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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.
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.
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 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?