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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

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 

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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.

Melt and Create

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

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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!

 

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

Melt and Create

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.

 

Melt and create order now with partyanimalonline

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Traditional English Rich Fruit Cake

RICH FRUIT CAKE

This traditional English Rich Fruit Cake recipe makes a rich fruit cake that is perfect for Weddings, Christenings and other Celebrations as well as for the traditional English Christmas Cake. With the rising popularity of traditional styled and Royal Iced cakes fruit cakes are again getting fashionable!

This fruit cake recipe gives a dark moist cake, sweet and fruity. We used this recipe at Party Animal for over 20 years and it never failed to get a good response whether used for Christmas, weddings or any other special occasion.

It is best to bake the cake at least one month and preferably about 3 months before use so that it matures and the flavours develop.

This recipe makes an 8″ square / 9″ round cake approximately 3″ deep.

Ingredients

The fruit Mix

Fruit and Nut mix for Rich Fruit Cake

  • 295g raisins
  • 295g sultanas
  • 280g currants
  • 145g dried apricots
  • 175g glace cherries
  • 100g mixed peel (some people leave this out but as long as it is well soaked
    it adds an extra ‘bite’ to the mix)
  • 100g chopped nuts (I personally use a mix of almond nibs, almond flakes and chopped walnuts)
  • 12ml finely grated lemon rind
  • 35ml fresh lemon juice
  • 60ml brandy or we use what we know as ‘soaking mix’ – 2 parts sherry: 1 part rum: 1 part brandy – a perfect mix for flavour and the alcohol content is unimportant as that will burn off during cooking – that’s why you can use this even for teetotallers!

The Cake Batter Mix

Ingredients for the fruit cake batter

  • 325g dark brown sugar
  • 325g butter
  • 30ml a mix of treacle and golden syrup – I use a 50:50 mix but if you prefer a darker less sweet cake just use treacle
  • 5 medium eggs
  • 20ml (4tspn) mixed spice
  • 70g ground almonds
  • 370g plain flour

Method

Soak the fruit

Chop the apricots and cherries to taste – You can chop finely for a more even dispersion but I like to have some larger pieces of cherry in the mix as I find this give a moister taste to the cake.
Adding Lemon Juice to the Fruit Mix
Add all the dried fruit, cherries and apricots to a bowl along with the lemon juice and rind, chopped nuts, and soaking mix. Mix well and cover or place into a sealed food box.

Leave for at least overnight but preferably for 3-4 days and up to about 1 week is fine. This will allow the fruit to soak up the liquid. Shake or stir occasionally to make sure all the fruit gets soaked thoroughly. This helps with plumping up the fruit for a moist cake finish.The fruit ready to soak

Bake the Cakes

Line a greased tin with a double layer of greaseproof paper or baking parchment and grease well.

Preheat oven to approx 140°C
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Cream together the sugar and butter then add the eggs. Mix in the remaining ingredients including treacle, spice, almonds and flour. Mix until smooth and then stir in the soaked fruit and any juice that is left. I find this is a good time to get clean hands involved! It is much easier to mix evenly using your hands when the fruit is added.
The finished rich fruit cake mix ready to bake
Fill the prepared tins with the rich fruit cake mixture and smooth with a damp spoon. (A good trick to make sure the mix is even is to bang the tins down a few times which should remove any air pockets.) The damp spoon should leave the top damp. This will help the top surface to cook without drying out.

Bake in a preheated oven at approx 140°C. for about 3 - 3½ hours.

Ovens vary greatly so if you find that the cake is beginning to peak or crack turn down the oven and cook for a little longer.

To test - press surface of cake lightly - it should feel firm to the touch. Take out cake and listen to it! If it sings (whistles) it is not quite ready so pop back in for a minute or two.
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Leave to cool in the tin until you can pick up the tin easily without gloves. This gives the cake time to settle and set up a bit. Turn out onto a wire rack to cool completely.

To Store

Brush the cake surface with some brandy or other spirit. You will need about 60ml. We usually use what we term our 'feeding mix'. This is 2 parts brandy: 1 part rum: 1 part sherry and gives a good flavour to the cakes. Unlike when you are soaking the fruit, you will need to use fruit juice or sugar syrup to feed your cakes for teetotallers as the alcohol remains in the cakes. If you pierce the cake surface with a fine skewer before feeding you will get the feeding mix deeply into the cake.

Cut some greaseproof paper for the top of the cake and then wrap in foil. Finally wrap in Cling Film and store in a cool dry place.

Rich fruit cakes can be stored for up to 6 months before using. From time to time open up and feed with more feeding mixture to add more flavour and keep moist. Do not overdo it or your cakes will be soggy and difficult to decorate.
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Teddy Bear Cakes

Teddy Bear Cakes

Teddy Bear Cakes

Here’s some teddy bear cakes for you to admire! It’s national teddy bear day tomorrow, so what better day to show them off!

I’ll be filling this blog with inspiration, teddy bear tutorials and cool teddy bear cake decorating supplies for your homemade cakes.

First up we have this stunning hand painted cake by Time for Tiffin, Liz does so many awesome designs and this has to be one of my favourites! Mix up your edible paint using Sugarflair Paste colours and a touch of vodka or rejuvenator liquid!

Teddy Bear Cakes

I stumbles across this cute design on Pinterest… I love it on there! Gorgeous pallet of colour on this one by Torty a la Myska.

Teddy Bear Cakes

Personally I’m a big fan of those who go the extra mile with creativity on the board! The wood effect on this cake really makes it stand out and it can be created so easily with Impression mats and a little food colouring. Cake by Crafty Confections.

Teddy Bear Cakes

This airbrushed cake looks so cool! I love the golden shimmer added to it! Created by passioni di zucchero.

Teddy Bear Cakes

How about a nautical themed ted? This is simply beautiful by Bella’s Bakery. You can create realistic shells using a range of moulds and modelling paste. I personally love the shells and starfish mould by Alphabet Moulds.

Teddy Bear Cakes

I can tell a Shereen’s Cakes & Bakes cake from a mile away, Shereen just has the most awesome way with colours! I mean how cute is this?!?!

Teddy Bear Cakes

Romantic Ted! McGreevy Cakes has outdone herself with this one… gorgeous decoupage design. I’ll have this one for Valentines Day please! 😉

Teddy Bear Cakes

Cute Teddy Bear Picnic Cake by The Cupcake Lady. Create the floating balloon effect using a strong wire or dowel… gravity defying!

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Tea Break for Ted! How adorable by Bake-A-Boo. Love the biscuits on the side!

Teddy Bear Cakes

Julie Cains Cakes has always really stood out to me! I love Julies individual style of creating texture. Amazing to know: each piece of sugarpaste is rolled to create hundreds of fury spikes! Now that’s dedication from a talented cake artist!

Teddy Bear Cakes

We love this wonderful design made by Marion Frost. The teddy on top was made using the Patchwork Cutters ‘Make a Teddy’ cutter! Fab ay!

Teddy Bear Cakes

Again the last contribution to our blog is by Marion Frost over at Patchwork Cutters. Marion has used the large number cutters and teddy bear cutter from the ‘Teddy Bears Picnic’ set to create this simply stunning cake. Loving the daisy detail on the big 3!

Teddy Bear Cakes

A cute simple Teddy Tutorial found on Pinterest.

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Check out this vid by Just Cake It on how to make a teddy! It just gives you the ideas to start practicing yourself and remember we have loads of goods to help you on our Online Store so feel free to pop on for the ‘live’ chat option too!

If you liked this blog you can check out our Teddy Bear Cakes Collection here for loads of goodies that will help you with your Teddy Bear Cakes! For more inspiration visit our Teddy Cake Board on Pinterest!

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.

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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

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10 Beautiful Butterfly Cakes

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10 Beautiful Butterfly Cakes

10 Beautiful Butterfly Cakes10 butterfly cakes

I’ve been looking around to find some of my favourite Butterfly Cake Designs and these are just 10 that I fell in love with!

To see more than 10 beautiful butterfly cakes you can check out our Pinterest Board ‘Butterfly Cakes’ that I’ve been collecting new #CakeInspiration on!

All the links to those wonderful cake artists that created these stunning cakes can be found through our Pinterest Board.

1: Fantasy Butterfly Inspiration with airbrush details.10 butterfly cakes

2: Violet, Lilacs and Lavenders… beautiful 4 tiered stacked cake creation.10 butterfly cakes

3: Vibrant Butterflies and Polka Dots…10 butterfly cakes

4: Stained Glass Butterflies.10 butterfly cakes

5: Handpainted Butterfly Cake with brush embroidery detail.10 butterfly cakes

6: The 3D Butterfly effect. I love the decoupage used to create the feel of movement within this pretty cake.10 butterfly cakes

7:  The Elaborate Butterfly Cake… 10 butterfly cakes

8: Simple and whimsical. 10 butterfly cakes

9: Silhouette and Airbrushed.10 butterfly cakes

10: Rainbow Butterfly Cake… Rainbows and Butterflies, you cannot go wrong with that combo! 10 butterfly cakes

Butterfly Cakes can be used for so many occasions especially around the Spring & Summer seasons. Think gorgeous tiered Wedding Cakes, Anniversaries or elaborate Birthday Cakes and there is so much now available to help you accomplish your design ideas.

Check out our tutorial on how to make a Lacy Butterfly Cake Toppers too!

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Silhouette Cakes

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Cute Farm Yard Cake Tutorial

Cute Farm Yard Cake Tutorial

Cute Farm Yard Cake Tutorial

Cute Farm Yard Cake Tutorial

 

Check out this super Cute Farm Yard Cake Tutorial brought to you by FMM Sugarcraft.

Using the latest cutters from FMM Sugarcraft making a super cute farm yard cake couldn’t be easier. Novelty cakes are always great fun to make!

The new cute animal cutters make it so much easier to put this gorgeous cake design together without all the extra hand cutting hassle!

Cute Farm Yard Cake Tutorial

Here’s what they look like once cut. I would definitely recommend using modelling paste here. Modelling paste is firmer and therefore much easier to release from the cutters than sugarpaste. This is even more imprtant in warmer months when sugarpaste can be very sticky making it hard to handle.

Cute Farm Yard Cake Tutorial

A quick tip to make your own modelling paste is to use 1tsp of Tylo Powder to 250g of sugarpaste, mix well then seal for 6 hours whilst it has time to work. Tylo makes your sugarpaste easier to work with and also allows it to dry firmer.

Here’s a video to show you exactly how to create your fun farm yard cake.