National Cake Day November 26th

National Cake Day November 26th

National Cake Day 2014

Well today is National Cake Day! I’m so glad we have a national day for cakes… I mean it is one of the better ones… just for clarification it means all cakes consumed on the 26th November are officially zero calorie content, I mean it’s National Cake Day, right, as much cake as you can stuff in your face…. Well that’s how I perceive it, I think it’s good logic!

To celebrate this years National Cake Day we’ve been asking you to share your favourite cake on our Facebook Page and telling us just why you love them so much. I want to share a few of our favourites so far with you, there’s so many to pick from so we’ll list a few so you can drool and dribble just like we have!

Funky Mamas

 

Funky Mamas favourite cake they’ve ever made! Fantastic design and a wonderful contribution to National Cake Day! Bravo!

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The above cake is Cupcakes By Julie’s favourite cake ever made!! I can totally see why… this is a cake for those who love cake & wine….. what a fantastic combo! Julie’s customer was over the moon with this creation, she could hardly believe it was a cake!

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You can’t have a bigger reason than to choose this cake as your favourite when it’s your very own Wedding Cake made with your own fair hands! Michelle’s extra special cake for a wonderfully special day. Made by JakeyBakeyCakey

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Above Photo “This was my ‘proudest’ cake – for a wedding in the magnificent York Minster “- By the extremely talented Fiona Edden from Feendish Delights – Fabulous addition to our National Cake Day Shares!

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“If you ask which is my favourite – this giant burger cake for my son birthday is the best ever because it make him really surprised and happy. All he wanted was a normal burger, but i made this!” by Raja Halida Raja Shahdan – National Cake Day should bring Joy & Happiness and this picture certainly sums those feelings up!! Now that’s what cake is all about!

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Izzy’s Cakes favourite ever cake is this gorgeous looking Peter Rabbit Cake! Stuuning!

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“Hello, sharing my Mothers cake, a mix of matching cupcakes and larger cake with lace. Family cakes are just as important and I love to add my own personal touch and love into them.” by Ann from Madiapple Cakes – Family Cakes are always extra special and this one is particularly beautiful!

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The above cake was made by Maries Bakehouse  we asked her why this was her favourite cake… “This was the Up House I made for a wedding last year. Battled in very hot summer weather with buttercream and ganache that wouldn’t set, but enjoyed every single minute of making this one” – Marie. Bakers everywhere have gone through hell & high water to create their fantastic cakes and nothing holds them back! Well done Marie!

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Cakesakimbo’s favourite cake is this amazing Alice In Wonderland Cake. Here’s some background by Andy… “I made this cake in September, it was my first tiered cake, it came second in our local cake decorating competition and I just love it” This is just amazing for a first ever stacked cake! Wicked cake to share on National Cake Day!

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Wow a fantastic mythical unicorn cake by Cakin’ Faerie – Cake Design and Decoration – “My fave cake has to be Emily’s Unicorn from earlier this year – totally out of my comfort zone and first cake coloured using only the airbrush” – Suzanne Readman from Cakin’ Faerie. I just adore the airbrushed effect it gives such a realistic finish to cakes! Amazing!

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National Cake Day isn’t just about pretty, girly cakes it’s about appreciating the sheer talent and time put in to each individual cake and my goodness this gory, zombie cake sure has that!! Here’s what Zoe had to say about her favourite cake…. ” This is my favourite so far! He stood about a foot and half tall. There’s so much detail to this cake like a missing piece of skull with visible brains, shredded finger nails on the severed hands, popped out eyeball to list only a few but you have to check out the close up photos on my page! I had way too much fun but in order to get the details accurate my internet history looks REALLY dodgy!!” – Posted by Zoe Wynne at The Cake Junction – Hahaha I bet Zoe… now that’s one hell of a cake!

We’ve included the links to all these very talented artists on the posts so if you fancy seeing more of their work, pop by their Facebook pages.

Thanks for all the fabulous shares! We love seeing your work and seeing what you use our cake decorating products to create!

Happy National Cake Day lovelies xxx

 

 

 

Pug Cupcake Tutorial

This cute Pug Cupcake Tutorial is by the awesome Shereen from Shereen’s Cakes and Bakes, Shereen is our very lovely guest blogger and you can check out loads more of her fantastic work and tutorials all available on her Facebook page HERE.

For today’s blog Shereen is posting a Step by Step tutorial on these incredibly cute pug cupcakes so if your barking mad about dogs then you’re going to love these!

Equipment Needed:

 

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Step 1:

Ice your cupcake in the middle and cut a round disk for your cupcake – about 4mm thick

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Step 2:

Cover your cupcake and using some dark brown make a mouth shape as pictured below

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Step 3:

Work fast with your sugarpaste so it’s warm and ‘tacky’ so you don’t need glue, it will just stick to the cupcake, put the mouth on as pictured and shape a tongue from pink sugarpaste

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Step 4:

Attach your tongue and use the quilting tool to make a little line in it

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Step 5:

Add the snout

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Step 6:

Make some lines in the snout and some little dots with your ball tool

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Step 7:

Use your large ball tool to indent the top of the snout for the nose to fit in to. Roll a sausage shape as pictured and stick across the top and side of the snout

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Step 8:

Repeat sausage shape for under the mouth

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Step 9:

Add some icing above both eyes and use your shell tool to make little hair effects on the icing

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Step 10:

Roll some more sausage shapes and stick them above the eyes … bring down into cheeks and around the mouth … see the left hand side

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Step 11:

There should be a little gap on each side of the face make a little shape to fit in and texture it too

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Step 12:

Fill all spaces on the cupcake with folds/rolls as I did with this chin

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Step 13:

Add a piece right at the top between the eyes and use your blade tool to make grooves in it for the forehead

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Step 14:

Shape some ears using your hands, they don’t have to be identical

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Step 15:

Attach your ears and add a little sugarpaste at the top of each ear to blend in with the face

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Step 16:

Add tiny little white icing dots to the eyes for character and using your soft brush, dust first black around the eyes and then brown around the eyes and just in the folds to give a little depth

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Step 17: 

I used some confectioners varnish for the eyes and nose to shine them up a little bit

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Thanks Shereen for this awesome Pug Cupcake Tutorial!

Well you have got to admit they are about the cutest thing you’ve ever seen! What a wonderful idea and it’s really great that fantastic bakers like Shereen share their tips and know-how with the world! We applaud you! If you think these are amazing you can check out more of Shereen’s Cakes on her Facebook Page!

If you enjoyed this post…. you’ll probably love having a nosey through this Blog for Dog Lovers.

 

Thanks for reading! We have all the products available on our website at the very lowest prices to create all the tutorials shown on our blogs so why not swing by and see our latest products. xx

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Monkey Cakes & Toppers

Monkey Cakes and Toppers

Here we are again, another week, another fun animal theme!

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These little cheeky monkey’s were made by BBCakes. Cute huh!?

This week you voted for Monkey and so the monkey business began. We had a total of 83 shares over e-mails, Facebook and Twitter and somehow we had to find a way to narrow that down to just 10!

A great week, a fabulous theme and I’m very proud to present our Fans and Customers Cakes & Cookies that made the Top 10 Monkey Cakes.

1. Monkey Cupcakes by Victorious Cupcakes – I love these but not just for how lovely & neat they look but Victoria has also put together a lovely tutorial, completely free that you can try yourself. See the Monkey Cupcake Tutorial for yourself and give it a go!

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2. Custom Cakes by Ann Marie – A fantastic well designed cake with a rather fabulous monkey topper! I know monkeys are the thing we are looking at…but…that tree is amazing!

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3. Paul Frank Cupcakes – I love the vibrancy of these gorgeous cupcakes… Paul Frank Monkey Cupcakes from The Chain Lane Cake Co.

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4 Jo Takes The Cake – Jumps in with this cheeky monkey stacked cake… fabulous modelling or what?! Look at the little guy at the bottom who has ended up with a banana on his head!

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5. Yummy Cakes & Bakes – Colourful Monkey Cupcakes. These are so sweet, I love the added leaves at the bottom just to add a bit of texture in there too.

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6. Time For Tiffin – It’s Curious George! Fabulous modelling by Time for Tiffin, a monkey cake share would not be complete without him! I am surprised we haven’t seen any entries for the PG Tips Monkey… I was expecting that one too!

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7. Georgia RG Fowler – Story Time Monkey – I love the story style design behind this piece, it’s really lovely and well thought out! I spy FMM Funky Tappit Lettering too…one of my favourites to use and it works really well with this fun cake.

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8. Crazy Cake Lady – Giant 1st Birthday Monkey – What monkey doesn’t have their own personal stack of bananas near by?! I love this carved cake by the Crazy Cake Lady. Fabulous!crazy_cake_lady

9. Rennae’s Cakes... This definitely looks like a cheeky monkey for Kylah’s Birthday. A running theme with 1st Birthday’s 😉 One lady who entered had said that she had made her son a monkey themed cake each year for his Birthday…. it just shows you can be 18 but you’ll always be a cheeky monkey! I bet this one was really fun to make!

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10. The Red Cake Tin– Monkey Cookies – It’s not all cakes…. sweet monkey treats come in all shapes and forms and these were a huge hit on the page by Vanessa… I can’t believe this is some of her earliest work on cookies.. they are just adorable!the_red_cake_tin

Keep stopping by on a Monday via our Facebook Page to share your animal cakes. Themes will be announced first thing Monday morning.

Thanks to all of you who took part and don’t worry if your cake hasn’t made the top 10! There’s always next week, a new animal and a completely new vote!

Why not check out some of our past animal blog:

What animal would you like to see up next?

 

Elephant Inspired Cakes, Cupcakes & Cake Toppers

Elephant Inspired Cakes, Cupcakes & Cake Toppers by our wonderful fans!

We chose The Cake Illusionist Elephant to start off our discussion and you can see why! Hannah is super at these sculpted animals and recently took home Gold at Cake International this year for her Tiger!

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We have posted up the top 10, as voted by you, of our Elephant inspired cakes, cupcakes & cake toppers. There were so many fantastic entries it must have been very difficult to choose. Hopefully if you are looking for inspiration for your Birthday, Wedding, Christening, New Baby in the style of elephants you will find it here.

I have also added in links to all the bakers pages if given so if you like their work you can pop over and see even more of it on their Facebook page. I won’t keep you waiting any longer… here’s the Top 10 runners!

1. The very talented Rosy Cakes with her incredibly cute elephant cake topper. It’s those little rosie cheeks that really finish this little character off!

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2. Indian Elephant Cake Topper by the lovely Karen at Sugarlicious, there’s so much detail to admire on this piece!

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3. This brilliant cake was by Julie at Julie Cains Cakes – I love the thought that’s gone in to this elephant cake. The loveliest thing is, the young Birthday girl drew Julie a picture that looked just like this, she knew exactly the design she wanted and Julie made it just like that!… Oh what it is to make a young girls dreams come true…that is what it is all about!

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4. Big Blue Nelly by Creative Cake by Gen – If eyes could melt hearts….. Fabulous and I just love the shimmer Gen has created to give the bow a silk effect, it’s those finishing touches that complete cakes to the high standards we admire! I want to call her Daisy! gens_creative_cakes_elephant

5. Lilac Elephant & Rose by Sweet Harmony Cakes – What a little cute face this one has. The colour scheme works really well and I love the added butterflies. We get asked a lot about lettering types – this one is FMM Funky Tappit Letters, a great use of the board on this cake! sweet_harmony_cakes_elephant

6. Rainbow Elephant – Well this cake just brightens my day! Gorgeous design by our Facebook Fan, Emma Neath-Palmer. A fantastic addition to our Elephant shares and certainly very popular with the voters!

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7. Sandra’s Cakes is here again with this adorable pink and blue two tiered stacked cake for a 1st Birthday! The gingham design is so lovely and Sandra has used my favourite alphabet cutters of all time – FMM Block Tappits, I know I go on but seriously, how neat do they look?..sandras_cakes_elephant

8. Elephant Cake Topper by Joanne Tansley made using edible modelling paste. I bet this would look adorable as cupcake toppers if you could make him small enough! Really creative and so well made down to his little sprouts of hair!joanne_tansley

9. Time for Tiffin made this Patchwork Elephant – A fantastic addition to this cake is the balloon on wire as if it’s floating through the air. A wonderful entry with a well thought out design!time_for_tiffin

10. All American Elephant – This was made by our lovely Facebook Fan and customer Chris Mutch! The story behind this cake is this lady loved orange, chocolate & elephants and her Birthday treat was a trip to the USA so Chris made this tasty looking Orange & Chocolate Cake with a Nelly & US Flag!! Doesn’t get much better than that! I bet she adored it!

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There were so many fantastic Elephants in this weeks cake share! If you want to see more of them pop over to our Facebook page for our Fan Shares! I want to say a huge thank you to all of you lovely cakers who joined in!!

Next week we will be doing Party Animal TORTOISE Share! If you have a cake you’d like to enter be sure to pop back on Monday for your chance to be featured on our next blog!

Did you enjoy seeing our Fan Shares? Then why not check out our past Fan Shares for the following themes:

 

 

 

Win a Full Set of ProGel Food Colours

Win a Full Set of ProGel Food Colours

We are proud to be giving away a full set of ProGel Food Colours.

Thanks to all our new likes on our Facebook page we wanted to say thank you by giving you something back.

ProGel Food Colours are a fantastic new specially formulated food colouring that is incredibly concentrated, completely edible and 100% bake stable meaning if it’s put under heat such as the baking process it will not lose any of it’s vibrancy.

ProGel Food Colour GiveAway
ProGel Food Colour GiveAway

What Can ProGel Food Colours Be Used On?

  • Marzipan
  • Buttercream
  • Sugarpaste
  • Modelling paste
  • Flower Paste
  • Modelling Chocolate
  • Or mix with Rejuvenator Liquid for Hand Painted Cakes
  • Cake Mix
  • Macaroon Mix

How Do I Use It?

Simply add a small amount in to your paste, cake mix or buttercream and mix well, a small amount of colour will transform your item quickly in to a beautiful colour.

If you want a darker shade add a little more and for lighter shades only add the teensiest bit… a little goes a really long way and with 25g per tube you’ll find it lasts and lasts! Another great thing about ProGels is they have super long dates on them just like the other quality brands such as Sugarflair. A good company will give you best befores of 3-6 years!

Top Benefits

  • Colour co-ordinated packaging makes these easy to find the colour required.
  • Long Best Before Dates
  • Highly Concentrated
  • A complimentary range to the wonderful Sugarflair Pastes

So How Do You Enter?

It’s easy, enter our COMPETITION HERE this competition has now ended, however keep an eye out on our blog for even more giveaways. Find out more about Rainbow Dust ProGel below.

Once your names in the hat you may well be one of the lucky winners and if you just can’t wait and want to try some of these fantastic colours out in the meantime. Pop over to our ProGel Collection Here.

 

Examples of ProGel Colours

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Win Sugarflair Glitter Paints & More! Give-Away

Hi everyone… bringing you some nice news today… as always!

We currently have a competition running to win a gorgeous set of Sugarflair Glitter Paints and a high quality chrome finish PME Cupcake stand and it’s open to all bakers Worldwide! This is thanks to all you lovely likers on Facebook getting us up to 9,000 fans and if you think this is a good prize, just you wait until we hit the 10,000!

Enter Here!
Enter Here!

I recently wrote a blog on using the Sugarflair Glitter Paints to decorate your Sugarcraft creation.

This competition is  open until 20th March so be sure to get your name in the hat by liking our Facebook page! Simple just Enter here!

 

Using the Karen Davies Bow Mould

Karen Davies Bow Mould

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As promised I am doing a brief write up on my Sugarcraft bows made for the Sugarflair paint review last week. I used the fantastic Karen Davies Bow mould that we stock. PartyAnimalOnline already hold most the range but after experiencing these moulds for myself it will definitely be on the list to expand the range further.

Karen Davies moulds are made from a high quality silicone that is extremely durable and just lasts and lasts, they are not flimsy so they maintain a great shape giving you a very professional finish that is easy to accomplish.

It’s so simply, I’ll talk you through it step by step.

What you will need.

Method & Technique

It’s so simple to create these beautiful looking bows.

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Simply dust your Karen Davies mould with cornflour, don’t be shy, this WILL stop the sugarpaste / modelling paste from sticking which is pretty much 90% of the battle. Tear off a chunk of modelling paste, knead well so it’s durable and push it into the mould until it is full.

Once you have got to this stage it’s just a case of taking off the excess. Use a knife to level the paste at the back of the mould and cut off any excess. Push it down once again to ensure you have pressed the paste in to all the edges of the mould.

Now simply turn your mould upside down and bend to release the sugarpaste and with enough dusted cornflour it will just drop straight out! Dust off any excess cornflour and then leave it to dry for about an hour before decorating, this will allow the paste to firm up.

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Recap:

  • Dust the mould sparingly with cornflour.
  • Knead modelling paste well before pushing it in to the mould.
  • Take off the excess with a knife levelling the paste against the mould.
  • Turn upside down and push out.
  • Leave for 1 hour to firm up before decorating.
Easy mixing capabilities to create hundreds more shades.
Easy mixing capabilities to create hundreds more shades.

 

For decoration.

I used Sugarflair edible glitter paints, however you could use a dry brush and lustres to just give the bow a sparkle quite easily.

If you are using Sugarflair Glitter Paints make sure you shake the pot well before use and seal it well after it’s been used as it’s high alcohol content means the liquid evaporates quickly leading to a dried out paint pot. I used a small palette to mix my colours and opted for the Sugarflair Blue Paint and Sugarflair White Paint enabling me to mix a range of blue shades from light to dark.

Start with one colour and mix a slightly lighter and darker shade for highlights and lowlights. Simply put the darker ‘lowlights’ in areas close to the bows creases and ‘highlights’ on the parts that reflect the light. This will help add an extra shine to your bow creating an even silkier finish.

That’s really all there is to it! I told you it was easy! For any help or advice pop over to our Facebook or G+ page and don’t be shy in asking questions. We are here to help…

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