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
Manly Texture Sheet Set
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
silverlustre 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.

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