Thursday, September 30, 2010

GST price rise & what it means for you

As of October 1st GST rises to 15%. From tommorrow we will begin to update our pricing by an additional 2.5%. However as we have over 3000 products in stock and the price adjustments need to be made manually, it will take a short time for the price increases to occur. So for a short time, you will still be able to purchase some items at the old pricing, until such time as I can wade through all of the manual price updating.

New glitter shapes in time for Christmas

Just landed these wonderful new glitter shapes. Priced at $18 vial, there's literally hundreds in every pot, if not thousands. Two new designs - green Christmas trees and Dark silver stars (joins the existing range of silver stars, pink/red hearts and gold stars)


Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Martha Stewart Cricut cartridges are here!




Now in stock all 3 of the Martha Stewart brand Cricut cake cartridges. The best news is, they are cheaper here in NZ, than to buy in the USA. Priced at 139.99 - click here to buy one I've already lined up a full set for myself. also added to the cricut catridge range are disney cars, Tinkerbell, Mickey Mouse, Pooh, Boys will be boys & Christmas Cheer.

Saturday, September 25, 2010

The tastiest peppermint brownies I have ever tasted


Ever since I saw this post on peppermint brownies from Lady Katherines' Tea parlor, I have wanted to make them. One thing stood in my way, finding the peppermints here in NZ. However an email to my American foodstuffs supplier some months back, resulted in a a lovely big bag (7 1/2lb to be exact 636 peppermints) arriving this week.

After reading the full post several times, I was slightly daunted by what COULD happen. However I equipped myself with my Mario Batali pizza cutter for cutting the finished peppermint. Honestly if you hate your pizza cutter, or are in the market for a new one, you simply cannot go past this one. I love mine so much, I have even bought it as a gift for others (no I don't sell them).


I used the same spacing for my peppermints as Lady Katherine

After 6 minutes of baking as suggested, mine looked more like her finished product, but the candies had not yet formed one solid sheet. She indicated her oven was old and I might need to bake longer, which I did. My finished product was had more swirl to the red than hers, but I was still happy with the finished product.


I quickly scored the peppermint several times, I would say it took 3 swipes of the pizza cutter over the same line, before the candy did not properly melt back together. I just eyeballed it, I didn't plan what size to cut the pieces to - as this was simply a trial run.


I applied the peppermint to the top of a baked pan of brownie. In this case, I had decided to use a silicone bake tray, so I could pop the finished brownie from the pan before cutting but it wasn't really a problem. A metal pan would have been fine. I used a layer of chocolate buttercream to adhere the peppermint to the brownie.

The finished brownie was a taste sensation. Biting through the fine layer of peppermint gave a satisfying crack, through to the unctuous fudgy brownie below. This is definitely a new favourite. Grandma Kiwicakes tells me it is her "new favourite latest find".


If you'd like to make this peppermint brownie for yourself - be one of the first to whisper "peppermint" in the comment section of the Kiwicakes website, when placing an order and I'll be sure to send you enough peppermints, to recreate this treat. I only have just over 550 peppermints left, so you'll have to be quick, first come first served.

A great tutorial from Wilton for Topsy Turvy

Wilton has just put up a great new tutorial for the Topsy Turvy Or Mad Hatter cake. Click here to go to the tutorial I've seen a few tutorials for this style of cake, but this one explains it really well.

Friday, September 24, 2010

A week in the life - Grandma Kiwicakes says "HELP ME!"

Well we've had a day in the life and a weekend in the life of Kiwicakes, now I'm doing a week in the life of Kiwicakes.
Last Friday I left Whangarei amidst the terrible storm (the one we heard was the largest in actual size ever recorded) headed for Tauranga - just on 5 hours later, with only a quick break for some lunch, I arrived in Tauranga.
I'd been invited to demonstrate the Cricut Cake and to have a Kiwicakes sales table at the Tauranga guild's Spring Fantasy day on Saturday 18th.
I took the opportunity on Friday afternoon to visit one of my suppliers, just look at all the party supplies there are to choose from - I'm thinking of you right now petalpop (Kiwicakes forum member and party planning addict, just like me) 

Just look at it all 

And the pinatas  

Look at the little piggy and the Strawberry OH!. I wish I had a strawberry party planned.

And the candles

The good news is, I did not leave empty handed, I organised 2 pallets of stock to be sent up to Whangarei (more about that later).
Saturday morning dawned blustery and early, after a very windy night in the apartment of Jo & Chris (THANKS JO!). I woke just before 6am, I'm not sure if I was worried I'd miss my demo, or if it was the howling wind outside.

Saturday I had a great morning catching up with many of my Kiwicakes customers, as well as meeting some new friends. The afternoon rolled around all too quickly and before I knew it - it was demo time. Demo #1 was off to a shaky start, when I set off using Flo's Cricut cake machine terrified it would tear my icing, which it did. Only to realise 10 minutes in to it, Flo had last used her cake machine for pastry and the settings were all wrong. We did find our feet and produced some lovely examples from the Cake basics cartridge. Demo's 2&3 went much more smoothly and we cut even more great designs.
I was lucky enough to be joined by Flo  - who was a great help not only on the sales table, but also during my cricut demos. Flo bought along her paper cutting machine and helped fill in all the bits I forgot to mention. Thankfully she also took some photos.

Saturday afternoon, after checking in with the family, who were all fine, I headed back to Jo & Chris' apartment. We discussed where we would go for dinner that evening. There was no competition, it had to be Cafe Versailles (I had taste tested the creme brulee there last year on my first business visit to Tauranga).
We stopped and took a few photos.

Cafe Versailles

The lovely Jo and me!
Cafe Versailles is one of Jo & Chris' favourite haunts, so they were well acquainted with the menu. They both chose lamb, manuka smoked and oh boy the smell was divine. I on the other hand chose a baked pasta chicken dish, of which I forget the name, but it was TASTY!.

For dessert Chris chose the flaming Crepe Suzette, now it's a shame flames don't show in the photo, as they were blue and leaping high off the plate. We were deep in conversation when one of the deep throated chef's left the kitchen with a pot of flaming brandy and the plates of crepes. Attention! please he shouted, I forget what he said after that, but it all came out in a wonderful french drawl. Then he proceeded to pour the brandy over the crepes. There was much applause from the entire restaurant. I'm sure the chef does this many times in a week, but from the look on his face, he still gets a kick out of it every time.

Jo and I couldn't go past the world famous in Tauranga creme brulee. What is so great about this creme brulee is it comes in a huge ramekin that is shallow (I'm a little more used to a smaller deeper ramekin), this means with every mouthful of creme, you get all that crunchy toffee goodness. All of this was accompanied by a Kir Royal (champagne with strawberry liqueur), this is one of my favourite drinks, if you've never tried it, you simply must.
We headed home tired, happy and FULL! for another nights sleep accompanied by the howling wind.
Luckily Sunday morning the weather had brightened a little and I got on the road back to Whangarei before 9am, leaving Jo & Chris to their renovations - good luck guys!

Fast forward to yesterday (Thursday) afternoon and 2 pallets with all of my treasures arrived. Grandma Kiwicakes says HELP! (can you see her there?) where are we going to put all this? We gave the commuters on the way home something to stare at, as the pallets were unpacked on the grass outside.
Now here is the exciting news, some of this is new product yet to be revealed, other parts of the pallet are super duper specials just for you!. Yes I do need to use SUPER & DUPER together - as where else can you get $200 worth of cake decorating product for $40. That's right, I got such a good deal for you, we've put together parcels like the one below for $40. You just need to click here to buy one on the Kiwicakes website.

Please read the fine print regarding these mystery packs  - the photo shown is indicative of what you will receive, no two parcels are the same. the title of these packs is MYSTERY, you cannot swap items in or out of the parcels. All items are completely usable, however one or more items may show minor shelf wear, from sitting in storage. (nothing major, but we mention for accuracy) Packs are available on a first come first serve basis. STOCK IS VERY LIMITED

Monday, September 20, 2010

Pink Champagne Cupcakes

Finally the recipe I promised you all for Pink Champagne cupcakes. It is the recipe I used for the SPCA cupcake day cupcakes I made. I've had many people that ate the cupcakes ask for the recipe and everyone says they never knew it started with a cake mix SHHH! don't tell.

Pink Champagne Doctored Cake Mix

Ingredients
1 box Betty Crocker vanilla cake mix
3 eggs
115g butter, softened
1 1/4 c. Pink champagne (let the bubbles go flat, stir it if you have to, to accelerate this)
Pink food colour
Instructions
Place butter into mixer and beat until smooth with paddle attachment.
Add remaining ingredients, and food colour to desired shade of pink. I did a light pink
Mix according to directions on box, scraping bowl at least twice.
Bake according to directions, or until toothpick inserted into center comes out clean.
 
For the icing, I used the standard Wilton buttercream icing recipe (double batch), I substituted pink champagne for the liquid and added about 6 drops of lorann flavouring oil.

NEW BOOKS!


Today I'm thrilled to be adding so many lovely new books to the range. There's quite a few new ones today, but my favourites have to be the Cake Pops from Bakerella and Alan Dunn's Christmas Cakes

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Some great shots from the party

For those of you, that have followed with interest my nomination for the the "Next New Zealand Woman of the Year awards" (Won by Dr Emma Parry). I wanted to share with you all the photos that appear in the October Next magazine. I only took along my point & shoot camera and in the dim light of Fables (the venue), I din't manage to grab any good photos.

More free Halloween printables

Check out Living Locurto for even more great Halloween free decor printables

Great Halloween printable from Paper Glitter

I know how much you all love Paper Glitter's free download. There are some awesome free printables out for Halloween. Click here to go to Paper Glitter

All Tauranga people welcome this weekend!

Just a reminder about the cake decorating day in Tauranga this weekend. Everone and anyone is welcome!

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.

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

Cricut Cake BY ME!

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.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

A day in the life - a little something different.

Here at Kiwicakes life usually revolves around sweet treats. However this week, we've had an added bonus of preparing for a little something different. I wanted to share it with you because.................... in all the time I've been with Kiwicakes, I've found you all to be quite a crafty bunch (scrapbooking, sewing, quilting, knitting - to name just a few). And this Sunday Grandma Kiwicakes (who in real life is an antique dealer) and ME! will be at the vintage textiles fair at Alexandra park in Greenlane Auckland Sunday 10am-5pm. But it's not just textiles, you'' find all sorts of things to do with fashion, such as buttons, lace, trims, handbags or purses, costume jewellery, hats, gloves, hatpins vintage clothing. Books on all of these subjects and of course vintage doilies, handwork & fabrics. It's a fun day, I never come home without having bought something. Grandma Kiwicakes will be exhibiting and selling this awesome selection of vintage saris, with cool retro designs, along with all sorts of other goodies. if you're coming - pop over & say hi! (we're just inside the main door on the left hand wall. Hope to see you there.


Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Renshaws Regalice in stock

This weeks favourite thing has to be the new coloured fondant, by Renshaws of the UK. 250g packs are $5 each and there are 9 colours to choose from. Click here to view the entire range
Thanks to Michelle, our NZ distributor for the photos of Regalice in use above & below.

Saturday, September 4, 2010

Have you lost the clips for your Wilton 3d pans?

Wilton Set of 8 3D Pan Universal Clips. Have a 3D cake pan, but you're missing the clips? Are your current clips getting old and rusty? It's time to replace them!


Free baby printables from Paper Glitter



Pop on over to Paper Glitter to download these awesome baby printable tags. The options for use on these is endless.
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