Valentine’s Day Cake (Levelling, Filling, and Frosting the Cake) – Part 2

This post continues from my earlier post.

  1. Level and torte your cooled cake with a serrated knife or cake leveler .Red Velvet CakeIMG_2929 (1024x777)
  2. To fill the cake, pipe a thick layer of buttercream around the cake to create a dam. Then pipe in the filling and even it out with a spatula.IMG_2930 (1024x683)IMG_2931 (1024x840)IMG_2935 (1024x683)
  3. Chill the cake in the fridge then frost with a thin layer of buttercream. This is just a crumb coat which will help seal the cake and prevent crumbs from appearing in the final coat of buttercream. Put the cake back in the fridge.
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  4. Once the icing is dry to touch, apply the final layer of  buttercream. Using a spatula and icing smoother will help make a smoother and sharper results.
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  5. Roll out the fondant and cover the cake. Use your  hands to smooth out any bumps and cut off excess fondant. To make the cake really smooth I like to use a fondant smoother.IMG_2948 (1024x746)
  6. I printed a scalloped heart pattern I found on the internet and used this as a template to cut around. If you have a scalloped heart cookie cutter you could use that instead. Use a small ball tool to make dents around the heart.
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  7. Stick the heart on to the cake using a little water or edible glue and place the bears in the heart.
  8. Use royal icing to make the border on the bottom of the cake.
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  9. Make the top border by piping rosetts and leaves.
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  10. For the finishing touch glue some edible sugar pearls into the heart indents.
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Valentine’s Day Cake (Making Teddy Bears) – Part 1

With Valentine’s Day coming up I thought I would do a cake tutorial. I make fondant decorations before making the cake to allow them to dry.

Teddys are cute, simple to make and can be used for a valentine’s cake or a child’s birthday cake.

Here is how I make fondant teddy bears:

What you will need:

  • Fondant already coloured
  • Quilting wheel tool
  • Small ball tool
  • Knife
  • Water to stick fondant or edible glue ( Wilton Water Brush )
  • Spaghetti or toothpick
  • Cling-film/zip lock bag (to keep excess fondant in to stop it from drying)

I recommend getting the Wilton Fondant/ Gum Paste Tool Set. It has all the tools needed for modelling.

Instructions

      1. For the body, shape fondant into a pear.Fondant Ball
      2. Next, make the legs by rolling the fondant into a log and then cutting it in the middle at a slight angle.Teady bear legs
      3. Dab with a little water to stick to body.Teady bear leg
      4. Use a knife tool/knife to make paws.Teady bear paws
      5. Use a quilting tool down the middle of the body make stitches. (Do this on the back of the body too).
        Teady bear body
      6. Make the arms in the same way as the legs. Shape them how you want them to be placed. Insert either a toothpick or spaghetti into the body to support the head.Teady bear armsTeady Bear
      7. Make an oval shape for the head. Dab bottom with water and place on top of body.Teady Bear
      8. Make two small equal sized balls for the ears. Use a small ball tool and press gently. Cut a little of the circle off. Stick onto head using water.Fondant BallsTeady Bear ears
        Teady Bear Ears
        Teady Bear Head
      9. Use quilt tool to make stitch marks down the head. Make a small ball and press down to make an oval shape. Cut a little v shape out for the nose. Stick onto head. Roll another small ball and place into v.
        Teady Bear NozzleTeady Bear Nose
      10. Use comb tool to make mouth and use a toothpick or modeling stick to make dots. Stick on the eyes.Teady Bear
      11. I did not have any black fondant at the time I started making this bear and so I used the same colour as the body for the eyes. I painted it with black icing. (It takes so much black to make black fondant I did not want to try).
        When making the other bear I used black fondant to make the mouth. I thought this looked better and changed the other bear’s mouth too. I made a heart using a cutter and placed this into the bears hands. I used a little petal dust for the bears cheeks.
        Completed Fondant Teady BearTeady Bear Couple

 

Homemade Lucky Charms!

There are many of us who can not have Lucky charms because they are not halal/kosher/vegetarian. I have desperately wanted these as a child and would often read the ingredients over and over again in the vain hope that perhaps one day I shall see a ‘suitable for vegetarian’ sign or kosher gelatin on the box. But this never did happen… then a few days ago I stumbled upon BraveTarts blog. She had her own recipe on how to make these! I was so excited to find this recipe and was eager to try it. You can substitute the gelatin with halal/kosher gelatin. Be warned the smell of gelatin is awful!

Although the idea of making my own lucky charms was at first very exciting, as I progressed through the recipe, I grew incredibly weary and by the end just wanted to be done with them!

I liked how Stef from Cupcake Project had used the cutters to make her marshmallow cereal and thought I would try too…. but this was even slower and difficult with a toddler running around and would probably have been wiser to just cut squares out instead!

Anyway to anyone who would like to try these the recipe can be found on BraveTart’s Crispy Cereal Marshmallows post. I followed all of BraveTarts instructions word-for-word. Good luck! 🙂

The cutters I used are from amazon: Mini Metal Cookie cutters

Here are some pics of the process!

Homemade Lucky Charms

Homemade Lucky Charms

Homemade Lucky Charms

Homemade Lucky Charms

Homemade Lucky Charms

Homemade Lucky Charms

Homemade Lucky Charms

Homemade Lucky Charms

Homemade Lucky Charms

How to Make Gum Paste Roses

In this post, I will show you how to make gum paste roses.

I’m sure there are many methods to make roses, but this is the method that works for me.

Gum paste roses could be used on a cake for many occasions, they look great, and people seem to love eating them!

I have put some examples of where I have used them before in one of my earlier posts, but they are great for Birthday Cakes, Wedding Cakes and Mother’s Day Cakes.

What you need:

  • Wilton Ready-To-Use Gum Paste (have it already coloured)
  • Fondant rolling-pin / Pasta Machine
  • Foam Pad
  • Icing sugar/corn starch
  • Fondant ball tool
  • Clingfilm
  • Styrofoam
  • Toothpick

 Instructions

  1. First, make a ball and turn it into a cone by pinching the top.
    Gum Paste Balls
  2. Insert a toothpick into the cone and let dry. I usually use Styrofoam as stand to hold it up while drying.
    Gum Paste Cones
  3. I used a pasta machine to roll out the gum paste. If you don’t have access to a pasta machine, you could just use a fondant rolling-pin, but try to roll it as thin and evenly as possible.
    Rolling out gum paste
  4. Cut out a petal using a small petal cutter for the inside. You can gradually use bigger cutters for the outer petals, depending on how big you want your rose to be.
    Cutting out petal
  5. Using the fondant ball tool, ruffle the top edge of the petal.
    Ruffling the petals
  6. Wrap the petal sideways onto the cone, for the bud.
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  7. Repeat these steps for each petal, adding three petals initially, then five in the next row, and increasing in odd numbers.
    Finished Rose

And that’s it! You should have a beautiful rose, to create stunning cakes.

Initially it does take some practice (and patience) to get it right, but keep trying!

If you have any questions, thoughts or suggestions, please leave a comment. 🙂