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It was free to set up and download the app and they sent me the card reader for my smart phone for free as well. I couldn’t be more excited!
I made these to go on a wedding cake that I did over the weekend. They took a little time between steps, but overall I thought that they were really easy to do. I will definitely be doing them again!
To get started you need fondant of your choice color (mine was white) and roll it out thin. I cut my ’tiles’ out before stamping them, but if I do it again, I think I would stamp and then cut… I will have to try it out and give you guys an update.
I used a mixture of food coloring, water and powdered sugar for the stamping. I mixed it up fairly thick so that it would evenly coat the stamp. I found with just using a water/color mixture it beaded up on the surface of the fondant which was definitely not what I wanted! Looking back at this I think I would also substitute vodka or an other strong alcohol for the liquid to speed up the drying time. Wash a clean unused stamp and dry. Then just brush on your color mixture with a clean unused paint brush. It stamped fairly evenly on most of them. The only problem I ran into was that some of my fondant had small dips in it from where it wasn’t rolled out super evenly, I liked the way that it looked slightly varrigated.After the color dried they were ready to put on the cake! You could put it on cookies, do rounds and put them on top of cupcakes, there are so many options to use these!
Happy Baking! -B
Made a cute zombie cake for a young boys birthday over the weekend. Got to practice my blood making skills (ewwwwwwie). But seriously, this stuff was AWESOME! It made a bright red pipe-able (is that a word?) gel and it did not take any special ingredients whatsoever. Mine dried to the consistency of jello, however, you could make it thinner for blood spatters (eww) or let it set some before piping to give it a different consistency overall. I will share the recipe below though so you can make your own awesome cakes with this gel. It could be used for other things as well like blue for water!
Piping Gel Recipe
1/4 cup white corn syrup
1/4 cup water
3-4 Tablespoons corn starch (more or less depending on what you are using it for, I used 3 Tbsp + 1 tsp and it dried/cooled really thick like jello)
Stir together ingredients in a microwavable bowl. Heat for 1 minute and 30 seconds or until mixture boils. Remove from microwave and stir with a whisk. Add desired colors!
You can also add in some vanilla or other flavor if desired.
I had an awesome opportunity to make a birthday cake for a guy I grew up with a couple weeks ago. His wife wanted to do a surprise batman themed party and wanted a batman themed cake as well. She sent me some of the ideas that she found and liked and I went from there. The outcome was this really cool cake that would be good for all ages. Check out the pictures below!
This weekend i sold at the farmers market and decided to make some incredible little doughnut holes. Because so many people are going gluten free I decided to make mine with gluten free flour, but you could easily use regular flour and it would turn out the same; all about preference there. These little guys are so cute, extremely easy to make and super easy to eat. I made two batches of batter, fried, glazed and packaged for sale all in less than an hour.. They would be a great school morning treat for those who have kids! There is not anything really special you need to make these, but two items can make it much easier. A candy thermometer that clips to the side of the pot you are using for frying helps you regulate the oil at the right temperature and keeps the little donuts cooking evenly and quickly, a cookie scoop makes scooping the dough in uniform size and nice round shape quick and easy (I have a scoop like This and I really like it!). Neither of these are a necessity, but again it makes it really super easy, and to get both of these it wouldn’t cost you more than $15 depending on where you get them.
Doughnut Holes (1 batch Makes about 2 dozen)
5 cups vegetable oil (for frying)
1 cup milk
1 large egg
2 cups all-purpose flour (or your favorite gluten free flour)
2 Tablespoons sugar
4 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup butter, melted
In a deep pot add oil and clip on thermometer, make sure the thermometer does not touch the bottom of the pot, this produces inaccurate readings of temperatures. Turn on heat and heat to 375*.
Set up a pan near your fryer with a couple layers of paper towels for draining the excess oil after frying.
In a large bowl combine ingredients and whisk until smooth. When oil is up to temperature drop dough in using cookie scoop or using two teaspoons. Only put 4-5 in at a time, you don’t want to overcrowd them. Fry for 1-2 minutes until golden brown on all sides.
Remove from oil with slotted spoon or small wire strainer, place on paper towels and allow to drain for several minutes before topping with chocolate sauce, vanilla glaze or powdered sugar.
There is a sweet family that I am friends with and they are expecting their first baby girl! They already have two boys that are a little older, but they are so excited because this is a GIRL! Everyone is excited for them, too. The baby shower was set up by some of her friends and they asked me to make cake -or something- and said she had lots of owl items for the baby and orange and pink. They did a very dangerous thing and told me to just make something, anything I wanted. I have been really wanting to make my own sprinkles using royal frosting, so I decided to make my very own little royal icing owls and then use the leftover icing to pipe long lines i later broke into sprinkles. Here is a picture of step-by-step owls, I’ll give the recipe below…
I just free-handed all of them so some of them were a little oddly shaped, i made well over the amount i needed though so I could pick and choose the best looking ones. I just piped the brown bodies, by the time i was done piping about 60 of them i then filled a plastic zip bag with a very small section of corner cut off with white and started on the eyes. This icing spreads a little bit on its own so i did swirls for the eyes and they spread into nice big and round owl eyes. Then I added some dark brown for the pupil, bright yellow for the beak directly between the eyes and you are done! The whole process took about 30 minutes (plus about 7 to make the icing). The worst part is waiting for them to dry, I let mine dry about 15 hours and some of them were slightly tacky in the middle when i picked them up.
You can use royal icing to make just about anything you could imagine. Seriously. There are some incredible people who do royal icing flowers (check them out Here). I cannot wait to try my hand at something a bit more like that! They dry smooth and hard and you can store them in an air-tight container for a very long time! You can add flavors to make them taste however you want and they taste so much better than those store bought sugar stick on decorations…. yuck. Also, check out some gorgeous cookies decorated with royal icing here and here.
Stiff Royal Icing (with egg whites)
2 Egg whites
3-4 Cups Powdered Sugar
1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar (found in your grocery store near the spices)
Place egg whites in a large bowl and beat until smooth and slightly frothy. Add in powdered sugar (start with 3 cups and add more to desired thickness. I wanted mine to be quite thick and not to run so I used 4 cups total), vanilla extract and cream of tartar. Beat for several minutes (about 5) until icing forms soft peaks. Add in desired colors.
*Only use gel food colorings or else your icing will be too thin and will not hold shape!
When not using place a slightly damp cloth or paper towel over the top of your bowl to prevent the top layer from hardening.
My best friend has been married a year! Since they decided to not save the top tier of their wedding cake for their one year anniversary, I told them that I would make them a choice of small cake or cupcakes in the same flavor as the wedding cake was. I usually try to get people to take this route as long as they still live close, I cannot imagine eating a year old cake….. ick. But lovely fresh cupcakes or cake is a whole other story! A 1 year anniversary cake is included with the cost of the wedding cake too, so you don’t have to worry about that aspect of it either. For Hannah and Adam I did the lemon cake (Recipe for it, Here.) that i did for the wedding last year, but in cute little cupcakes with variegated lavender and white frosting. I bet they tasted a whole lot better than a year old, freezer burned cake, too.