Cake Leveller

Cake Leveller

 

cake-leveller-pmeSometimes cutting cakes across the middle can be difficult to get straight.

 
We have some fabulous cake decorating tools, to help you to achieve this with ease and cake leveller is ideal.

 
The cake leveller will accurately level and divide cakes into even layers. It has a thin wire with a serrated blade to simply cut through your sponge cake.

 
The cutting wire is easy to adjust to the perfect height the metal frame has little notches on each leg to set the depth. Just push the legs in slightly and the wire will come loose so you can move it.The legs are rounded in order not to scratch your work surface.

 

Once the wire is at the correct level, place both metal feet on your work surface. Firmly hold the handle and pull across the cake or in a  slight wiggling action.

 
The cake leveller is a great cake decorating tool for multi layer cakes as you can cut the cake evenly and accurately.

 
The cake leveller is available in two sizes, the small cake leveller measures 12″/30cm wide and the larger cake leveller is 18″/46cm wide.

 

For fruit cakes we recommend a cake knife to level your cake.

 

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Christmas Eclairs

eclair-pan-bakewareWe have a great range of cake baking equipment and cake decorating tools from Kitchen Craft’s Sweetly Does It range and their Masterclass Bakeware collection. Recently we had the opportunity to use one of their pans to make some absolutely delicious Éclairs.

 

We thought you may enjoy us sharing our recipe and method.

 

Ingredients

 

For the choux pastry

125 ml water

50g butter

60g plain flour

2 eggs, beaten

For the filling

300ml double cream

3 drops vanilla extract

2 tsp caster sugar

For the icing

50g dark chocolate

1tsp butter

2tbsp water

85g icing sugar

 

christmas-eclairsMethod

 

For the choux pastry

 

Preheat the oven to 200C/392°F

 

Pour water into saucepan and add butter. Place the pan over a medium heat, and as soon as the butter melts, turn up the heat and bring to a boil. Add flour in one go and take the pan off the heat.

 

Stir until the flour has blended in with the liquid and the mixture leaves the sides of the pan and makes a ball. Be careful not to overbeat as you do not want the pastry to become heavy.

 

Start beating in the eggs, a little amount at a time. Beat well, the more air you can incorporate, the lighter the pastry. When you’ve added both eggs, the pastry should take on a glossy sheen and have a dropping consistency.

 

Spoon into a piping bag fitted with a 1cm round nozzle and pipe about onto a lightly oiled and floured éclair pan. Just before baking, sprinkle over a few drops of cold water to helps a good rise in the oven.

 

Bake the éclairs for about 20 minutes before turning down the heat to 190°C/374°F for another 10 minutes. Remove from the oven and pierce each éclair with a trussing needle, so that the steam can escapewithout making the pastry soggy.

 

Leave to cool on a wire rack.

 

For the filling

Whip the cream with the vanilla and sugar, and spoon into a piping bag fitted with a round nozzle. Widen the hole made by the trussing needle and insert the piping nozzle. Pipe the cream into the éclairs and place in the fridge.

 

For the icing

Place the chocolate into a chocolate melting pot and add the butter and water. Place over a saucepan of simmering water to melt. Add the sieved icing sugar, a small amount at a time.

 

With a palette knife, smooth the icing over the top of each éclair and leave on one side until set.

 

Products used

 

Master Class Non-Stick 12 Hole Éclair Baking Pan

Kitchen Craft Stainless Steel 14cm Extra Deep Saucepan

Kitchen Craft Plastic 15cm Sieve

Master Class Deluxe Stainless Steel Cooking Spoon

Master Class 31cm Aerating Ball Whisk

Sweetly Does It Icing Bag 30cm

Sweetly Does It Medium Round Icing Nozzle

Kitchen Craft Pack of Six 15cm Trussing Needles

Kitchen Craft Chrome Plated Oblong Cake Cooling Tray

Sweetly Does It Stainless Steel Chocolate Melting Pot

Sweetly Does It Palette Knife

 

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Christmas Cake Decorating Demos

We are real looking forward to our next Christmas cake demonstration, at Bentley Heath Community Hall. We will be demonstrating to a sold out audience to the members of the local “WI`” groups. We will be working on a 10 inch round cake, showing how to use different cake decorating tools to cover a cake perfectly!

 

Afterwards we will then showing the 60 members how we create simple but effect sugar Christmas decorations. The models we will be creating using sugar paste will be a Christmas tree, a Santa, holly and berries and a Christmas teddy bear. The cake will then be raffled to raise money for the members charities.

 

We love trying out new cake decorating tools and equipment and the piece of cake decorating equipment which has caught our attention is the diamond fondant rolling pin from kitchen craft.

 

cake decorsating toolsYou can create patterned edible borders to cakes in an instant with this ‘as you roll’ acrylic rolling pin. Simply roll out your fondant as normal then when at the required thickness, roll over with this rolling pin to create a highly detailed wavy pattern to then use as borders or for decorations.

 

Cake Tip

Christmas sugar cake decorations can be made well in advance and stored in a cardboard cake box to let the moisture out.

 

Check out our new winter wedding cake designs available to see at our Sugarbliss Cake Decorating Shop, Knowle, Solihull, Warwickshire.

 

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Ginger Bread House Set

ginger-bread-house-setWe are really excited with our new, recently arrived cake decorating tools and equipment for Christmas.

 

We have had great fun trying out some new products from Kitchen Craft and one in particularly caught our attention. The gingerbread house set is absolutely ideal for creating gifts for this Christmas.

 

This set makes an impressive baking statement without tearing your hair out. With the seven cutters, step by step guide and recipe included in the pack, it is easy to create the gingerbread house, complete with tree and little person in the garden.

 

cake-decoration-toolsBeautifully packaged in a house shaped gift box, the set also makes a perfect present at any time of year.

 

Part of our Sugarbliss Sweetly Does It range, our extensive sugarcraft collection that offers everything you need for cake making, decorating, presentation and serving.

 

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Sugar Lace Cake Decorating

This week, as most weeks we were very excited to have the new sugar lace mats arrive in our Sugarbliss Cake Decorating Shop, Solihull, West Midlands. We now have a selection of silicone mats, to create sugar laces which are perfect for wedding cakes and celebration cakes.

 

Sugar lace is a brilliant way for cake decorators to decorate cakes, cupcakes and cookies. Extremely flexible, it can also be cut to create ribbons, edges and effect decorations. We suggest using sweet lace paste which gives the lace its edible flexibility. Once the mixture has been spread evenly and smoothly onto the silicone mat, bake in the oven for approx 10 minutes. Take the lace out of the mould and simply decorate your cake.

 

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Cake Decorating Supplies

One of the most fun cake decorating tools recently arrived are some roller boards. These fantastic tools are used to quickly and perfectly create marzipan fruits such as, lemons, limes. plums, apples, pears etc ideal to add fruit decorations to a wedding cake or celebration cake.

 

We are very excited with our new collection of jam and preserve making equipment, sets and accessories. We have a wide choice of essential items for either the novice or experienced cook in the art of preserving. The range includes sieves, straining kits, spice bags, maslin pans, funnels, jars, lids, covers, and labels. From preparation to bottling and storage, the Home Made range includes everything you need to make traditional home made jams, chutneys, and pickles.

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