Sugarflowers And Cutters

clisstikSome recent new products available from our Cake decorating,Cake Decorations and Cupcake Supplies Shop, which we absolutely love are the Clikstix range of cutters. The Clikstix range of cutters have the added benefit of an ejector, simply place on your sugarpaste or petal paste, press and cut then eject. The range includes alphabet and number sets ideal for creating writing on celebration cakes and available in different fonts and sizes. It also includes bow cutters circle cutters leaf cutters butterflies and heart cutters perfect for wedding cakes and anniversary cakes.

 

peony-sugarflower-rose-wedding-cakeWe recently had the pleasure visiting Moxall Hall, Sutton Coldfield. This resplendent wedding venue is ideal for smaller wedding receptions catering up to 120 guests. The venue really suited our miniature half height wedding cake designs. The Bride and groom choose a beautiful sugarflower wedding cake which looked stunning in this grade 2 listed venue.

 

To create the peony sugarflowers we used the new Fmm peony cutters and the Fmm rose petal cutter set.

 

Another stunning wedding venue we have recently delivered one of our simple wedding cake designs is the wonderful Hampton Manor, Solihull. This venue again is ideal for smaller wedding parties and is set in 30 acres of beautiful gardens and fields.

 

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What You Need Cake Baking And Decorating

We are regularly asked about What Do We Need For Cake Decorating Equipment And Tools? So you have what it takes to bake, but now it is time for you to decorate your cakes! If you’re ready to take your cakes to the next level by learning the art of cake decorating, you are going to need some basic cake decorating supplies. All the professional cake decorating equipment and supplies available can seem really daunting! In taking a look at our own cake decorating essentials, we have assembled a basic beginners list to help you determine the tools that will be the most useful for you.

 

Cake Boards: Cakes simply look best on boards. Made of strong cardboard, cake board drums come in various sizes, shapes and even colours, so it is always a good idea to have a selection of different sized boards etc.

 

Cake Lifters look like a fatter version of the type you’d use to flip your pancakes. Ideal for moving your cakes with minimal stress or mess.

 

Cake Stencils are a cutout guide used for transferring an image onto your cake. You simply brush or sprinkle the coloring dust etc through the stencil, and the design remains on the cake. Cake stencils are great for adding a pattern to fondant topped cakes, but they also create a great effect on cakes that need visual Wow factor.

 

Piping Tips Couplers are a cake decorating tool consisting of a base and a ring which allows you to change piping tips without changing the bag.

 

Piping Tips are used with icing bags. They come in a wide range of different shapes and sizes to create different piping effects.

 

Digital Scale: If you’re a baker, you know that weighing ingredients helps you achieve more reliable results. So it’s definitely good to have a digital scale for decorating, as it can be helpful when measuring ingredients for icings etc.

 

Flower Nail: Shaped like a nail with a wider, flat head to create simple sugar piped flowers. With one hand spin the nail while your other hand does the piping. It is a good working surface that gives you better access than working directly on a cake, and the flat surface makes transferring to the cake simple.

 

Sugarpaste Roller is a non-stick rolling pin specifically designed for sugarpaste icing. Guide rings will often make it easy to roll out to even thicknesses.

 

Icing Smoother: These paddle-like tools are used to smooth the sugarpaste icing once it has been draped over the cake for a professional, finished look free of air bubbles or bumps.

 

Impression or Texture Mat: Perhaps not a necessity, but again, an easy way to create an impressive result. By placing the mat over rolled out sugarpaste, and applying even pressure across the surface, when you peel away the mat, you have a beautiful recessed design to place on your cake.

 

Food Paste Coloring: For the best variety of vibrant colors, invest in some gel paste food coloring or food coloring powder, also known as dusting powder. You’ll never go back to the liquid kind! Ideal for tinting icings, coloring sugarpaste and hand painting your cake.

 

Sugarpaste Cutters: The idea is similar to a cookie cutter, and really, some cookie cutters can be used for sugarpaste. Some versions have a plunger release, which we highly recommend: you can place your cutter on the sugarpaste, cut out your shape, and then press the release button for a clean cutout.

 

Modeling Set: This is a fantastic thing to have for modeling and shaping sugarpaste, as well as adding detail to fondant and modeling chocolate. Very nice for adding definition to flowers, leaves, and other small fondant or sugarpaste decorations. A basic modeling set will include a variety of tools tools. Examples include the Bone tool, which is ideal for smoothing curves, the Ball tool, which resembles a tiny ball bearing is very helpful in making rounded indentations on leaves and flowers, the Blade tool, which, as the name might imply, is something like a scalpel and perfect for cutting out small shapes.

 

Offset Palette Knife: An offset palette knife is a slim metal spatula with a blade that has a bend, allowing the blade to sit below the handle. Use it for spreading and smoothing icings and fillings.

 

Rolled Sugarpaste: Is ideal for creating a beautiful finish, many celebration cakes are topped with rolled sugarpaste. It is made of sugar, water, gelatin and food-grade glycerine. Its smooth appearance gives cakes a polished look, and rolled sugarpaste is also flexible and workable enough to mold into shapes.

 

Turntable: It makes frosting easy  and is also helpful when cake decorating, making it easy to rotate the cake to attend to all sides without the possibility of damaging the cake while lifting and shifting.

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Football Cake Decorations And Cupcake Supplies

football-cupcake-casesOne of the most popular celebration cake designs are football themed birthday cakes. With the excitement of the world cup we have lots of easy to use sugar and football themed cake decorations. We have edible sugar football pipings, football cupcake cases, claydough footballers, goals and footballer sets, green coloured cake board drums and football cake ribbon to finish off the perfect football celebration cake.

 

All our cake decorating,cake decorations and cupcake supplies are available from our cake decorating shop or why not try out our new click and collect service at our new fabulous sugarbliss cake decorating company Online supplies shop.

 

anna-princess-cake-frozenFor something different why not create a stunning princess celebration cake. These celebration cakes look absolutely amazing and you can simply add colour and sugar decorations to create a wonderfully designed dress. Our range of Doll pics are ideal for finishing these brilliant looking cakes.

 

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Summer Wedding And Celebration Cakes

summer-wedding-cakesWe love the warmth, the longer days and the sunshine, but sadly summer can be a very challenging for wedding cakes and celebration cakes and a bad time for sugarpaste icing and buttercream. With the right precautions we can fight droopy, melted sugarpaste/buttercream and replace it with beautiful, smooth and stable icing.

 
We learn’t very quickly that heat and humidity effects icing. We will be honest and admit that we learned this lesson the hard way many years ago. So with a few tips for ways to use icing in the summer, hopefully you won’t have this problem.

 

Most people do not understand that heat and direct sunlight can weaken,discolour, melt and even collapse a cake, so make sure you inform your clients. If someone is asking for a five tier wedding cake at an outside reception in July, you just need to say, “That won’t work”.

 
Instead, give the client advise. Can they keep the cake inside? Can they only bring it outside at the end of the Reception?Can they keep the cake away from direct sunlight? These are things to discuss with the client before the cake is agreed upon. In our experience our clients are grateful for the advice and follow the advice. If not, they will need to sign a form stating that you will not be liable if the damage to the cake is due to it being outside or in the wrong environment. They will also be liable for any illnesses in case the cake is left out too long since they are going against your advice. That way you are covered and they cannot come back to you for a refund when your beautiful hard work melts in the sun!

 

Keep your cakes chilled in the fridge as long as possible or by using a de-humidifier, but let them come to room temperature before taking them outside. You can get condensation which can ruin both buttercream and fondant.

 

Factor in the humidity and heat of the car during delivery. Be prepared for anything and in the summer take extra precautions (take a delivery kit, etc) to make sure you are covered in case you have problems during delivery.

 

Some new products recently added to our Sugarbliss Cake Decorating Company Online cake decorating supplies shop are the very useful sugar flower formers by Jem. These plastic formers are ideal to make stunning sugar blossom flower heads. It’s highly polished plastic surface means it is perfect for creating blossom flowers. This blossom/petal former aids in drying the petals in the right shape.

 

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New Cake Decorating Classes And Supplies

We have just added our new cake decorating classes onto our website for 2015. We will shortly be adding further dates for our popular 3 Tier Wedding Cake Course and modelling courses. Also new for 2015 we will be teaching 3 new novelty cake decorating courses, a children’s novelty cake decorating course, a novelty cake for her and a novelty cake for him class.

 

fathers-day-cake-decorationWe have added some fanastic new products onto our Sugarbliss Cake decorating Company supplies shop ideal for simply adding to a special Father’s Day Cake.

 

Father’s Day Celebration Cake

 

Using an 8 inch round cake base cover the cake in green sugarpaste icing. Using brown sugar paste create some planks of wood and emboss with PME tree bark impression mat and cut to size.

 

Make a TV using and tool box using some black Florist paste.

 

Add a message onto the screen using an edible pen or using some royal icing. Place the claydough armchair on the cake and position the TV in front of man.

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Cake Decorating Supplies & Tips

Our new cake decorations, cake decorating and cupcake supplies online shop is now available for you to browse our extensive range of cake decorating products. We are still very busy adding all our cake decorating products to our online shop, so if you can’t find what you want, then give us a call as we are sure we will have extactly what you want in our Sugarbliss Cake Decorating Shop, Solihull, West Midlands.

 

One of our lastest products recently added to our cake decorating shop our the really useful Fmm tappit sets

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The alphabet tappit sets have the whole alphabet, and in many of them, numbers as well. There are other themed sets also available.  Their design means that there are no individual cutters to lose!  The majority of cake decorators would buy these as a brilliant alternative if not very confident of their piping skills when putting an inscription onto a cake!

Alphabet Cutters

 

Always use flower paste, it is stronger, and therefore can be rolled thinner.  Make sure it is reasonably dry before starting and if you use a softer flower paste, or if it is sticky, leave it to dry for about 10 minutes.

 

Using a light dusting of cornflour on a non-stick board, roll the paste out very thinly into a long strip.

 

Place the cutter at right angles to the flower paste and cut out the letter shape required. Push the cutter backwards and forwards to ensure there is a good cut.

 

Give the cutter a sharp ‘tap’ to release.  If it refuses to come out just flick one corner with a pin and tap again.

 

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