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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!

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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.

Polka Dot Cake Design

Polka Dot Cake Design

Polka Dot Cake Design

With International Dot Day fast approaching, I though it would be a lovely idea to bring you guys some awesome Polka Dot cake design and inspiration. Dots are so easy and always look incredibly effective. Go bright for Birthdays for a fun feel or use pastels and ombre effects for subtle, yet beautiful Wedding Cakes.

I will also include some cool tutorials and tricks that stop this cool cake design from sending you dotty!

So here’s some inspiration to show you just how beautiful dots & cakes can be…

Polka Dot Cake Design

This cake was designed by Marion Frost: The cake artist and creator of Patchwork Cutters. These cutters are fantastic and Marion has designed cutters that help you every step of the way. From the ‘Polka Dot Cutters’, to the easy ‘Make a Bow’ cutter and finally even cutters for the ‘Extra Large Number Toppers’. My top tip with this is to use modelling or flower paste so your numbers set firm allowing them to free stand on your cake.

Polka Dot Cake Design

I love the soft peach with pastel grey on this stunning wedding cake. The dots look so effective in the Ombre effect. For those who haven’t come across ‘Ombre’ it means ‘shaded’ in French and stands for the gradual shading of colour from one colour to another! See we are learning things all the time! Grab a Press-Ice tool to make this design a piece of cake! Excuse the pun 😉

Polka Dot Cake Design

This gorgeous cake was stumbled upon on SugarHero! I love the colours and the simplicity of the design. This is a clear winner for International Dot Day! Although SugarHero! made this one for Easter, it certainly could be used for a wide variety of occasions and you can find exactly how she did it HERE!

Polka Dot Cake Design

Beautiful on the inside as well as outside.. it’s not just a trait we like to see in our friends! Check out this extremely awesome dotty centre. There’s some great tutorials out there on how to do this one! I love the one by My Cupcake Addiction so I’ve added it in below. A great tip is to use Sugarflair or Rainbow Dust food colours to colour your cake mix. These brands are both high quality and completely bake stable allowing you to keep the vibrancy of colour throughout the baking process!

 

Polka Dot Cake Design

Simple black & white cake with a flourish of floral colour. I think this is stunning… a combo of dots with stripes! Below I’m going to show you how to save yourself loads of time using the Press-Ice Tool instead of having to measure and stencil for hours to get even spacing on your dots! We came across this beautiful picture on Alicia Thurston Photography.

Polka Dot Cake Design

Changing the size and variation of your dots can add a really funky finish to your cake. This 3 tier stacked cake was created by FMM Sugarcraft. Learn how to use their Press Ice Tools below in the free tutorial video below.

Be sure to take advantage of our special offer on all Polka Products in our Polka Dot Collection between the 15th-30th September. All you need to do is add the goodies you would like from our Polka Dot Collection to your basket and at checkout enter code POLKA456 and it will automatically give you an extra 10% off for just being you!

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Thanks for your continued support! We hope you liked our latest Polka Dot Cake Design blog!

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.

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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:

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Metallic Cake Finish

Metallic Cake Finish

Have you ever wondered how you can create a lovely metallic cake finish without using gold leaf that costs you a small fortune?

Thanks to the awesome Rainbow Dust Metallic Paints a metallic cake finish is now easy!

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YOU WILL NEED

Products & Equipment

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STEP 1

We have covered our cake & board with sugar paste and left to dry. Not everyone covers the cake board, but this step is also useful for painting the very base of your cakes edge.

  • Shake the paint before use and pour out an adequate amount onto a pallet or plate (5 or 10ml should be plenty).
  • Taking a thick sable brush (either No.6 or a flat edge approx. 8mm) and dip it into the paint, soaking up a generous amount of paint. Apply this at the bottom of the cakes side, where it meets the cake board.

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STEP 2

  • Continue all the way around the cake until you meet up with the point where you started. Do not worry about being neat as this will be covered up by the sponging technique.
STEP 3
  • Take your EasyCover Sponge and soak it in water (under the tap). Squeeze dry and if possible make it even dryer by squeezing it in a paper towel. This will leave the sponge very soft but without any excess water that could dilute your paint.
  • Take hold of the sponge and dab it into the paint on your pallet/plate until the sponge absorbs a good amount of paint. (do not dab it until it is dripping, this is far too much)

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STEP 4

  • Then, simply use a gentle dabbing technique to apply the paint to the cakes surface. Do not press too hard, simply apply the paint with many gentle touches. As you sponge over the edge that you initially painted with the brush, you will notice that the dabbing of the sponge hides any brush marks and creates a seamless covering.

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STEP 5

  • Continue until the whole cake is covered.

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STEP 6

  • Allow the paint to dry and then continue as per your design. We have added 2 pieces of ribbon to finish off the cake. This is then ready for the top decoration.

TIPS
For best results

  • Tip 1: To create a deeper covering, wait until the first coat is dry and apply a second coat of paint by repeating the dabbing process.
  • Tip 2: It can be a good idea to cover your cake with a complimenting colour to the paint. For example, if you are going to cover a cake in silver paint, then it is a good idea to use a grey sugar paste. (Yellow sugar paste for gold paint, Blue sugar paste for blue paint, etc etc).

For the full range of Metallic Paint you can visit our Online Shop.

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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!!

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How To Make an Art Deco Cake

How To Make an Art Deco Cake

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Art Deco Cake Design

I love the Art Deco style, this style first appeared in France in the 1920’s and can be seen to influence many of our buildings through until the 40’s. Taking this influence and building it in to our cake designs can make for an extremely pleasing and impressive cake. Think symmetrical rather than asymmetrical, it is both glamorous and exuberant in it’s form.

So enough said…. let me show you the cake made using the FMM Sugarcraft Essential Shapes Cutter so you can give this stunning design a go yourself!

Essential Shapes for Art Deco Cakes
Essential Shapes for Art Deco Cakes

What You Will Need

You can achieve a huge range of depth from one colour by adding more or less to your white fondant.

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To make your modelling paste from scratch simply add 1tsp of Tylo Powder to 250g of normal fondant/sugarpaste and leave covered to develop over 5 hours before using. We recommend rolling flower paste to 2mm thickness.

Step 1: Roll out your orange modelling paste in a long vertical strip, approximately 45mm wide. Cut out 73 x 38mm diamonds.

Step 2: Roll out your blue and light blue modelling paste in a long vertical strip approximately 45mm wide. Cut out 37 x 38mm diamonds of each colour.

Step 3: Cut each of your diamonds in half lengthways with your knife tool.

Step 4: Practise the pattern on your work surface first: The orange diamonds are placed together by the shortest sides of your shapes. They create a similar shape to a triangle with a piece missing from the centre. On the left hand side of your orange modelling paste match the longest side with your blue modelling past, and then on the right hand side of the orange modelling paste attach the lighter blue modelling paste shapes.

Step 5: Attach the pattern to your cake: Starting in the centre of the bottom tier of your cake, attach the shapes to your cake with water starting with the orange shapes. Then as explained in Step 4 attach the blue on one side and the light blue on the other. Keep working each side of your central point so the join will be at the back of the cake.

Step 6: Once you have completed your first row start a new row above, again starting in the centre of the cake. This time starting with your blue and light blue modelling paste and again working each side. Continue this for 3 rows.

Step 7: Continue this method for one single row on the top tier of your cake.

Step 8: To make the flower for your cake roll out your blue, light blue and orange modelling paste. Using your 5 petal rose cutters cut out your shapes as follows: Blue 90mm, orange 75mm and 50mm and light blue 65mm.

Step 9: Roll out your white modelling paste and cut out a 15mm circle.

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Step 10: Lay your largest flower shape flat on your work surface and wet the centre with water. Place your next size down flower on top and continue the same process until you have a blue and orange flower (See picture). Secure your white circle in the centre with water.

Step 11: Leave your flower to dry overnight.

Step 12: Secure the flower to your cake with some Royal Icing. I always use Delia’s Royal Icing Recipe which is really quick and easy.

Why not try switching from plain matt colours to rich metallics by using Rainbow Dust Metallic Edible Paint to add extra luxury!

Thanks for taking the time to read our tutorial How To Make an Art Deco Cake, please feel free to leave a comment or share. Thank you!