Red Red Roses!

Beautiful Red Roses!

I came across this link recently and thought that it was a really great step-by-step tutorial on making a simple cake look stunning by covering it with beautiful red roses.

Red Roses Cake

The website is in Italian, but the pictures are so good that it would be easy enough to follow even if you don’t speak a word!

With some practice, it is a technique that I am sure could be used on many, many other cakes.

For advice on getting a lovely deep red colour for your red roses, have a look at the tips and tricks page.

 

Edible Food Markers

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!

The Good

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.

 

Nordic Ware Cake Lifter

Nordic Ware Cake Lifter, 10-Inches


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Nordic Ware Cake Lifter

Now here is a genius little idea!  Have you ever spent hours decorating a cake, and then wondered how you were going to lift it onto your cake stand?! Or how about cutting your cake into think layers, and worrying about them falling to pieces once you try to move them?  Well then this is the gadget for you!

This cake lifter is 10″ in diameter, and it’s non-stick coating makes it easy to clean.

So what do reviewers say? The vast majority gave this product 5 stars!

The Good

The most frequent positive aspect of this cake lifter that is mentioned is how sturdy it is.  But at the same time, thin enough to easily slip it underneath the cake to lift it.

The non-stick coating also seems to work very well, and many people said that it is easy to clean in hot, soapy water.

The Not So Good

One slight negative was that it can be a little hard to store because of it’s size.  A folding handle could have been a better solution perhaps? Or maybe this would compromise the sturdy nature of the cake lifter?

Tips On Using the Nordic Ware Cake Lifter

Spray the cake lifter with a little bit of cooking spray before using to ensure that the cake slides off easily.

Great for lifting pizzas too! And flipping pancakes.  And turning and serving quesadillas. And lifting cookie dough onto a baking sheet.

Have you got any more ideas for what this cake lifter could be used for?

Review Of Wiltons 50 Piece Caddy and Decorating Set

Wiltons 50 Piece Caddy and Decorating Set

This Wiltons 50 piece caddy and decorating set would make a wonderful gift for the Cake Decorator in your life!  Not only do you get a really useful caddy for storing, organizing and transporting all of your Sugarcraft kit, but you get a caddy full of great Wilton’s items too!

So what does this kit include? (amazingly, Amazon don’t include this in the product description, but one of the reviewers, kindly provides a comprehensive list!  You can also find the same list on the Wilton site.)

Tips:
Standard Round Tips #2, 3, 5, 7, 12
Standard Open Star Tips #16, 18, 21, 32
Standard Basketweave Tip #47
Standard Leaf Tip #67
Standard Petal Tips #101, 103, 104
Drop Flower Tips #133, 225
Multi-Opening Tip #233
Leaf Tip #352
Tip #2004 (2D)

Colors (four .5 oz. Icing Colors):
Lemon Yellow, Christmas Red, Royal Blue, Leaf Green

No. 7 Flower Nail
18 Disposable Bags
1 10 in. Soft Touch Bag
Tip Brush
Decorator Brush
2 Standard Couplers
8 in. Angled Comfort Grip Spatula
Practice Board
New Cake Decorating Beginner’s Guide

… So basically the Wiltons 50 piece caddy and decorating set contains everything you need to get started and decorate your cake.

So the next thing is – is it any good?!  Lets ask some of the reviewers..

The Good

Most people said that this kit contains all of the basics that you need to get started, and makes it cheaper than buying each of the items individually.  They also comment on the fact that the caddy is big enough to fit a lot of extras, and this makes it very useful to store and carry all of your must have items.

Another positive that keeps coming up is that the instruction guide is very useful and easy to follow for beginners.

The Not So Good

One cake decorator was very happy with the kit, apart from the pastel colors of the caddy, and the fact that some of the longer/larger Wilton tips don’t fit in the case and allow it to close.

Conclusion

Overall, it seems that an overwhelming majority of people that bought this caddy as a gift or for themselves were more than happy with it.  It would make a PERFECT gift for someone who likes to make cakes, and would like to get started in cake decorating.

Review of OXO Good Grips Scraper and Chopper

OXO Good Grips Multi-purpose Stainless Steel Scraper & Chopper


Review of Oxo Good Grips Scraper and Chopper

This little Oxo Good Grips Scraper and Chopper gadget has been a best seller on Amazon for quite a long time.  With over 200 customer reviews, I got curious about why this is so popular.

It seems that there are many uses for this tool, from working dough on a board, to scraping, chopping, crushing and even measuring!  The handle is designed with comfort in mind (hence the name!), and it is easy to use and easy to clean.

So what do real customers say in their reviews about the Oxo Good Grips Scraper and Chopper?

The Good

Customers really seem to appreciate the measurements that are etched into the blade.  They can be used to measure dough thickness, brownie sizes or ingredient amounts.

There are also many comments on the sturdy, durable construction, the comfortable handle, and the ease of cleaning in the dishwasher!

The Not So Good

A small minority of people found the handle uncomfortable, and there were a couple of comments from people who said that the blade was too flimsy. Two (out of the 200) also commented that their product rusted.

Tips From Customers

Use for measuring dough thickness; creating perfect squares; drawing straight lines; chopping onions; cutting herbs; scraping chopping boards; dicing. There seems to be no end of uses!

One customer even said that the measuring lines have eliminated arguments from her kids over who got the biggest piece!

Conclusion

This sounds like a great piece of kit to have in every kitchen! From the many and great reviews, most customers seem to be extremely happy with it.  I might just have to get one of these Oxo Good Grips Scraper and Chopper gadgets myself!

 

 

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