Friday, December 22, 2017

Fun holly cookies for Christmas

1. Stamp out and bake holly cookies using the cutter from this set of cookies cutters using your favourite non-spread sugar cookie recipe (it can help to chill cut shapes before baking to stop spreading)
2. Cut out using the same cookie cutter a thin green holly shape using green fondant icing. Glue to the cookie by brushing the cookie lightly with edible glue

3. Mark veins on the leaves as shown using a flute and vein tool 

4. Using the end of a piping tip 1A or similar cut three berries to fit. Or pipe berries using red royal icing. Make some royal icing to your own recipe or by beating 1 size 6 egg white and approx. 1-1.25 cups of icing sugar together. I beat the egg white until foamy then add the icing sugar in two lots. This used about 1 cup but if you wish to have a stiffer mix to hold piped ruffled shapes you will need to add a little more.
5. Leave finished cookies as is or arrange in a wreath on a large plate approx. 50-60 cm in diameter. If arranging in a wreath place holly berries after cookies have been arranged. I have glued cookies lightly with small dots of royal icing to hold them in place on both the plate and laying them on each other.

6. Further decorate with a ribbon bow or a hand cut cookie bow. Also add cookie ornaments if required.
With thanks to Lisa from The Whole Cake and Caboodle Whangarei

Friday, November 17, 2017

Forget everything you thought you knew about Renshaw Fondant

There is a new fondant in town. Renshaw EXTRA. and we have it available now at Kiwicakes
Made in the UK for Australasia's weather conditions, Renshaw Extra is the latest Ready to Roll Icing from the world’s largest sugarpaste manufacturer.
EXTRA Elastic and EXTRA Firm -Renshaw Extra is like no other fondant you have ever used before. It is a totally different formulation to the Renshaw RTR Icing that has been previously distributed in NZ

It is available in 250g coloured packs and 1kg 3kg and 10kg buckets of white.

Australia had this fondant first and I've been following some of the rave reviews for this new fondant. I can't wait to try it out for myself. I'll be posting more about it's properties later, I've not yet had a chance to try it out, as it only arrived yesterday.

Renshaw Australasia is sponsoring Cake TV brought to you by ACDN on You Tube. Be sure to subscribe to their channel for lots of great tutorials. Over on the Kiwicakes Facebook page I'll be sharing the new tutorials as they are released.

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Make fun jumbo alphabet chocolates

Click to enlarge photo to - PRINT AND KEEP FOR LATER Using our Jumbo alphabet moulds you can create fun JUMBO chocolate freckle letters. Jumbo alphabet moulds are pricedat $6.00 each and we have all the sugar pearls and non pareils you could need. Why not try one of our sprinkle medleys?

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Having cake tins made in India

I have literally thousands of photos from my trip to India. They could never be one post. I shared many photos whilst I was in India both on the Kiwicakes Facebook page & Instagram - thanks so much to all those who commented and kept asking for more.

It was hard to decide which blog post to start with, rather than a chronological order for my posts, I decided to just pick a topic and leap right in

I travelled to India with the lovely Pereira/Mascarenhas family. Who I will be ever grateful to for welcoming me in to their family fold and taking such great care of me for the 2 weeks we were in Mumbai.

My sweet friend Florinda asked me "what do you want to do in Mumbai" my reply was always "I don't care, I am happy to do anything". I was not being polite, I was being 100% truthful, I really was happy to do literally ANYTHING as every sight sound and smell was new to me. Perhaps I should have said "I want to do it all". Florinda suggested I might like to have some cake pans made, from the man she has used for many years to make all her wonderful shaped pans I readily agreed.

We arrived in Mumbai just after Christmas day, above is the adorable home I stayed in for 2 weeks. (Pali Naka Bandra) I had the entire top floor to myself. My hosts Florinda & Leyland lived here for many years before moving to NZ.

So it was by Rickshaw we went to Florinda's "cake pan man" At Jyoti Tin Works. A ride in one of these Rickshaws is so much fun and costs between 20 and 40 cents NZ depending on how far you need to go (we could fit three adults across the back seat). I tried to describe the road noise to my kids on my return from India, I've never heard anything like it (including having been to Shanghai). The horns beep non stop, as in the never ever stop and there's hundreds beeping all at once. I had the biggest grin on my face the entire time. 

This tiny little store is located in a narrow alley way, we arrived at Friday lunchtime to find the roller doors down on every store in the alleyway and the lane was filled with men dressed in white thobe kneeling in prayer. I discovered this was to last one hour. We'd arrived just as they started, so we popped down the street for a spot of Sari shopping (more on that later)

As I cannot speak Hindi, I left my lovely host to order my two cake pans, they were to be ready the following week and I paid a 50% deposit. Both pans costs less than $20

The staff at Jyoti Tin Works were so friendly, I asked if I might take photos and they happily agreed (I found this the case, every time I asked anyone during my stay)

At the time of our visit they were making cookie cutters 

My pans we repeatedly not ready, and it was not until the last day of my stay that I was able to collect them. I took with me from NZ these line drawings, my pans did not go according to the paper plan.

I gave the line drawings on paper, and asked for them to be the size of the paper. The team at Jyoti Tin works took this as a guide (I think) - as this is what I received. 

However I took it all in my stride, I actually had no need of the pans, I just really really wanted to experience going to the cake pan maker to have them made. My host assured me, she had always received exactly what she asked for. The pans had not cost much at all, so I decided to pay my remaining balance and take them, as there was no time left for them to correct them.

When I ordered the fern cake pan, I'd had in mind to create a brush stroke style fern. As the exterior of my original drawing was styled to fit what I needed, my brush stroke fern came out a little chunkier than I wanted, however I wasn't unhappy with it, and it still looks like a fern. I've yet to try my kiwi, he may need a little work in the feet department, as they are far too long, but my basic outline is there.

I coloured the base of my cake with buttercream and coloured with Grey Progel.

 I really like how the Grey Progel tones perfectly with Rolkem Super Silver lustre, as you can see from my photo below, there's no need to paint the buttercream silver too.

I painted my chocolate brushstrokes once I had placed them on the cake by mixing Rolkem Super Silver with Rose Spirit to form a  paint.

Overall there's no mistaking this is meant to be a silver fern, albeit a little on the chunky side.

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

New range of cakes available at Kiwicakes

For 11 years Kiwicakes has only sold cake decorating supplies. Recently we added a range of simple cakes, which you can purchase from our freezer just inside the door. And decorate further yourself.

Or we can decorate for you with your corporate logo, or a licensed edible image of your choice. For more details Check out the "Our Cakes" tab above

Mini chocolate bars cupcake decorations

These cute little cupcakes were super easy to make. I'd been dying to get my hands on some of the limited edition Caramilk by Cadbury, as it had been a favourite of mine as a teen. I teemed it with a Millionaires caramel drizzle over vanilla buttercream

To create the drizzle, I popped a spoonful of Millionaires Caramel in to a disposable piping bag and zapped in the microwave for ten seconds, I then snipped off the end and drizzled over the cupcakes. The larger you cut the hole in the end of the bag, the heavier your drip will be, I did both fine and heavy drizzles, to test out which I liked better. Start small though, as you can't go backwards if you cut the hole too big.

These are super easy to make, each little bar weighs aprx 7 grams, so you get a heap from one block of chocolate. I used this mould -5-with-chocolate-printed-on-each-square I melted the caramilk gently int he microwave and spooned in to the mould, Tap underside of mould gently on bench to expel air bubbles

 Lots of cute little bars just waiting for their cupcakes.

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Gumpaste silicone moulds are great for cookies too

Silicone moulds are not just for icing. You can press cookie dough in to them and remove, place on a baking tray and bake according to your usual recipe

Simply press dough in. And trim around shape with a knife. The mould used int he is photo is the Wilton Jungle mould, there's other great designs in the range too 

Photos courtesy Wilton Industries Inc. Copyright 2004.

SPCA Cupcake Day 2017

I recently took a trip to the Whangarei SPCA to deliver some cupcakes and chocolate VW cars to Andrea (manager fo SPCA Whangare at right) and the staff/volunteers who work so tirelessly. I felt they deserved a treat.

The cupcakes were decorated with our 4 new sprinkle medleys which have been created in support of SPCA cupcake day 2017.

$2 from the sale of every pack of these 4 animal themed cupcake medleys will go to SPCA Cupcake Day. You can grab a pack here If oyu love the cupcake papers, you'll find these here too 

Monday, July 17, 2017

Trainer Tom comes to visit Kiwicakes for Pokemon Go

Recently we had a visit at Kiwicakes from Pokemon Go Trainer Tom. Kiwicakes baked cupcakes to sell for $2 each with all funds going to Toms charity Live More Awesome (supporting mental health awareness). We also made Tom a special cake just for him

A great time was had by all, then Tom had to scoot across town to take part in a level 4 Pokemon Go gym raid for a Tyrannitar.

If you'd like to create your own Pokemon go cakes & cupcakes, you can using these 

Check out Tom's YouTube channel, this video includes his visit to Whangarei

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Rolkem lumo dusts - fluoresce under black light

Rolkem'sLumo range is an eye poppingly bright range of powdered food colouring. Some fun facts worth knowing - When you use it in cake batter or icing and you shine a black light on it, it will glow. And above all, the product is 100% edible. It's made with natural ingredients. It can even be used in white chocolate.

Great for 80's themed neon parties too. Stir in to royal icing for a splatter themed cake.

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Red Velvet cupcakes in support of All Blacks rugby

I recently outed myself as a closet rugby fan. I attended the first Lions test match her in my hometown of Whangarei and have been glued to the TV ever since. Tonight the Lions take on the Maori All Blacks. I'll be perched on the edge of the couch screaming at the TV as all good rugby supporters like to do.

I seemed a good day for some rugby cupcakes. I'd been wanting to try the new Whittakers Full Eighty chocolate bars. Which consequently are very nice. Using Rainbow Dust edible metallic lustre dusts, I trialed "metallic dark silver" left, "metallic light silver" (middle) and "starlight silver saturn" (right) - whilst the beauty of each colour is hard to portray in the photo, my favourite was the "silver saturn". I dusted the lustre powder straight on to the chocolate and on to grey fondant silver ferns, made using this mould

I Wanted a black cream cheese icing for my red velvet cupcakes, so I first made a chocolate cream cheese icing to which I added black progel food coloruing . I find a good dark cocoa such as this one makes a nice dark buttercream/icing meaning you need less black food colouring to go from dark chocolate brown to black 

125 grams softened buter
125g room temp cream cheese
4 cups icing sugar
3 Tbsp cocoa powder
6 Tbsp water.

Beat together butter and cream cheese. Add. cocoa powder. Add 1 cup of icing sugar at a time and continue to beat. Add a little water after the addition of each cup of icing sugar.

If you do not want chocolate flavoured icing, omit cocoa powder and add a good squeeze of lemon juice instead.

Because I'm 99.9% sure the Maori All Black are going to come out on top It's black icing atop red cupcakes for me today

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