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POPPIES, Please, People!

(This tutorial was originally published Australian Sugar Craft, Volume 22, No....

Wrapping or Tenting your Cakes

Tenting your cakes is a method of wrapping and covering your cakes while...

Mermaid Cake Topper

The aim of this Tutorial is to show how to make a completely edible, detailed...

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Speciality Cakes

Drippy Magic Cake

Drippy Magic Cake

This attractive covering can be done in any colour and works well with metallics.EQUIPMENT • 1 Ganached cake on a cake board• 1 x 100g packet Deco Magic Drippy Magic• No 0 piping tube• Scissors• Palette knife• Cake topper of your choice• Turntable (if you have one it...

Wired Phalaenopsis Orchid

Wired Phalaenopsis Orchid

How to create a beautiful orchid.If you look at a real Phalaenopsis Orchid, you will see that the throat seems to hang from the column in the centre of the flower, so this method of wiring is a little different from the usual way. Take six lengths of wire about 7cm in...

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...

Orange Marbling Effect & Fantasy Flower

Orange Marbling Effect & Fantasy Flower

Create a striking orange marbling effect with a fantasy flower to to excite the imagination!Make up Fondant in your chosen colour theme using 2-3 colours.Measure cake. Side, top and side so you know approx how big to roll out fondant. This was a tall 8” cake so 4,8,4...

Rolled Buttercream

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...

2D Reindeer Cake

2D Reindeer Cake

Decorate your table with this fun and  festive reindeer cake Learn how to make this happy addition to your Christmas table with this tutorial, which includes a template to help you create the reindeer's head!  EQUIPMENT • Tall Covered Cake (min 6”) Coloured Fondant •...

Marbled Buttercream Cake with Chocolate Decorations

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...

Designing Christmas Cakes

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....

How to Make Piping Bags

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...

Wrap Cake Method

Wrap Cake Method

As this is a Christmas themed cake you could use your favourite fruit cake, just prepare like you would your normal fruit cake. This Cake is for the 2D Reindeer with Christmas Lights Cake so I needed it to be tall and narrow. These can sometimes be a bit tricky to...

Painting on Icing, Using a Stencil

Painting on Icing, Using a Stencil

I make my own stencils, but there are a lot out there to choose from. In stencils, look for the outline to be crisp and clear as it makes painting easier if the definition is already there. As you become more experienced you will want to use colour and tone to...

Word placement on cake boards

Word placement on cake boards

I have seen beautiful creations on decorator's pages but sometimes these are let down with thick wobbly wording around the cake boards or on their cakes. To me the lettering is the scary part, learning to use the various types of cutters and finishing the presentation...

Glam any Cake with Edible Gold

Glam any Cake with Edible Gold

The use of edible gold and silver leaf creates a very dramatic and luxurious effect to your finished cake design. It gives you that true metallic finish that lustre either applied dry or painted on can never give you.In this step-by-step guide, you will uncover tips...

Cup Cakes, Cookies & Pops

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....

Gorgeous Meringue Sugar Cookies & Pops

Gorgeous Meringue Sugar Cookies & Pops

You can make meringue kisses, pops or anything you like. here’s how I make them . . . In this lesson you will learn how to make these easy meringue pieces to decorate your cakes *Original recipe is based on the Sugar Stamp Meringue Recipe by the Cookie Countess....

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...

Rainy Day Cupcakes

Rainy Day Cupcakes

These cute Rainy Day Cupcakes were created for a friend’s afternoon tea party, the guests enjoyed naming the different cloud emotions before devouring them.VANILLA CUPCAKES RECIPE I used my family favourite Vanilla Cupcake Recipe, but you could use your own recipe or...

Hamburger Cupcake Mini Meal

Hamburger Cupcake Mini Meal

The hamburger looks like it’s savoury but it is actually sweet! I created a fun Mini Hamburger Meal tutorial, which includes Sugar Cookie Fries, to give it more realism as a kid's takeaway meal.This year I’ve gone completely Hamburger crazy! I loved how my friends...

Cupcake Bouquet

Cupcake Bouquet

A delightful gift - so easy to make!There are molds of hydrangeas, such as this pictured, available on line from cake decorating outlets. The molds are shaped to fit cupcakes and ideal for these bouquets as they can be made in advance. I have used the mold to make the...

Royal Icing

Royal Icing

Royal icing is incredibly versatile, easy to make, and can be adapted to use in several different ways by varying the amount of water or eggwhite added to it. There are lots of ways to make royal icing, I prefer the recipe below, it uses powdered egg white which I...

Perfect sugarpaste domes for cupcakes

Perfect sugarpaste domes for cupcakes

This is a clever "how to" that will give you the perfect domed tops on your cupcakes. First, create Super Light Cupcakes Ingredients • One packet of vanilla cupcake cake mix (I prefer White Wings) • One packet Cottees Vanilla Instant Pudding Mix • 2 eggs (700g...

Floral

Wired Phalaenopsis Orchid

Wired Phalaenopsis Orchid

How to create a beautiful orchid.If you look at a real Phalaenopsis Orchid, you will see that the throat seems to hang from the column in the centre of the flower, so this method of wiring is a little different from the usual way. Take six lengths of wire about 7cm in...

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...

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...

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...

Making a Realistic Rose Using Modelling Chocolate

Making a Realistic Rose Using Modelling Chocolate

This "Master" level tutorial details how to make for incredibly fast, but effective looking roses.These roses are unwired, and kid friendly. They can be poked directly into a cake and make for a fast and effective, and best of all delicious decoration. Having warm...

Making a Hibiscus Flower

Making a Hibiscus Flower

Learn how to create the beautiful Hibiscus and transform your kitchen into a tropical paradise!EQUIPMENT ƒ • Daisy Paste • Magic Colour Pro Gels • Magic Colour Petal Dust • 24 gauge white LOYAL Floral wire for petals – Cut to 10cm length: Use wire cutters • 18 gauge...

Lysiphyllum Hookeri (Pegunny)

Lysiphyllum Hookeri (Pegunny)

More simply know as the Australian Native Bauhinia. This beautiful flowering native grows just south of Gladstone and Cape York.EQUIPMENT ƒ • White Flower Paste • Small amount of Green Flower Paste • Frangipani cutter (or, I use an oval rose cutter) • Daisy cutter •...

Orange Marbling Effect & Fantasy Flower

Orange Marbling Effect & Fantasy Flower

Create a striking orange marbling effect with a fantasy flower to to excite the imagination!Make up Fondant in your chosen colour theme using 2-3 colours.Measure cake. Side, top and side so you know approx how big to roll out fondant. This was a tall 8” cake so 4,8,4...

Peony

Peony

 You can make this realistic flower to fit any cake you would like. EQUIPMENT ƒ ƒ Modelling Paste (I used Menina Paste) ƒƒ 20, 26 and 28 gauge wires ƒƒ Peony Cutters (4 different sized cutters) ƒƒ Peony Veiner ƒƒ Lillium Cutter for leaf ƒƒ Leaf Veiner ƒƒ Chalk or dust...

Magnolia (Little Gem)

Magnolia (Little Gem)

Little Gem Magnolia is a narrow, semi-dwarf variety of Magnolia Grandiflora.Little Gem Magnolia is a narrow, semi-dwarf variety of Magnolia Grandiflora. It has smaller flowers and the tree takes 15 years to reach around 3.5m (12ft) tall. Like Magnolia Grandiflora, it...

Lemon Tree Very Pretty

Lemon Tree Very Pretty

Check out this Master Class Tutorial to create a brilliant Lemon TreeMexican Paste – fine flower paste ƒ 6 teaspoons CMC or Tylose Powder (28g) differs slightly depending on brand ƒ 500g pure Icing Sugar, sifted ƒ 70g hot water ƒ 4 teaspoons Copha, Crisco or other...

Creating Grevillea

Creating Grevillea

Grevilleas come in a huge range of colours as there are about 360 species of Grevillea. Most varieties are mainly in various shades of yellow, pink, red, orange, purple and white.Method This is just one way to make the common Grevillea. The flower is created from...

Geraldton Wax

Geraldton Wax

As with most plants there are several different species of Geraldton Wax. Their colours generally vary from white through to pinks, reds and purples.Flower: Begin by making a “ski pole” shape at the end of a piece of 28 gauge wire. I do this by making a small circular...

Foliage

Foliage

When making an arrangement for a cake, generally much attention is given to the construction and colouring of the flowers and the foliage is often overlooked.It is important to consider the construction and colouring of the foliage to give a realistic appearance. The...

Fantasy Flower

Fantasy Flower

You can make this flower fit any cake you would like, this is the beauty of it. Can be done in any colours to match whatever you want.Ingredients Non-stick board and rolling pin ƒƒ White modelling paste ƒƒ Flower Mat for bouncing petals ƒƒ Large Hibiscus cutter and...

Creating Daffodils

Creating Daffodils

I wandered lonely as a cloudThat floats on high o'er vales and hills,When all at once I saw a crowd,A host, of golden daffodils;Beside the lake, beneath the trees,Fluttering and dancing in the breeze.  WordsworthEquipment ƒ Small and large cell sticks ƒ Hard...

Bridal Dahlia

Bridal Dahlia

The Bridal Dahlia originally from Mexico and Central America is one of approximately ten different basic hybrid groups. This one is known as the “Water Lily Group”.The stunning Bridal Dahlia is double flowered, formed with slightly cupped petals resembling a Water...

Butterfly Bush

Butterfly Bush

Clerodendrum Ugandese. This is an evergreen shrub native to Kenya and Uganda, but will grow vigorously in a frost-free environment. The flowers really do resemble a beautiful blue butterfly.Method To make the flower, use a very small blossom cutter as a calyx. Using...

Bauhinia

Bauhinia

Master Level Tutorial . . . This flower is also known as the Orchid Tree Flower. Colours range from red, orange, pink, purple,yellow and white - plus there are many variations of the petals and shape.PISTIL: Take a piece of 30 gauge wire and tape with half width white...

African Daisy

African Daisy

Master Level Tutorial . . . Gerbera L. is a genus of plants Asteraceae, named in honour of German botanist and medical doctor Traugott Gerber.Centre Create a small disc about the size of a 5c piece and ½ cm thick, attach to a flat hook wire. Flat hook is bending wire...

Delicate Large Roses

Delicate Large Roses

Create a stunningly realistic rose using flower paste. This is a Masters Level tutorial, new decorators may struggle, but don't be discouraged! Instructions: Cut the styrofoam ball in half. Insert a 20g wire across and another at right angle across. Join the wires...

Wafer Paper Yellow Rose

Wafer Paper Yellow Rose

Creating a stunning and realistic yellow wafer rose is a core skill for every aspiring cake artisan! Gather these required items ... • White wafer paper sheet • Petal mould or veiner (large and small) • Yellow gel colour • Vodka • Atomizer bottle • Foam tipped brush •...

Holidays

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...

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 •...

Layered Stain Glass – Holly Design

Layered Stain Glass – Holly Design

This tutorial will show you how to create a holly leaf wreath, cake decoration for Christmas!Requirements ƒ Dry Plaque made from Sugarpaste with Tylos added (alternatively pre iced cake that has had a day to dry) ƒ White Gum Paste/Modelling Paste ƒ Greaseproof paper ƒ...

Holly Wreath

Holly Wreath

This tutorial will show you how to create a holly leaf wreath, cake decoration for Christmas!Making the Holly Leaves: Cut 28 or 30 gauge green floral wire into thirds. Use medium and large sized holly cutters approximately 2.5cm and 3cm long. Roll a very thin strip of...

Fairy on a Sleigh

Fairy on a Sleigh

This tutorial will show you how to create a delightful fairy on a sleigh cake decoration for Christmas!Make the sleigh first by cutting a rectangle piece of coloured modelling paste approx. 7cm long and 4.5cm wide. Shape the top. Then divide into 3 boards and mark....

Easy Santa Faces

Easy Santa Faces

You can make these Santa faces any size you like, as long as you have something to shape them over. I use foam balls (from any craft shop) and cut them in half. You will also need a small piece of cling film, but apart from that, you will need only basic tools, plus a...

Build a Snowman

Build a Snowman

Be it Christmas or Christmas in July … it is now a perfect time for you and the kids to get together to create some cute, quick and easy snow people. By using this simple step by step and changing the colours, size and design just a little, you can make mummy, daddy...

Christmas Cookies

Christmas Cookies

These can be used as gifts, table centrepieces, Advent calendar. A great way to introduce children and adults to cake decorating.Any firm biscuit can be used as the base. Commercial biscuits are also great e.g. milk arrowroot and nice. The following recipes retain...

Christmas Cookie Baubles

Christmas Cookie Baubles

Check out this neat tutorial which will help you create exclusive Christmas gifts and treats using Loyal Bakeware!Equipment: LOYAL Rolling pin 50cm LOYAL Plain round Cutters LOYAL Silicone Prep & Bake Mat LOYAL Lamington Tin 12in x 8in LOYAL Silicone Spatula LOYAL...

Christmas Candy Cane Chocolate Pops

Christmas Candy Cane Chocolate Pops

I love Christmas, what Child doesn’t! But it’s a real special time of year for me to be able to get creative in the kitchen with my nanna and my mum, while we rock along to the Christmas carols.We have a few baking days leading up to Christmas making, Fruit Cakes,...

Christmas Cake

Christmas Cake

Make your own Christmas Cake. It is where the most creative of Chrissy cakes truly begin!  Ingredients 250g Sultanas 250g Raisins (chopped into 3 pieces) 250g Currants 125g Mixed peel 90g Glace cherries 90g Almonds 250g Butter 250g Brown sugar 250g Plain flour 60g...

Bon Bon Cake

Bon Bon Cake

Decorate your table with this fun and  festive Bon Bon Cake Learn how to make this happy addition to your Christmas table with this excellent tutorial!  REQUIREMENTS • Fruit cake cooked in a nutloaf tin • Oblong board • Almond paste • Fondant • Royal Icing • Ribbon...

2D Reindeer Cake

2D Reindeer Cake

Decorate your table with this fun and  festive reindeer cake Learn how to make this happy addition to your Christmas table with this tutorial, which includes a template to help you create the reindeer's head!  EQUIPMENT • Tall Covered Cake (min 6”) Coloured Fondant •...

Novelty

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...

Renaissance Figurine

Renaissance Figurine

The aim of this demo is to show how to make a detailed modelling chocolate figure. Equipment ƒ   Silicone child face mould (to make a face approx. 4.5cm high) – these are $10 from Bake Boss. ƒ Mini filigree mould or cutter. ƒ Ball tool ƒ Small scalpel ƒ Rolling...

Sapphire the Steam Punk Dragon

Sapphire the Steam Punk Dragon

How to create a cute Dragon Cake and Topper that will delight!Equipment & Supplies: ƒ 8” round cake board ƒ 2 Foam eggs (from Spotlight) – 1x 100mm (body); 1x 70mm (head) ƒ Foam Cake Dummy 6” round 4” high ƒ Rolling Pins (small & large) ƒ Rolling Pin guides...

Spider City Cake

Spider City Cake

For anyone interested in Spiderman this is an ideal project to consider.You will need: • 1 x 6” round cake • 1 x 10” round cake • Chocolate Ganache • White fondant icing • Grey fondant icing • 4 x 20g pkts. Black Deco Magic • 1 x 1kg Universal Gel (Deco Magic) • A4...

Standing Unicorn Cake Topper

Standing Unicorn Cake Topper

An armature is a great way to create gravity defying sculpts with dynamic shapes and delicate proportions.This method creates a freestanding self-contained cake topper that can be incorporated into show cakes, or kept as a keepsake, it’s a removable piece that doesn’t...

National Bird of India – Peacock Sculpture in Gumpaste

National Bird of India – Peacock Sculpture in Gumpaste

The Peacock is a possessor of some of the most admired human characteristics, and is a “symbol of integrity”. The royalty, the glory and the beauty we can achieve when we endeavour to show vibrant colours such as blues and greens.Materials: ƒƒ Skewers ƒƒ 16 gauge wire...

Stained Glass Cake

Stained Glass Cake

Enhance a simple fondant covered cake and wow your family and friends, when you create this very easy design on your cake.How to draw a basic Tulip and Fantasy Flowers Other options: these were done on plaques but can easily be done directly onto your cake.   The...

Marzipan Fruits

Marzipan Fruits

I love marzipan fruit, these delicious little morsels taste nothing like the store bought marzipan which contains Almond Essence.In my personal opinion, almond essence smells like stink bugs, and I bet stink bugs tastes like Almond Essence … Yuck! But that is my...

Magic Colours Pop Art Cake Tutorial

Magic Colours Pop Art Cake Tutorial

Learn how to create a fun Pop Art Cake - video link included!EQUIPMENT ƒ 3 x square Fondant covered cakes 5”, 8”, 10” ƒƒ Magic Colour Pro Gels: Ice Blue, Lemon, Ruby, Turquoise, Skin Tone, Jade, Bazooka Pink ƒƒ Magic Colour Airbrush Classics & Metallic: Pink,...

Leather Effect in Sugar

Leather Effect in Sugar

Leather is a very effective look for many types of cake design. Very easy to achieve and great for that “Man’s” cake you just don’t know what to do with...Leather is a very effective look for many types of cake design. Very easy to achieve and great for that “Man’s”...

Lady Bursting Out from a Cake – Topper

Lady Bursting Out from a Cake – Topper

Check out this fun cake topper!For this topper you will need a skin tone fondant, a coloured fondant for the dress, a small amount of white fondant, and a coloured fondant for the hair. Mix Tylos/CMC with skin tone fondant, and also with the dress fondant. Use some of...

Knitting Technique Baby Bear Cake Topper

Knitting Technique Baby Bear Cake Topper

Check out this great Knitting Technique Tutorial!Equipment: • Spare foam block • Foam shapes – round, medium egg and small egg • Sharp knife • Ball tools • Tylos glue • Crisco (shortening) • Pettinice in medium brown, small amount of black, colour choice for clothing...

Impression Stamps with a 3D Touch

Impression Stamps with a 3D Touch

In this step by step tutorial I will show you the basics of how to create your own Impression Stamps using moulds that you have on hand.This cake was made by using handmade impression stamps created by using moulds, and using the same moulds I added a 3D aspect to the...

How to Mirror Glaze a Standard Cake

How to Mirror Glaze a Standard Cake

We are cake decorators, not pastry chefs, but that’s no reason to not try out exciting techniques and incorporate them into our regular cakes.Mirror Glaze has been super popular for the last couple of years and I’m sure a lot of cake decorators have spent many hours...

The Healing Powers of Crystals

The Healing Powers of Crystals

The time and effort Julie has put in to present this detailed tutorial is to be admired, and I hope you enjoy and learn from her article.Note from the Editor. Be excited by this article/tutorial. Julie is giving us the opportunity to learn the techniques she used to...

Kitten in a Knitting Basket

Kitten in a Knitting Basket

In the 2017 Royal Perth Show, Isabelle entered the ‘Kitten in the Knitting Basket’ winning her First Place as well as a Special Award in her category.Isabelle is only 9 years old and lives with her Mum, Mary Milne, who is a member of CDAWA. It is refreshing to see...

Illuminated Lettering

Illuminated Lettering

The term “illuminated” means “to be filled with light.” The term “illuminated lettering” was originally used to describe the gold-leaf embellishments in medieval manuscripts, which caused the pages to reflect light and appear to glow. Illumination also refers to the...

Gelatine Decorations

Gelatine Decorations

Each piece will be different, so do heaps of pieces, that way you have plenty to choose from when decorating your cake.I found this step by step tutorial on line available at crafts.com blog. I simply started using these instructions and this base recipe, I then...

Honey Possum

Honey Possum

The honey possum is a tiny Australian marsupial that comes from the south-west corner of Western Australia.The cute critter is a nectarivorous mammal which gathers pollen and nectar from flowering plants of banksias, callistemon and eucalyptus. Mainly nocturnal it...

Here Be Dragons! Easy version

Here Be Dragons! Easy version

Let your imagination loose and make dragons using this tutorial as a guide.You will also need: ƒ Paste, (I use fondant with tylose most of the time, 500g of fondant with 1tsp Tylose worked in) ƒ Make the paste the colour of your choice. Have fun. ƒ Smaller ball tool...

Stiletto Shoe – Cake Topper

Stiletto Shoe – Cake Topper

 A topper that steps out in style ! A Stiletto Shoe Kit is required for this tutorial. The kit used for this tutorial is the Sweet Inspiration Stiletto Shoe Kit. The most important thing is to have the heel very dry and hard before assembling the shoe, and use fondant...

Tatty Teddy Bear – Cake Topper

Tatty Teddy Bear – Cake Topper

 A Tatty Teddy topper, adds an extra level of sweetness to any cake! Ingredients 600g grey coloured fondant ƒƒ 1 teaspoon of tylose/cmc powder ƒƒ 20g coloured fondant (pink, yellow, purple) ƒƒ 2 lollypop sticks ƒƒ 2 large black cachous/candy balls Body Take a third of...

Teddy Bear – Cake Topper

Teddy Bear – Cake Topper

 A Blue Teddy Bear topper, adds an extra level of sweetness to any cake! Mix tylos into main body colour fondant, using half of mix knead until tacky and cover larger of 2 poly balls to form body shape into a teardrop shape. Insert lollypop stick at top of neck,...

Tiaras by Deco Magic

Tiaras by Deco Magic

Decorate a cake top, a whole cake and even cupcakes with royal style!1. Place tiara pattern inside a plastic sleeve. 2. With your choice of Deco Magic Original gel pipe over the pattern. Remove pattern from plastic sleeve once piped and repeat for the quantity and...

Turtle – Cake Topper

Turtle – Cake Topper

Make a funky little Turtle Topper!Shell Using pattern cut a shell from fast drying paste. Mould over a “Pavlova Magic” container or a foam egg. Leave to dry.Body Form an egg shape from modelling paste.Head Form an egg shape again. Ease out two opposite sides of the...

Western Style Saddle

Western Style Saddle

Saddle up and get on to this exquisite saddle, straight out of the Wild West!Horse Make a “horse” by glueing a 300ml coke bottle to a piece of foam, wood etc. to stabilise it. Add a piece of cardboard to form “V” and represent wither. This rises at front and is flat...

Wonky Cake

Wonky Cake

Go wonky with this fun Sugar Art Creation!Method: 1. Cut layers through the largest double height cake and fill with your choice of filling (ganache or buttercream or chocolate glaze). 2. Place on 12” board. 3. Cut 3 dowel rods to measure the height of the first cake...

Advanced Dragon

Advanced Dragon

. . . Here be (another) Dragon!This dragon is not much more difficult, it just contains a framework to hold up the neck and wings. Also, you can be as daring as you like when it comes to embellishing your creation.EQUIPMENT 18g wire. ƒ A Styrofoam egg. The size...

Handbag Cake

Handbag Cake

This tutorial is a simple and quick handbag, teaching easy to use embossing and cake shaping techniques.For texture I am using placemats I bought from Kmart. A variety of which are pictured here. They are washable and very reasonably priced. Of course, Kmart is not...

Gravity defying bee lady – Sugar Sculpture

Gravity defying bee lady – Sugar Sculpture

Quirky and fun, try out this exotic figurine for your next cake!The process outlined below is how I made a sugar sculpture show piece, but the same process can be used to make cake toppers and all kinds of gravity defying sculpts and models. There was a bee themed...

Funky Oriental Lady – Cake Topper

Funky Oriental Lady – Cake Topper

Quirky and fun, try out this exotic figurine for your next cake!Requirements: ƒƒ Ice Cream Cones ƒƒ Coloured modelling paste/ fondant—main colour-red; flesh colour; black and pink ƒƒ Small foam balls ƒƒ Small – medium Round Cutter ƒƒ Royal Icing – small paper piping...

Fondant-Wafer Paper Treatment

Fondant-Wafer Paper Treatment

This bark texture technique was inspired by Cakes and Craft by Kass.EQUIPMENT • Rolling Pin • Brown Fondant • Wafer Paper • Water • Paint Brush • Scalpel • Cake Board • Petal dust, or lustre dust or powdered colourRoll out fondant to desired length and width, either...

Flower Pot Baby

Flower Pot Baby

This Flower Pot Baby Cake can be adapted to different sizes to suit occasion.As is as a small gift, or place the Flower Pot on a Green Garden themed Cake with fence, grass and flowers around cake side. For a large size – make larger using a Dolly Varden tin (cut and...

Flower Basket

Flower Basket

This Cake was for the Qld Cake Expo 2018. Looking at Pinterest and on the internet, I saw a new trend with brides carrying simpler baskets rather than the normal bouquet.EQUIPMENT ƒƒ Small 5-petal blossom cutter ƒƒ Smaller single petal cutter ƒƒ Royal Icing ƒƒ Piping...

Filigree Baby Blocks – Cake Topper

Filigree Baby Blocks – Cake Topper

Two experienced demonstrators from Victoria show you how to create these stunning topper, using piping work.Two experienced Victorian demonstrators, Sue & Rhonda, undertook a CDAV workshop last February on filigree baby blocks. Both were quite reluctant to take...

Drippy Magic Cake

Drippy Magic Cake

This attractive covering can be done in any colour and works well with metallics.EQUIPMENT • 1 Ganached cake on a cake board• 1 x 100g packet Deco Magic Drippy Magic• No 0 piping tube• Scissors• Palette knife• Cake topper of your choice• Turntable (if you have one it...

Dragon in Egg – Cake Topper

Dragon in Egg – Cake Topper

This attractive covering can be done in any colour and works well with metallics.Egg Shell Using hard drying paste cut an egg shell from the pattern. Cup over a foam egg or a “Pavlova Magic” container.Body Form an egg shape from modelling paste.Head Form an egg shape...

Bathing Baby Girl – Cake Topper

Bathing Baby Girl – Cake Topper

Sculpt a happy little baby girl with her bunny in a pail of sudsy water!FONDANT OR GUMPASTE COLOURS ƒƒ Approx 100g Skin tone (warm brown) ƒƒ 75g White (Bath Mat/doily and towel) ƒƒ 50g Light Blue and Pink for Bath Mats ƒƒ 30g Blue for Water ƒƒ Gumball size Pink/Blue...

Bathing Baby Boy – Cake Topper

Bathing Baby Boy – Cake Topper

Sculpt happy little baby boy with his teddy and rubber ducky!FONDANT OR GUMPASTE COLOURS ƒƒ Approx 100g Skin tone (warm brown) ƒƒ 75g White (Bath Mat/doily and towel) ƒƒ 50g Light Blue and Pink for Bath Mats ƒƒ 30g Blue for Water ƒƒ Gumball size Pink/Blue or Grey for...

3D Scooter Cake

3D Scooter Cake

Put a thrill in the heart of a youngster with a clever Scooter Cake, almost full size!The Scooter is almost full size - So you will need a large board. Size will depend if you place scooter on an angle or parallel. I purchased all the parts I needed from local...

Anzac Chocolate Sculpture

Anzac Chocolate Sculpture

Creating a sweet salute to our Armed Forces Making the Anzac Free Expression Chocolate Creation piece was not only a labour of love, but an emotional experience for me, as my son Joshua is currently serving in the Australian Armed Forces. This theme is very close to...

Transferring an image to Fondant

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...

Painting on Icing

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...

Modelling Chocolate

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...

How to Make an Armature

How to Make an Armature

Have you ever wanted to make a horse or any other animal that will stand alone? To begin: • Find an ornament that you would love to replicate in icing. This will assist you with size and scale. Don’t expect your model to be EXACTLY like the ornament – remember it is...