How to Make Fondant Flowers

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Are fondant flowers something you have always wanted to make but never knew where to start? Have you seen them on cakes and wondered how they were made? Well, in this blog post we will introduce basic instructions on how to make flowers using fondant, specifically for a fondant rose cake.  Flowers are a great way to add an extra touch of elegance to your fondant rose cake.

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Step One: Gather Your Supplies

Gather up your cake decorating tools and ensemble this list below:

  • fondant or gum paste
  • small rolling pin
  • fondant cutter
  • cutting board with an inch of flour on it
  • small offset spatula for smoothing edges
  • a clean work surface, such as a cutting board with saran wrap laid out over it.
  • ball tool or fondant smoothers 
  • fondant or gum paste food coloring (optional)
  • fondant roller

Step Two: Cover Your Surface

Cover your surface with either parchment paper or saran wrap before laying down your pastry cloth on top of it. This will help keep everything clean while you work.   This also helps create an easier time getting all your pieces off from the surface when completed.

Step Three: Gather Your Fondant

Grab your fondant from the refrigerator and place it on top of the saran wrap or parchment paper. This will keep pieces that you are not working with at a time off of your work surface, which can cause them to dry out faster than if they were left uncovered.

Step Four: Rolling Out The Dough

Roll out fondant onto plastic mat/parchment paper – we recommend making sure all of the fondant has been rolled out and not just a section of it because fondant will dry out quickly.

Rolling:

  • First, place your rolling pin in the center of the fondant and start with small rolls that go all around until you get to where each edge meet
  • Gradually make bigger circles as you roll away from yourself (if using parchment paper) or towards yourself (if using plastic mat).

Step Five: Cut Fondant Into Shapes

Cut shapes out of fondant with fondant cutters – use your fingers to press the fondant cutter down and roll away from yourself until you have a good clean shape.

If using gum paste food coloring, then add it now while the fondant is still in its raw form. A little bit goes a long way so be careful not to overdo it! You may want to wait for fondant roses before adding any because they are more delicate than other shapes like leaves or petals.

Step Six: Creating Fondant Flowers and Roses

  • Begin with either a ball of fondant or strip of fondant and wrap it around the top two fingers (index finger and thumb).  Wrap it around your finger in an “O” motion.
  • Continue wrapping until you reach desired height – for roses we recommend about three wraps but other shapes like leaves can have more, just depending on what look you are going for!  Keep a close eye on roses because they can quickly start drying out due to fondant’s thinness.
  • Gently push down at the base of your flower with your thumbs while simultaneously pulling up from underneath the petals to create fullness. You should feel it pop up slightly when fully done.
  • Add some food coloring to the top layer of fondants and lay them on top of one another to create full layers. It’s worth noting that it is better not to add too much color at once because this can cause pieces from earlier in the process to dry out more quickly so you may need to alternate colors!

Step Seven: Flower Centers

Make small balls (about an inch wide) for flower centers using extra fondant – these can be any color but should generally match other roses in the same bouquet.

Step Eight: Using Fondant Roses on Cake

You should let fondant roses sit out for a day or two before you use them on cake to give fondant time to dry before it touches the actual cake

If fondants are getting too dry, they can be refreshed by spritzing with water and then letting air dry. Be sure not to spray flowers near any uncovered fondants because excess moisture could cause sogginess in those areas!

How To Make Fondant Roses Without Any Tools

Here is a handy video if you do not have any cake decorating tools. It shows a friendly young man making a fondant rose using nothing but his bare hands. Wonderful!

Video by Desserts101

Fondant Roses

If you have any tips or suggestion on how to make fondant flowers, pop them in the comments below or let us know via our contact page so we can update this post. For more like this check out our sugarcraft tutorials or cake decorating ideas.

How to Make Edible Paint for Cakes

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Have you ever wanted to add edible paint for cakes to your repertoire? I know I have! There are so many things that we can do with edible paints, and it’s a great way to make something special. In this blog post, we will talk about the different edible paints out there, how they work, and what ingredients you need to learn how to make edible paint for cakes. We’ll also go over some of the best ways to use edible paint for cakes in order to get the most out of these edible goodies!

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What is Edible Paint and Why Would I Use it For My Cakes

I’ve been in the business of cake making for quite some time, and I have to say that edible paint is my favorite new ingredient! There are so many things that you can do with these paints- from adding a pop of color to embellishing your designs.  You’ll be surprised at just how versatile this newest addition really is!!

3 Ways How to Make Edible Paint for Cakes

There seem to be three main types, but there’s no limit when it comes to what you can experiment with.

  1. An oil-based paint is made from a combination of vegetable shortening and powdered food coloring while;
  2. Watercolor washes require high-proof clear grain alcohol mixed in liquid food coloring for the best effect.
  3. Royal icing has become more popular over time because it requires only egg white powder, powdered sugar, flavoring (if desired), as well as some water or milk for the perfect consistency; all these ingredients combined make an easy spreadable type of paste that dries hard like frosting on any surface imaginable!

What do you think about edible paints?

Examples of How to Use the Paint on a Cake

After you’ve made edible paint, the possibilities are endless! Cake decorating is a great way to have fun and show your creative side. One of the best ways to add color in your cake is by using paint on a cake. You can use edible paint on a cake to create some unique designs, write words or numbers, and even add details like brush strokes for an authentic painting.

Oil-based paint is an excellent way to have that “wet paint” look of an oil painting right on your cake!  Edible watercolor washes create amazing watercolor paint effects on frosting and royal icing.  The alcohol in them evaporates to leave a beautiful, smudge free design where the color stands out from the paint.  Colored royal icing is a very popular choice when decorating cakes and cookies.     

The edible paint also works well with fondant, gel colors and even buttercream frosting!  If you’re looking for a more natural look on your cake then try making edible paints out of food coloring mixed with water or milk. This can be done by adding the dye powder to the liquid.

Here’s a few ways to get started:

  • Use edible paint for cake as an accent by using it sparingly on light colors. You can use it all over when working with darker shades of icing or cake mix.
  • You can make edible paint in any flavor or color for cakes by spooning into different piping bags.
  • Paint edible flowers on top of a cake
  • Draw the outline of animals or words on top of a frosted layer with edible paint
  • Add edible paint to the frosting for a more natural look
  • Use edible chocolate paint to make a plaid design on top of your cake mix or buttercream icing by using different piping bags with edible paints in light and dark shades!

Tips on Making Your Own Edible Paints for Cakes

So you’re ready to try out some of these edible paints? Awesome! Remember, the key is experimenting. You don’t need a lot of ingredients for most paint recipes and it’s fun to have a little bit of everything on hand. Get creative with your painting, use different colors for every layer or even mix them together. The sky is really the limit here!

And with all of the different colors out there, you can make almost anything from flowers and rainbows to hearts or bees. How are you going to use these amazing paints?

You may want to have a look at our cake icing recipes or investigate further cake ingredients.

Cake Baking Tips For Beginners

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Cake baking is a great skill to have and it can be a lot of fun, even if you don’t have the best experience. By using the cake baking tips for beginners in this article you’ll be able to make your own cakes with ease. You will learn how to bake your cake, frost it, decorate and store it in order to preserve its freshness for a long time.

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Read this article to learn some easy cake baking tips for beginners on how to bake a cake.

There are many methods for baking cakes, but this article will focus on the more traditional methods that are used by most home bakers.

Baking a cake is not an easy task if you do not have the right baking equipment, cake decorating tools and know-how. But with these simple tips, you can easily be an expert in the kitchen.

Preparation: Cake Baking Tips For Beginners

TIP 1: Make sure that all of your ingredients are at room temperature before you start baking.

TIP 2: Make sure that your ingredients are good quality. For example, if you’re using fresh eggs, it’s important to use free-range eggs from a trusted source with an antibiotic-free and hormone-free food chain. If you’re using butter, make sure it has been churned for an appropriate amount of time and has not been ultra-pasteurized.

TIP 3: A good way to start is by preheating an oven.

TIP 4: Create the perfect base for your cake by using an oven-safe dish or pan

Tip 5: Preparing the pans. First, grease the pans with butter or cooking spray before you sprinkle them with flour. Always start with a greased pan so that your cake will slide out more easily when you are done cooking.

Mixing Ingredients: Cake Baking Tips For Beginners

TIP 6: Start by adding in your dry ingredients first and mix them together.

TIP 7: Then you can add in wet ingredients like eggs, vanilla extract, milk, and melted butter before adding any other wet ingredients like chocolate chips or fruit if you want them in your cake.

TIP 8: Don’t over mix your batter because it will create too many air bubbles which can cause your cake to turn out dry.

TIP 9: Don’t over mix your batter because it will create too many air bubbles which can cause your cake to turn out dry.

Pan or Deep Frying: Cake Baking Tips For Beginners

TIP 10: Test the oil or butter by dropping a small amount of batter into it – if it sinks then it is ready to be used, but if it floats then you need to keep cooking it on the stove for another few minutes.

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.

Reviews of Linden Sweden Baker’s 4 Tier Cooling Rack

This product from the Linden Sweden range is something that is as versatile as it is useful.  Many people find that space is a very precious commodity in the kitchen – trust the country that invented Ikea to come up with more space saving solutions!

The black powder coated metal rack folds flat for when you are not using it.  The 4 shelves/tiers are height adjustable, and is sturdy enough to hold your baking while it cools.  You can use it to cool pizzas, cookies, cakes, and even other craft projects.

The rack is 13 inches tall when assembled, and folds flat to 20 x 10x 1 inch when you want to store it.

So what have the customers said about it? After reading the reviews, it makes me very tempted to get one myself!!

Pros

Overall, this baking rack gets fantastic reviews.  One thing that I would be concerned about would be whether it would be sturdy enough to hold 4 racks or trays without falling over, but according to the customers, it is very sturdy.  Even if you leave out the middle two tiers, it can remain sturdy.

Cons

You can’t use it for smaller round tins unless you put something else underneath it.

Some people found that the locking mechanism on the bottom was quite stiff, although this seemed to improve with use.

A couple of people also found that the bottom corners of the rack were very sharp, and would benefit from some tape or something just to take off the sharp bits. Bear this in mind of you have a counter top that could get damaged.

Tips from Customers

Use trays on tiers to lay out sheets of homemade pasta!

Buy two of the racks – one for precooked items, and one for cooling trays that have come out of the oven.

Don’t stack it with the heavier items on the top first without putting trays on the lower tiers – this gives it added stability.

Use this in your freezer for cookie sheets when you have to freeze a lot of items to save space.