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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!

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

How To Make A Drip Cake

★ 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.

Melt and Create

Thanks for reading and following our blogs… feel free to write any suggestions for helpful articles in the comments below.

Patchwork Cutters GiveAway

Patchwork Cutters GiveAway

I thought I’d let you in on a little secret… we have a really cool giveaway running on our Facebook Page this month that gives you the chance to win one of two prize bundles of Patchwork Cutters.

Patchwork Cutters GiveAway

It’s really simple to enter and let’s face it… you have to be in it, to win it!

You don’t need to fill in any long forms you just simply enter through our Facebook Page HERE.

Enter our Give-Away for the chance to win for awesome Patchwork Cutters Sets. There will be 2 winners this month!

Prize 1: 

Patchwork Owl Cutters & 

Patchwork Hot Air Balloon & Parachute Cutters

 

Prize 2: 

Patchwork Wedding Silhouette Cutters

Patchwork Hearts & Swirls Cutters

Patchwork Cutters Owl Cake Cutter

A huge range of Patchwork Cutters can be found on our online store at great prices!

This competition will be open for 3 weeks only. It ends at 12GMT on 22nd February 2017.

TOP TIP: Product Reviews can be entered once per day allowing you up to 21 extra entries over the 3 weeks!

We ship worldwide both for products & giveaways so everyone is welcome to join in whether you are in the UK or Australia!

Good Luck!

Thanks for continuing to support us through our social media sites and our blog. We have loads more helpful tutorials coming soon so keep popping by and enjoy our latest Patchwork Cutters GiveAway, we hope you win!!

TUTORIAL

Check out this fab tutorial on using Patchwork Cutters Owl Set… just one of the fabulous cutters up for grabs in our giveaway!

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Mixing Sugarflair Food Colours

Mixing Sugarflair Food Colours

I’m not sure if you’ve seen this one on Mixing Sugarflair Food Colours on our YouTube channel yet, it’s from about 3 years ago now but the concept remains solid! We get asked quite a lot about the shades and variations that can be produced with professional food colours. We used Sugarflair as our example brand as they are one of our best selling food colours alongside Rainbow Dust Pro-Gels.

There’s two really helpful videos we put together to show you how to get the most out of mixing sugarflair food colours to create a range of colours.

Mixing Sugarflair Paste Colours

You can do this with our Beginners Sugarflair Set!

Part 1: Mixing with Sugarflair Colours.

Part 2: Mixing with Sugarflair Colours.

We hope this helps!

Don’t forget we have loads of great discounts on Sugarflair Paste Colours all available on our online shop!

 

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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Creating Easy Carnation Sugar Flowers

Creating Easy Carnation Sugar Flowers

Creating Easy Carnation Sugar Flowers

A few months back we wrote to you about creating the easiest rose ever, well now we are here to tell you about creating easy carnation sugar flowers using the fantastic Easiest Carnation Cutter Ever by FMM Sugarcraft. Of course like all the new products we keep you up to date with, these cutters are also available in our online store.

Creating Easy Carnation Sugar Flowers

 

After the huge success from the rose cutter, it’s just fabulous news that FMM Sugarcraft keep releasing belting new products that really do make creating easier and less time consuming. These take 5 minutes to create, a few hours to set and a simple dust of colour on top to give your carnation a realistic finish.

Creating Easy Carnation Sugar Flowers

 

Here’s some great tips when creating your carnations.

  • Always use flower or modelling paste. Using sugarpaste will cause the flowers to crack and crumble.
  • Dust your surface lightly with icing sugar to stop your paste from sticking, also non-stick boards are extremely helpful.
  • Roll thin. With a good quality flower paste the thinner you roll the more realistic your sugar flowers will look.
  • Dust the flower once dried with powder colour like sugarflair blossom tints and a dry brush to create a variegated finish.
  • If you love this cutter then you have to try The Easiest Rose cutter.. it’s just as fantastic & saves hours of time!

Cover cakes & cupcakes in beautiful carnations!

Creating Easy Carnation Sugar Flowers

Learn how to use the Easiest Carnation Cutter. FMM Sugarcraft have kindly made us a free tutorial to watch at your leisure.

If you loved this post, give these ones a read! We think you’ll like them just as much!

Make the Easiest Rose Ever

Metallic Cake Finish

Camera Cake Inspiration

Silhouette Cakes

Fathers Day Cupcakes

Fathers Day Cupcakes

Fathers Day Cupcakes

The perfect easy-peasy Fathers Day cupcakes for the Worlds No.1 Dad!

Check out this fantastic recipe and Step by Step by our lovely guest blogger Victoria Threader from Victorious Cupcakes.

Fathers Day Cupcakes

 

Want to give them a go? Here’s the recipe and what you will need.

Ingredients

  • 150g caster sugar
  • 150g butter, at room temperature
  • 1tsp vanilla extract
  • 3 medium eggs
  • 130g self-raising flour
  • 20g cornflour
  • 2tbsp milk
  • For the buttercream
  • 100g butter, at room temperature
  • 250g icing sugar
  • ½tsp vanilla extract
  • 2tsp milk

To decorate

You will also need

Top Tip:

Victoria kneads gum tragacanth into ready-to-roll icing to give a firmer modelling icing. This is best done the night before icing the cakes, wrap it tightly in cling film and store in an airtight container. Use approximately 1tsp per 250g to get the correct ratio.

Method

Step 1: Preheat your oven to 160°C/320°F/Gas Mark 3. Line a 12-hole muffin tin with paper cases.

Step 2: Beat the sugar and butter with the vanilla extract until light and fluffy (about 5 mins). Add 1 egg, 1/3 of the flour and cornflour and 1/3 of the milk.

Step 3: Beat until just combined then repeat twice more until all the eggs, flour and milk have been added.

Step 4: Divide the batter between the 12 cases and bake for 20-25 mins.

Step 5: Cool in the tins for 10 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool.

Step 6: To make the buttercream, place the icing sugar, butter and vanilla extract in a large mixing bowl. Mix with an electric mixer for about 5 minutes until soft, smooth and creamy, adding a little milk only if the mixture is too stiff. Trim the tops off the cakes if necessary to level and spread over the buttercream making it as flat as possible.

Step 7: To decorate Fathers Day Cupcakes, knead a little blue food colouring into 200g of the white ready-to-roll icing.

Step 8: Using 20g of blue icing and 20g of white, divided each piece into 2 and roll into long thin sausages. Lay the 4 sausages side-by-side, alternating blue and white. Using a rolling pin roll over the white and blue sausages so they stick together making a ribbon. Cut the ribbon into 12 pieces and fold each piece in half to make a ‘v’ shape (these will be the ribbons on the rosette). Snip the ends and use a cocktail stick to curl the ends slightly. If you have a stitch effect tool you can emboss the sides but it’s not essential. Leave to dry on greaseproof paper.

Step 9: Roll the remaining white icing quite thinly (2mm) and cut 12 scalloped circles using the cutter and place on top of the iced cupcakes.

Step 10: With a brush of water, stick the ribbons to one edge of the scalloped circles

Step 11: Using the blue icing, roll to 2mm thick and cut out 12 wavy circles sticking them on top of the ribbon to hold it in place.

Step 12: Using the rest of the white icing cut 12 plain circles and stick them in the centre of the blue wavy circles.

Step 13: Using the remainder of the blue icing roll to 2mm thick and cut out the letters for your chosen message. Brush them with a drop of water to stick in place. For a ‘full stop’ just roll a tiny ball of blue fondant and stick in place with a brush of water.

You should now have 12 awesome Fathers Day cupcakes at your fingers!

We have loads more cool cakey supplies for Fathers Day available in our store HERE

If you liked our Fathers Day Cupcakes blog check out some of our other articles:

Caramel Toffee Cupcakes & Nutella Frosting

Chocolate Giant Cupcake Recipe

 

 

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Nurse Inspired Cakes

14 Nurse inspired cakes to get your heart beating!

It’s International Nurse Day today so here’s our Nurse Inspired Cakes blog for a bit of recognition to all those amazing men and women that heal us all, go the extra mile and keep our hospitals running smoothly. This blog is dedicated to you! A big well done to my Granny for dedicating over 20 years to nursing too!

Also a great read if you are doing a nurse or doctor cake soon… there’s some gorgeous idea’s.

1: I love the bandage on top of the cake… it’s so realistic!

Nurse Cakes

2: If you’re good at modelling people then this would be a fantastic idea!

Nurse Cakes

3: It doesn’t just have to be about cake…. include those nurse inspired cupcakes too!

Nurse Inspired Cakes

4: Don’t stick to conventional cake shapes… switch it up and go for a heart shape!!

Nurse Inspired Cakes

5: Love this cake and design… really simple but very effective. Use that football shirt tin for something different and switch to scrubs!

Nurse Cakes

6: So simple and effective, use modelling paste to get your hats and needles to set firm so you can stand them upright or add a little tylo to sugarpaste to create homemade modelling paste.Nurse Inspired Cakes

7: Giant Cupcakes are always fun to make. You can learn how on our Giant Cupcake Blog.

Nurse Inspired Cakes

8: Stacking up those tiers…. nurses need lots of cake so don’t be tight with it!

Nurse Cakes

9: A little different with the navy! Love the writing on this, it’s soooo neat!

Nurse Inspired Cakes

10: Give that nurse a cookie! Or several…. Nurse Inspired Cakes

11: For those newly graduated nurses!

Nurse Inspired Cakes

12: Clean, smart and elegant! Nurse Inspired Cakes

13: Nurse Cake Pops…cute or what!Nurse Inspired Cakes

14: The pasters on this one are great! Love the heart on it to…. Katrina you totally deserve this cake!

Nurse Inspired Cakes
Nurse Inspired Cakes

A huge thanks to all our nurses that make a difference every day and I hope this nurse cake blog has inspired you!

Check out some of our other blogs and remember if you are in need of cake supplies we have fast dispatch of over 2,000 products from cutters to cake boards on our online shop.

Silhouette Cakes

Custard Cream Cheesecake

Giant Cupcake Tutorial Recipe and Examples