Tutorials

Rainbow Ice Cream Cone Cupcakes 
courtesy MoreishCupcakes


.. so simple and fun..the kiddies will love it!

1. Place a small flat-based cone in each hole of any size muffin pan..since i used a silicone tray, I place it on top of a baking pan for easier handling and mo
re stability.

2. Prepare your favorite vanilla cake batter and divide into separate bowls and add your food coloring to each and stir (i used 5 colors)

3. Fill each cone with a spoon alternating colors to get a rainbow effect.. Fill 2/3 - 3/4 full..do not swirl..

4. Place in a pre-heated 150-160C (320F) fan-forced oven and bake for 15- 18 mins..(do not over bake)

5. Make your fav buttercream whilst cuppies are cooling. You may also color your BC. (I made vanilla bean BC in white and pink)

6. Organize all your sprinkles. Spoon frosting into a large piping bag fitted with your favorite piping tip ( I used a round tip and closed star tip to pipe my swirls)

7-10. Now pipe BC on cuppies to resemble an ice cream swirl. Start piping from the outside of the cupcake piping inwards towards the center in a circular anti-clockwise direction until you reach your desired height and gently lift off tip..

11. Decorate with your sprinkles or any topping you like immediately. Cupcakes are now ready to be devoured!!

12. Here's one cut in half.. so colorful and yummy!!!


Side Stencil
This carefully explained tutorial from Geraldine at Creativecutters.com makes it easy! Click on the image to read the text.


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How to decorate biscuits with fondant icing

By Cassie Harrex
How to decorate biscuits with fondant icing
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Learn how to ice your own biscuits with fondant icing you can soon be making art-inspired creations of your own.

Start with the right biscuit

The foundation of every great biscuit is the recipe you choose. Choose a sugar biscuit or vanilla biscuit recipe that is designed for cutting. Roll the biscuit dough evenly and use your choice of biscuit cutters to cut out the designs. Allow the biscuits to thoroughly cool, preferably overnight, before decorating.

    Cut out your fondant

    Roll out your fondant and use the same biscuit cutter as you used for the base biscuits to cut out shapes in the fondant. Choose all, or part of the cut out icing to cover the biscuit.

    Attaching the icing

    Lightly brush the icing with water. This will allow the icing to adhere to the biscuit. Carefully lay the icing onto the biscuit and use your finger to gently round out any rough edges.

    Add any embellishments

    Use royal icing to pipe any final details onto the biscuit, or to attach any embellishments. Have fun with the designs, using a variety of different coloured fondants, edible glitter and embellishments and enjoy creating your own masterpieces.
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    How to colour pre-made fondant

    By Cassie Harrex
    How to colour pre-made fondant

    What you'll need

    • Packet of pre-made fondant
    • Gel food colour
    • Toothpick

    Step 1

    Start by kneading the fondant until smooth. Dip the toothpick into the colour, then prick the colour through the fondant. Start with a small amount of colour to ensure you get the colour you're after.

    Step 2

    Massage the colour through the fondant, ensuring there are no streaks before adding more colour. If you're adding a lot of colour to the fondant, use food-safe gloves to prevent your hands from staining. Once you've reached the desired colour, immediately use the fondant. Otherwise, tightly wrap the fondant in plastic wrap to prevent it from drying out and discolouring.

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    Quilting

    Tools Required:
    • Diamond Marker
    • Plastic Scraper
    • Freshly Coverd Cake or Styrofoam Dummy

    Method:

    1) On your freshly Sugar Paste (Rolled Fondant) covered cake or styrofoam dummy,
    place a scraper on the top of the cake, this will help stop your fingers from indenting the top surface.

    2) Take the desired quilting marker and place the marker at the desired starting point on the cake. Be sure that the bottom point or curve is touching on the cake board.
    Gently push the marker in with even pressure, you may wish to slightly rock the marker from side to side to get full impression depending on the size of the cake. (See Figure 1)








    3) If the top edge of the cake does not have a finished pattern when doing the steps outlined in (2), roll marker over top edge of cake to finish the pattern. (See figure 2) Line the marker up again with the base of the marker on the cake board and the side joins then press into the sugar paste again. Continue around the cake in the same manner until complete.

     

    5) Once the cake has been quilted you can add embellishments to the joins. Pipe a small amount of royal icing or melted chocolate onto the desired finishing pieces and then adhere to the joins.