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.

Colour Flo Cake Idea

Colour Flo Cake Idea

Colour Flo food colours from Rainbow Dust have arrived and we have some inspiration and cake eye candy here for you!colour_flo1

Colour Flo are a new range of concentrated food colours released by Rainbow Dust and we arebringing you this blog to give you some information on this new fab range and a lovely vibrant cake tutorial that has been created using the Rainbow Dust Colour Flo range.

These highly concentrated food colours, suitable for mixing into Royal Icing, Buttercream, pastry, cake mixes etc. The built in drop applicator allows for precision control, making it easy to achieve a wide range of shades one drop at a time with no need for cocktail sticks!

In addition to this, Colour Flo liquids can be used with your Air Brush. Use straight from the bottle and simply flush through with water or vodka when finished.

Colour Flo Liquid Food Colours

Usage: For each 1kg of cake, you should use no more than 4ml of colour. This is to keep within the EU guidelines when decorating cakes.
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Flower Cake Quick Tutorial

Create stunning colours when using Turquoise & Spring Green Colour Flo with royal icing.

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To make the flower decorations, we traced flower patterns onto a sheet of greaseproof paper, then piped over the pattern using a No 3 plain piping tube. Leave to dry overnight before securing onto your cake with Edible Glue. Simples!

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A lovely range that is so versatile! Why not try this lovely cake design out too.

New Christmas Karen Davies Moulds

New Christmas Karen Davies Moulds

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Well it’s official, the Christmas Karen Davies moulds have arrived and I am already picturing just how cute the Christmas Cake will look with one of these incredibly sweet sugarcraft designs on the side of it!

The Karen Davies moulds are so detailed and these do nothing but live up to the already exceptional standards offered by Karen! The tiny detail within the mould makes you feel as though these may be fiddly but that’s so far from the truth… with a sprinkling of cornflour or a little lustre dust to coat the inside of the mould these moulds allow easy release!

*Top Tip*

Someone once told me that if you were struggling to get sticky sugarpaste out of your mould just pop it in the freezer for 5 minutes and try again, lo and behold it’s like a magic trick in itself…. it worked a charm! I wanted to pass on the good advice to anyone with the same problems, I didn’t need to use this trick with the Karen Davies moulds but it’s great knowing it’s there in case of emergency!

The Karen Davies new Sitting Christmas Mould range come in 4 different designs.

In all honesty it’s so difficult to decide which is my favourite… I’m swaying towards the Snowman…. mainly as I can see those Snowflakes coming in very handy for Frozen Cakes as well as many other designs, but why stop at one… you can always grab all four and have one sat on each side of your square Christmas Cake! Now there’s an idea!

Each main figure measures approximately 80mm in height and 115mm in width and come with numerous little moulds like presents, snowflake or holly built in to them.

Karen Davies moulds will keep as new for 10 years plus (I’m living proof of it with my ever growing, overused, 12 year collection!) My top tips of looking after your moulds are:

  • Clean them by hand in warm soapy water.
  • Dry them with a little kitchen roll before use.
  • Use a bit of TREX (White Vegetable Fat) to get rid of colour left on the sides

I’m really pleased to see we are stocking them! Although it’s now going to be even harder to resist them!

See more details on this range HERE or grab yours now!

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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Giant Cupcake Tutorial Recipe and Examples

Giant Cupcake Tutorial Recipe and Examples

Last week we did a post on Facebook to let you know we are now stocking the fantastic Giant Cupcake Boxes at very low prices as with all our Cake Decorating Supplies to save you having to shop at loads of different places. Underneath we asked you to post examples of Giant Cupcakes you have made and put together and I want to publish some of those fab cakes shared here today!

I wanted to write a post that incorporates all the important information on Giant Cupcakes such as: A good tasty giant cupcake recipe, how to make a giant cupcake shell/case and ways to decorate your giant cupcakes that our fans have shared with us!

First up for those of you who have seen so many fantastic Giant Cupcakes and really want to give it a crack yourself, I plan to provide you with all the relative information on one page with quick easy links!

You will need a Giant Cupcake tin, these come in hard tins or silicone tins. The silicone pans are cheaper and can often be found at your local supermarket, whereas the hard wearing firm tins will last a lot longer and can be found on the internet sold by most Cake Supply Specialists such as PartyAnimalOnline! We recommend getting the quality branded ones if you are a professional baker as the cheapies tend to rust and deteriorate very quickly. Brands like Wilton & PME are the main ones used and have the lovely swirl finish as shown in the baked cake picture below!

Vanilla Giant Cupcake Recipe

Giant Cupcake Recipe

So we really need to start with the recipe, obviously you can choose your flavour you would like to make your cake but I’m going to start with the Vanilla Giant Cupcake recipe from the infamous Pink Whisk! If you’ve not visited her blog, you really need to stop by, there’s an infinite amount of great recipes accompanied by fantastic advice… A great combo if I’ve ever heard one.

Ingredients:

  • 375g butter, softened
  • 375g caster sugar
  • 6 eggs, large
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 375g self-raising flour
  • 3 tbsps milk

For the Pink Whisks full method pop over and visit her blog here for the Vanilla Recipe or Chocolate Recipe depending which you fancy.

How To Make A Giant Cupcake Shell

To make the firm shell use Candy Buttons or Melts, these are cheaper than chocolate to purchase and they also have a higher melting point so once they have set you won’t find the warm weather melts them like chocolate does.

For the next stage I’d like to thank Shereen’s Cake & Bakes for making this Step by Step Tutorial and uploading it to her Facebook Page, if you are on Facebook pop and see Shereen.. she has loads of free tutorials on her page and we are very pleased to say she’s our newest Guest Blogger on PartyAnimalOnline’s Cake It To The Max Blog!

Step 1-

1. Melt 1/4 a bag of candy melts
2. ‘paint’ a thin layer of chocolate into the cake tin base (I used my finger as it was the easier)
3. Make sure you get into all the grooves and don’t have any airbubbles.
4. Put it in the fridge to set for at least 1/2 an hour

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Step 2-

1. Melt the rest of the bag of Candy Melts (keep a little aside to attach the cake to the cake board)
2. Remove the tin from the fridge
3. ‘Paint’ the rest of the melted chocolate in the tin, I used a silicone spatula to do this and it smoothed well and evenly, I pushed firmly to make sure I wasn’t go to get any airbubbles again
4. Return to the fridge for at least 1 hour to set properly

 

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Step 3-

1. Carve the bottom of the giant cupcake so it doesn’t have any grooves left cut in half and add buttercream to the middle of the cake
2. Ice the whole cake with buttercream
3. Put the cake in the fridge for 1/2 an hour for the icing to harden and set
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Step 4-

1. When the chocolate shell has set in the fridge for an hour take it out and hold the shell on each side with your fingers, add a little pressure pushing against the chocolate and pan and pull up (you will hear a little crack/pop sound as it comes loose) if this doesn’t happen put it back in the fridge to set longer.
2. Get your iced cake out of the fridge and picking it up gently, drop it into the chocolate shell. Mine was a little higher than the mould so I evened it out and iced across the top

Good luck!

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You can visit Shereen’s Cakes & Bakes > HERE

Now you’ve got the basics down, check these awesome Giant Cupcakes out made by our very talented customers & fans… what great inspiration for different ways to decorate your wonderful Giant Cupcakes showing that this type of cake really is perfect for any occasion!

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Harry Potter Themed Giant Cupcake by Cheryl at Buttercups By Bezmerelda – I absolutely adore this, a fantastic design made in sugarpaste fondant rather than the usually candy melts and buttercream giving this cake a completely revamped style!

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Pretty Chocolate & Fuchsia Giant Cupcake by Jems Cakes – This Giant Cupcakes really pretty and still holds that yummy chocolate look that’s so fashionable. Jems Cakes has used Sugarflair Fuchsia Food Colouring and awesome Fmm Funky Tappit Lettering to create the inscription.

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Full Candy Button Giant Piñata style Cupcake by Victoria at And Eat It – This cake was made for a newly qualified nurse showing you that Giant Cupcakes certainly don’t just stop at Birthday do’s! Victoria uses the Candy Buttons for the full outer shell making a Piñata styled Cupcake and filling the inside with goodies of the customers choice! What a fantastic idea and I just love the personalisation behind it…you can tell how much Victoria loves her work! I also love that she’s used the fantastic FMM Block Tappits for her inscription giving the cake great composition!

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Two Tone Buttercream & White Chocolate Finger Giant Cupcake by Claire Morris – I love the idea Claire’s used to two-tone the buttercream on her Giant Cupcake, it makes it stand out and adds more colour in to the design. If you want to know how to Two Tone your buttercream we have a tutorial HERE. A simply stunning Giant Cupcake shared by Claire to our Facebook Page.

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Minnie Mouse Giant Cupcake by Caroline O’Gorman – Caroline has gone for the buttercream top but instead of using swirls she’s made little piped stars, often this technique works really well to get a much more even finish to your Giant Cupcake top!! I love this Disney 1st Birthday cake with a giant bow and Minnie ears to finish it off! Beautiful.

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Flutterby Butterfly Giant Cupcake Cake by Claire Hills – Claire shared this beautiful buttercream topped giant cupcake with us last week. A lovely use of colours with an added shimmer to finish it off. I spy Patchwork Cutters Butterflies…. I love these cutters, they are great for making 3D butterflies as well as imprinting embossed butterflies on your iced cake board to finish it off nicely! If you are after a shimmery finish but don’t want your shimmer to have a particular colour then always go for Sugarflair Snowflake Lustre... literally perfect for any occasion. Wonderful Cake!

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Sweet Paradise Giant Cupcake by Sarah Ellerington at Sarah RedBushs Cakey Bakeys – Why stop at just chocolate when you can have soooo much more! This cake is enough to make you drool! A beautiful vibrant design using milk chocolate Cadburys Fingers and lots of yummy sweeties! I love the lettering on this, if I’m not mistaken it looks like the brand new Katy Sue’s domed alphabet! Perfect fun finish to this sweeet Giant Cupcake.

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Frozen Giant Cupcake by Emma Hyatt – What’s a cake share without a Frozen Giant Cupcake and Olaf? This is a beautiful end to today’s Giant Cupcake shares by Emma. Emma has hand modelled a wonderful Olaf figure and used Funky Tappit for lettering, edible printed toppers as the butterflies and the Snowflake Plunger Cutters to create her snowflakes. Fancy making Olaf… here’s a tutorial we found on Pinterest!

Absolutely fantastic! Thanks to everyone who shared their Giant Cupcakes with us! They were all absolutely beautiful!

I hope this helps inspire those of you yet to make a Giant Cupcake!

For those of you after transport and display boxes for your Giant Cupcakes we now have them in stock for as little as £1.79 per box! To fit the box centre your Giant Cupcake on a 10″ round or square drum board for the best finish.
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Colouring Modelling Chocolate

Colouring Modelling Chocolate

A regular question I get asked is “Which food colouring is best when colouring modelling chocolate?”

There’s only one thing for it! It’s time to experiment. I was really pleased and surprised with the results we found with this!

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The food colourings used in today’s experiment

Hopefully it will help you guys out and answer some of the questions you have been unsure about and saves money with buying food colours that won’t work for what you want them to do.

All good experiments need a controlled variant. In this case we used Squires Kitchen White Cocoform Modelling Chocolate – this is the item that remains the same throughout the experiment making it as fair as possible.

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Our Independent variable is the different types of food colour. For each 10g piece of modelling chocolate we added a small amount of different colouring to see how well it mixed, if it repelled, congealed or had any other strange effects.

What I Used

Experiment

I used 10g of chocolate modelling paste and mixed in the food colouring to each by simply kneading it through the paste. I did the same for each piece and then left the modelling chocolate for 30 minutes to see if the colour remained well mixed and the paste didn’t have any strange effect stopping it being as pliable etc.

Success ALL ROUND!
Success ALL ROUND!

Findings

All three colours mixed extremely well in to the paste, they all changed to a nice deep colour and held the colour well. I didn’t notice a change in texture to the paste or hardness. The colour stayed mixed throughout the time and did not begin to seperate.

I was surprised at my finding as chocolate is oil based and 2 of these food colours are water based which makes them want to repel each other, this would mean that if using on plain melted chocolate both the gel and paste colours wouldn’t work but thanks to the stabiliser in modelling chocolate (often corn syrup) it allowed the colour to be mixed in well and stay mixed!

Another use for all of these ranges although please be aware that if your modelling chocolate is home-made and not the Squires Cocoform you may find your results vary slightly.

Results

  • White Chocolate Modelling Paste + Sugarflair Blossom Powder = Successful Mix
  • White Chocolate Modelling Paste + Sugarflair Paste Colour = Successful Mix
  • White Chocolate Modelling Paste + Rainbow Dust ProGels = Successful Mix

These food colours have also been tried and tested over the years with the following media’s, with success!

  • Sugarpaste
  • Modelling Paste
  • Flower Paste
  • Marzipan
  • Pastillage
  • Royal Icing
  • Biscuit Mix
  • Cake Mix
  • Macaroon Mix

….and many, many more…

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Dusting on to chocolate.

Sugarflair Blossom Dusts also dust on to chocolate extremely well, a great way to give your creations a more realistic finish.

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If there’s one I haven’t listed feel free to ask in the comments below and if you enjoyed reading about our experiment why not ask us what you would like us to test next!

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Mother’s Day Cupcakes

Our Quick Mother’s Day Cupcakes

Elegant easy Mother's Day Cupcakes
Mother’s Day Cupcakes

Mother’s Day here in the UK is set for next Sunday, 30th March 2014. Apologies for leaving it a little late on our Mother’s Day Cupcakes but I figure I might be behind in the UK but in the US I’m almost three months ahead!

I have used pretty pinks on my cupcakes but you can use any pastel colours and they would look gorgeous and elegant idea for those wonderful Mums of ours!

For these cupcakes I used minimum products that would work for Birthday’s or Wedding cupcakes alike, a little change in colour makes these so versatile and you would get tonnes of use out of the designs by simply switching them up a little.

I used my favourite Lemon Cupcake Recipe for the sponge… I love this recipe, it’s so light and fluffy, it’s not too tangy so it goes down well with even those who aren’t that taken with citrus flavours.

To Decorate Mother’s Day Cupcakes:

You Will Need

All the above are very easy to use and really take little explanation, some top tips when using the moulds is to dust them well with cornflour, it makes it much easier for release if you do this well. Clean your moulds well after use, small bits of sugarpaste left in the mould can effect it’s performance.

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Tappits can be a little trickier, my top tips when using these is to only use flower paste, pre-bought or homemade. Sugarpaste is too sticky and just makes a simple job so much harder! Roll it super thin… you should be able to almost see through the flower paste that’s when you know it’s thin enough. These tips will help dramatically but for more information I will write up a blog especially based on Tappit Tips for you all!

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Click-Twist pens by Rainbow Dust are so easy and give such a gorgeous effect, I liked using them as it meant there was no need to mess around with colouring the paste separately.

I hope you’ll agree these products created lovely elegant Mother’s Day Cupcakes and they are much easier than they look!

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Easy Mother’s Day Cupcakes

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