Awesome Uses for Royal Icing

Here’s some awesome uses for Royal Icing

We have put together a cool blog with ideas on using Royal Icing for the latest trends in cake decorating and sugarcraft. Not only that but we have put together some of our favourite Royal Icing recipes and it includes one suitable for Vegans & Vegetarians too.

Delia Smith Royal Icing Recipe

1 lb 2 oz (500 g) icing sugar, sifted
3 large egg whites
1 teaspoon glycerine

For the full method check out Delia’s page. I have tried and tested this one myself and find it great for peaky icing, piping and biscuits!

Are you vegan or vegetarian and wanting to find a recipe to suit those dietary requirements. Well, there’s one right here:

Wallflower Kitchen Vegan Royal Icing Recipe

9 tbsp chickpea brine (the water drained from a can of chickpeas)
500g / 4 cups icing sugar, sifted*
2 tsp vegetable glycerine (optional)

For the full method checkout Wallflower Kitchens Blog.

You can also make some homemade hummus while you are there!!

Alternatively, Squires Kitchen do an awesome powdered Royal Icing mix, all you have to do is add water and you can use as little or as much as you like!

Awesome Uses for Royal Icing

Now we have the recipes down we can look at what to create with all this Royal Icing.

Rose Run Outs

I love this idea by ‘I am Baker’ although after reading her blog I would definitely avoid moving these gorgeous cuppies at all costs! Especially avoid driving with them. Stunning though aren’t they! For the cupcake swirl, Amanda used a 1M piping tip.

Traditional Cakes

It may be a few years since these cakes were the height of fashion but I think they are absolutely stunning and something really different to admire. So much work goes in to creating these stunning cakes. Let’s bring them back!

Above cake created by Lion Sugar Work

Above cake created by Fair Cake who offers master classes on creating these gorgeous Royal Iced designs.

Learn how to create some of these awesome designs with this video:

Henna Designs

These are fantastic, using a writing tube to create intricate henna patterns to add to the cake for free-standing design. Oh Sugar Event Panning have kindly put together a fabulous step by step on how to create your very own henna sugar transfer HERE.

You don’t have to create free standing designs, the royal icing can also be piped directly on to the cake. The cake below was created by Panache Cake Design. I would recommend a visit to their website with a  coffee and a slice of cake to drool over the fabulous cake designs they create!

Create Gold Piped Designs

This is simple however, it is time consuming. Check out SweetAmbs fab guide on creating your very own gold royal icing. You can use a range of gold lustre to create this!

gold royal icing tutorial by SweetAmbs

Royal Icing Biscuits

How cute are these?! I love the use of a simple heart cookie cutter to create these adorable love birds. Huge thanks to Little Wonderland for putting together this comprehensive tutorial. See their page for the full method.

Royal Icing Biscuits

Brush Embroidery with Royal Icing

Using the Patchwork Cutters Poppy Cutter to create an impression you can create gorgeous floral designs on biscuits, cakes or even cupcakes.

Check out this fabulous video tutorial by our friends over at Patchwork Cutters for tips and help with brush embroidery.

I wanted to finish up with these 6 uses of Royal Icing by Squires Kitchen. You certainly will have lots of ideas for using Royal Icing as your media going forward! We hope you enjoyed reading this blog.

How to Paint on Icing – Rainbow Unicorn

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Painting a Cartoon Style Rainbow Unicorn

This Rainbow Unicorn is painted on icing in a cartoon style using a poster painting technique. If you know how to paint on icing you can add any images you want to a cake and this tutorial will lead you through the stages to get a great finish. This is one of the simplest forms of painting on icing and a great place to start! You use blocks of colour to build up the Rainbow Unicorn image. A little shading adds basic detail.

For this Rainbow Unicorn I have traced out the design and transferred it to a plaque using the edible pen technique (tutorial for this coming soon). You can do this straight onto your cake if you prefer.

At the end of this post you will find a video showing the whole process.

You will need:
You will need food colours, palette brushes and edible ink pen

How to mix the colours

Start by adding some icing whitener to your palette

Add a spot of each colour to the centre and mix a little into the powder using water or alcohol

You will need:

  • Pale pink for the body
  • A deeper pink for shading
  • Blue for the horn and hooves
  • Yellow, Purple, Deep Pink, and Aqua for the mane and tail

How To Paint the Body

Paint the main part of the body of the rainbow unicorn pale pink
Load the sable brush with pale pink colour. This should be liquid enough to flow smoothly as you paint so adjust the thickness if you need to. Follow the shape of the unicorn’s body and use long even strokes to paint the pink all over the body, head and legs. Add more colour to your brush when you need to.

Adding shading to the rainbow unicornThen using the deeper pink colour – this should be a few shades darker – don’t make it too dark!- add shading detail to the head, underside of the legs and body and around the back of the unicorn.

Using a little more of the pale pink blend the edges of the shading so there is no obvious line between the two pink colours.

How to Paint the Horn and Hooves

detail of hoovesUsing the pale baby blue fill in the whole area of the horn an hooves. Then darken the blue a little and paint in the shaded detail – a line down the horn and the edges of the hooves.

Painting the head detail

close up of head detailMix a little of the pale yellow with a little pale pink to make a light flesh colour and paint the muzzle of the unicorn

Add some deep pink to this and paint the inside of the ears.

Using the deeper baby blue paint the eye

How to Paint the Mane and Tail of the Unicorn

Using the deep pink paint a stripe down each section of the mane following the flow of the outline. Do the same with the tail.
Add a stripe each of purple, yellow and aqua until the mane and tail.
detail of mane and tail
are complete. Finish the tail with a thin stripe of pink on the top

Using a very pale yellow brush around the base of the unicorn so he looks like he is sitting on something rather than floating in the air!

Leave to dry completely

How to Complete the Rainbow Unicorn

drawing the outline
When the painted unicorn is completely dry outline carefully with the thicker end of the Rainbow Dust Food Art Pen. Use long strokes if possible for a smoother finish. Draw in the eye leaving some of the blue visible and add lashes. You can add a small white dot in the eye using the Icing whitener powder to add life to eye if you like.

I have used the black pen to emphasise the cartoon nature of the painting however you can use a pale grey or pink pen if you prefer a softer look.

 

If you want watch the whole process I have added a video of how the Rainbow Unicorn was painted so check that out below:

Video Tutorial – How to Paint a Rainbow Unicorn on Icing

Traditional English Rich Fruit Cake

RICH FRUIT CAKE

This traditional English Rich Fruit Cake recipe makes a rich fruit cake that is perfect for Weddings, Christenings and other Celebrations as well as for the traditional English Christmas Cake. With the rising popularity of traditional styled and Royal Iced cakes fruit cakes are again getting fashionable!

This fruit cake recipe gives a dark moist cake, sweet and fruity. We used this recipe at Party Animal for over 20 years and it never failed to get a good response whether used for Christmas, weddings or any other special occasion.

It is best to bake the cake at least one month and preferably about 3 months before use so that it matures and the flavours develop.

This recipe makes an 8″ square / 9″ round cake approximately 3″ deep.

Ingredients

The fruit Mix

Fruit and Nut mix for Rich Fruit Cake

  • 295g raisins
  • 295g sultanas
  • 280g currants
  • 145g dried apricots
  • 175g glace cherries
  • 100g mixed peel (some people leave this out but as long as it is well soaked
    it adds an extra ‘bite’ to the mix)
  • 100g chopped nuts (I personally use a mix of almond nibs, almond flakes and chopped walnuts)
  • 12ml finely grated lemon rind
  • 35ml fresh lemon juice
  • 60ml brandy or we use what we know as ‘soaking mix’ – 2 parts sherry: 1 part rum: 1 part brandy – a perfect mix for flavour and the alcohol content is unimportant as that will burn off during cooking – that’s why you can use this even for teetotallers!

The Cake Batter Mix

Ingredients for the fruit cake batter

  • 325g dark brown sugar
  • 325g butter
  • 30ml a mix of treacle and golden syrup – I use a 50:50 mix but if you prefer a darker less sweet cake just use treacle
  • 5 medium eggs
  • 20ml (4tspn) mixed spice
  • 70g ground almonds
  • 370g plain flour

Method

Soak the fruit

Chop the apricots and cherries to taste – You can chop finely for a more even dispersion but I like to have some larger pieces of cherry in the mix as I find this give a moister taste to the cake.
Adding Lemon Juice to the Fruit Mix
Add all the dried fruit, cherries and apricots to a bowl along with the lemon juice and rind, chopped nuts, and soaking mix. Mix well and cover or place into a sealed food box.

Leave for at least overnight but preferably for 3-4 days and up to about 1 week is fine. This will allow the fruit to soak up the liquid. Shake or stir occasionally to make sure all the fruit gets soaked thoroughly. This helps with plumping up the fruit for a moist cake finish.The fruit ready to soak

Bake the Cakes

Line a greased tin with a double layer of greaseproof paper or baking parchment and grease well.

Preheat oven to approx 140°C
cake batter for rich fruit cake
Cream together the sugar and butter then add the eggs. Mix in the remaining ingredients including treacle, spice, almonds and flour. Mix until smooth and then stir in the soaked fruit and any juice that is left. I find this is a good time to get clean hands involved! It is much easier to mix evenly using your hands when the fruit is added.
The finished rich fruit cake mix ready to bake
Fill the prepared tins with the rich fruit cake mixture and smooth with a damp spoon. (A good trick to make sure the mix is even is to bang the tins down a few times which should remove any air pockets.) The damp spoon should leave the top damp. This will help the top surface to cook without drying out.

Bake in a preheated oven at approx 140°C. for about 3 - 3½ hours.

Ovens vary greatly so if you find that the cake is beginning to peak or crack turn down the oven and cook for a little longer.

To test - press surface of cake lightly - it should feel firm to the touch. Take out cake and listen to it! If it sings (whistles) it is not quite ready so pop back in for a minute or two.
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Leave to cool in the tin until you can pick up the tin easily without gloves. This gives the cake time to settle and set up a bit. Turn out onto a wire rack to cool completely.

To Store

Brush the cake surface with some brandy or other spirit. You will need about 60ml. We usually use what we term our 'feeding mix'. This is 2 parts brandy: 1 part rum: 1 part sherry and gives a good flavour to the cakes. Unlike when you are soaking the fruit, you will need to use fruit juice or sugar syrup to feed your cakes for teetotallers as the alcohol remains in the cakes. If you pierce the cake surface with a fine skewer before feeding you will get the feeding mix deeply into the cake.

Cut some greaseproof paper for the top of the cake and then wrap in foil. Finally wrap in Cling Film and store in a cool dry place.

Rich fruit cakes can be stored for up to 6 months before using. From time to time open up and feed with more feeding mixture to add more flavour and keep moist. Do not overdo it or your cakes will be soggy and difficult to decorate.
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Novelty Firework Cake – Bonfire Night

Novelty Firework Cake

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This novelty firework cake is perfect for a bonfire night tea. Shaped as 2 fireworks with ‘exploding’ stars it will make a great centrepiece, and when it is cut each person gets their own little Catherine Wheel cake. You can’t get much more bonfire themed than that!

What you will need

Tools

    • Rolling pins – one for rolling out the paste and a small pin for the decoration
    • Marzipan spacers are useful for making sure your paste is the correct thickness
    • Small and medium circular cutters
    • Sharp knife
    • Baking Parchment for templates
    • Non-Stick board
    • Star Cutters – I used the FMM Star Set
    • Alphabet Cutters – I used the FMM Art Deco Tappit set
    • Shell tool for embossing the board to give a grass effect.

Method – Preparation

Step 1: Bake your cake. You can find the recipe and instructions for baking a Fat-Free Swiss Roll here.
Colour your sugarpaste. You will need approx. 400g Purple, 250g Red, 250g Green and 100g Yellow. Cover your board with the green paste and emboss using the shell tool.

Embossing the cake board
Ideally it is best to do this step the day before so that the paste and cakes set up a little to make it easier to work.

Step 2: Make the stars – This could be done a few days ahead to make sure that they are completely dry but they certainly need to dry overnight at least.

Cut the metallic wires to the variable lengths. Roll out the white Squires SMP thinly on a non-stick board and cut out a variety of stars using the FMM Star Set of cutters. Dip the end of the wire into edible glue and fix each star onto a wire.

Either leave flat to dry or place in oasis or polystyrene to dry. Personally I like to dry them standing because it gives a bit more shape to the stars rather than them being flat although they are delicate at this stage so take care. Leave to set up completely.

Make the stars

When set brush with edible glue and dip in the glitter. I use a piece of parchment paper under them as that way it is possible to tip a lot of glitter onto each star to ensure they are well covered. Any glitter remaining on the paper can then be tipped back into the pot when finished.

Set aside and leave to dry thoroughly.

Method – Covering the Firework cakes

Step 3: Cut the swiss roll into 2. One should be approximately twice as long as the other section. This will make 2 novelty firework cakes. Using parchment paper make a template for your covering.

Mask the cakes thinly with buttercream or ganache and stand on end.

Cut the cakes and make the templates

Step 4: Roll out a small piece of purple paste and cut 2 circles using the larger circle cutter – you should chose a cutter the same size as the cake surface. Place the cut paste on the top end of each cake.

Cover the larger cake with purple paste and the smaller with red paste using the templates as a guide. Leave a small amount standing proud of the top edge.

cut out top circles of paste
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Cut a thin strip of the contrasting coloured paste and tuck into the join, fixing in place with edible glue. This gives a stripe down the back of each firework cake. When you cut the cake into the slices each slice will have a contrasting ‘fuse’.
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With the remaining purple paste roll out thickly and cut 2 circles and fix to the centre of each firework cake top with edible glue. This makes the ‘fuse’ and will be where you will fix your stars so that the wires do not go into the cake.

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Method – Finishing Touches

Step 5: On a non-stick board roll out the black Squires SMP to make the labels for the fireworks. It is important that this paste is rolled very thinly. Cut into a strip. Rub a little cornflour under the paste to release it from the board and a little into the top surface with your fingertips to help the letters come out of the cutters easily.

Using the FMM Tapit set select the letter you need and press into the paste. Scrub it a little against the board to ensure it is cleanly cut. Lift out and then tap the end of the cutter firmly against your table top. The letter should drop out cleanly. If it sticks you may have your paste too thick or you may not have dried the top enough with your cornflour. Repeat with the remaining letters until you have all you need.

Roll out a strip of white Squires SMP paste and stick the letters onto this using a little edible glue. Trim to size and then glue the strip to the side of the larger firework cake as shown.

Making the lettering labels

Step 6: Cut out some yellow stars using the FMM star cutters and fix to the side of the smaller cake.

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Step 7: Place the cakes carefully on the covered board using a little buttercream or ganache if necessary to stick them in place. You could add a few stars to the board or else add an inscription if you prefer.

Step 8: Finally arrange the stars into the top of each cake. You can also make a few spirals using the metallic wires.
make spirals of wireSimply wrap the wire around a small rolling pin (A Cel Stick is ideal for this). Remove the wire and you will have a spiral ‘spring’. These can be used to fill out the firework topper.

Finished_novelty_fireworks_cake

So there you have your finished Firework cake with glittery stars topper.

To serve the cake cut into slices. You will end up with a plateful of little Catherine wheels thanks to the spiral of the roulade, complete with a little fuse.

Enjoy!

Variations

If you don’t want to bake a swiss roll you can of course get ready made shop ones which you can just decorate. Alternatively you could use your favourite firm cake mix baked in empty washed out cans – I love the Rich Cherry Cake for this – for 4 baked bean cans you will need about a half quantity of cake mix. Unfortunately this will not give you the pretty spirals when cut but tastes delicious!

Take care this November the 5th and enjoy the praise from all for this fabulous Novelty Fireworks Cake!

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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!

18 Egg-cellent Ideas for Easter Treats

18 Egg-cellent Ideas for Easter Treats

Yes, my bad! It’s that time of year where I am able to make some rather poor puns to do with Easter and what not! So this blog will not only be packed full of badly written Easter-related puns but also some pretty great Egg-samples of what Easter Treats you can make with the kids this year! Sorry, I’ll stop yolking around shortly!

Easter Treat Ideas

We’ve added the links to take you to each tutorial on the pictures so if you like what you see and you want to know how to make it just click the pictures to be teleported to the egg-citing Easter Treats!

1 – Easter Nest Cupcakes by the Taming Twins. We recommend using a grass nozzle for the nest and grass.

Easter Treats

2 – Home-made giant, salted, raw dark chocolate egg, filled with salted date caramel and dark chocolate mousse. For making your own eggs get the right Easter Egg Moulds for the job.

Easter Treats

3 – Chirpy Chick Cupcakes by the Simple Sweet Life! Cuuute!Easter Treats

4 – Colourful Easter Cuppies by Two Sisters Crafting.Easter Treats

5 – Easter Chick Cake Pops

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6 – Easter Chick Cupcakes by Victorious CupcakesEaster Chick Cupcakes

7 – Matallic Bunnies – We used Rainbow Dust Click-Twist Brushes to paint straight on to these Malteaser Bunnies, they make for super cute toppers!Easter Treats

8 – Nest Cake Tutorial Easter Treats Ideas

9 – Yummy Cadbury Creme Egg Chocolate Caramel Shortbread by Kerry CooksEaster Treats

10 – Mini Egg Cake!! Find out how to make it… by HobbycraftEaster Treats

11 – Home-made Easter Eggs… use white chocolate with powder colours to create awesome vibrant eggs. We stumbled across this beauty on Pinterest!Easter Treats

12 – Annie’s Noms and her super cool Funfetti Shortbread Bites!Easter Treats

13 – Creme Egg Cupcakes by Taming Twins – this blog has the recipe as well as 5 top tips that will make you the perfect Creme Egg Cuppie!Easter Treats

14 – White Chocolate Easter Egg Cupcakes by Glaze & Garnish… these look so tasty. Love the egg box display!Easter Treats

15 –  Golden Egg… Have you always wanted to have a golden egg! Now you can have it and eat it thanks to Rainbow Dust’s Edible Gold Metallic dust – Ginger Glow.Easter Treats16 – Easter Nest Cake Pops..easy to do and super effective, don’t let cake cut off’s go to waste!Easter Treats Ideas

17 – Skinny Easter Egg Cake Balls, for those of you who are cutting back on calories this Easter. Made by Skinny TasteEaster Treats

18 – EASTER OMBRÉ PINATA CAKE – by Taming Twins who have outdone themselves with awesome recipes and tutorials this Easter!

Gosh I’m Eggs-hausted…

Thanks for taking the time to read and remember if you need food colours, sugarpaste, flavours and tools then look no further than our Online Shop.

12 Sweet Valentines Day Ideas

12 Sweet Ideas for Valentines Day

12 Sweet Ideas for Valentines Day

I’ve aimed these quick fun tutorials for the last minute romantic… If Valentine’s has sneaked up on you this year it’s still not too late to grab the red food colour out the cupboard and knock something rather awesome together.

If you are a regular caker you will already have most of the bit in…if your not we have fast next day delivery and there’s always the supermarket – just don’t buy that cheap nasty red food colour, go to your local cake specialists to sort you out!

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1: Choco Toppers – We’ve used the easy Choco Writers to create these, they are so easy and convenient. Boil the kettle, pop your choco write in the water to melt, then pipe. Check out our blog on how to use them HERE. 

12 Sweet Ideas for Valentines Day

2: Ombre Valentines Cake – Using a good red food colour you can create an easy ombre effect in layers, this will require you baking three separate layers. Start by splitting your cake mix into three parts…then add the red to achieve three different depths. Top tip use a quality professional food colour that’s bake stable otherwise your cake may end up being a wash out! I highly recommend Rainbow Dust ProGel Red. 

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3: Easy Rose Toppers – All you’ll need is the piping tube that you used to create your buttercream swirl! Simple! Check our full tutorial out HERE.valentines_tutorial

4: Bring the Milkshake – Cute chocolate cupcakes with a little pink buttercream and a sprinkling of icing sugar! You can even finish the scene off with these awesome Pink Swirl Straws!

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5: Go Classy – Try this awesome Pistachio & Rose Cupcake recipe that has a fabulous 4 star review at the timing of writing. Get the full recipe by GoodToKnow.

12 Sweet Ideas for Valentines Day

6: Go BIG: I love this idea using plastic cups to keep your awesome cupcake display in place… follow our number 7 and then add them to your newly made cupcake bouquet holder!

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7. Red Rose Cupcakes – Time to make these and put them in your Cupcake Bouquet…beats traditional flowers any day, although traditional flowers would definitely last longer in my house! Get our full Recipe and Tutorial.

Heart Cake Tutorial on 12 sweet idea for Valentines Day

8: Make Your Heart Complete – No tin, no worries! We have the solution above for your sweet Valentine!

Red Velvet Recipe

9: Red Velvet – Here’s a good excuse to make Red Velvet Cakes! Top Tip…use Red Extra by Sugarflair or another quality brand so it doesn’t fade to pink in the baking process.

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10: Surprise Heart Cake – Whether it’s cupcakes or a larger cake this is a really cool idea… make the pink cake first and fully bake and once cooled, cut the hearts and and place them in the centre of the raw cake mix. This will look awesome! Guaranteed!

Valentines Lips Tutorial

11: Kissable! – Not just kissable but completely edible. We have the full free tutorial to give these smooch-able lips a go and all your need is a bit of pink sugarpaste!

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12: Ruffle Heart Cake – Yeah, you got me! I lied on this one…it will take a while and by a while I mean around 4 hours to decorate it! BUT it looks awesome doesn’t it!

 

I hope you enjoyed our 12 Sweet Ideas for Valentines Day this year…and if you are only reading it a week on…well think how much prep you have in time for next year!

Happy Valentine’s lovelies!