Cake Craft discussions and questions thread

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Re: Cake Craft discussions and questions thread

Postby Fozza » 27 Mar 2013, 22:56

Tatty teddy is cute. Are you piping the fur? What's that nozzle called? I need one for Cookie Monster/elmo.
I have to make a sleeping ginger cat this weekend.
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Re: Cake Craft discussions and questions thread

Postby weasley » 28 Mar 2013, 08:38

I didn't pipe the fur fozza, I scruffed the surface of the fondant with a needle. I have a multi holed nozzle that I use for grass which expect would work for fur.
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Re: Cake Craft discussions and questions thread

Postby blackberrycrimble » 26 Apr 2013, 11:19

Anyone want to share their basic sponge recipe? I usually use Madeira because it is firm, but wondering about working on a lighter, more typical children's-birthday-cake type sponge. Thanks.
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Re: Cake Craft discussions and questions thread

Postby weasley » 26 Apr 2013, 11:52

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Re: Cake Craft discussions and questions thread

Postby blackberrycrimble » 26 Apr 2013, 12:32

Thanks weasley. Are you creaming then adding eggs separately with that or all bunged in together?
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Re: Cake Craft discussions and questions thread

Postby Fozza » 26 Apr 2013, 15:07

As per weasley but also add a splash of milk to get a moister sponge, if required. I don't think it lasts as long as Madeira (mine has lemon so def lasts well) but that's never a problem!
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Re: Cake Craft discussions and questions thread

Postby weasley » 26 Apr 2013, 19:47

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Re: Cake Craft discussions and questions thread

Postby blackberrycrimble » 26 Apr 2013, 20:05

Thanks both, will give that a go.
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Re: Cake Craft discussions and questions thread

Postby weasley » 26 Apr 2013, 20:11

Just been asked to do a wheat/ gluten/ dairy free in the night garden cake. Could be fun, I'm a bit inexperienced at allergy friendly cakes.
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Re: Cake Craft discussions and questions thread

Postby Bod » 29 Apr 2013, 20:46

Hiya - I need to order some coloured icing sugar and I need rather a lot. I'm attempting a variation on this cake
http://m.flickr.com/#/photos/sweetpicasso/5845351646/

I'm planning to use a 12 inch and a 10 inch round tins (which I so need to buy)
Any suggestions on where I can get pre coloured icing sugar/fondant/sugarpaste.

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Re: Cake Craft discussions and questions thread

Postby blackberrycrimble » 29 Apr 2013, 20:55

Wow Bod that looks cool. Have a look online if you don't have a shop that might sell it nearby (independent cake shops, hobbycraft etc). Regalice brand is the one you most often see.

Weasley, re allergy cakes, I have done dairy and egg free but not wheat/gluten (well, not in anger). Not sure if JB is watching this thread but she is your woman, I think, for allergy expertise.
ETA when I did dairy and egg free I used my normal madeira recipe but with egg replacer and trex instead of butter.
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Re: Cake Craft discussions and questions thread

Postby Bod » 29 Apr 2013, 20:59

We don't have any cake decorating shops near us so it def has to be online but I'm struggling to find one that does the bigger sizes

Has anyone used any they can recommend.
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Re: Cake Craft discussions and questions thread

Postby blackberrycrimble » 29 Apr 2013, 21:04

How much do you need? There aren't usually that huge savings between the 250g and 500g packs. If it is a very large amount you could buy paste colouring and white sugarpaste and colour it yourself?

I usually use cake craft world, but have just looked and they only do the small packs of coloured paste.
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Re: Cake Craft discussions and questions thread

Postby Bod » 29 Apr 2013, 21:41

I'm not entirely sure but I'm thinking 1.5kg each of two different colours. Last time I coloured it i used the gel/paste colouring and iI found the icing cracked so given I'd have a lot to colour I wasn't planning to do that this time. I hadn't appreciated there wasn't much of a price difference. I will just order a lot of the 250g packs!
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Re: Cake Craft discussions and questions thread

Postby Bod » 30 Apr 2013, 15:19

Problem solved. DH found me a cake decorating shop half an hrs drive away so icing is sorted.
But I can't find the Debbie brown Madeira cake recipe I normally use given that this is going to require some sculpting/weight bearing!
What recipe do you use?
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