Sunday 4 September 2016

My Top Ten Cakey Bakey Tips

Now that my 2016 cake diary is complete, I want to share with you my top 10 tips for cakes, decorations and equipment ...
  1. Before spending lots of cash on tools, check your local bargain shops first. You might just find that they last just as long as expensive ones.
  2. Check out Play Dough tools for your stash. Yes, you read correctly, kids stuff. You'd be surprised at what you can find!
  3. If you're covering a large area with fondant, try and use professional grade fondant (I use Renshaws), the quality is far superior and more cost effective than supermarket bought stuff. Less liable to crack and dry out to quickly.
  4. Dont use "ordinary" fondant for your decoràtions, it won't work. Purchase modelling fondant or add CMC / Tylo / Tylose powder to your ordinary fondant.
  5. When looking to make a special, large fondant cake topper, check eBay and consider buying one rather than making.
  6. When making decorations with modelling fondant, make them a few days before, allow to dry, then store in an airtight container and away from heat, humidity and direct light. They can last for months!
  7. Also, when you've finished your modelling and have "scraps" left, don't throw it out, make small decorations e.g. tiny flower, stars, hearts etc. Put them in storage, you never know when they might come in handy. (see #8)
  8. If you have a blemish on your fondant, use one of those tiny shapes or flowers. It can make an imperfect cake look perfect!
  9. Do not use liquid food colouring! Use pastes, if you can't get pastes, gels will work.
  10. Give yourself time! One day to bake, the next to decorate.
There are many more top tens out there, but I hope mine are OK to get you started!

I'm taking some time out from my busy schedule then will be sharpening my skills for a possible 2017 diary

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