A Great Way To Save and Display Your Work – Blurb It!
A great way to display your creations, show off your portfolio, or simply remember your proudest moments is to create a photobook with Blurb.
I have actually used Blurb a few times for various projects, and I can personally recommend the quality. The free software makes creating a professional looking book really simple, and gives you complete control over how your book will look. The print and page quality is excellent.
If you are an experienced cake decorator, maybe you would like to try your hand at writing a how-to or tutorial of some ideas that you have come up with. Blurb is the perfect way to create and sell your work!
If you are not yet convinced, they are offering 15% Off your order to get you started!
I have discovered a new website called Craftsy! It is a fantastic resource for people to learn all sorts of crafts online in the comfort of their own home, online. One of the great sections of this site is the fabulous cake decorating courses.
I have started watching one on “Vintage Cakes – Modern Methods” and will be able to write a bit more about it when I have finished. But what I do like so far is the easy to follow, step-by-step modules that you can follow at your own pace. There are also great downloadable sheets for templates, ingredients, tools and ideas that you can use to create your own cake.
The instructors are well known and experienced cake decorators (such as Colette Peters. You can read an interview with her here!). They explain everything very clearly, and it’s so easy to follow when you can see the various techniques demonstrated.
If you are still not convinced, you can sign up to try one of the free mini classes such as the one on “Modern Buttercream”. I am sure that once you have tried this class, you will be excited to try some of the other ones!
If cake decorating isn’t your thing, or if you know someone else who would appreciate a gift of an online class in another “Crafty” area, such as sewing, knitting, quilting, weaving, woodworking, you can click on the link below and choose a class as a gift!
If you do decide to try one of the Craftsy Online Cake Decorating Classes, let me know how you get on, and send me a photo of your finished project! We can feature it here on How To Ice A Cake!
Alan Dunn has a new book published called “Creative Cakes”. It will soon be available to order from Amazon. Alan Dunn is one of the most talented Sugarcrafters – especially in the area of sugar flowers. He has published many best selling books, Creative Cakes being his 12th.
Betty from Athlone Sugarcrafters has participated in many of his classes, and looks at him as one of the top Sugarcrafters in the world. She recently received a copy of Creative Cakes, and is looking forward to trying out some of the projects. I will be asking her for some photos that I can show you when she has a few completed!
Anyway, you can sign up to receive an email to be informed when Creative Cakes will be available to purchase.
A really, really useful and money saving thing to have in your Sugarcraft kit is a tub of Tylose powder. It has quite a few uses. One of them is making your own edible sugar glue. The particular powder that I used to use required a mix of one part Tylose Powder to 30 parts water. You give it a good mix, put it in the refrigerator over night, and you have enough glue to last you a while! So you can imagine, if you were to use just one teaspoon of Tylose Powder at a time, you would make a lot of glue for your money, in comparison to buying the ready made stuff.
Another very handy use is to make fondant stiffer. Sometimes when making models, or flowers with fondant, it tends to get quite soft, and doesn’t dry as hard as flower paste. By adding some Tylose Powder, and working it into your fondant, you will find that it adds more gums to it, and it will dry harder.
So what do customers say about it? And what tips do they have?
Customers really appreciated the fact that buying Tylose Powder saved them money on buying both gumpaste and glue. They were also impressed by the quality of this product.
Tips From Customers
For best results, knead in the Tylose Powder to your fondant and let it sit, covered, overnight.
For places with higher humidity, use more Tylose Powder in your fondant.
Experiment with the amount of Tylose Powder needed in your fondant – too little will not make it dry hard enough, and too much will make the fondant too dry, and will leave cracked and rough edges.
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Edible Food Markers by AmeriColor
One of the best selling products that we used to stock in the Cake Decorating section of the shop that I worked in were edible food markers. People with very little cake decorating experience were able to write or draw on a plain fondant iced cake to add a personal touch.
They are also useful when adding small details to models or designs, such as eyes, nose and mouth to faces. They are also great to use on pops, chocolate and cookies. Kids find them easy to use as well, and can get involved in the decorating!
I have to say that there are many options available (some of them featured below), and they have varying success rates! The edible food markers by AmeriColor are the best selling ones on Amazon at the moment, so I thought I would summarize the reviews for you so you can decide if you would like to try them out or not!
First off, the reviews on Amazon are mostly positive. The general comments are that people have tried many different brands, but would go back to these edible food markers by AmeriColor if they were to buy again.
The customers say that the lines are fine, and easy to control, and that there is no bleeding of the lines. The colors are also bright and bold. One customer was very pleased with how long they lasted without drying out compared to other brands.
The Not So Good
Some of the customers said that the colors were a little on the light side, and they wished they were brighter. They said that you can improve this by going over your lines a few times.
A few people said that the pens dried up quickly, or didn’t last very long before they ran out, so the quality can perhaps be a little inconsistent.
Tips From Customers
If the pens start to dry out after not using them for a while, rehydrate them by dipping into water.
Cover a plain cake and get all the kids at the party to sign their name on the cake with a marker before taking a photo and eating! Great memory!
If the fondant starts to get too soft to write on, pop it into the fridge for ten minutes to harden and give you an easier surface to work on.
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