Tuesday, December 17, 2019

Cute fondant Penguin figurine tutorial

How cute are these penguins?. This tutorial was designed for us, by Lisa from The Whole Cake and Caboodle. Click on the photos to enlarge, and you can print the pages, for step by step how to.

Monday, December 16, 2019

Isomalt Snowflakes with Cake Lace

Whether you are making snowflakes for a Frozen cake, or for a Northern Hemisphere inspired Christmas cake, Cake lace trapped inside isomalt is just so pretty!.
The photos speak for themselves, however if you're wondering how it was done

(1) spread cake lace on to snowflake lace mat and allow to dry

(2) Pour melted isomalt over lace snowflake slowly, so that your snowflakes don't join together. Allow to cool
(3) spritz with glitter if desired

(4) peel away from mat - spray with edible glaze, to help fight the humidity

Thursday, November 7, 2019

6 new sweet sticks paints available at Kiwicakes


Please welcome New Zealand based Bets from Magnolia Kitchen to the Sweet Sticks family! Her three colours were sure a knockout when we were the first to launch them at the Pettinice Cake Show in October 

Colours available: 
Magnolia (original), Antique Gold (metallic), Moss Green.

Our second gorgeous collaboration is with Alisha from Sweet Bakes which also were a mega hit! Especially the Pink Gelato! 

Colours available: 

Pink Gelato (original), Vanilla Bean (metallic), Mint Sorbet (original).

Friday, June 7, 2019

Cookies for a Cat Lover

A friend who is a great cat lover was having a birthday what better than cat cookies. Here at Kiwicakes we have a great range of items for animal lovers including lots of cat cookie cutters

 A dilemma which one to choose  I finally settled on this one a Sitting Cat

I used this biscuit mix we stock, it keeps its shape very well and doesn't spread during baking.

All directions are on the packet and it is very easy to use.

I used half a packet and that made a full oven tray of biscuits . I cut the biscuits out as instructions and thought I knew better and shifted some of my biscuits to fit more on the tray which distorted my shape slightly.I would not recommend this, I would use two trays next time .

The biscuits are baked at a low temperature and hold their shape well. Instead of Icing I used Renshaws Marzipan. I put this on while the biscuits were still warm to help it stick.

I chose this cat wafer paper. We have an extensive range of wafer paper printed designs at Kiwicakes

I  traced round the cutter and stuck the wafer paper down using Sugar Glue

All bagged up and ready to go with the cutter tied round the neck of the bag as an extra gift should the birthday girl like to make more cookies for herself.

I think they got the seal of approval from the birthday girl's cat Phoebe, here she is keeping warm on this cold Winter day.

I hope this inspires you to try your own cookies We have over 600 cutters etc click here  for our full range

Thursday, April 4, 2019

Seashells on the Seashore

One of our categories with the largest range of items at Kiwicakes is seashells and seashore. We have a large range of silicone moulds covering shells starfish fish and much more here

Cookie cutters include a turtle seahorse and my favourite an octopus

Sprinkle medleys are available to coordinate with every theme.

NZ items we have are Paua and Kina shell moulds also a Sand Dollar. One of the most popular

Kiwiana themed items is our Paua edible image which has many uses on a cake

 If chocolate is your thing this lovely chocolate transfer with gold seashells is versatile.

Seashells cake for Rachael's 30th birthday by Karina from Kiwicakes

Two of our most admired cakes have been ones including shells. The first one was made by Kiwicakes staff member Karina with a range of shells made from Kiwicakes moulds .

The second made by Sandra with a range of shells  and coral made by piping white chocolate. The
chocolate wrap was made with our scallop and shell chocolate wrap.

The variations are endless limited only by your imagination.
 Have Fun.

Tuesday, April 2, 2019

Uses of Meringue Powder for Cake decorators

I often get asked about the uses of Meringue powder, so I wanted to share with you all this helpful guide
What is Meringue Powder and How Do I Use It?
Meringue Powder is an egg white substitute that is primarily a mixture of dehydrated egg whites, corn starch, and natural food gums (used to bind the ingredients). Bakers use meringue powder in: meringue pie toppings, meringue cookies, meringue shells, angel food cake and some mousses.
Meringue powder is also ideal for icings and other recipe that do not reach cooking temperatures required for the safe use of egg whites.
Cookie decorators are especially fond of using meringue powder to easily make royal icing that dries hard-to-the-touch. (The recipe for Royal icing comes on the container)
Great for buttercream icing to allow it to crust.

Benefits of using meringue powder over egg whites:
Meringue powder is shelf-stable – no refrigeration needed
2-year shelf life
Eliminates the need for raw egg whites
Convenient and easy-to-use; no separating eggs!
Adds body and stability
For icings, it helps minimize the bleeding of darker colors into lighter colours
Generally, 2 tsp, of meringue powder + 2 Tbs. of water = 1 large egg white

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