Monday, June 16, 2014

Tyre cake - great for any auto enthusiast

Todays fun post comes from my American friend Autumn Carpenter. Autumn designs and manufacturers a broad range of cake decorating supplies, which I'm proud to stock at Kiwicakes.

Whether it's cars, motorcycles, trucks or something else - this cake is sure to be a hit with any auto enthusiast.

Tools and Ingredients
two 8" round 2-layer cakes
10" square silver cake drum
light gray rolled fondant
silver lustre dust
flexible poly blade
paint brushes
piping gel
pastry brush
black rolled fondant
dowels for stacking
large round circle cutter
triangle cutters
red rolled fondant or gumpaste
number cutters
letter cutters
clay extruder
silver lustre dust - 2 contrasting shades
grain alcohol or lemon oil
paint tray
pastry roller
white gumpaste

Roll red fondant 1/4" thick and cut numbers; allow to dry overnight. 
Roll a white piece of gumpaste thin and cut an 8" license plate; rounding the corners. Allow to dry overnight. 
Cut 1/2" circles out of 1/8" thick gumpaste and use poly blade to score in half. Paint circles with silver lustre dust mixed with grain alcohol or lemon oil. 
Use clay extruder to make a single ropy border and attach to license plate with piping gel. Cut blue letters using cutter and attach with piping gel. Attach nuts to plate as well. 
Roll light gray fondant to desired thickness then roll diamond plate texture sheet to make the board cover. Brush board with piping gel and lay diamond plate textured fondant over board and trim. Brush fondant with contrasting silver lustre dust. 
Roll black fondant to 1/4" thickness and long enough to go around the circumference of the cake. Roll tyre tread texture sheet being sure to roll fondant the entire width of the sheet. When tread has been rolled the entire length of the fondant piece, use pastry roller to cut excess fondant off the right edge of the tyre. This edge will be on the bottom of the cake. Brush cake with piping gel and attach fondant allowing the flat edge to fall to the centre of the cake. 
When all fondant is attached and the ends are matched together; use poly blade to trim excess over what is needed to make the 2" flat edge on top of the cake. There should be an empty circle on top of cake. You will then need to cut a large circle out of thin black fondant to fill the empty spot. 

Roll a thin piece of light gray fondant and cut using the large circle cutter; use triangle cutter to detail hubcap. Paint with silver lustre dust mixed with grain alcohol or lemon oil. Attach to top of tyre using piping gel. Stack cakes and insert dowel rods for support and stability

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Kiwicakes 8th birthday competition winner - Paula Andrew

Today I'm pleased to announce the winner of the Kiwicakes birthday cake is Paula Andrew. Paula submitted the sketch above. A Minecraft theme with pixelated social media icons on 4 stacked cakes with a pixelated Trixie standing on top. The cakes are approx 3,4,5 & 6'' cubes. Raspberry lemonade flavour YUM!. And even better news I've arranged with Paula to have the cake made for the Cake Expo in Auckland July 4,5&6 2014. So if you're coming along, you'll be able to see the cake up close & personal.

In no particular order here are the other entries that were submitted for the competition.

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Chocolate Buttons - quick & easy

These super cute chocolate buttons are quick to make as party favours. These use very little chocolate, so are quite economical too.

I used pre coloured Candy melts and this chocolate button mould. I printed a little "chocolate buttons" bag topper and sealed it using our Cake pop bags.

Moulding the candy melts or coloured chocolate is easy. Simply melt over a double boiler. Tap to remove air bubbles. Then chill for 1 min in freezer or 2 min in fridge then tap out. As they fall on the bench they sound like real buttons wobbling down. 

The mould has very thin cavities, so rather than filling each cavity, I simply poured some chocolate over the mould and spread it with a spatula.

They really look like real buttons - and I can't help but smile when I see them.

To find out how I made my bag toppers read my earlier blog post on button cookies here

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Rugby Tackle Cake - from Kiwicakes test kitchen

Here's a cake I made recently for a special 6 year old boy in our house who is rugby mad. Time was of the essence with decorations but I had promised some players tackling on a field so I had no option but to complete it before the school bell rung!

These player decorations were made just before the party - taking 1 hour in total. Luckily I had  borrowed Sandra's male mould from this family set or it wouldn't have been achievable.

I started with classic coconut for a textured grass field. I made it by mixing a drop of electric blue gel with a more generous squirt of electric yelllow gel together in a snaplock bag, then tossed the coconut through the resulting electric green colour.

I smeared a very thin sheen of crisco inside the person moulds before I started. This just means that my fondant had no chance of sticking inside. I didn't have time for errors. I used various coloured fondant to fill the mould cavities with a mixture of 'clothing' and 'exposed skin' (this included an exposed bare bottom by special request of the birthday boy) I used sugar glue to stick the limbs together.

As the players were face-down I didn't need to worry about detailing the facial features but I did need to quickly add hair. One was made by pushing a small ball of fondant through a sieve and the other was a flattened ball of fondant snipped at with clean nail-type scissors. 

To finish I piped some numbers on the back of their jerseys with white icing using a thin tip. I shaped a ball out of fondant and detailed it with the icing too. I think these last few touches are really important to make it genuine and and sporty.
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