Reviews of Kuhn Rikon Cookie Press

Make hundreds of cool cookies in one easy session with this cookie press from Kuhn Rikon.  So light and easy that you can even use it one handed (left or right!). Simply choose one of the 14 discs, fill with cookie mixture, and press down to create perfectly uniform cookies in no time.

The clear container makes it simple to see when you need to refill the mixture. Some versions come with an extra barrel so you can fill up with cookie mixture and don’t have to stop mid flow.

It also seems to come with an adapter so that you can use standard icing tips to make it a really versatile kitchen gadget.

So easy that even the kids can use it!

Pros

One customer compared this product favorably to some more popular brands.  She said that it was far easier to clean, and much easier to use, even with one hand leaving the other hand free.

The results are professional looking cookies, and the dough comes out smoothly and evenly.

Cons 

One customer said that despite making fantastic cookies, it did not produce great results when used for frosting.

Some people felt that the cookies were too small (1.5″-2″).

A couple of other people found that the plastic ring was a bit flimsy and either popped off or broke.

Tips from Customers

The instructions say that you should chill the cookie sheets and not grease them, and this was agreed upon by customers!

Remember that the discs are not suitable for use in the dishwasher.

Ensure that your cookie dough is not too thick, or it will be very hard to squeeze the trigger, and the results wont be good.

Customer Reviews of Joseph Joseph Adjustable Rolling Pin

As innovative and imaginative as ever, Joseph Joseph have designed this stylish and useful gadget for your kitchen.  To ensure that you get an even thickness in your pastry, icing or pasta dough, use the adjustable discs on your rolling pin to raise or lower the rolling pin to the correct height.

This will ensure that whatever you are making will cook evenly and not burn in some places and be undercooked in others.  It also creates a completely flat surface which is then much easier to decorate.

There are also measurements etched into the rolling pin which serve as a useful size guide.

The discs allow you to create the thicknesses of 1/16-inch, 1/4-inch and 3/8-inch.  Made from beech, and measuring 16-1/2-inch long and 2-1/2-inch diameter, this rolling pin is both easy to clean, and easy to store!

Pros

One customer compared using this rolling pin to special rubber bands that you can buy for other rolling pins.  She much prefers this Joseph Joseph rolling pin because the discs are rigid and produce consistent results every time, rather than the rubber bands which slip and slide around and are harder to work with.

Other people also said that the rolling pin was very easy to clean.

Most people also really liked the measurements that are etched into the rolling pin as it makes sizing your dough much easier.

Cons

One improvement that could be made which was suggested by one customer was to designing the same rolling pin but with “spinning” handles to make it easier to work with.

The biggest complaint was that it doesn’t come with  1/8″ discs  as this is a fairly common thickness for pastry.

The etchings in the rolling pin can make it a little bit tricky for rolling out fondant or gumpaste as the markings can show up in your rolled out paste.

 

Overall the comments are great for this handy little gadget that looks elegant and is also functional. Particularly if you enjoy making pastry, pies, pizzas and cookies, this rolling pin is for you!!

What is Sugarcraft?

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So what is Sugarcraft anyway? Increasing in popularity all over the world, Sugarcrafting has long been popular in the UK and USA.  A recent upsurge of cooking, baking and cake decorating TV programs such as “Ace of Cakes” have made people more and more interested in creating artistic looking cakes for all occasions. The recent recession has also made it more viable to make your own cakes for special occasions rather than paying out a lot of money to have one made for you.

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Sugarcraft Tips

We have complied some sugarcraft tips here to assist you with your sugarcraft journey. We’d welcome any feedback or suggestions that you may have.

Some professionals, although making and decorating cakes for a living, would say that it is still more of a hobby than a business. The amount of time that is invested in making a delicate bouquet of flowers could be as much as 40-50 hours!  However, if you get hooked by the Sugarcrafting bug, the satisfaction that you feel when you have completed a work of art makes it all worthwhile!

So What Is Sugarcraft?

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Well, Sugarcraft can be described as three-dimensional cake decorating.  It covers a huge variety of styles, and includes characters and models made from sugarpaste or fondant, to amazingly lifelike and botanically correct sugarcraft flowers.

Fondant is usually used to cover a cake – and can be bought pre-coloured, or can be coloured to exactly the right shade, usually using colour pastes.  You can also use dusts in various colours to “paint” or brush colour onto your finished work.

Some of the most popular companies that manufacture Sugarcraft items are PME, Wiltons, Sugarflair, Orchard Products, FMM, and JEM.  You can buy a huge array of tools, boards, cutters, plungers, colours, pastes, dusts and much much more to make your work easier.  Although the initial investment may seem a lot, most of these tools will be used over and over again for years to come.  A good idea is to begin by taking a workshop or a class in the basics of Sugarcrafting, and a good teacher will teach you how to make the best use of your tools, and to get multiple uses out of your various cutters.

Sugarcraft FAQs

What is sugarcraft?

Sugarcraft is a creative art, where sugar is used as a medium to produce masterpieces mainly for decorating cakes for special occasions like baptisms, birthdays, engagements, weddings, anniversaries and special events.

What is the meaning of sugar craft?

The culinary art of making things from sugar.

What is Sugarcraft Cake Decorating?

Sugarcraft can be described as three-dimensional cake decorating. It covers a huge variety of styles, and includes characters and models made from sugarpaste or fondant, to amazingly lifelike and botanically correct flowers.

How do you make a sugarcraft Rose?

Roll fondant out into a small rectangle shape. Use a special fondant rose cutter to cut out a long petal shape. Then using a smoothing tool, thin the edges and roll to make a rose.

How do you make sugarcraft paste?

Ingredients

  • ¼ cup (60 ml or 4 tbsp) tap water.
  • 14 grams granulated gelatine (1 sachet is 13 grams)
  • 180 grams (1/2 cup) glucose.
  • 15 ml (1 tbsp) edible glycerin.
  • 1 tbsp shortening (plus about 1 tbsp for kneading)
  • 900 grams icing (confectioners’) sugar, sieved.
  • 10 drops of vanilla (or other) essence.
  • Food colouring (optional)

How many petals does a Sugar Rose have?

If you want a larger sugar rose, do as follows: Roll out your flower paste/gum paste thinly, this time cut out five rose petals with the next size of cutter. Use your dogbone tool on all five petals.

What are flowers on cakes made of?

Delicate life-like sugar flowers are made from gum and confectioners/icing sugar, mixed into a paste and shaped into flowers and leaves that dry to a porcelain-like hardness. However, sugar flowers can also be made from fondant icing or piped with Royal Icing.