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Cake Boards

Cake Boards

(This Judges’ Corner article was originally published in Australian Sugar Craft, Vol. 18, No. 4, June...

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Articles & Stories

Wrapping or Tenting your Cakes

Tenting your cakes is a method of wrapping and covering your cakes while baking to ensure an even bake with no overcooked edges and dry crusty tops.I always use 3" high baking tins as I like to bake smaller cake layers, so they don’t have to be in the oven too long.Materials Plain Brown Paper * (please do not use newspaper like they use to use to...

The Magic of Aquafaba

The Wonder Egg Substitute I was referred to this amazing by-product by a vegan friend, after learning my youngest was severely allergic to egg.  WOW!  I thought, WHAT ELSE can this do? I have tried a number of different egg substitutes in the past such as Orgran Egg Substitute, jam, banana, and unsweetened apple sauce. Each worked well in...

Transferring an image to Fondant

Transferring an image is a personal preference and useful if you are not confident in drawing freehand. Here are two methods that I was taught how to do when I first started cake decorating. Transferring an image by either of these methods is a personal preference and useful if you are not confident in drawing freehand. Method 1. Pin Prick Method...

Painting on Icing

Painting is an excellent way to achieve a “different” result for that “different” cake. The Most Important Rule Is – Be Patient and Careful! Painting is an excellent way to achieve a “different” result for that “different” cake. Beginners often use conventional colour schemes. By trial and error and experimenting you should develop a good sense...

Modelling Chocolate

I was attracted to working with modelling chocolate because although it doesn’t dry out, it sets very solid after a few minutes once it’s cool allowing sculpts to be built quickly. Best of all, edges blend perfectly so there are no seams and details can be remodelled and reworked, built up or shaved down repeatedly until they are perfect. How to...

Marbled Buttercream Cake with Chocolate Decorations

How to achieve a perfectly smooth buttercream finish... How to add a marbled buttercream decorative layer... How to make chocolate spheres, shards & donuts... Covering your Cake with Buttercream 1. I use set up boards when decorating my cakes, these are acrylic boards that you can get from any good cake decorating store. As I’m using a...

Designing Christmas Cakes

What can I do to make my cakes different this year?As Christmas draws near each year cake decorators begin to ponder the question… “What can I do to make my cakes different this year?” The answer of course is very simple – they don’t need to be different at all. Christmas is a time of tradition, for the repeating of customs, and re-acquaintance...

Lustre – a Gorgeous Glamour Finish

A lustred effect on your fondant covered cakes can give a range of finishes from a subtle pearlised finish, to one that has a great sheen, colour or metallic effect. There are several methods for applying lustre to your cake; the method chosen should be depended upon the effect you would like. Preparation of the surface you are lustring is key to...

Tips on How to Scale a Recipe

How do you scale a recipe up or down to minimise waste and not end up cooking too much or too little? This method is not perfect, but it has helped me to massively reduce waste and prevents me being caught short and having to spend more time baking extra layers because the recipe I have chosen doesn't make enough cake. Dry weights and water...

How to Make Piping Bags

...With a little practice, a huge number of piping bags can be made in just a couple of minutes, so they are ready on-hand before decorating.Fabric or plastic piping bags are great, but they take time to clean and they can be cumbersome to work with. Especially when working with multiple coloured royal icing, I find it a lot easier to work with...

Tutorials

POPPIES, Please, People!

POPPIES, Please, People!

(This tutorial was originally published Australian Sugar Craft, Volume 22, No. 3, March 2011)Poppies symbolize beauty, magic, consolation, fertility and eternal like. The ancient Greeks used Poppies in the shrines of Demeter, goddess of fertility. We think this...

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Mermaid Cake Topper

Mermaid Cake Topper

The aim of this Tutorial is to show how to make a completely edible, detailed character topper quickly, using relatively few tools and two easily found generic cheap moulds.REQUIREMENTS 3 Kellogg’s LCM bars (Rice Krispie bars), plain or coco pops doesn’t matter....

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Pirate Ship

Pirate Ship

It’s fun to make and you can change it up to suit whatever occasion you need it for.Equipment & Supplies: ƒ • Approx. 500g of light brown sugar paste with tylos added • Small amount of black sugar paste with tylos added • 100g of dark brown sugar paste with tylos...

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Decorated Biscuits

Decorated Biscuits

Decorated biscuits look great as an accompaniment to a cake, but they can also be incorporated into the final design of the cake. Better yet, used as a cake topper, or as the base for a name or greeting plaque, or to create structural elements as part of the overall...

Cupcake Themed Cake Pops

Cupcake Themed Cake Pops

Our Associations have talented junior cake decorators, and Isabelle is one of them. With this tutorial Isabelle shows how to hand-mould and decorate cupcake themed cake pops. Cake pops are a form of cake styled as a lollypop, hand shaped into any shape you desire....

Baby Face Biscuits

Baby Face Biscuits

A delightful gift - so easy to make!EQUIPMENT Biscuit, round shape (use your own biscuit/cookie recipe) Rolling pin ƒ Pizza wheel cutter ƒ Small circle cutters ƒ Edible black paint ƒ Edible glue ƒ Cornflour or icing sugar ƒ Large circle cutter ƒ Lustre or powder...

Wedgewood Theme

Wedgewood Theme

These are some examples of Wedgewood as we all know it. What I did was add a spin on the old favourite and do a couple of different things.The Wedgewood Rose Make your bud as usual then when dry add your “Wedgewood” effect by piping thick Royal Icing to the edge of...

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Making a Slipper Orchid

Making a Slipper Orchid

The genus are many and are generally known as Slipper, or Lady Slipper Orchids (Paphiopedilum is derived from a Greek word meaning - Paphia = Goddess Venus, pedilon = slipper or shoe).The Slipper Orchid habitat is South-east Asia, Philippines, Malaysia, New Guinea and...

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Introduction to Wafer Paper Techniques

Introduction to Wafer Paper Techniques

Wafer paper has been used recently to decorate cakes in various ways. It comes in the form of white sheets usually made from rice or potato starch. There are two different sides of this paper, a shiny side and a more textured side. The shiny side is considered the...

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Winter Theme Cake

Winter Theme Cake

This cake can be adapted for Christmas, Frozen Theme or a Winter Woodlands CakeI just love the marble effect on cakes but always inform your customer that they turn out different every time. It can be so hard to replicate a certain look or match colour ratios from...

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Santa’s Little Helpers

Santa’s Little Helpers

These little cuties are so easy to adapt for different skill levels. Just add or take away different parts.Also making them in different colours these little guys will easily transform into red & blue for Gnomes and browns for Fantasy Woodland Critters. This...

Santa

Santa

This Santa can be easily adapted to any size. Made out of just fondant. Use rice crispies if you want to go bigger. You could even use a cupcake, muffin or cake for his body.Use your imagination about the different accessories you can make to sit next him: • Christmas...

Santa Claus, Mrs Claus & Reindeer

Santa Claus, Mrs Claus & Reindeer

This tutorial will show you how to create a Christmas family including Santa, Mrs. Claus and their Reindeer!Equipment  • Polystyrene cake dummy • (7” round. 1 1/2” in height) • Sugar glue • Cornflour • Solite/vegetable fat • CMC/tylose • Cake decorating matt •...

POPPIES, Please, People!

POPPIES, Please, People!

(This tutorial was originally published Australian Sugar Craft, Volume 22, No. 3, March 2011)Poppies symbolize beauty, magic, consolation, fertility and eternal like. The ancient Greeks used Poppies in the shrines of Demeter, goddess of fertility. We think this...

Wrapping or Tenting your Cakes

Wrapping or Tenting your Cakes

Tenting your cakes is a method of wrapping and covering your cakes while baking to ensure an even bake with no overcooked edges and dry crusty tops.I always use 3" high baking tins as I like to bake smaller cake layers, so they don’t have to be in the oven too...

Mermaid Cake Topper

Mermaid Cake Topper

The aim of this Tutorial is to show how to make a completely edible, detailed character topper quickly, using relatively few tools and two easily found generic cheap moulds.REQUIREMENTS 3 Kellogg’s LCM bars (Rice Krispie bars), plain or coco pops doesn’t matter....

Pirate Ship

Pirate Ship

It’s fun to make and you can change it up to suit whatever occasion you need it for.Equipment & Supplies: ƒ • Approx. 500g of light brown sugar paste with tylos added • Small amount of black sugar paste with tylos added • 100g of dark brown sugar paste with tylos...

Recipes

Rolled Buttercream

Rolled Buttercream

(This recipe was originally published in Australian Sugar Craft, Vol. 16, Issue 1, September 2004)How good is Buttercream! Check out this golden Oldie Recipe from Pam PentonIngredients: 250g butter 1 cup glucose 1 teaspoon vanilla essence ½ teaspoon salt 3 cups pure...

Cake Boards

Cake Boards

(This Judges’ Corner article was originally published in Australian Sugar Craft, Vol. 18, No. 4, June 2007)Decorating a cake is more than making a good cake, covering it with icing, and arranging the decorations. The design of a well-decorated cake has many components...

Rolled Buttercream

Gluten-free Carrot Cake with Orange Frosting

(This recipe was originally published in Australian Sugar Craft, Vol. 16, Issue 4, June 2005)Note from Jean Major: Many of us face the problem of a family member or customer with special needs. We have a family member who suffers an extreme intolerance to gluten –...

Rolled Buttercream

Gluten-Free Fruit Cake

(This recipe was originally published in Australian Sugar Craft, Vol. 16, Issue 4, June 2005)Note from Jean Major: Many of us face the problem of a family member or customer with special needs. We have a family member who suffers an extreme intolerance to gluten –...

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