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.

Fun Easter Egg Ideas

Fun Easter Egg Ideas

We have been putting together some fun Easter egg ideas and products you will love.

Find out ways to decorate your chocolate and boiled eggs.

We love chocolate eggs but even the Party Animal’s can only eat so many so we have brought you a range of savoury and sweet ideas!

Edible Silk Range Rainbow Dust

Either create your own chocolate eggs by melting down chocolate and moulding or buy them ready made and decorate.

Rainbow Dust Silk Range is perfect for giving your chocolate eggs a metallic finish! All you need to do is a pot of this magical dust and a brush. You use the brush dry and dust the metallic food colouring on your chocolate. The dust is fine and coats chocolate really easily.

Fun Easter Egg Ideas - Chocolate Eggs

In the image above it shows using the dry brush method on a chocolate Easter egg.

The colour in the picture is one of my all time favourites Metallic Ginger Glow. It’s a lovely rich dark gold. You can dust anything with this stuff. So why stop at Easter Eggs?

cake made using metallic dust

Above is a gorgeous metallic cake using Flame Frenzy and Moroccan Red in the metallic silk range. So you see, you can dust anything with it!!

Sorry I got sidetracked with the so much sparkle! Back to more fun Easter egg ideas:

See this cool tutorial on dusting the chocolate Easter eggs.

Fun Easter Egg Ideas - Boiled Eggs

Decorated Boiled Easter Eggs

Now what about some hard boiled eggs? Did you know that if you use a few drops of Colour Flo in water and put your egg in there after hard boiling it, that the egg will change colour.

Egg shell is porous and allows for the edible food colour to be absorbed. You can then take them out and use edible paints like the Paint It range to handpaint cute designs on them, just like this lovely picture above!

Now what about trying some more designs with Squires Kitchen to design your homemade Easter Eggs. To get the most from your chocolate we recommend Squires Kitchen couverture chocolate which is perfect for tempering to get the most beautiful shine. This chocolate is high quality Belgian chocolate and also happens to taste amazing!

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’

craftsy_drip_cake

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 

Make Drip Cake

★ 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!

Melt and Create

Melt and Create with Rainbow Dust Colour Melts

 

With Rainbow Dust’s new fantastic colour melts you can melt and create a huge range of fantastic edible fun! Of course we now have them available on the website if you fancy giving them a go.

I’ll be sharing our favourite tricks using colour melts and it’s not just about Cake Pops!

The Best Bits

  • They are made up of Non-Hydrogenated Fats
  • Smaller Buttons that melt quicker
  • Great flavour
  • Available in 8 colours and more coming soon!

Packs of Colour Melts

To melt them you can use multiple methods. One being the Microwave, nice and easy does it! The other is the double boiler, slightly harder work but ensures you don’t over-do your candy buttons.

Instructions for Microwave – Place candy melts in a microwave safe bowl. Do not melt in the bag. Microwave for 30 seconds at half power or on the defrost setting. Repeat until completely melted be careful not to over cook your melts.

Instructions for Double Boiler – Partially fill the bottom pan with water and bring to a simmer.
Fit the top pan or bowl in place and add the candy. Stir until completely melted. A jug or bowl can be used to replace the top pan. Do not allow any water to come in direct contact with the candy.

The PME Chocolate Melting pot also works fantastic with these!

 

Melt and Create

Here’s some fantastic examples on using your colour melts by Rainbow Dust.

Melt and Create

I love the use of the colour melts on these tasty Cake Pops. Use Rainbow Dust Edible Gold Glitter to add an extra sparkle!

Cake Pops using Rainbow Dust Colour Melts

Try dipping cake balls in candy melts and popping them in a mini cake cup, once done drizzle with different coloured candy colour melts to create these gorgeous mini cake bites.

Cake Cups using Colour Melts - Melt and Create

Or why not go for gold and create edible ice cream bowls, this will really impress the guests and they are so easy the kids can have fun giving it a go too!

Check out the entire rage of Rainbow Dust Colour Melts.

 

Melt and create order now with partyanimalonline

Christmas Cake Bites Tutorial

Christmas Cake Bites & Cake Pops

Christmas Cake Bites & Cake Pops

These little Christmas Cake bites are a great way to use up extra Rich Fruit Christmas Cake, and if you pop them onto cake pop sticks they make Christmas Cake Pops. Perfect little mouthfuls of Christmas for after dinner or for Christmas buffets!

You will need:Ingredients for Christmas Cake Bites

Because cakes vary I have not given quantities here as it will depend on how dry your fruit cake is as to how much of the apricot jam and brandy to use. I used about 500g of cake, 1 large tablespoon of apricot jam and 1 tablespoon of Brandy for mine but you will need to adjust the quantities depending on your own cake and taste. This quantity made about 30 Christmas cake bites.

Crumble the cake into a bowl and mix in apricot jam and brandy until the mixture sticks together.

Christmas-cake-bites-mixture

Roll the mixture into balls about 1″ in diameter.

mixture rolled into balls

Place the vermicelli into a bowl and roll the balls into it making sure they are well coated and set aside to set up.

roll-mixture-in-chocolate-vermicelli

If making cake pops do not make the mix too wet or they will not stay on the sticks – if your cake is quite moist it is probably better not to add brandy to the mix for the cake pops as this may make your mixture too wet – you can get a similar taste without the liquid by adding a drop or two of Brandy flavouring instead or try my personal favourite Amaretto flavour from Beau Products…yummy!

Make up a small quantity of Royal Icing. I used the Squires Kitchen Royal Icing mix as this can be made easily in small quantities – just remember that like any Royal Icing it needs to be beaten well until thick and standing in firm peaks and if  you are not making up the whole bag at once make sure you give the bag a good shake up before making up to make sure the ingredients are evenly distributed.

For the cake pop bites dip the end of your cake pop stick into the royal icing and fix the ball of cake mixture onto the end. Leave to set up before decorating.

making-christmas-cake-pops

Place about half of your royal icing onto a tile and paddle down with a palette knife until it is smooth. Add a few drops of water until it is at soft-peak consistency. Place in a small bag with a No 2 nozzle and pipe a little onto the top of each bite – allow it to run down a little for the best effect. Leave to set up.

piping the topping

 

Colour your remaining icing – half red and the other half green. This should be stiff.

Colour the icing for the holly

Place the green icing in a bag with a No 2 nozzle and pipe 3 small leaves for your holly.

Place the red icing in a small bag with a No1 Tube and pipe 3 small bulbs for the holly berries and leave to dry completely.

completed cake bites and cake pop

Pop the Christmas Cake bites into petite fours cases for presentation. Serve after dinner or as a special treat during the Christmas period. They also make a lovely little gift if you wrap them in cellophane!

 

Snowballs – An alternative to the Christmas Cake Bites

If you want to make an alternative type of Christmas cake bite how about these snowballs!

Make the balls of cake mix as before but this time cover with a thin layer of marzipan. Roll your marzipan into a strip, roll the cake mix into it and cut to size. Pinch the ends to seal and snip of any excess marzipan. Roll in your hand to form a round ball.

Marzipanning the snowball bites

Leave to set up. Then let down a little of your royal icing on a tile so that it is just at soft peak and roll each of the marzipanned bites into it before popping them on a cake pop stick and standing to dry. You can finish with a sprinkle of edible glitter for a bit of glitz!

covering-marzipanned-bites

Anyone will be impressed with these yummy little mouthfuls when you hand them round after your dinner or when you are all chilling in front of the Christmas TV.

Christmas Cupcake Ideas

Creating Edible Christmas Penguins

Creating Edible Christmas Penguins

Christmas Cookie Ideas

These new cutters are manufactured by FMM Sugarcraft and they helped create all these cookie designs above!

FMM have been trending in versatility with their latest designs and we love them!

Make your money go further by using these cutters for a number of designs. Creating edible Christmas Penguins, Snowmen and Robins as shown on these Christmas Cupcakes.

Christmas Cupcake Ideas

Learn more and find out how to use them in this wonderful tutorial starring Ceri Bodham.

We are now stocking this cutter on our online shop!  FMM offer a lifetime guarantee with all their products.

Christmas Cake Ideas