Tylose Powder

Tylose Powder

Tylose Powder – A Must For Your Kit!

Tylose PowderA 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?

The Good

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.

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.

 

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.