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!

Teddy Bear Cakes

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!

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Cream ProGel Food Colour Chart

Cream ProGel Food Colour Chart

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Yesterday our lovely customer Gill requested a colour chart for Creams in the ProGel Range by Rainbow Dust so I put together this quick example of our cream coloured food colourings. Pro Gel Food Colour is a high quality food colour that requires very little to create beautiful vibrant colours meaning your sugarpaste doesn’t go sticky and flavour is not effected.

I love cream colours, they are beautiful colours to use in Weddings & Christenings but also great for Vintage themes and Teddy Bears. You can’t really go wrong with them and they are a must for any cake decorators collection. From my examples I would start with Caramel & Chestnut as you can see in the pictures there are many shades and depth of colour you can achieve with just one colour.

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Mixing Colours: I always start by mixing one piece of Sugarpaste to the darkest colour I can achieve with that specific shade. This allows you to measure and weigh your quantities against the amount of white sugarpaste you add to it allowing you to re-create a colour easily with easy maths.

For example: If you use 1 part dark colour to 4 parts white you can up the size easily but achieve exactly the same colour for colouring cakes. If you colour too much sugarpaste don’t throw it away, seal it in a airtight zip bag and keep it in a Tupperware box it will keep to the best before of the sugarpaste or you can also freeze it to add an extra 6 months of life to it!

Why Not Pin It!
Why Not Pin It!

I love the Rainbow Dust ProGel Colours and I am really pleased to say we stock the entire range on our website as well as discounted sets.

For more Food Colour Charts See our Colour Chart Blog Category!

 

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Sugarflair Colour Chart – Greens – Perfect for foliage

Here’s our Green Sugarflair Colour Chart as promised, we will be releasing the downloadable PDF shortly but in the meantime you can always Pin it on Pinterest! All colours are available on our website and eBay store.

We are the biggest suppliers of Sugarflair and therefore offer over 4 year best before dates on these highly concentrated pots of food colour!

Sugarflair are perfect for Cake Decorating and Sugarcraft – for use in buttercream, icing, fondant, royal icing, mexican paste, flower paste, cake mix (bake stable) and loads more!

Would you like to see more Sugarflair colour charts from us?

All Colours are avialble on our website at fabulous prices! PartyAnimalOnline - the biggest supplier of Sugarflair.
All Colours are avialble on our website at fabulous prices! PartyAnimalOnline – the biggest supplier of Sugarflair.

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Purple Food Colour Chart – That perfect purple.

Purple colour chart for colouring sugarpaste
Purple colour chart for colouring sugarpaste

Hi everyone, it’s Steph here and I’ve been busy again testing out the latest products from our range to make a purple food colour chart. We get asked a lot as a company about creating that perfect deep purple or “Cadbury’s Purple” as many refer to it. It’s actually a lot harder than we would all think!

Last week a had a little bit of free time so I put it to good use and gathered myself some of the very finest food colours that we stock. I used a range of Sugarflair and the new Rainbow Dust ProGels, both of which have 37 in their ranges but I used just 4 colours from Sugarflair and 3 matching colours from Rainbow Dust to experiment with.

Creating purple using ProGel colours
Creating purple using ProGel colours
Creating Purple using Sugarflair Colours
Creating Purple using Sugarflair Colours

The colours we tried and tested were:

Grape Violet Sugarflair Food Colouring by PartyAnimalOnline
Grape Violet Sugarflair Food Colouring by PartyAnimalOnline
Deep Purple Food Colouring by Sugarflair
Deep Purple Food Colouring by Sugarflair

I found the Deep Purple that little bit too blue on it’s own, it almost lost it’s vibrancy, I felt. We have had a few people say this when using deep purple colour. It’s lovely but be aware that it’s more of a purpley-blue than a bluey-purple if you get what I mean 😉

ProGel Colours by Rainbow Dust - Purple
ProGel Colours by Rainbow Dust – Purple

They all created fantastic shades of purples and there were pro’s and con’s to both brands. I would love to see Sugarflair add a colour swatch to their lids to make them easier to find in a collection, Rainbow Dust definitely have a more vibrant packaging style allowing you to find what you’re looking for easily.

I can’t help but feel with Sugarflair you get more value for money, the paste seems equally concentrated and although the packaging isn’t as pretty you definitely can scrape every last drop out of the Sugarflair tubs. ProGel on the other hand makes me feel as though a lot of the paste is lost at the end of the tube…never to be seen or used.

A top tip for this would be to cut the end off when you get to the last bit and scrape out the leftover food colour on the inside… I bet it would be a huge saving when using a lot of food colouring! It reminds me slightly of the SuperScrimpers programme on Channel 4 where they cut off the end of the toothpaste tube to make it last longer! A great money saving tip – Martin Lewis would be proud!

Anyway enough of all that…

Testing food colouring.
Testing food colouring.

 

Which was my personal favourite purple…

I have to say I was equally impressed with both brands although with Sugarflair being better value for money I would probably sway more towards them. The colours are both very vibrant and it was easy to achieve a range of shades of purple.

To create that perfect deep purple use a combo of the Grape Violet with the Deep Purple by Sugarflair. I found using the Deep Purple alone made the colour to blue and it needed brightening up. The mix of them both was the simplest way to achieve it. Rainbow Dust Pro-Gel Purple and Deep Purple would work equally as well. You can also use a mix of blue and pink to create similar purples, handy if you’ve already got them in your supplies.

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Last but not least here’s the purple colour chart I’ve put together for you all listing what food colourings I used, remember all computer screens vary in how they depict colour but it will definitely point you in the right direction next time your customer asks you to create a purple themed cake and hopefully it will be a whole lot less daunting with this by your side!

Since creating this I have been asked for reds, oranges, blues and greens! Never fear, I plan to bring you the whole rainbow so be sure to sign up for notifications on our blog or join our Newsletter for the latest updates!

Purple colour chart for colouring sugarpaste
Purple colour chart for colouring sugarpaste

 

Happy Valentines Day – Here’s 10% Discount Code For PartyAnimalOnline

Just a quick one to say Happy Valentines Day everyone!  Thanks for continuing to follow our blog, I have loads of great stuff coming up!

 

10% Discount Code for PartyAnimalOnline & Win a Free Cupcake Stand
10% Discount Code for PartyAnimalOnline & Win a Free Cupcake Stand

 

For today I’m going to leave you with a very lovely 10% OFF absolutely everything on the website for all your cake decorating goodies as well as the chance to win this extremely elegant cupcake stand. All you need to do is place your order at some time today 14th February 2014 to be entered in to the draw!

10% Discount code: VAL140214

There’s no minimum spend and you can use it as much as you like as long as it’s on the 14/2/14

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Cream Cheese Frosting Recipe

Cream Cheese Frosting Recipe

This recipe is perfect for Red Velvet Cake but would also be fabulous on all other cupcakes especially ones with a carrot cake twist!

This recipe creates a firm mix that is great to pipe with. If you find the mix is too firm you can let it down with a very small dash of milk. Alternatively if it’s not firm enough simply add a little more icing sugar! Our cream cheese recipe is simple and will only take 10 minutes to whip together.

 

The Recipe

150g Cream Cheese

30g of Non Salted Butter

350g of Sifted Icing Sugar

1tsp of Lemon Juice

 

Cream Cheese Frosting Recipe perfect for Red Velvet Cake

Method

This parts so easy! Mix the cream cheese and butter well together until fully blended, sift your icing sugar on to the buttercream mix and whisk well. Finally add in your lemon juice and mix again, this is quite a heavy mix but it tastes soooo good!

Add a little extra icing sugar if needed and then refrigerate while your cakes are cooling, this will help when piping, especially if you have hot hands like me!

After the cakes have cooled 30mins to an hour, get your Cream Cheese Frosting out the fridge, dish generously in to a piping bag with a nozzle and swirl away on your tasty, now even tastier Cupcakes.

If you need some toppers to finish them off why not see some of our other tutorials.

–          Making Fondant Lips for Valentines Toppers

–          Handmade Easy Fondant Roses

–          Elegant Heart Toppers

We hope you enjoy reading our blogs, feel free to leave comments asking questions about any of our latest posts or tell us what you would like to see more of!

The Perfect Red Velvet Cupcake Recipe.

Red Velvet Cupcake Recipe

The perfect Red Velvet Cupcake Recipe

The Perfect Red Velvet Cupcake Recipe.

I wanted to make a lovely light Red Velvet Cupcake Recipe for Valentines or any occasion Cupcakes and after some trial and error and slight adjustments here’s what I ended up with.

Red Velvet can always be a little complicated as a lot goes in to it but once you have the goods in you’ll be able to make hundreds of them and trust me, you’re going to want to!

 

Red Velvet Ingredients – Makes 12

Oven Temperature to set to 160°c for fan assisted ovens – Bake for 20-25 mins.

  • 160g Golden Caster Sugar
  • 140g Plain Flour (Sieved)
  • 65g of Butter or Margarine
  • 1 Medium Egg
  • 10g Coco Powder (Optional)
  • 120ml of Buttermilk
  • 1tsp of Bicarbonate of Soda
  • ½ tsp of Baking Powder
  • ½ tsp of Vanilla Essence
  • ¼  tsp of Sugarflair Red Extra Food Colour

 

Method:

First things first, get all your ingredients weighed out, it will make it so much easier to mix and save a lot of mess and panicking.

Once everything is measured out, cream your butter & sugar with a splash of buttermilk. Mix until light.

Separately mix your eggs, vanilla essence and Red Extra and then add half the mix to your butter and sugar mixing well.

Add in half the flour and the rest of the egg mix, this will stop the mix coagulating and keep it nice and smooth. Finally add the remaining of your flour, buttermilk, baking powder and Bicarbonate of soda and mix well until smooth.

You should have a nice bright red mix, the Red extra will develop further and become brighter whilst baking so don’t add too much even though it may not be as bright as you think it should be.

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Buttermilk:

If you can’t find this anywhere then do not worry there’s ways to make your own substitute. I bought mine from Sainsbury’s.

I also made my own Cream Cheese Recipe for the topping so be sure to check it out! I think that was my favourite part!