Saturday, September 15, 2018

Planning ahead for Halloween

It's coming up to that time of the year so this year I'm planning ahead. At Kiwicakes we have a huge range of 125 Halloween items to view our range click here 

My personal favourite is the Haunted House cupcake stand  This would be great with adult cupcakes using these shot tops. Shot tops are a fun shaped Pipette that holds a sauce or liquor, that can be squirted in to the cupcake just before it's eaten. I'm thinking tequila would be nice, perhaps a margarita flavoured cupcake.

For the children how about some decorated cookies, we have cookie cutters and a large range of icings and colours.

Wilton have a good range of chocolate moulds for Halloween and where's just a small sample.

Glow in the dark cupcake rings. Witches and Cats its all here why not browse our Halloween items now

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Fun Unicorn Chocolate Pops

These Unicorn Chocolate pops were such fun to make, and despite their look, are actually quick to make. I used the Wilton round cookie pop pans, to pour compound chocolate melts in to, positioning lollipop sticks in the cavity provided. These could also be made using cookies (however the particular sticks I used were not intended for oven use). As chocolate shrinks when it cools, metal pans make great chocolate moulds instead of the usual plastic moulds.

To the centre of the pop I added a 9cm white circle of fondant

Using a smaller diameter round cutter, I cut some pale pink fondant in to a circle, then used the same cutter, to cut away part of the circle, leaving the nose shape. I indented the nose and eyes with the back end of my paint brush.

To make the horn, I took two pieces of yellow fondant and twisted them together

Once twisted together I flattened the end that was to attach to the head and tucked it under the white fondant layer, and secured with edible glue 
I used a small piece of fondant to suppor the horn until it dried

 I painted the horn gold using edible gold lustre dust mixed with rose spirit

The mane was simply free form pieces of rolled fondant cut with the scissors

 I used a knife to indent lines on the pieces of mane. The small stars were cut using plunger cutters and were secured with edible glue. The eyes are tiny balls of fondant dropped in to the eye cavity, to which I'd added a dot of edible glue. The tiny white dots of fondant are added afterwards. The ears are cut free hand from fondant, they are so small, no pattern is really needed. This pan set can of course be used to make lots of other fun critters

Monday, July 2, 2018

Unicorns and rainbows - 2 party favourites

Does anything go better together than Unicorns and Rainbows - perhaps Cake Unicorns and Rainbows? At Kiwicakes we've got you covered click here for Rainbow themed products

These Rainbow lollipops  are a great addition also perfect on drip cakes

If you are making a Unicorn cake click here  for our range of unicorn products whether making cookies, chocolates or using fondant for cakes.

Of special interest for those of you wanting to make a picture perfect unicorn cake is this set of 5  moulds makes unicorn ears, horns and eyelashes

 Other moulds include a cute unicorn silhouette

Not strictly a unicorn this Pegasus mould could be made into a winged unicorn easily

I hope these posts encourage you to explore our website Just type your favourite theme into the search box and see what you can find.

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

So this is me

I recently had my portrait taken, wearing makeup no less!. And for anyone that knows me, will know this is likely a once a year occurrence. However this all came about when I was invited to an event "Celebrating Hardworking Woman" for business woman here in Whangarei. It was an event run by Nikita Parker with proceeds going to "Look Good Feel Better"And the gorgeous Minette took our photos.

So with this lovely photo in hand, I thought I would tell you a little bit about myself
I am a wife, mother, daughter, sister and furbaby owner.
I wear glasses and can't manage without them.
I am not a follower of fashion, I live in jeans - I do not enjoy shopping (unless it's for kitchen gadgets, cake toys or good food & wine, then I LOVE Shopping!)
I love to travel. My favourite places to visit are OLD, I love museums and galleries.
I live, breathe, eat and even dream about cake. When visiting new places my first stop is often to do with food or cake related.
I hear all too often "I just don't know how you do what you do - how do you have time". I could laughingly say it is due to not wearing makeup and not co-ordinating my outfits. But the truth is I have an amazing support network. My long suffering husband has at times been both mother and father to our children whilst I've travelled throughout NZ and overseas to cake shows and cake related events. And Grandma Kiwicakes, whom many of you know and love has been my rock not only in business, but with the family too. And here at Kiwicakes I have a great staff that have been with me for years - I'd be lost without them.
I read A LOT and if I have a good book in hand, I've been known to be unable to put it down. I don't have a favourite genre, if it's good I'll read it.
I love to cook and take great pleasure pottering about in the kitchen.
I love discovering new restaurants and eateries
I strive to shop locally, whilst I have been known to make an appearance at the supermarket, I am a regular at the local butcher, Bin Inn, Co-op and markets. I prefer old retro to new items.
My fitness regime is pretty much non existent, but I walk a few kilometres every day with our wee dog. The rest of the time you'll find me glued to my computer, doing everything behind the scenes that is needed to run Kiwicakes.

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

There be Dragons

If you are a dragon fan look no further Kiwicakes has a range of items to make the perfect dragon cake

We have a great range of silicone moulds Including right and left facing Chinese Dragons, A Welsh dragon , A baby dragon and a fantasy castle and dragon mould.

If you would like to stencil we have two different packs of dragon stencils

For the Patriotic Welshman we have this cookie cutter and a silicone mould of a Welsh dragon

The chocoholics have not been forgotten and we have a dragon Lollipop mould.

For all things dragon  click here  and look forward to creating your perfect dragon cake

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Custom sprinkle medleys now available at kiwicakes

 Three months ago I started on the lengthy process to offer Custom sprinkle medleys at Kiwicakes. AND NOW THE SERVICE IS HERE

It’s been a lot of work, the ingredients document was like writing a small novel. And I am so thankful for the wonderful Hayley who created the awesome custom medley photos (I don’t envy her laying all of those sprinkles out in straight lines).

We’ve sourced extra wonderful sprinkles from around the world, to extend our already awesome sprinkle selection. And a complete overhaul of our kitchen shelves was needed to create space, for each colour.

Some wonderful Kiwicakers agreed to be my custom medley testers, so I could try to iron out any wrinkles in the service, their medleys have been mixed and delivered.

I can’t wait to get mixing for you! Click here to find out more about the service 

Pretty unicorn cookies

 This lovely step by step tutorial comes to us from Lisa at The Whole Cake and Caboodle 

Using a unicorn cutter from Kiwicakes. Lisa baked sugar cookies, to which she added fondant horns, shaped by hand. Painted with Rolkem Super Gold, mixed with a little rose spirit to form a paint 

Using the cookie cutter. Cut out fondant icing unicorn, then remove the horn and mane using a knife.

Glue the fondant to the cookie using  edible sugar glue and mark the ear and nose hole with a veining tool. The line for the mouth is cut with a knife.

These photos show the steps to pipe the mane. They are random squiggles of royal icing (which sets hard allowing cookies to be bagged) using Wilton tip #16

The eye can be drawn on with an edible marker pen, or painted with a brush and edible black paint.

Monday, January 29, 2018

A fun cake by Gracie age 9

I just had to share with you, this fun cake, made by budding cake decorator Gracie age 9. She's been a cake decorating addict for years now and her mum Jenny sent through these photos of Gracie buttercreaming and making her very own cake for her teacher "Miss T"

Gracie used the Kiwicakes lemon & poppyseed cake mix. It's super tasty and has chunks of freeze dried lemon in it.

She used a metal scraper to get it nice and smooth 

Gracie used Bakels truffle for her drip

The sprinkle medley is Kaleidoscope

You can find the Rainbow Zebra cake board Gracie used here

A wonderful selection of Lollipops from the Kiwicakes range And the name "Miss T" was cut from yellow fondant icing using FMM alphabet Tappits 

I think Gracie at just 9 years of age did an amazing job. I cannot wait to see her cakes when she is an adult. I think we may have a star on our hands.

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