We’re huge fans of keeping up to date when it comes to the latest cake trends. We spotted this super cool idea a little while ago and couldn’t wait to give it try! When the fabulous folks over at Craftsy suggested it for a tutorial we jumped at the chance! How amazing are these edible brushstrokes made completely out of chocolate? They look hard to create and incredibly delicate, but they are in fact so easy to make! To find out how to re-create this look head on over to our brushstroke cake tutorial on the Craftsy blog!
Layered on top of each other these pretty chocolate brushstrokes resemble feathers! How amazing would these look in various shades of pink on a flamingo themed party cake? Wouldn’t chocolate brushstrokes also look cute on buttercream swirled cupcakes too? Arrange a few in varying sizes on top, add some super fun sprinkles and then gild the brushstroke pieces with edible gold leaf.
The cool thing about making these chocolate brushstrokes is that you can use different coloured candy melts for themed cakes instead of chocolate. Sometimes the idea of tempering chocolate is a little scary so candy melts are a pretty stress-free alternative.
For an incredibly dramatic cake how about covering three tiers with elegant chocolate or candy melt brushstroke pieces? They’d look pretty striking cascading all the way down one side of the cake! We also think a few painted with edible gold would add to the wow factor! For something modern in feel why not opt for black candy melt brushstrokes with white buttercream and a glam gold splatter?
If glam and gorgeous is your thing then maybe this striking little cupcake will do it for you? We created this little beauty as part of an easy to follow magnolia cupcake tutorial for the wonderful Craftsy.com blog recently. It looks super fancy and probably a little scary, but we’ve simplified all elements of this cupcake design down to one less-than-scary-yet-challenging-in-a-good-way guide! You can head on over to Craftsy to read our tutorial here.
Golden magnolia cupcake tutorial!
A lot of people automatically use giant roses when it comes to cake and cupcake decorating, but there are so many amazing flowers out there that you can re-create in sugar form. Magnolias are definitely one of our firm favourites to create. They’re so elegant, unusual and quite glamorous too… we think so anyway. They’re also fairly large blooms which work wonderfully on cake designs. This time, however, we thought a single large (yet scaled down for obvious reasons) magnolia flower perched onto a cupcake would look incredible.
For a touch of extra luxury we hand painted the magnolia centre with 24k gold as well as added some stylised fondant leaves tucked underneath. Design-wise we thought it would be best to stop and keep the whole cupcake simple. Just a 2 colour palette, a single well made sugar flower, a plain white fondant surface on top of the cupcake and a little moulding work. Less is more as they say.
Valentine’s day is peeking around the corner so of course everything pink, red and sugary cute will start appearing almost everywhere you go soon. If you’re planning on making your sweetheart something thoughtful and homemade this year we may just have the thing for you! Seriously, who could say no to a hopelessly romantic little puppy this Valentine’s Day? Especially one perched on top of a cupcake holding a sweet heart shaped ‘balloon’. We definitely couldn’t! If you’re a dab hand in the kitchen when it comes to making sweets you should head on over to Tala’s blog for our ridiculously adorable Valentine’s day cupcake tutorial! It’s easy enough for a complete novice to follow, but if you’re more advanced then it’ll still be perfect for you to whip up too.
You don’t even need to stick to cupcakes to impress your sweetheart. This love puppy would be perfect on top of bakery style cakes, tiered cakes or even giant fondant fancies (such a great idea). For larger cakes, however, remember to make your pup a little bigger in size in order to get proportions perfect. You really wouldn’t want your little puppy looking lost on top of a huge 12 inch gateaux!
Valentine’s Day cupcake tutorial!
One of the best things about this cute little puppy is that it’s pretty easy to personalise. You can use Tala’s letterpress kit to indent a romantic message into the iced cupcake surface or add your loved one’s initials onto the balloon. Why not even change the colors, create a small bundle of balloons or add a tiny floral bouquet using small flower plunger cutters? However you chose to customise your little love pup we’re sure it’ll be adorable!
Wrapping up gifts is one of most exciting and cosiest Christmas activities! We think that if you’re going to do it then do it properly; have stacks of home made cookies to eat, tasty chocolates to tempt those taste buds, spiced drinks and eggnog, plenty of gift wrapping accessories and of course a playlist of festive movies! Perfect! Why not add an extra magical to your present wrapping session with these pretty Christmas gift tag cookies? The lovely folks over at Craftsy.com were nice enough to let us create a fun tutorial on how to make them so check out their fabulous blog for our step-by-step guide. You can bag them up and tie them into the bows of perfectly wrapped presents or have them all for yourself (or share them fellow gift wrapping buddies)!
Cookie decorating needn’t be scary or hard. These snow inspired Christmas gift tag cookies are simply decorated with snowflake sprinkles, tiny edible pearls and sweet sanding sugar. There’s so many fun sprinkles, candies and cake decorations you can use. We love the idea of piping out multi-coloured Christmas lights with royal icing and bright round pearls or mix crushed up candy canes with sanding sugar and edible glitter for a Candy Land inspired look!
If you’re confident with piping you can add holiday messages or recipient’s initials per cookie. Don’t worry if the thought of picking up a piping bag full of royal icing fills you with fear; try painting on names with food colour or having messages printed off via an edible printer!
You can even leave your cookies completely blank and add cute little edible cake decorations to them! We love the idea of plunger cut fondant holly leaves and berries nestled into the centre of each biscuit or even mini candy canes! Why not even add pretty fondant bows onto each of your own Christmas gift tags cookies!
Get your knives (err… palette knifes that is) at the ready because we’ve teamed up with the fang-tastic folks at Tala to bring you this spookily fun cake tutorial for Halloween! This ‘Candy For Brains’ Jack O’Lantern cake is bound to impress everyone at your party and it’s pretty east to make. The genius part is that by substituting half of the decorating for actual candy you’ll have more time for perfecting those gruesome Halloween costumes!
Tala is a company we love and we use quite an array of their tools in our bakery (their modelling tools for sugar and icing work are pretty much essentials for us). To make this cake you can head on over to the tutorial featured on their blog which also lists all the handy materials and equipment you’ll need.
Visit the Tala blog for this fun tutorial here. You can easily make your Jack O’Lantern super scary or garishly goofy by changing facial features, using different candy or by even adding in edible blood or slime! We love the idea of a sugar blood dripping pumpkin with black liquorice or jelly spiders and an artfully crafted sugar knife plunged into its side.
If you’re feeling extra ambitious create a larger pumpkin for a bottom tier and stack (much like a tiered wedding cake) a smaller pumpkin on top featuring candy oozing out from between them. Why not even give the bottom pumpkin a disgruntled look with a cheeky look for the top tier!
To decorate our ‘Candy For Brains; cake we used coloured chocolate beans, jelly beans, cola bottles, gummy bears, marshmallow twists and fabulously retro swirled lollipops. You can use any sweets you like from creepy jelly worms and snakes to candy spiders or chocolate toads! Obviously, lots of companies and stores start creating some insanely fun themed goodies for Halloween like coffin shaped chocolate bars or pumpkin marshmallows so it’s easy to get creative!