Saturday, April 25, 2020

Changing the face of birthday cakes at Kiwicakes

New licensed character cake kits

We have a great new range of birthday cake kits, as well as candle sets available separately.

We've got creative with what we can offer customers, as we no longer sell edible images of licensed characters (there's no license available in NZ
to print them anymore). We were disappointed to lose them, but we hope our new alternatives will prove just as popular. It's an opportunity to try something new. We have over 50 popular
kids themes to choose from click here to view (Popular themes to name just a few are Paw Patrol, Frozen, Disney Cars, Spiderman, Avengers, Disney Princess, Tinkerbell etc)

We still have a great range of edible icing images available in classic themes such as unicorn, pirates, animals and more. And of course we can print your own photos, adding text if required. We can print photos of your child dressed as their favourite superhero or princess. Think outside the square, like reading their Harry Potter book or playing with their favourite toy. See our website here 

New range of edible images from Kat at ibicci

What happens when Sandra from Kiwicakes teams up with stencil guru Kat Rutledge from ibicci? A new range of edible images is born.

Using Kat's amazing stencil designs and awesome graphic design skills, Kiwicakes is now offering a range of edible icing images that feature graphics used in Kat's stencils.

We have 4 inch cake strips available that are printed on A3 icing sheets. Simply cut the two panels using scissors and they are ready to wrap around your covered cake. They can be applied directly to Buttercream, fondant or ganache (an instruction sheet accompanies your purchase).

You'll also find on our website fun designs for cake tops, cookies and cupcakes. More new designs are on the way.  Check them out here

Wednesday, April 15, 2020

How to make your own custom chocolate bars, to make your cakes really pop

 Making your own custom chocolate bars is quick, easy and fun! And they will really set your cakes apart from store bought chocolate bars.
The examples above use chocolate moulds from Kiwicakes . You can either use pre-coloured candy melts OR colour your own white chocolate using candy colour oil based colours or powder colour. (You cannot use gel paste or liquid food colouring, as this will cause your chocolate to seize and make it unsuable)

You can mould them with or without sprinkles. As a single colour or marbled. The choice is yours.

A finished bar weighs less than 100g, making them quite economic to make.

Bars like this are often referred to as "bark" this is the Wilton Happy Birthday Mould, you can find them in other seasonal designs (which are not always bar shaped - but do consider other shapes). Simply melt your coloured chocolate, spoon in to mould, tap on the bench for a good ten taps, to ensure any bubbles trapped are popped. Then lightly sprinkle over your sprinkle medley and allow to cool. They will release easily once set

To create the marble colour simply place your dominant colour in the mould first, then add small blobs of other colours, and stir gently (I use a lollipop stick to do this).Do NOT use your candy colour to do the marbling, as once removed from the mould, the swirls of colour can come off on your hands.

If you're after a traditional bar shape. And you want sprinkles on the side that would normally have the lines where you break the bar apart, take care to look at the example below.

You cannot add just a little sprinkles to the mould, if you do, you will get the result as shown in my photo. as the melted chocolate allows the sprinkles to move around.

You need to pack them right in there and fill it right up.

The bars can be bagged and given as a gift, just like thy are. When placing on a cake, I find they look best at differing heights. You can simply break off a piece of one bar, to make it shorter. It is important when placing on the cake, to cut a narrow aperture for the bar to be pushed in to. If oyu push down in to solid cake, you risk breaking the bar. 
These little bars make an affordable take home gift, from your party, and can be made to match the birthday cake.

Monday, April 13, 2020

Dairy free replacement for butter in baking and icings

I was thrilled when Bakels recently brought out this Bakers Blend, as a non dairy replacement for butter, it contains no animal ingredients (it is mainly soy based)

During this current lockdown (In NZ for Covid 19) I’ve done a fair bit of baking. I’d been wanting to try the Bakers blend in a variety of different baked goods to see how it performed for me - a self confessed butter addict.
I tried it in my granddads shortbread recipe, which differs from most peoples in that it has ground rice giving it a crunch within its texture. Hand on heart I’d not expected to like it. But you know what I DID!.

It also worked great in our Roberts gingerbread cookie mix.

I also tried it in buttercream icing, simply substituting for the butter. The consistency and pipe ability were great, personally as a butter addict, I missed the real butter taste in the icing. However I suspect if you were making this for someone who chooses not to or is unable to eat butter, then they’d like it. I also think had I flavoured my icing, instead of having just vanilla I’d be declaring it was great.

Once lockdown ends we will be able to ship bakers blend out to you. It’s priced at 4.50 per 500g so currently cheaper than butter

I posted my findings on some of our social media channels last night and found that many agreed with me. One person commented it worked great in Swiss meringue buttercream. And many commented now that they had found Bakers blend, they were not going back to the alternatives, they'd previously used for baking and decorating.
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