Thursday, August 28, 2014

Meringue Mushrooms

Meringue Mushrooms!!!!!!!!!! 


Oh my goodness this is SUCH a great idea! For all those darling whimsical fairy cakes or woodsie theme'd cakes!! 

I found this recipe on Allrecipes HERE:

You make a batch of meringue and pipe it out into the tops and bases of the mushrooms. Then, once baked, dust the tops with cocoa powder and use dark chocolate to attach them together to give you that dark underside mushrooms have!! 

SO simple and SOOO delicious with the chocolate!!!

Enjoy!

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Fantastic tips on how to get clean & precise cakes...

My online Craftsy classes are ALL 50% off right now!!!! 

Don't miss out. If you've been wanting to snag one at a big discount...now is the time (scroll down). 

They are all chalk FULL of technique on getting beautiful, clean, precise, modern looking cakes. Here are the discount links to find out which might be right for you...and of course to share!!

Clean & Simple Cake Design: www.craftsy.com/cakedesign

Simply Modern Cake Design: www.craftsy.com/simplymodern

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Custom Cake Toppers - Fondant Figure Video Tutorial

It's here!  It's here!!!

Brenda Walton of Sugar High Inc has just launched quite possibly the cutest Craftsy class ever!!!  

"Custom Cake Toppers"

And I have a $10 off discount link for you!!!  Yes, that's 25% off this Craftsy class!!  Click HERE!!

In this class you'll learn how to make her signature bride and groom, the sweet little old couple and a little girl laying on her tummy!!  She includes all the templates to help you scale the body and heads too!!
 
I'm already through half the class already and am so impressed with how detailed she is!!  She gives you all the weights for each piece you are creating.  Her tips and tricks are incredible!!!!  YOU can do this!!

Brenda makes it look so easy!! - I actually feel like I could DO this!!!
 
 Look at the details!!  I've always thought Brenda had little fairies working for her because the details are so tiny!! - but she shows how you can do it...without the fairies!!! LOL!!!

Thanks Brenda for an incredible class!!  You make it so easy for us to make beautiful figurines!!

To snag 25% off this class, click HERE!!


Tag: Gumpaste, Fondant, Cake Toppers, Figures, Figurines, Bride and Groom

Friday, May 30, 2014

How to get WHITE buttercream when using REAL butter!!?!?


Hi friends!!

This is a question I get often..."How do you get your buttercream to be white when using real butter?!" or "How do you get your marshmallow fondant to be a bright white?"

Picture by Cakes by Raewyn
For buttercream, lately I've been telling people to add a cup of powdered sugar to their meringue based buttercreams (whether Italian or Swiss) then add some white gel color from Americolor.  The powder sugar creates sugar crystals (that the meringue based buttercream lacks) and so the gel color bonds to the sugar crystals making a more even coloring.  BUT, it takes a good amount of gel color to do that.

For marshmallow fondant, I tell people to add some Americolor White gel to the melted marshmallow stage in order to brighten the fondant.

BUT...are you ready for a mind blowing trick!! - that takes the TINIEST drop of color!!?!!?!?

Check out this video below by Cakes by Raewyn!!   

And prepare for your world to be ROCKED!!! :)  Here is a great way to brighten up those creamy whites to white white.  I've also heard using the tiniest bit of blue can work too...but violet is preferred.

She recommends using Sugar Flair like this one HERE.  I've also read you can use Americolor violet but it can tend towards a tiny bit gray and not to use Wilton as it will give you a more dull gray color.  

Let's give Raewyn a huge thank you for this simple and "bright" techinque!!!  :)



Saturday, May 24, 2014

How To Make Designer High-Heel Shoes - Video Tutorial!!

Hi friends!!

I have been waiting for this class for a while now!!  One thing I felt Craftsy needed was a designer shoe class!!! - and now it's here and by none other than the amazing Elisa Strauss!!!!

If you've wanted to learn some fun tips and tricks to making your own gumpaste shoes this is the class for you.  PLUS...I have a DISCOUNT for you!!!  Click HERE for $10 off this Craftsy Class!!

You don't need a heel kit because she shows you how to do everything by hand which makes it SO cost effective!!
  
Check out these shoes!!!!!!!!!!  SO many options!!!


Look at the chain detail!!  Amazing.  And I love the stamp effect for the label.  SO fun!
 

So, if you've been wanting to make an edible fashionista shoe for your loved one, this is the class for you!!  Click HERE for the discount and to watch the preview of what you'll learn in this class!!

Have fun shoe shopping!!! :)



Friday, May 9, 2014

Make your own molds!

I love simple, easy projects that are inexpensive and yet achieve beautiful results!!!

That's been a huge goal for this blog...to find/share/create easy, timing saving ways to achieve beautiful, clean cakes!

So, I'm excited to share with you this fantastic tutorial from the incredibly beautiful and amazingly talented Verusca Walker
Verusca has created a great photo tutorial and video tutorial on how to use left over fondant in order to create your own molds with whatever you can find around the house!!  Look at these tires!!  Making tires is now easier than ever!!  From buttons, to shells, to doll faces, purses, plastic doll toys, etc...the possibilities are endless!!!

Check out her video tutorial HERE

Check out her picture tutorial HERE

You can also use modeling chocolate to make it even faster.  Impress your item, chill it for a second to firm up the modeling chocolate, pull it out and let it sit at room temp for a bit.  After 30min or so, start making your molded items with fresh fondant/gumpaste/modeling chocolate!!!  I've used that techniques to make zippers!!!  SOO easy and VERY cheap because you can use left over fondant!! - who cares about the colors of the molds!!

Have fun being creative!!

Thank you Verusca!!!