Thursday, August 27, 2015

Fathers Day cupcake tool toppers for Dad

From our friends at Roberts Confectionery comes these awesome downloadable/printable cupcake topper tutorials. Print them off and keep them in your tutorials files. Thanks Roberts!

Using these basics from Satin Ice fondant and Rainbow Dust metallic silver paint

For the hammer click here

For the screwdriver click here

For the wrench/spanner click here

For the saw click here

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Gracie's Frozen birthday party part 2

This is part 2 of Gracies Frozen party. Part 1 with her cake is here. Jenny spent months planning Gracie's party. Collecting party items for months, many of which came from Kiwicakes. The cupcake papers and cupcake stand can be found here 

Jenny piped her cupcakes with our buttercream recipe  using tip 4b

The back drop was some lovely sparkly blue fabric that was going begging from our storeroom and the drapes were made with plastic snowflake tablecovers

The party table made Gracie's day and her friends loved it.

The girls could choose between milk bottles or frozen cups

Frozen snowball cake pops anyone?. They look stunning on our acrylic cake pop stand

The chocolate covered oreos were a hit with the little party goers. Using this mould

They're fun to make with kids in the lead up to the party. Simple melt your chocolate

To create a contrasting colour, add some powdered or candy colour to your white chocolate.

Fill this colour in to the mould first and allow to set

A squeeze bottle makes it easier

Then add some white chocolate. And then place an Oreo cookie down in to the mould.

You can leave the back uncovered, or cover over with some more melted white chocolate. Whichever you prefer.

For take home loot. Gracie's little party goers took home sweets in Olaf cups and a few treasures in snowflake bags 

The bags are a good size, but can be cut down easily if you don't need the extra space.

I think Jenny did an amazing job of Gracie's party. No wonder Gracie declared it "the best party ever!"

Friday, August 7, 2015

Safari jungle animal cupcakes for a Zoo themed party

Jenny has been creating again!. She made these wonderful safari themed cupcakes for a jungle zoo party her young daughter was attending. I think she did an amazing job. She used zebra straight sided cupcake papers to bake her chocolate cupcakes. The buttercream swirls used a Wilton tri colour coupler fitted with a 1M piping nozzle.  
-Grey swirl  white buttercream tinted with Progel Grey with clear vanilla essence)
-Caramel swirl (CK white buttercream tinted with Progel Caramel with peppermint essence)
-Chocolate brown swirl (CK Chocolate buttercream, really nice tasting according to Jenny)
On top Jenny popped our zoo safari animals sugar icing decorations on top. Which are a quick fix for busy parents.

And they looked awesome in one of our black & white striped cupcake boxes

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Frozen Olaf cake with cake lace for Gracie's birthday

This awesome Olaf, Frozen themed cake was made by Jenny here at Kiwicakes for her daughter Gracie's birthday recently. I think she did an amazing job, so I begged her for the photos for the blog. Gracie's full Frozen party will come in a second blog post soon.

Jenny used an 8'' hemisphere cake pan to make the top dome, which is covered in Satin Ice turquoise fondant icing. to get it nice and smooth be sure to use a cake smoother as it's a tricky shape. 

Our lovely range of blue cake drums work well with the Frozen theme, Jenny used a 12'' square board as the base. Then she placed a 10'' square cake on top, that she rough iced with royal icing using a spatula. The white cake is trim with a border of white fondant icing, in to which is pressed a design using a shell tool. The hemisphere turquoise cake is bordered with pearls from a bead mould 

Jenny tells me Olaf loves purple flowers, so our wafer paper purple flowers were perfect. 

These were alternated with Frozen edible cupcake images

Topped off with a Frozen candle

And covered in pearlised snowflakes using cake lace in the the Crystal Cake Lace mat

Jenny used pearlised white cake lace mix, then over dusted some with blue lustre dust from Rainbow Dust

Jenny's Olaf was made using white satin ice fondant, to which a little tylose was added to stiffen it. The pieces were glued together using edible glue

I thing Jenny did an amazing job. Gracie declared it "The best cake ever!"

Monday, August 3, 2015

Tinkerbell-inspired Florabunda Cake - from Kiwicakes test kitchen

A simple idea to jazz up the edges of your next edible image cake is to make a border of bright fondant flowers. This cake was inspired by Tinkerbell's surrounds in Fairy Hollow. A pinch of tylose in each colour will give strength for the flowers to hold their shape. Borrow all the cutters and silicone moulds you can from friends so you have a varied selection of flowers and leaves. Using veiners can give a realistic look. It doesn't matter if they are not botanically correct, the aim here is a random mixture of colours and sizes. These can be made in advance, just remember to keep pinky/purpley decorations covered from UV light (so they don't fade). A clean shoe box in the hot water cupboard works well. 

Once your cake is on its board you cover it in buttercream. Grape flavoured oil works nicely in this Tinkerbell icing. Applying it with a spatula gives it character and a rustic look. Alternatively you could use a buttercream smoother for a more precise finish. Peel your edible image and place directly onto the fresh buttercream so it adheres well. As well as selling hundreds of edible images for cakes, Kiwicakes can now print your own custom edible images in various sizes and styles to make a unique cake.

Simply arrange the flowers and leaves evenly around the edge of the edible image, placing the biggest ones in position first. The cut edge of the image should not be visible under the floral border. Cachous used in the centre of smaller flowers creates interest and gives them a lift. I find sugar tweezers easiest for applying these pearly type decorations.

Any additional flowers and leaves (even butterflies) can be enjoyed atop cupcakes. These are presented in straight-sided Tinkerbell cupcake papers that come with picks which add lovely height. A few drops of Apple flavoured oil is a fitting taste in green frosting.
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