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

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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!

Using Tylo Powder

Using Tylo Powder

Using Tylo Powder

Using Tylo Powder

If you want to know more about using Tylo Powder and how to get the most out of the product for cake decorating and modelling then you are in the right place.

This write up has been brought to us by the well renowned cake decorating colours and consumables company ‘Rainbow Dust Ltd’.

Tylo Powder is an essential ingredient in any sugar crafters equipment box, and is widely used to make modelling paste, flower paste and edible glue. It is also reffered to as CMC and is a professional grade extra fine powder, which is available in 50g, 80g and 120g.

Modelling Paste:

Tylo Powder is vital in transforming sugarpaste into Modelling Paste and it starts to work straight away, no need to leave over night like it’s alternative Gum Tragacanth.

  • Add 1tsp to 250g of Sugarpaste and knead well.

Tips:

If it starts to crack then add a little more sugarpaste and knead again.

Once done the paste is now ready to creat models, drapes, bows and to use in moulds.

 

Edible Glue

Using Tylo Powder to create an edible glue is really easy!

  • Simply mix 1/4 teaspoon to 50ml of water in a pot.

It will initially form a lumpy mixture, don’t worry as this is normal!

Leave overnight and the next morning you’ll find a clear thick glue ready to use. If you require it to be slightly thinner simply add a little more water.

Tips:

With Tylo edible glue you can also create ‘gunge’, this is the term we use to describe very thick glue paste, made from sugarpaste you are using and mixed with a small amount of the Tylo edible glue. This is used for a stronger hold and it will match the colour of sugarpaste you are using it with!

 

Flower Paste:

Tylo Powder can also be used to make flower paste, ideal for making wired flowers, shapes on wires and any other shapes or leaves that require a firmer paste.

Flower Paste Basic Recipe: For 500g of Flower Paste

  • 450g of sieved Icing Sugar
  • 5 teaspoons of Tylo Powder
  • 60-65ml of cool boiled water

Add all the ingredients to a bowl and mix together using an electric mixer, mix until completely combined. Place the paste on a dusted non stick work surface and knead until fully combined. Then place in to a polythene bag until required.

Tips:

You can freeze both modelling paste and flower paste for up to 6 months!

 

We have a few different sizes available in the Tylo Powder and with it’s long best before’s and versatility it’s almost worth getting the larger quantities!

All sizes of Tylo Powder are available in our Online Shop.

Why not Pin the Rainbow Dust worksheet so you always have it handy!

Using Tylo Powder

 

Pumpkin Spice Doughnuts with Cinnamon Glaze

Pumpkin Spice Doughnuts with Cinnamon Glaze by She Who Bakes.

This recipe really caught my eye this year! You see so many recipes for Pumpkin Pie but not much of anything else. The plan is to use up the leftover pumpkin from our annual pumpkin carving session.. It helps that it will make something super tasty!

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Here’s what I am planning; Pumpkin Spiced Doughnuts. This recipe is courtesy of our fab guest blogger Britt, from She Who Bakes.

Ingredients for Doughnuts;

  • 220g pumpkin purée
  • 350g plain flour
  • 100g brown sugar
  • 2 large free range eggs
  • 60g softened unsalted butter
  • 2tsp baking powder
  • 1tsp cinnamon
  • 1tsp ground ginger
  • 1tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1tsp mixed spice
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp bicarbonate of soda

Ingredients for the Cinnamon Glaze:

  • 300g icing sugar
  • 1tsp cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons of water

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Step 1: For the pumpkin purée; Cut off a section of pumpkin. De-seed, peel and cut into chunks.

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Step 2: Weigh your chunks of pumpkin to 220g.

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Step 3: Boil for 20 minutes or until soft. Then whizz in a food processor or mash! Then leave the purée to cool.

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Step 4: Meanwhile, make your doughnut dough. Mix together your brown sugar and softened butter.

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Step 5: Then add in your eggs. Once they have been mixed in, add in the flour, baking powder, salt, bicarbonate of soda and all the spices.

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Step 6: Then add in your pumpkin purée.

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Step 7: Mix on a high speed to create a wet dough.

Step 8: Now, if you had a doughnut pan, this is where you would spoon the mixture into the cavities. However, I am without one (if you were thinking of what to get me for Christmas…) so I had to improvise. The mixture is too wet to roll and cut out shapes. Instead I popped the dough into a piping bag and piped circles of the dough onto a lined baking tray.

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Step 9: Bake for 10-12 minutes.

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Step 10: Once your doughnuts have cooled, make up the cinnamon glaze. Take 300g of icing sugar, 1tsp of cinnamon and 2 tablespoons of water and mix in bowl

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Step 11: Dip your doughnuts into the glaze and before it sets, sprinkle with a cinnamon sugar. (1tsp cinnamon and 3tsp caster sugar)

They sound awesome, right? A good way to use up those Pumpkins this Halloween. A huge thanks to our Guest Blogger: Britt from She Who Bakes, for taking the time to write up this recipe for us!

To see more of Britt’s lovely recipes see her blog.

Here’s some Pumkins we’ve been busy carving… non of them are going to waste!

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Royal mail strike action.

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Royal Mail service update.

You’ve probably already heard! Royal Mail are due to strike for one day only on Monday 4th November, if the terms offered by the CWU are not met (it’s looking unlikely) then the Royal Mail fleet will be putting their feet up for the day in protest.

We will not be closed and we will indeed still be sending our orders but have been told that no mail would be delivered or collected on the day so we wanted to give you all plenty of notice so you can place any orders nice and early!

Royal Mail quoted over twitter: “The CWU have announced their intention to take strike action on the 4th November, if no agreement has been reached by that date. We are continuing to develop contingency plans to keep as much mail moving for our customers, should strike action take place.”

If you would like further information about Royal Mail services you can visit their website service updates. This will also tell you if there’s any delays for whatever reason in your area… a handy tool when you are waiting patiently on a delivery!