Making Marzipan
Cake Decorating

How to Make Your Own Marzipan to Cover Your Rich Fruit Cake

You can buy it ready-made in most cake supply shops or supermarkets but I have had little success with factory-made marzipan. I find that it has usually dried out slightly in its packaging or it’s oily, making it difficult to work with and getting it to roll smoothly is difficult. I don’t like the fact

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Homemade gum Paste Recipe
Sugar Flowers

Simple Homemade Gum Paste Recipe for Sugar Flower Making

I know it’s easy to shop online or go to your local cake supplier to buy ready-made Gum Paste, but it’s expensive, and I have not been satisfied with the quality of any commercially made paste I’ve tried. With prices of all the cake making and decorating ingredients going up all the time, I’m sure

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Rich Fruit Christmas Cake Recipe
Cake Recipes

My Rich Fruit Christmas Cake Recipe That Really Works

For many years I used a traditional English fruit cake recipe for my Christmas cakes. I used the usual ‘cake’ ingredients such as butter, sugar, eggs, and flour, to which I added a mixture of dried and crystalized fruit such as sultanas, raisins, currants, glace cherries, and mixed citrus peel.  Raisins are quite expensive, so

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Best Royal Icing Music
Cake Decorating

How to Choose the Best Royal Icing Recipe for Cakes or Projects

One of the most versatile products used for cake decorating is Royal Icing, whether it sets hard or is a softer version. It’s made from Icing/confectioners sugar and egg whites and can be used, for example, to cover a cake, to create designs on cookies, for piping designs as decorations or to pipe flowers and

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Sieve Icing Sugar for Fondant
Cake Decorating

The Easiest Rolled Fondant Icing Recipe

There are many uses for rolled fondant as well as using it to cover a cake. For example, you can use it to make simple flowers, cut-out designs, models, bows, and drapes, and they will all be soft enough to cut and eat with the cake. Rolling fondant is mainly used as the covering for

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5 Reasons to Make Sugar Gum Paste Flowers
Sugar Flowers

5 Reasons to Make Sugar Gum Paste Flowers

The delicate sugar flowers that decorate many of today’s celebration cakes are called gum paste flowers because they are made from confectioner’s/powdered sugar that has been mixed with several ingredients, including edible gum. It’s made into a paste that has an elastic quality, which can be rolled very thinly then shaped easily by hand and

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Sugar Flowers

Should I use Gum Tragacanth, CMC Tylose or GumTex?

Gum paste sugar flowers are made from a sugar paste that includes an ingredient that makes it flexible. You can then roll and stretch the paste to make life-like flowers and leaves that, after a few hours, will dry to a porcelain-like hardness. There are three gums available for making sugar gum paste. Two are

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