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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.

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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.

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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!

Rainbow Dust Colour Melts BANNER

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Roll the mixture into balls about 1″ in diameter.

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

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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

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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.

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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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Fat-Free Swiss Roll Recipe

Fat-Free Swiss Roll

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At Partyanimalonline we have been baking cakes professionally for many a year and we would like to share some of our basic recipes for you to adapt for your own cakes and bakes and today I present to you a fabulous fat-free swiss roll recipe:

This basic swiss roll recipe fills a tin about 35 x 25cm (13″ x 9″). Light and perfect with fruit cream and ganache for cakes and desserts. The finished size depends on your filling and how tightly you roll.

Ingredients

  • 3 large eggs
  • 100g (4oz) Caster Sugar
  • 100g (4oz) plain flour
  • 1 tablespoon (15ml)hot water
  • Caster sugar for dredging

Filling

Jam and Buttercream or ganache

Method

Step 1:Preheat your oven to 220°c(425°f/gas 7).

Grease a swiss roll tin measuring approx. 3 x 9 inches and line with baking parchment or greaseproof paper. Whisk the eggs and sugar until the mix retains the trail for a few seconds. Lightly grease the paper and sprinkle lightly with plain flour. Make sure the flour covers all the surface and then tap out any excess.

Prepared fat-free swiss roll tin
Grease parchment and dust with plain flour

Step 2: Weigh out the caster sugar and place in a bowl with the eggs. Whisk on a fast speed until the mixture is light and creamy. At this point the mixture should be firm enough for a trail to remain on the surface for a few seconds

Whisked swiss roll mixture

Step 3: Sieve the flour and add half to the whisked mixture. Carefully fold in the flour. Add the remaining flour and repeat. Make sure the flour is evenly mixed but do not mix more than necessary to avoid losing the air as the more air in your mixture the lighter your finished cake will be.

folding flour into swiss roll mixture

Step 4: Tip out the mixture into the prepared tin. Tilt the tin to ensure the mixture is spread evenly into all the edges and corners.

Filled tin with fat-free swiss roll mixture

Step 5: Bake in the centre of your preheated oven for 7 – 10 minutes until the mixture is a pale golden brown. It is important not to overbake as this will cause your finished swiss roll to crack.

Baked swill-roll

Step 6: While you are waiting for your swiss roll to bake wet and wring out 2 clean teatowels. Place one flat onto your worktop. Cover with a piece of baking parchment sprinkled with caster sugar. When your cake is baked turn it out onto the paper. Trim any crisp edges with a sharp knife and then cover with the second tea towel and leave to cool for a few minutes. This top tip keeps your cakes pliable and makes it less likely that you will have cracking when you roll up the swiss roll.

Turn out the swiss roll

Step 7: When the swiss roll is cool but not completely cold remove the top tea towel and the backing paper from the cake. Use the underneath paper to roll up the swiss roll. The paper stays in the roll until you are ready to fill it. If just filling with jam you can do that even if the cake is a little warm however if using cream, ganache or buttercream you should leave the cake rolled in the paper until completely cold.

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Step 8: As soon as cool enough carefully unroll the swiss roll and remove the parchment. Spread with the filling of your choice and roll back up. Take care not to press too hard as this may cause the cake to crack. Re-roll once filled and then dust with icing sugar if serving as a dessert or simple swiss roll. Alternatively you can cover the cake and use as part of a novelty cake – such as trains, candles, fireworks and much more!

Variations

You can colour or flavour your mixture and fill with a filling of your choice.

  • Try replacing about 1 tablespoon of flour with cocoa powder for a chocolate swiss roll and fill with raspberries and fresh cream for a beautiful chocolate roulade dessert.
  • Or add a few drops of Sugarflair Hollyberry droplet colour and a few drops of Sugarflair Strawberry food flavour to the sponge and fill with strawberry jam and ganache for a pink, girly, fruity swiss roll with a chocolatey twist!

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