Wednesday, June 10, 2020

Baby figuring cake topper tutorial

This great fondant baby tutorial comes to us from the uber talented Lisa Hansen. You can click to blow up each page and print off for future reference. It requires little in the way of equipment and is suitable for all skill levels.







Friday, May 8, 2020

Cream Cheese Guava tart



INGREDIENTS
1 large egg
1 tsp water
180 grams cream cheese at room temp
1 tablespoon brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 to 1 1/2 cup fresh guavas depending on size
1 tbsp lemon juice
2 square sheets frozen flaky puff pastry (allow to thaw)

I made this tart in a 13.5x4.25" fat daddios quiche pan

Preheat oven to 180C or 160C fan bake



Start by lining your pan with one square of pastry, you will then need to shop a piece from the second sheet of pastry, to finish the end of pan. The top of the tart should be cut to the same size of the base of the pan.
Leave the edges of pastry 1"/2.5cm jigher than the edge of pan, these flaps will be folded over the lid.
Whisk your egg together. Remove 1 tbsp to a separate dish, adding the 1tsp of water, this will become your egg wash for the top of finished tart.



In a food processor mix your cream cheese, lemon juice, egg, brown sugar and vanilla. Remove 2/3 of the mix and spread over pastry lined tart tin. Cover with 2/3 of your whole guavas.



add 1/3 of your guavas to the remaining mix in your food processor and blitz until a smooth paste. Spread this over the guavas in your tart.


Place lid on top of filling and fold over flaps of pastry. From your remaining pastry scraps, use a blossom plunger cutter to add pretty shapes.


Brush with egg wash and bake until golden brown aprx 18 mins.


Saturday, April 25, 2020

Changing the face of birthday cakes at Kiwicakes


New licensed character cake kits


We have a great new range of birthday cake kits, as well as candle sets available separately.

We've got creative with what we can offer customers, as we no longer sell edible images of licensed characters (there's no license available in NZ
to print them anymore). We were disappointed to lose them, but we hope our new alternatives will prove just as popular. It's an opportunity to try something new. We have over 50 popular
kids themes to choose from click here to view (Popular themes to name just a few are Paw Patrol, Frozen, Disney Cars, Spiderman, Avengers, Disney Princess, Tinkerbell etc)



We still have a great range of edible icing images available in classic themes such as unicorn, pirates, animals and more. And of course we can print your own photos, adding text if required. We can print photos of your child dressed as their favourite superhero or princess. Think outside the square, like reading their Harry Potter book or playing with their favourite toy. See our website here 

New range of edible images from Kat at ibicci



What happens when Sandra from Kiwicakes teams up with stencil guru Kat Rutledge from ibicci? A new range of edible images is born.

Using Kat's amazing stencil designs and awesome graphic design skills, Kiwicakes is now offering a range of edible icing images that feature graphics used in Kat's stencils.

We have 4 inch cake strips available that are printed on A3 icing sheets. Simply cut the two panels using scissors and they are ready to wrap around your covered cake. They can be applied directly to Buttercream, fondant or ganache (an instruction sheet accompanies your purchase).

You'll also find on our website fun designs for cake tops, cookies and cupcakes. More new designs are on the way.  Check them out here

Wednesday, April 15, 2020

How to make your own custom chocolate bars, to make your cakes really pop



 Making your own custom chocolate bars is quick, easy and fun! And they will really set your cakes apart from store bought chocolate bars.
The examples above use chocolate moulds from Kiwicakes . You can either use pre-coloured candy melts OR colour your own white chocolate using candy colour oil based colours or powder colour. (You cannot use gel paste or liquid food colouring, as this will cause your chocolate to seize and make it unsuable)

You can mould them with or without sprinkles. As a single colour or marbled. The choice is yours.


A finished bar weighs less than 100g, making them quite economic to make.


Bars like this are often referred to as "bark" this is the Wilton Happy Birthday Mould, you can find them in other seasonal designs (which are not always bar shaped - but do consider other shapes). Simply melt your coloured chocolate, spoon in to mould, tap on the bench for a good ten taps, to ensure any bubbles trapped are popped. Then lightly sprinkle over your sprinkle medley and allow to cool. They will release easily once set


To create the marble colour simply place your dominant colour in the mould first, then add small blobs of other colours, and stir gently (I use a lollipop stick to do this).Do NOT use your candy colour to do the marbling, as once removed from the mould, the swirls of colour can come off on your hands.


If you're after a traditional bar shape. And you want sprinkles on the side that would normally have the lines where you break the bar apart, take care to look at the example below.



You cannot add just a little sprinkles to the mould, if you do, you will get the result as shown in my photo. as the melted chocolate allows the sprinkles to move around.


You need to pack them right in there and fill it right up.


The bars can be bagged and given as a gift, just like thy are. When placing on a cake, I find they look best at differing heights. You can simply break off a piece of one bar, to make it shorter. It is important when placing on the cake, to cut a narrow aperture for the bar to be pushed in to. If oyu push down in to solid cake, you risk breaking the bar. 
These little bars make an affordable take home gift, from your party, and can be made to match the birthday cake.








Monday, April 13, 2020

Dairy free replacement for butter in baking and icings



I was thrilled when Bakels recently brought out this Bakers Blend, as a non dairy replacement for butter, it contains no animal ingredients (it is mainly soy based)

During this current lockdown (In NZ for Covid 19) I’ve done a fair bit of baking. I’d been wanting to try the Bakers blend in a variety of different baked goods to see how it performed for me - a self confessed butter addict.
I tried it in my granddads shortbread recipe, which differs from most peoples in that it has ground rice giving it a crunch within its texture. Hand on heart I’d not expected to like it. But you know what I DID!.



It also worked great in our Roberts gingerbread cookie mix.



I also tried it in buttercream icing, simply substituting for the butter. The consistency and pipe ability were great, personally as a butter addict, I missed the real butter taste in the icing. However I suspect if you were making this for someone who chooses not to or is unable to eat butter, then they’d like it. I also think had I flavoured my icing, instead of having just vanilla I’d be declaring it was great.

Once lockdown ends we will be able to ship bakers blend out to you. It’s priced at 4.50 per 500g so currently cheaper than butter

I posted my findings on some of our social media channels last night and found that many agreed with me. One person commented it worked great in Swiss meringue buttercream. And many commented now that they had found Bakers blend, they were not going back to the alternatives, they'd previously used for baking and decorating.

Tuesday, December 17, 2019

Cute fondant Penguin figurine tutorial


How cute are these penguins?. This tutorial was designed for us, by Lisa from The Whole Cake and Caboodle. Click on the photos to enlarge, and you can print the pages, for step by step how to.








Monday, December 16, 2019

Isomalt Snowflakes with Cake Lace


Whether you are making snowflakes for a Frozen cake, or for a Northern Hemisphere inspired Christmas cake, Cake lace trapped inside isomalt is just so pretty!.
The photos speak for themselves, however if you're wondering how it was done


(1) spread cake lace on to snowflake lace mat and allow to dry



(2) Pour melted isomalt over lace snowflake slowly, so that your snowflakes don't join together. Allow to cool
(3) spritz with glitter if desired



(4) peel away from mat - spray with edible glaze, to help fight the humidity

Thursday, November 7, 2019

6 new sweet sticks paints available at Kiwicakes


SAY HELLO TO TWO NEW COLLABORATION RANGES! 

Please welcome New Zealand based Bets from Magnolia Kitchen to the Sweet Sticks family! Her three colours were sure a knockout when we were the first to launch them at the Pettinice Cake Show in October 

Colours available: 
Magnolia (original), Antique Gold (metallic), Moss Green.

Our second gorgeous collaboration is with Alisha from Sweet Bakes which also were a mega hit! Especially the Pink Gelato! 

Colours available: 

Pink Gelato (original), Vanilla Bean (metallic), Mint Sorbet (original).

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


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