Chocolate strawberry roses

For my sister-in-law’s strawberry garden themed bridal shower, one of the desserts we made were chocolate covered strawberries. I originally came across this idea from howtocookthat.net, and  loved them β€” they serve as both a tasty dessert and lovely decorative piece!

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You will need:

  • Dowels (I covered these with floral tape)
  • Leaves from fake flowers (I bought these at the dollar store)
  • Strawberries
  • Chocolate
  • Modeling chocolate

Method

  1. First, wrap the floral tape around the dowel and add the leaves.
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  2. Then attach the strawberry onto the rod and dip it into some melted chocolate.
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  3. Leave these to harden. Use the modeling chocolate to  make the rose, for this follow the tutorial on How to make a fondant rose.

 

And there you have it! Easy πŸ™‚

Making Modelling Chocolate!

I have always wanted to use modelling chocolate to make cake decorations. It’s so much easier to blend than fondant, it’s smooth and unlike fondant, it actually tastes good! I also find it easier to make fondant figures out of modelling chocolate because it doesn’t crack or form elephant skin, and blending the seams with it is so much easier!

This recipe is a bit difficult – it took me a few failed attempts before I finally got it right!

Ingredients

  1. 1 lbs Chocolate or candy melts β€” use candy of the colour that you need.
  2. 1/3 cup corn syrup

Directions

  1. Melt the candy melts or chocolate in the microwave or double boiler. I usually use the double boiler as it’s far too easy to burn chocolate in the microwave.
    The Melted Candy Melts
  2. Microwave the corn syrup and add it to the melted chocolate.
    Adding the heated corn syrup to the mix
  3. Stir until incorporated.
    The stirred mixture
  4. Pour the mixture onto your worktop and knead it until the chocolate is soft and pliable.
    The kneaded mixture
  5. Wrap it up in cling film and leave it to rest for 20 mins before use.
    Leave the modelling chocolate to rest

Quick Tip:

Overmixing can ruin the modelling chocolate. I found this out the hard way when my modelling chocolate was a crumbly mess! πŸ™

This is something that can be fixed with a little effort, as I learnt from Wicked Little Cake Company’s youtube video (See Below). The steps to fixing this are:

  1. Strain all the oil out of the modelling chocolate.
  2. Place it back into a bowl and start stretching it as shown in the picture.
    Do this a few times and let it set overnight. This should fix your modelling chocolate.
    Stretching the mixture

I fell in love with modelling chocolate the first time I used it, and I’ve used this recipe so many times since then, as modelling chocolate is so easy to use! Hopefully, you’ll enjoy modelling chocolate just as much me, and you’ll find this recipe just as useful as I do. Good Luck!

Jungle Birthday Cake

I made this jungle cake for both of my sons’ shared birthday party. As usual it was very difficult for me to make this cake as the children did not let me work on it during the day,  I stayed up many  nights often questioning my sanity. Whyyyy on earth would I put myself through all this pressure and stress?  And I would have an answer too. It was more meaningful to me for me to make them this cake. It was something I made with love and could be proud of…..besides….I LOVEEEE baking….and secretly look forward to my time,  alone, without the children….just to bake πŸ™‚

 

I will do a tutorial on each of the animals soon….

 

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Mother’s Day Cupcake Bouquet

Mother’s Day in America is coming up in May…and anyway Mother’s Day should be everyday! I thought I’d have a go at making a  cupcake bouquet. Here is how I made it.

equipment needed:

Cupcakes

Frosting filled in a piping bag with either Wilton tip 1m or 2D

Styrofoam ball

Pot

Toothpicks

Tissue paper

Fondant/gumpaste

Leaf cutter

Butterfly cutter

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1) Cover styrofoam ball with tissue paper. Preferably in green….I didn’t have green so I used pink.

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2) Place cupcake on the wrapped ball and insert a toothpick into it to hold it in place.

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3) To make the rose swirl, hold the piping bag at a 90 degree angle  and start piping from center of cupcake out.

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4) Once all the cupcakes have been frosted roll out some green fondant/gumpaste and cut out some leaves. Let dry and place them in roses.

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5) Roll out white fondant and cut out butterflies. I used petal dust to add colour to the butterflies. Then let it dry on foil.

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5) Place the butterflies in any gaps between cupcakes. I would have liked to add green tissue paper to fill in the gaps but I did not have any. I then wrapped the pot in pink tissue paper.

Happy Mother’s Day! πŸ™‚

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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.
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      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.
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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.
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  2. Insert a toothpick into the cone and let dry. I usually use Styrofoam as stand to hold it up while drying.
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  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.
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  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.
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  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.
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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. πŸ™‚