Friday, July 31, 2015

New mini kiwi cutter designed and produced for Kiwicakes


I am thrilled to announce the release of a new mini cookie cutter we've had made exclusively for Kiwicakes. It's stainless steel and you can purchase here for just $5. So cute as mini cookies, but I think they'd also make cute cut outs for cupcakes.



Monday, July 27, 2015

Loaded Chocolate Celebration Cake - from Kiwicakes test kitchen



Here is a simple idea for the next cake you have creative license with. Simply load the top with the recipients favourite chocolate bars and lollies! I made this cake with inspiration from my baby sister for her 21st birthday and was really pleased with the result.



Think about height and variation of textures when you are shopping for goodies. Position the biggest items first. Cut a shallow hole out of the cake where you will anchor each piece and press them firmly in. Turkish delight and Crunchie bars can be sliced to expose their colourful centers. Red licorice choc logs work well too. Remember that odd numbers look best with any creative endeavors like this. Somehow the cake looks most balanced when there are bars coming out on completely different angles!




Pipe some buttercream swirls in and around the base of your bigger chocolate bars to further cement them in. Top with a generous mixture of lollies and sprinkles to fill in all the gaps. I used some Glo Hearts and Sour Strawberries from Kiwicakes old fashioned lolly range as well as a chocolate transfer sheet to create the stunning chocolate shards with swirl effects.

Monday, July 20, 2015

Quick and easy character cookies using edible images

 
Whether your child loves Batman, Sofia, Peppa Pig or Frozen we've a huge array of popular children's characters available in cupcake size edible icing images. But they're not just for cupcakes!. Use them to create quick and easy cookies (you can even cheat and use store bought) Simply sandwich together with your choice of buttercream icing or ganache.
These cookies have a colourful disc of Chocit, chocolate modelling paste, to which the icing image is attached with a little edible glue. You can also use fondant icing (we just find the Chocit is a little nicer tasting for kids with the cookie).
These can be made with or without a lollipop stick inserted

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Banana Cloud Cakes - from Kiwicakes test kitchen



These dessert cakes are topped with a yummy vanilla cream, whipped up in minutes. There's no last minute dash to the supermarket to buy cream when Easy Frost is on standby in your pantry! I love the pure white billowy texture and my family loved the taste.

  

I simply made a vanilla cake recipe with a couple of drops of banana creme oil flavouring added. I cooked it as individual shapes in my greased and floured dessert shell pans. Remember not to fill batter too high as they will rise. You could make a favourite cake like coffee, carrot or red velvet and take these desserts in any direction. Turn them out to cool on a wire rack.



Many of us bakers have a stack of various pans stashed in the cupboard. Get them out, dust them off and enjoy the novelty shapes! Nowadays you can also buy 6-12 cavity pans of funky shapes like snowflakesbasketsfluted bowl and square to jazz up your food presentation.




I trimmed the bases of my mini cakes slightly so would stand up straight. Then I simply followed the packet instructions for Easy Frost vanilla mock creme and piled it in.



Some fresh banana slices and some banana candy topped this desert off nicely and it was a hit with all ages.

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