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.

Fun Easter Egg Ideas

Fun Easter Egg Ideas

We have been putting together some fun Easter egg ideas and products you will love.

Find out ways to decorate your chocolate and boiled eggs.

We love chocolate eggs but even the Party Animal’s can only eat so many so we have brought you a range of savoury and sweet ideas!

Edible Silk Range Rainbow Dust

Either create your own chocolate eggs by melting down chocolate and moulding or buy them ready made and decorate.

Rainbow Dust Silk Range is perfect for giving your chocolate eggs a metallic finish! All you need to do is a pot of this magical dust and a brush. You use the brush dry and dust the metallic food colouring on your chocolate. The dust is fine and coats chocolate really easily.

Fun Easter Egg Ideas - Chocolate Eggs

In the image above it shows using the dry brush method on a chocolate Easter egg.

The colour in the picture is one of my all time favourites Metallic Ginger Glow. It’s a lovely rich dark gold. You can dust anything with this stuff. So why stop at Easter Eggs?

cake made using metallic dust

Above is a gorgeous metallic cake using Flame Frenzy and Moroccan Red in the metallic silk range. So you see, you can dust anything with it!!

Sorry I got sidetracked with the so much sparkle! Back to more fun Easter egg ideas:

See this cool tutorial on dusting the chocolate Easter eggs.

Fun Easter Egg Ideas - Boiled Eggs

Decorated Boiled Easter Eggs

Now what about some hard boiled eggs? Did you know that if you use a few drops of Colour Flo in water and put your egg in there after hard boiling it, that the egg will change colour.

Egg shell is porous and allows for the edible food colour to be absorbed. You can then take them out and use edible paints like the Paint It range to handpaint cute designs on them, just like this lovely picture above!

Now what about trying some more designs with Squires Kitchen to design your homemade Easter Eggs. To get the most from your chocolate we recommend Squires Kitchen couverture chocolate which is perfect for tempering to get the most beautiful shine. This chocolate is high quality Belgian chocolate and also happens to taste amazing!

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.

Fat-Free Swiss Roll Recipe

Fat-Free Swiss Roll

rolled and filled fat-free swiss roll

At Partyanimalonline we have been baking cakes professionally for many a year and we would like to share some of our basic recipes for you to adapt for your own cakes and bakes and today I present to you a fabulous fat-free swiss roll recipe:

This basic swiss roll recipe fills a tin about 35 x 25cm (13″ x 9″). Light and perfect with fruit cream and ganache for cakes and desserts. The finished size depends on your filling and how tightly you roll.

Ingredients

  • 3 large eggs
  • 100g (4oz) Caster Sugar
  • 100g (4oz) plain flour
  • 1 tablespoon (15ml)hot water
  • Caster sugar for dredging

Filling

Jam and Buttercream or ganache

Method

Step 1:Preheat your oven to 220°c(425°f/gas 7).

Grease a swiss roll tin measuring approx. 3 x 9 inches and line with baking parchment or greaseproof paper. Whisk the eggs and sugar until the mix retains the trail for a few seconds. Lightly grease the paper and sprinkle lightly with plain flour. Make sure the flour covers all the surface and then tap out any excess.

Prepared fat-free swiss roll tin
Grease parchment and dust with plain flour

Step 2: Weigh out the caster sugar and place in a bowl with the eggs. Whisk on a fast speed until the mixture is light and creamy. At this point the mixture should be firm enough for a trail to remain on the surface for a few seconds

Whisked swiss roll mixture

Step 3: Sieve the flour and add half to the whisked mixture. Carefully fold in the flour. Add the remaining flour and repeat. Make sure the flour is evenly mixed but do not mix more than necessary to avoid losing the air as the more air in your mixture the lighter your finished cake will be.

folding flour into swiss roll mixture

Step 4: Tip out the mixture into the prepared tin. Tilt the tin to ensure the mixture is spread evenly into all the edges and corners.

Filled tin with fat-free swiss roll mixture

Step 5: Bake in the centre of your preheated oven for 7 – 10 minutes until the mixture is a pale golden brown. It is important not to overbake as this will cause your finished swiss roll to crack.

Baked swill-roll

Step 6: While you are waiting for your swiss roll to bake wet and wring out 2 clean teatowels. Place one flat onto your worktop. Cover with a piece of baking parchment sprinkled with caster sugar. When your cake is baked turn it out onto the paper. Trim any crisp edges with a sharp knife and then cover with the second tea towel and leave to cool for a few minutes. This top tip keeps your cakes pliable and makes it less likely that you will have cracking when you roll up the swiss roll.

Turn out the swiss roll

Step 7: When the swiss roll is cool but not completely cold remove the top tea towel and the backing paper from the cake. Use the underneath paper to roll up the swiss roll. The paper stays in the roll until you are ready to fill it. If just filling with jam you can do that even if the cake is a little warm however if using cream, ganache or buttercream you should leave the cake rolled in the paper until completely cold.

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Step 8: As soon as cool enough carefully unroll the swiss roll and remove the parchment. Spread with the filling of your choice and roll back up. Take care not to press too hard as this may cause the cake to crack. Re-roll once filled and then dust with icing sugar if serving as a dessert or simple swiss roll. Alternatively you can cover the cake and use as part of a novelty cake – such as trains, candles, fireworks and much more!

Variations

You can colour or flavour your mixture and fill with a filling of your choice.

  • Try replacing about 1 tablespoon of flour with cocoa powder for a chocolate swiss roll and fill with raspberries and fresh cream for a beautiful chocolate roulade dessert.
  • Or add a few drops of Sugarflair Hollyberry droplet colour and a few drops of Sugarflair Strawberry food flavour to the sponge and fill with strawberry jam and ganache for a pink, girly, fruity swiss roll with a chocolatey twist!

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Creating Easy Carnation Sugar Flowers

Creating Easy Carnation Sugar Flowers

Creating Easy Carnation Sugar Flowers

A few months back we wrote to you about creating the easiest rose ever, well now we are here to tell you about creating easy carnation sugar flowers using the fantastic Easiest Carnation Cutter Ever by FMM Sugarcraft. Of course like all the new products we keep you up to date with, these cutters are also available in our online store.

Creating Easy Carnation Sugar Flowers

 

After the huge success from the rose cutter, it’s just fabulous news that FMM Sugarcraft keep releasing belting new products that really do make creating easier and less time consuming. These take 5 minutes to create, a few hours to set and a simple dust of colour on top to give your carnation a realistic finish.

Creating Easy Carnation Sugar Flowers

 

Here’s some great tips when creating your carnations.

  • Always use flower or modelling paste. Using sugarpaste will cause the flowers to crack and crumble.
  • Dust your surface lightly with icing sugar to stop your paste from sticking, also non-stick boards are extremely helpful.
  • Roll thin. With a good quality flower paste the thinner you roll the more realistic your sugar flowers will look.
  • Dust the flower once dried with powder colour like sugarflair blossom tints and a dry brush to create a variegated finish.
  • If you love this cutter then you have to try The Easiest Rose cutter.. it’s just as fantastic & saves hours of time!

Cover cakes & cupcakes in beautiful carnations!

Creating Easy Carnation Sugar Flowers

Learn how to use the Easiest Carnation Cutter. FMM Sugarcraft have kindly made us a free tutorial to watch at your leisure.

If you loved this post, give these ones a read! We think you’ll like them just as much!

Make the Easiest Rose Ever

Metallic Cake Finish

Camera Cake Inspiration

Silhouette Cakes

Daffodil Sugar Flowers

Daffodil Sugar Flowers

An easy to follow Daffodil sugar flowers tutorial.

Spring has sprung and the flower of the month are Daffodils. They are bright vibrant and give everyone a much welcomed spring glow. When I see a daffodil I always invision the sunshine and say goodbye to those horrible cold days!

FMM Sugarcraft have created a new video tutorial for sugarcraft & cake decorators. So learn how to make a completely edible daffodil for a gorgeous spring cake topper now.

Watch this video for a full range of tutorials on Spring Flowers. It includes Daffodil, Primrose, Daisies & Lily of the Valley.

All the cutters and equipment are available from our Spring Flower Collection.

Here’s a full step by step of creating you Daffodil Sugar Flowers.

  1. Attach approx 6 small stamens to a half-length 24-gauge wire.
  2. Cut out the trumpet shape and frill the widest edge with a cocktail stick.
  3. Join the two straight edges together by wrapping around a paintbrush handle.
  4. Pinch the bottom edges together to make a neat cone shape and thread onto a wire. Allow to dry.
  5. Use the petal cutter to cut out from a Mexican Hat the main shape and vein with the Multi Flower veiner.
  6. Cut out a second layer of petals and emboss with the flower veiner.
  7. Soften all of the petal edges before securing the cut petals to the main flower shape.
  8. Thread the trumpet wire through the centres and secure, leaving a reasonable length of cone to the flower. Taper the back of the paste well.
  9. Pinch the tips of the petals and add a long diamond of light brown tape to the base of the cone.
Daffodil Sugar Flowers
Daffodil Sugar Flowers

Gerbera Sugar Flower Tutorial

Gerbera Sugar Flower Tutorial

Gerbera Sugar Flower Tutorial

Here’s our Gerbera Sugar Flower Tutorial kindly put together by our guest blogger Charlotte Emily Cake Design.

Gerbera Sugar Flower Tutorial

Here’s What You’ll Need

  • PME Sunflower/Gerbera Daisy Cutters
  • Daisy Centre Stamp (JEM) or Cone Tool
  • Flower Former (not shown)
  • Foam Pad
  • Edible Glue & Brush
  • Bone Tool
  • Craft Knife or similar
  • Rolling Pin
  • Icing Sugar/Cornflour
  • Flower Paste (I used pink and black here)

* I use the PME plunger cutters. I have shown all three sizes in the photo, but I only used the two smaller cutters for this flower.

You can find everything you will need for this tutorial in our Gerbera Sugar Flower Collection on the Party Animal Online Cake Supplies Shop.

Gerbera Sugar Flower Tutorial

Step 1: Get everything you need ready and organised from the list above.

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Step 2: Begin by rolling the pink flower paste thinly and cut two of the medium size daisies, press down on the plunger to emboss the petals.

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Step 3: Place onto the foam pad, and use the larger end of the bone tool to curl the petals. Start from the outside of the petal and bring the tool towards the centre.

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Example of curling in process……

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Example of first curled petal….

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Step 4: Continue to curl all the petals on both flowers until all the petals have been curled.

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Step 5: Place the first layer of petals into the flower former (dust the former with icing sugar first)

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 Step 6: Apply a little edible glue to the centre of the first layer and add the second layer. Try to place so that the petals are off-set from the bottom layer.
gerbera_sugar_flower_tutorial9Step 7: I use a small palette knife to bring some of the petals towards the centre to give a more realistic looking flower.
gerbera_sugar_flower_tutorial10Step 8: Cut two more daisies using the smaller cutter.
gerbera_sugar_flower_tutorial11Step 9: Place onto the foam pad and curl as before, this time using the smaller end of the bone tool.
gerbera_sugar_flower_tutorial12Step 10: Attach third layer of petals to the centre with edible glue.
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Step 11: Attach fourth layer of petals. Again, use the palette knife to move the petals into place.
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Step 12: Cut a final daisy with the smaller cutter and cut each petal in half with a sharp knife (only go about 3/4 down each petal with the cut).
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Step 13: Curl each petal using the smaller end of the bone tool and pop to one side.
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Step 14: Dust the daisy centre stamp with icing sugar and tap to remove excess.
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Step 15: Press a small amount of black flower paste into the stamp and remove (I use my craft knife to remove from the stamp, just insert into the paste and gently ease out).
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TIP: The stamped centre…..if you do not have a stamp you can make the centre by rolling a ball of flower paste and flattening slightly. Use the end of the cone tool (or similiar) to indent the paste all over.
gerbera_sugar_flower_tutorial19Step 16: Apply your final layer of petals to the centre of the flower with edible glue.
gerbera_sugar_flower_tutorial20Step 17: Attach the centre….
gerbera_sugar_flower_tutorial21Step 18: Apply a little edible glue to the sides of the black centre….
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Step 19: Using a small palette knife, gently ease the petals towards the centre. You don’t want to stick them completely down, just curled round and almost ‘cupping’ the centre.
Gerbera Sugar Flower Tutorial
You’re all done! We hoped you liked this Gerbera Sugar Flower Tutorial.

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