American Cake Decorating Magazine Review

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American Cake Decorating Voucher!

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Any of you that are serious sugarcrafters and cake decorators probably wait eagerly each quarter for “American Cake Decorating” magazine to arrive on the shelf.

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American Cake Decorating Magazine Subscription

American Cake Decorating Magazine Review
American Cake Decorating Magazine Subscription – $32.00

1 year, 6 issues – American Cake Decorating magazine has been a key resource to the cake decorating community since 1995. Recognizing that cake decorating and sugar arts continue to grow as a profession and passion, ACD brings fresh, evolving ideas and inspiration to its readers. The ACD team works diligently to keep the magazine and its website a leading education and training resource. Each issue includes several tutorials, reviews of cake shows and contests across the country, fresh ideas, new products and business information for the professional.

Sugarcraft Video Tutorials by Carlos Lischetti

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Amazing Sugarcraft Tutorials

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Expert Sugarcrafter Carlos Lischetti

If you have ever seen Carlos Lischetti at a Sugarcraft Show or workshop, you will be amazed at how simple he can make his craft look!  Its fascinating watching him turn a lump of sugar into a character full of expression!

Video Sugarcraft Tutorials

Sugarcraft Video Tutorials by Carlos Lischetti

If you would like to give it a go yourself, he has just published a wonderful book called Animation in Sugar: 14 Beautifully Hand-Crafted Modelling Projects for Celebration Cakes available on Amazon.

If you would like to learn more about Carlos and his work, read the interview I had with him a little while ago!Sugarcraft Video Tutorials by Carlos Lischetti

Red Red Roses!

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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.

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!

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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.

How to Create a Realistic Sugarcraft Rose with Sugarpaste

Steps for Creating a Sugarcraft Rose

  1. Draw out the shape of your rose using a rolling pin and dowel (keeps it symmetrical)
  2. Add leaves around the edge of the rose petal as you construct your sugarcraft flower
  3. Trace out the shape of your rose petal on white sugarpaste, then cut it out on an angle to make the petals 3D
  4. Starting from the outer edge, roll up one side of your petal, then press in place before rotating it 180 degrees and rolling up again… repeat this process all along each side until you reach the center
  5. Add green sugar

Alan Dunn Creative Cakes

Creative Cakes

 Alan Dunn Creative Cakes – New Book Coming Soon!

Alan Dunn's Creative Cakes

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.

Alan Dunn Creative CakesBetty 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 CakesAlan Dunn Creative Cakes will be available to purchase.

Simple Cooking And Baking Tips

Cooking Made Simple With Tips Anyone Can Use

Many 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

To 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.