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Saturday, 30 July 2011

Using Star Cutters And Wires In Cake

I thought I'd write a quick tutorial on using wires and star cutters with Flower Sugar Paste.

Colour your Flower sugar paste using colour paste, when its completely coloured roll out.
Using the star cutter cut out a few stars and insert wire(wire used is a 28#)There are various thickness to wires and each packet is labelled.
You may want to make the stars slightly thicker than normal.

A few of the wires were wrapped around a pen to make them look like springs.
For this cake i used 2 colours and made various size blue stars too and added 40 to a few...
Then leave to dry till set hard

Once the cake is made and the stars have set hard add them to the cake. For the stars pointing out of the top i pushed in a drinking straw to keep them in place....


Happy 40th Birthday Paul.

Have a go and let me know how you get on you can use all different shape cutters.....
Star Cutters, Sugar Florist Paste and other cutters available on my online shop.....


Happy Baking
Love Kelly
xxx

Wednesday, 27 July 2011

Review: Askey's NEW Butterscotch Flavour Treat Sauce

I have recently been sent a bottle of Askey's NEW Butterscotch Flavour Treat Sauce to try out from baking mad

http://www.bakingmad.com/

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Baking-Mad-UK/235398413221?ref=ts

who have a fab website and facebook page where you can swap recipes show off your creations ask questions and share your advice.


When the parcel arrived my children immediately covered their ice cream in it and even enjoyed it with waffles and pancakes.  So before too much was used up I came up with a lovely recipe for Butterscotch Cupcakes


INGREDIENTS

250g unsalted butter
250g self raising flour
250 g caster sugar
4 medium free range eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Butter cream
250 g Unsalted butter
500 g icing sugar

Add the butter and sugar to your mixing bowl and cream until light and fluffy, then add the eggs and the flour don't over mix just until blended together. Then add your vanilla extract and your Askeys New Butterscotch sauce.
This mixture will equally divide between 24 cases. Pop into the oven 180oc for 20 minutes or until golden brown.
Take out of the tin so that the papers don't peel and pop onto a rack to cool

Whilst cooling make the buttercream....add the butter to the bowl (which should be nice and soft not straight out of the fridge) and then empty all the icing sugar on top.
I have a kitchen aid which makes light work of buttercream if doing this by hand you will need to add the icing sugar in gradually. Once well beaten and light and fluffy add Askeys sauce and mix in.

Once the cupcakes are cool place the icing sugar into a piping bag, for the swirl pictured use a wilton star nozzle and then i have added small fudge pieces...

 This is a really delicious recipe, for those of you who may find it too sweet make the cupcakes vanilla.The recipe above will work lovely just don't add the Askeys sauce.

This recipe is so quick and easy and make a lovely treat for children its so easy even the children can join in

The vintage cake stand and all cute cupcake cases can be brought from my online facebook shop www.facebook.com/thecupcakequeenstafford


Please leave a comment to let me know how you get on

Happy Baking

Kelly xxx

Monday, 25 July 2011

DRUM ROLL: AND THE WINNER IS................

All the names were put into a mixing bowl and the winner is laura @cymft
Please email me your address and the book will be sent out to you
kelly@thecupcakequeen.co.uk

well done laura
And thank you to everyone who entered.... keep a look out for more competitions

kelly xxx

Saturday, 16 July 2011

Signed Copy of Jane Asher Cake Book: GIVEAWAY!!

Jane Asher has to be one of the first names that pops into your head when you think of cake decorating..her work is lovely and her books are easy to follow.
Simple recipes and designs for the beginner through to more advance decorators, this book is signed by Jane Asher and has easy to follow step by step projects to do for every occasion.

This book has a range of projects in including baby cakes, rabbit cakes, football shirts and also some lovely recipes and list of essential tools and equipment..
Which you can purchase from my online face book page
www.facebook.com/thecupcakequeenstafford

So if you would like to win this book all you have to do is follow this blog and leave a message here. It doesn't matter where you live UK or abroad i will post it out to you.

names will be popped into a mixing bowl and chosen at random.

Closing date is Sunday 24Th July 2011 at Midnight

Winners announced Monday 25Th


Good Luck
Kelly

xxxx

Sunday, 10 July 2011

Making Sugar Paste Figures

Work with a small amount of modeling paste or you can use 50% modeling and 50% sugar paste(icing) mixed together add your colour required I love Sugar flair colour pastes, blend until colour is mixed in

Now split the paste in half and roll both into equal sausages using edible glue stick into place
Next I use dried spaghetti but you can also use cocktail sticks (i think spaghetti is safer as it doesn't matter if its bitten through!!)
put the spaghetti upright to hold the body and head in place whilst glue dries

Next take another piece of sugar paste/modeling paste and colour for the body, I'm using green roll the paste into a ball

If the ball has creases in then put into the palm of your hand and using your other hand cup over the paste and roll the heat of your hand will get out any creases and make it smooth
next slightly make the top of the ball pointed but not sharp point see picture below the point is the chest/neck

Next add a small amount of glue to the legs where body will go and then push the body on to the legs carefully

So now your little figure needs arms using the paste roll 2 equal sausages and then glue in place i usually make the top where it fits the body slightly thinner you may need to hold in place for a few seconds whilst it sticks.

To make skin colour paste i use either brown or peach use tiny amounts you can always add more use a cocktail stick and just dab small amounts on then as before roll until equal colour.
Add the hand small balls slightly squished you don't need to add fingers unless its really needed.
Next a ball made for the head
Next we need to start making all the features it really isn't hard. add a strip of paste same colour as top, make sure the strip will reach around the neck the cut using one of your tools...this time using the Shell and Blade tool to cut the collar straight. These tools are brilliant instead of using knives as they don't mark your work surface. using the same tool after the collar has been put in place make a line down the top for the shirt opening

using 3 tiny balls of paste same colour as the face add 1 for the nose and 2 either side for the ears, i usually have the ears in front and just gently press a dent into it where it meets head so that it makes them more realistic, glue in place.Using the Tapered Cones 5/6 Tool i make the eyes and also the buttons down the shirt

Using the scallop and comb tool...which has to be one of the best tools i make a cute smile. This can also be used for sad faces, eyebrows ears etc..

next using the Bulbulous tool i make the glasses by wrapping wire (sugar paste florist wire) here I use #26 in silver



Here's his face done

To make hair i use paste in colour required and use small strips glued into place
Add feet i make 2 balls in colour required squish at end meeting legs and glue into place. hold for a few seconds as these can be a bit tricky and drop off.
then just personalise your figure this man loves ice cream and cupcakes so i put one in each hand.

This is my way that I make figures everyone makes them different and there is no right or wrong way as that's what makes your cake unique to your style.Its just a case of practising and using the right tools really helps
If you want more help leave a comment here and I will try to help but just have a go...any tools can be brought on my online facebook shop along with other cake supplies, new products are added all the time so keep looking

www.facebook.com/thecupcakequeenstafford

all products are posted out first class.

many thanks for reading and let me know how you get on
Kelly xx

Thursday, 7 July 2011

New Facebook Online Shop Open!!!

After sourcing various suppliers and manufacturers I have now opened my online facebook shop.

The cutters I have sourced are made by 10 lovely ladies from stainless steel they can be washed in the dishwasher and will last years.I think their products are reasonable price and quality is fab.

The moulds are made from silicone and work amazingly well a little bit of cornflour and then press the paste into the mould.

Other products include cute vintage muffin cases, cookie cutters and various tools which are extremely valuable when making anything from sugar paste ie figures, flowers, leaves, animals etc.

Over the next few weeks I will add sprinkles, boards, boxes and more cutters.....

I will be doing regular tutorials on here to show you how to use the various tools and cutters...please take a look and enjoy and please leave feedback especially if there is something you would like me to add




kelly xx