Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Winner of the Cricut Cake DVD competition

Annette Brownless of Auckland. Annette, your DVD is on its way with your new Cricut Cake machine. Enjoy!

Who needs the gym?

When you can shift 120kgs of Cricut machines in a day. We've wrestled 120kg (or so the freight man told us) worth of Cricut today. And for all you girls that have ordered one, here is proof they're on the way. Right I think I need chocolate now WHEW!

Never listen to your mother!

I have been on edge all day, listening for the truck in the driveway bringing the Cricut Cake machines. Grandma Kiwicakes said to me "Go and get your lunch - they won't deliver them at lunch time" WRONG!. Poor Grandma Kiwicakes was left to take delivery of all these machines, mats & cartridges, as they arrived 5 minutes after I left. Lunch is eaten, so I am no working like mad over the next few hours, to ensure all of these wonderful machines are dispatched today to all those that have ordered. ENJOY!

Everyone please be sure to send me photos of your Cricut creations.

Monday, June 28, 2010

Competition for all Kiwicakes customers

Check out the cool advertisement for Cricut Cake in the post below - it features in the NZ Woman's Weekly magazine on sale from Monday June 28th (dated July 5th). Email me at sandra@kiwicakes.co.nz with the page number this advertisement appears on and be in to win a cool parcel of cake & cupcake decorating equipment couriered to your door.

Cricut Cake update & exciting free gift with purchase!

I've been notified that our Cricut Cake machines should land on Kiwicakes doorstep on Tuesday. I'm thrilled to be able to bring you news of a free gift with purchase. This gift has come direct from the manufacturers of Cricut Cake and celebrates Cricut Cake's launch in New Zealand. From June 28th - July 15th (unless stocks are exhausted prior) purchase a Cricut Cake machine and receive a free alphabet catridge worth $79.99. For everyone that's already pre-ordered and fully paid, you too will receive one of these cartridges. But wait there's more! - you also get a free Cricut Cake hat (remember how good I looked in mine last month when I broke the news of Cricut Cake ;-) These free gifts are extra to the awesome frosting sheets and Crisco shortening I am offering to all Cricut Cake pre-orders. But hurry, this awesome offer won't last.

Sunday, June 27, 2010

A stunning orchid from Sue Walthert

One of our Kiwicakes members Sue Walthert kindly sent me a picture of this lovely Cymbidium orchid she made. She is working on these for her mother's birthday cake. Sue related to me how she has been emailing Tombi Peck backwards and forowards for advice and how helpful Tombi has been to her. I was impressed by how lifelike this is and was amazed to hear Sue had made her own veiners out of dental paste, after not being able to find anything to suit her needs for sale. Isn't it stunning?

Cricut DVD Competition

Today I've the pleasure in announcing a quick competition, that will be drawn this week for one lucky Cricut Cake machine purchaser (including paid pre-orders). As you know here at Kiwicakes, I LOVE! giving things away. I recently purchased and watched the awesome "Creative Designs" DVD by Linda McClure Linda was one of the pioneers of using icing in a modified Cricut paper cutting machine. She has some awesome tips to share. As soon as I watched this DVD, I just knew I wanted to share it with all of you. I will be drawing this competition in time to ship the DVD out with one lucky Cricut Cake machine this week.

Saturday, June 26, 2010

Free labels & packaging bonanza!

The lovely Paper Glitter has outdone themselves with this free download, halloween labels, Xmas labels, boxes & MUCH MORE!. Pop on over and download & get printing for free.

Friday, June 25, 2010

Cricut Cake demo in Christchurch July 10

For those of you in the South Island, you'll be thrilled to know, there is a demo of Cricut Cake by Audrey O'Kane Marshall from Cake Occasions. Remember Audrey's awesome Cricut work on cakes from my previous post Audrey has been working with a paper cutting Cricut machine for some years (both with icing & paper). She is also the proud new owner of a Cricut Cake and this is what she will be demonstrating. Full details of the demo day are

Date: 10th July

Time 10.a.m. for 10.30 start.

North Avon Baptist Church, North Avon Road. Christchurch

Shared lunch.
Morning demo is Rosettes & bows. Then a workshop in the afternoon for those who want to have a go at what they've been shown  in the morning. Afternoon demo of new Cricut Cake.

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Free downloadble valentines cupcake topper

Yet another great freebie from Paper Glitter. Get on over to their site and download these cupcake toppers

Disney partners with Bakerella

One of my all time favourite blogs is Bakerella The wonderful Angie from Bakerella has partnered with Disney to make some stunningly awesomely wonderful decorating ideas (yes that many superlatives are required).

Check out the Disney site for these cool Tow Mater cupcakes (with step by step how to). As well asheaps of other decoarting ideas, for Tinkerbell, Toy Story, High School Musical, Mickey Mouse, The Princess & the Frog & heaps of other cool Disney food projects, by clicking here. There are also lots of cool Disney free printables so you can cordinate party items with your party theme.

If you're specifically a fan of Bakerella. Click here, for her 9 offerings with Disney For cake pops, such as Mickey or Minnie mOuse, Hammor Mt Potato head. Or even Winnie the Pooh cake pops. Match them up with the free printable pop tags and you're on your way to a great party.

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Free Luau party cupcake download

Want to make these cool Luau cupcake toppers. Get yourself over to Paper Glitter for the free download

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Tauranga cake Decorating day September 2010

I am thrilled to have been invited to "Spring Fantasy" hosted by the Tauranga cake decorators guild.
A cake decorating demonstration day. Saturday September 18th 2010. Wesley Methodist Church Hall 100 13th ave Tauranga. Demonstrations run 9.30am-12pm and 1pm 10 3.30pm. $20 entry fee. I will be there with the Kiwicakes sales table and will be demonstrating Cricut Cake in the lunch break.

Demonstrations will be
"Spring" Waterlily - Lindy Roxburgh
Fantasy Flower with BLING - Sue Pedley
Ways with flowers - Natalie Meredith
Textured draping - Bronwyn Wilson
Bride & Groom fish - Christine Willoughby
Masks - Sue White-Parsons

A programme with demonstrators notes will be provided. You are welcome from 9am for morning tea. Morning & afternoon tea provided. Please bring own lunch. Complimentary tea & coffee provided for lunch. If you require billeting please contact Thelma on 07 576 1204 or joanthel@xtra.co.nz For enquiries contact Helen on 07 863 8360 or helencakes@xtra.co.nz.

Kiwicakes has the best customers in NZ!

Thanks to everyone that came to the big day out yesterday. And for all your well wishes, hugs and congratulations - oh and presents! (yes I got some of those too!). It's great to hear you think I am doing a good job. We kicked off at 9am and it was 4pm before we knew it. I snatched a couple of bites to eat during the day - but was run off my feet all day. My apologies to those I didn't get long enough to talk to. Special thanks to go the Waitakere cake club for putting on such a special day.

Some of you I was meeting person for the first time - Ree was kind enough to send me a copy of the photo of us taken together.

Here we are with our Cricut cake hats on

Doesn't matter how many times I watch this machine cut cut CUT!, I am still in awe of it!. I just know those of you that ordered Cricut Cake yesterday will be in awe of it too, when you receive yours in close on a weeks time.

Monday, June 14, 2010

My time at Debbie Brown workshops

I had a fabulous time at the Debbie Brown workshops over the weekend. Debbie is without a doubt my favourite demonstrator. It was also lovely to spend time with fellow cake decorators from around the country, many of whom I have dealt with through Kiwicakes, many old friends and now some new ones too!.

I arrived just after 9am, after a perfect run down from Whangarei. Only to discover I had 2x 10 inch dummies, instead of 2x 10cm dummies argh!. I felt so helpless. However with great thanks to Jane & Hails, who each had 1 spare 10cm cake, I was back on track for the Funky Fairy Princess cake. We had such fun making this cake. Not one cake in the room was the same. Even Debbie's cake for the day, was different from her photo. We ran a little over time with this cake, there wasn't time to finish all the embellishments on her dress. Special thanks go to my host Catherine, who put me up for the night. Catherine joined me for the Saturday workshop and was able to make the fairy cake for her granddaughters 5th birthday on Sunday - perfect timing!.
Now we just need Debbie to come back in August, in three years time, so Catherine can make her grandson's 5th birthday cake too.

I learnt quite a few things from Debbie over the weekend, and she imparted a lot of special hints & tips. All weekend Debbie consistently praised Pettinice icing (Bakels brand). She kept metioning how it was far superior to what she works with in the UK. We were even shown things and told "I couldn't do this with my brand of fondant - it would rip or tear". Debbie wished it was available in the UK.

Debbie works with amazing speed, and she never ceases to amaze how she does everything only once. Although she promises us, things do sometimes go wrong.

Here is the photo we were shown before the workshop

Here is Debbie's cake from Saturday

Here is my cake from Saturday

Each petal strip of the dress was created very quickly, we first rolled a long thing sausage, then we rolled indentations along the length of the sausage, so it almost looked like a string of seaweed. We then rolled it flat.

The Mermaid cake was by far my favourite. Perhaps because it was not pink, but I think more likely because it was blue & had all the corals and sea life around the bottom which I love. This photo was taken very hastily, and I see as I upload it, I have taken the photo from the wrong angle - my mermaid, is not as badly placed as my photo appears. I took it very quickly before the 2 1/2 hour drive home, in case it broke (which it didn't). I will endeavour to upload another photo soon.
Even more so than the previous day, these cakes were wildly different from each others, as we all went to town creating sea life on our cake boards. Debbie again mentioned how much easier it was to create the spiral and the wrap for this cake using pettinice fondant, instead of what she uses at home in the UK. We even got the inside scoop, that the reason the little orange fishes are where they are, is because her fondant tore and cracked and she wanted to cover it up.

These two cakes will feature in her new book "gorgeous & Gruesome" which is due out very soon.

Here is the original photo we were shown

Here is Debbies' cake from Sunday

Here is my cake from Sunday

I was happy with my mermaids face (I don't have much experience with figures)

What's terribly exciting for all of us, is,  Debbies actual cakes are being raffled at the Big Day out in Auckland this weekend. (9am-4pm at the Remuera Bridge club ALL welcome), including the wedding couple in beetle car, she did the workshop for on Friday. Wouldn't it be great to win one of Debbies' cakes. Come along to the big day out. There are 6 demo's in total, as well as sales tables from various traders including Kiwicakes. I will also be there demonstrating Cricut Cake at my sales table. Entry is $25.00

Free printable Easter cupcake flags

I know how much you all love the free printables from Paper Glitter Hop on over to their site for this easter chick flag.

Another free download from Paper Glitter

Want to be able to print these cute strawberry cupcake wrappers & other items. Get yourself on over to Paper Glitter for the free download

Free fathers day cupcake toppers download

Get yourself over to Paper Glitter for a free downloadable, printable cupcake toppers selection. Just perfect for Dad.

Winner of the signed Debbie Brown book

And the winner is Rachel F!. Rachel I have just been in contact with you, to see where I can send your book. Enjoy!

I had a fabulous time with Debbie Brown, I'll be posting about my time at the workshops very soon.

Friday, June 11, 2010

Gumpaste tip I picked up.

Gumpaste as you know is notoriously hard and "gummy" to knead. I have found that "crisco" brand shortening (which has the consistency of margarine used straight from the container) is like nourishing hand cream for gumpaste. A quick smear over over the surface of the gumpaste before kneading and it is instantly more workable. This has proved remarkably useful for working with Cricut Cake.

Cricut Cake & Gumpaste

An update on Cricut Cake & Gumpaste. YES! Cricut Cake works great with gumpaste, also known as sugarpaste, or sugar flower paste. I have been lucky enough to try the Cricut gumpaste with the demo machine. And its consistency and working properties are identical to this locally made product priced at 7.95 per 200g. I am just thrilled about this, as the Cricut gumpaste will not be imported in to New Zealand.

Remember this shape - I cut it using gumpaste, then immediately after it was cut picked up the scroll and flipped it, before leaving it to dry.

This is what I started with - before I flipped it.

Another thing I thought I would show you is this picture. You don't need to cover the entire mat with gumpaste see!. because you can tell the mat where to start cutting the shapes from GENIUS!

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Only three sleeps to go! - Debbie Brown Giveaway

Only three sleeps to go! and I will be spending the weekend workshopping with Debbie Brown. While I'm there, I'm going to get Debbie to sign a book for one of my blog readers
And as you all know - here at Kiwicakes I LOVE GIVING THINGS AWAY!. So for all of you that would love to have a signed copy of a Debbie Brown book. Just leave a comment here on this post as to why you need a new Debbie Brown book. When I get back next week, I'll be posting photos of my weekend, including my finished cakes. I'll announce the winner of the signed book at this time.

Here's a wee reminder of what I am supposed to be making this weekend.


Our new food pens have received an overwhelming reception by all who use them. As well as regular work, they have made fine detail work a pleasure due to their 0.5mm nib.

However, whilst using this fine nib, we must stress that a minimum amount of maintenance is required in order to keep your pen in premium condition. Most people will be using this nib to add details to sugar models. When it is used, tiny particles of sugar dust from the model are absorbed into the nib. Over time, these can clog the nib and would seem that the pen has run out of ink. All that is required is to dip the nib into warm water to melt and release the sugar particles, wipe dry and begin to use again. Your pen will be restored to its original working order.

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Some of my layered cuts with Cricut Cake

Here are a few more of my layered cuts, using Cricut Cake, I experimented with marbled icing & the contrast with plain white

I also cut this large circular strip one day - I had the dial set way up on size and it was cutting before I knew what had happened. But I think it could be striking on a number of cakes.

Some official pics from Cricut Cake

I wanted to share with you this evening some photos from Cricut Cake, these are from the official Cricut site. To show you more of what can be achieved with the Cricut cake machine. Using Gumpaste, fondant or frosting sheets, as well as modelling chocolate. There are still more posts to come from me, with things I cut during my time with cricut cake.

This has great possiblities for UFO's as well

Perfect for princess party favours

For the dino fan in your life
Instructions for dino cupcakes can be found here

Perfect for an engagement party or wedding favour

 Great wedding cake options

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