Edible Food Markers

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Edible Food Markers by AmeriColor

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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!

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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.

Tips From Customers

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.

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.

 

Simple Cooking And Baking Tips

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Cooking Made Simple With Tips Anyone Can Use

simple-cooking-baking-tipsMany individuals view cooking as a peaceful and fulfilling activity. Filling your kitchen with fresh ingredients and vibrant smells is guaranteed to brighten your mood. Yet, finding the right tips and recipes to prepare a perfect meal might be difficult. This article can help you make a great meal.

Get a cookbook with easy recipes or a specific theme you find interesting to get you started. Try looking online or to your local library or bookstore. Try a few recipes, and be patient with yourself as you are mastering this new skill.

Cakes

mix-dense-batters-by-hand-with-a-wooden-spoonTo keep your cakes from falling flat, mix dense batters by hand with a wooden spoon. Electric mixers beat too much air into the batter, causing the cakes to fall when they are baked. Meanwhile, by using a wooden spoon to gently mix thick batters like carrot cake you protect the consistency of the batter from absorbing too much air.

Make Johnny cakes for a treat at home or in camp! All you need is flour, baking powder (the kind that comes in a can, not baking soda that comes in a box), and cooking oil. Mix about a teaspoon of baking powder thoroughly into a cup of flour. Add enough water to make a thick batter. Pour it into a hot greased skillet, and fry the cakes like you would a hot cake.

Baking

Before you start cooking or baking make sure you have all the ingredients gathered together. This will save you time and prevent cooking mishaps. You’ll have a better product in the end.

If you are making pastries, you should try to maximize the accuracy of your measurements as it is a very exact science. By adding one gram too much or too less, you are going to put the taste of your pastry in jeopardy. Always try to be precise when baking.

Cupcakes

If you have a cup of coffee left over from breakfast, try adding it to baked goods. Coffee imparts a deep, smoky flavor that pairs especially well with chocolate. Use the flavors together in cake, cookies, or cupcakes. Serve them with mocha or caramel ice cream for a great taste combination.

To save time while baking, but still be creative, start with a mix and add your own flair. By starting with a mix, you save the time of measuring and combining all the standard ingredients like flour and sugar. However, instead of looking at the mix as the finished product, think of it as your jumping off point. Add blueberries or corn kernels to cornbread, or jams and sprinkles to cupcakes for a burst of flavor.

Chocolate

For the most beautiful homemade chocolate chip cookies, do not add all of the chocolate morsels into the mix! Save about a quarter of what your recipe calls for until after the cookies are all arranged on the cooking sheet, then add them evenly to the tops of the dough drops to create bakery looking, perfect chocolate chip cookies!

Brownies made for a bake sale are much more enticing when potential buyers can see what goodies are in them. To accomplish this task, when the pan of brownies has about eight minutes left of baking time, remove the pan from the oven, cover the top with a layer of miniature marshmallows and then sprinkle chocolate chips, butterscotch chips, nuts, caramel chunks and anything else you like to add to your brownies on top of the marshmallows. Put the pan back into the oven for the final few minutes of baking to allow the marshmallows to soften and toast and give time for the chips to melt. When the pan comes out, you will have an irresistible pan of brownies that look as good as they taste.

As this article has discussed, cooking is revered by many as an excellent and enjoyable hobby. However, some people don’t know where to start, in terms of picking the right recipes or using the proper techniques. Follow this article’s advice and you will be on your way to cooking great food.

Nordic Ware Cake Lifter Review

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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!

The Nordic 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!

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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?

Reviews of Wilton Hello Kitty Cake Pan

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There isn’t too much detail I can give about this Hello Kitty Cake Pan made by Wilton- its a cake pan in the shape of Hello Kitty!  Every little girl seems to love Hello Kitty, so this pan is always going to be very popular.  Once you have the pan to make the correct cake shape, it can be very versatile and can be decorated in many different ways – not just as Hello Kitty.

So what do real customers say about the pan?


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The Good

Customers liked the fact that the cake cooked evenly in the pan.  People also appreciated the detailed instructions that were included, as they gave lots of decorating tips on how to finish the cake.

Most users said that the pan was very easy to use, and produced really professional looking results.

The Not So Good

A few customers were disappointed in the feel of the pan.  They felt that it was quite thin aluminium and could have been more sturdy.

Another customer warned that the edges can be quite sharp, so handle with care!

Other customers recommended that you make sure to grease the pan very well so that the cake doesn’t get stuck.

Conclusion

This Hello Kitty cake tin is a must have addition to your kitchen if you have special occasion cakes to make for little girls!

Review Of Wilton Ultimate Decorating Set

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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.)

Ultimate Cake Decorating Set, 263-Piece Tool Set

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… So basically the Wiltons 263 piece decorating set contains everything you need to get started and decorate your cake.

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

The Good

A Baker’s Dream Review by Carol B.
” This kit contains everything I could possibly need for baking and decorating cakes, cupcakes, and cookies with icing, candy, and fondant. I’m delighted with everything included in the kit.”

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

Despite many 5 star reviews, a few reviews stated that pieces were missing and had returned the item.

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.