.

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Use some glue to layer and stick them on as pictured.

Edible Stripy Bow Tutorial

Add your bow to the middle and voilà you have a VERY big stripy bow with ribbons.

I love this Edible Stripy Bow Tutorial, a big thanks to Shereen for sharing this with us. We hope you enjoy giving it a go as much as we did!!

Pumpkin Spice Doughnuts with Cinnamon Glaze

Pumpkin Spice Doughnuts with Cinnamon Glaze by She Who Bakes.

This recipe really caught my eye this year! You see so many recipes for Pumpkin Pie but not much of anything else. The plan is to use up the leftover pumpkin from our annual pumpkin carving session.. It helps that it will make something super tasty!

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Here’s what I am planning; Pumpkin Spiced Doughnuts. This recipe is courtesy of our fab guest blogger Britt, from She Who Bakes.

Ingredients for Doughnuts;

  • 220g pumpkin purée
  • 350g plain flour
  • 100g brown sugar
  • 2 large free range eggs
  • 60g softened unsalted butter
  • 2tsp baking powder
  • 1tsp cinnamon
  • 1tsp ground ginger
  • 1tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1tsp mixed spice
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp bicarbonate of soda

Ingredients for the Cinnamon Glaze:

  • 300g icing sugar
  • 1tsp cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons of water

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Step 1: For the pumpkin purée; Cut off a section of pumpkin. De-seed, peel and cut into chunks.

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Step 2: Weigh your chunks of pumpkin to 220g.

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Step 3: Boil for 20 minutes or until soft. Then whizz in a food processor or mash! Then leave the purée to cool.

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Step 4: Meanwhile, make your doughnut dough. Mix together your brown sugar and softened butter.

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Step 5: Then add in your eggs. Once they have been mixed in, add in the flour, baking powder, salt, bicarbonate of soda and all the spices.

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Step 6: Then add in your pumpkin purée.

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Step 7: Mix on a high speed to create a wet dough.

Step 8: Now, if you had a doughnut pan, this is where you would spoon the mixture into the cavities. However, I am without one (if you were thinking of what to get me for Christmas…) so I had to improvise. The mixture is too wet to roll and cut out shapes. Instead I popped the dough into a piping bag and piped circles of the dough onto a lined baking tray.

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Step 9: Bake for 10-12 minutes.

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Step 10: Once your doughnuts have cooled, make up the cinnamon glaze. Take 300g of icing sugar, 1tsp of cinnamon and 2 tablespoons of water and mix in bowl

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Step 11: Dip your doughnuts into the glaze and before it sets, sprinkle with a cinnamon sugar. (1tsp cinnamon and 3tsp caster sugar)

They sound awesome, right? A good way to use up those Pumpkins this Halloween. A huge thanks to our Guest Blogger: Britt from She Who Bakes, for taking the time to write up this recipe for us!

To see more of Britt’s lovely recipes see her blog.

Here’s some Pumkins we’ve been busy carving… non of them are going to waste!

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