Friday, June 7, 2019

Cookies for a Cat Lover

A friend who is a great cat lover was having a birthday what better than cat cookies. Here at Kiwicakes we have a great range of items for animal lovers including lots of cat cookie cutters

 A dilemma which one to choose  I finally settled on this one a Sitting Cat

I used this biscuit mix we stock, it keeps its shape very well and doesn't spread during baking.

All directions are on the packet and it is very easy to use.

I used half a packet and that made a full oven tray of biscuits . I cut the biscuits out as instructions and thought I knew better and shifted some of my biscuits to fit more on the tray which distorted my shape slightly.I would not recommend this, I would use two trays next time .

The biscuits are baked at a low temperature and hold their shape well. Instead of Icing I used Renshaws Marzipan. I put this on while the biscuits were still warm to help it stick.

I chose this cat wafer paper. We have an extensive range of wafer paper printed designs at Kiwicakes

I  traced round the cutter and stuck the wafer paper down using Sugar Glue

All bagged up and ready to go with the cutter tied round the neck of the bag as an extra gift should the birthday girl like to make more cookies for herself.

I think they got the seal of approval from the birthday girl's cat Phoebe, here she is keeping warm on this cold Winter day.

I hope this inspires you to try your own cookies We have over 600 cutters etc click here  for our full range

Thursday, April 4, 2019

Seashells on the Seashore

One of our categories with the largest range of items at Kiwicakes is seashells and seashore. We have a large range of silicone moulds covering shells starfish fish and much more here

Cookie cutters include a turtle seahorse and my favourite an octopus

Sprinkle medleys are available to coordinate with every theme.

NZ items we have are Paua and Kina shell moulds also a Sand Dollar. One of the most popular

Kiwiana themed items is our Paua edible image which has many uses on a cake

 If chocolate is your thing this lovely chocolate transfer with gold seashells is versatile.

Seashells cake for Rachael's 30th birthday by Karina from Kiwicakes

Two of our most admired cakes have been ones including shells. The first one was made by Kiwicakes staff member Karina with a range of shells made from Kiwicakes moulds .

The second made by Sandra with a range of shells  and coral made by piping white chocolate. The
chocolate wrap was made with our scallop and shell chocolate wrap.

The variations are endless limited only by your imagination.
 Have Fun.

Tuesday, April 2, 2019

Uses of Meringue Powder for Cake decorators

I often get asked about the uses of Meringue powder, so I wanted to share with you all this helpful guide
What is Meringue Powder and How Do I Use It?
Meringue Powder is an egg white substitute that is primarily a mixture of dehydrated egg whites, corn starch, and natural food gums (used to bind the ingredients). Bakers use meringue powder in: meringue pie toppings, meringue cookies, meringue shells, angel food cake and some mousses.
Meringue powder is also ideal for icings and other recipe that do not reach cooking temperatures required for the safe use of egg whites.
Cookie decorators are especially fond of using meringue powder to easily make royal icing that dries hard-to-the-touch. (The recipe for Royal icing comes on the container)
Great for buttercream icing to allow it to crust.

Benefits of using meringue powder over egg whites:
Meringue powder is shelf-stable – no refrigeration needed
2-year shelf life
Eliminates the need for raw egg whites
Convenient and easy-to-use; no separating eggs!
Adds body and stability
For icings, it helps minimize the bleeding of darker colors into lighter colours
Generally, 2 tsp, of meringue powder + 2 Tbs. of water = 1 large egg white

Saturday, November 24, 2018

Have you visited Kiwicakes Shop Lately.

How long is it since you have visited our shop in Kamo.

We have lots of items available to view. If you've checked out our website oyu know we have over 8000 products in stock - here is a glimpse at some of it.

If you are seeking inspiration we have a large range of premade flowers and fish and shells. Most of these items are only available in store as they are too fragile to post.

If you are really pushed for time we have premade cakes and also time saving cake mixes

We have toppers and candles

and a large range of candy and lollipops suitable for drip cakes and even a unicorn horn

and a huge range of sprinkle medleys

Jelly Gems

Flower cutters and tools

Some luxury items like gold salt and champagne gummy bears

Some one off specials

Anything you  need for cake decorating we are sure to have so come on in and check us out.

Friday, November 23, 2018

Under the Sea and Mermaids at Kiwicakes

Today in our product spotlight we go under the sea where the Mermaids be with Coral and seashell printed wafer paper, a mermaids tail mould and cute sea life icing decorations

Wouldn't these little Icing decorations be fabulous on cupcakes and coordinating cupcake papers and stand 
Find under the sea items at Kiwicakes here Here

For the mermaid fans we have cookie cutters,chocolate and silicone  moulds and more 

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

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