March has been a hectic month, what with the move to be completed by March 31st, after 25 years in our present shop, along with the snow and cold weather it has been a challenging month. The thought of Easter in two weeks and the move being completed, is something to look forward to along with the warmth of spring. The potted hyacinth that greets me when I go into the kitchen every morning makes a welcome aroma to start the new day. The daffodil the flower of the month does not have the same effect although it is the promise of spring that I look forward to.
Happy Easter everyone!
Products used to make this cakes:
Why do I get cracking when ever I try to do ruffling using fondant? – Michigan
It could be one of two reasons. When you ruffle you are stretching/thinning the edge of the paste to make the ruffle. That is why you are rolling out on cornstarch to dry the edges of the ruffle fast.
Reason 1. You are not rolling the paste out thin enough. If your paste is too thick the top surface is drying and the bottom of the paste is still soft so the top surface is cracking.
Reason 2. Many fondants do not have enough gums in them to allow for stretching so you may need to add a little extra gum tragacanth or CMC to your paste.
ML Sugarpaste: Refrigerating and Freezing Procedures:
Refrigeration and Coolers: Refrigerator can refer to home refrigerators or commercial refrigerators (sometimes called coolers)
Home refrigerators are usually dry refrigerators. In effect if you put butter or cheese in them they will slowly dry out. This type of refrigerator is best for ML Sugarpaste.
Commercial refrigerators (Coolers) just cool the air and remove very little moisture. Sugarpaste will gradually absorb the moisture until the paste will run off the cake.
To Test your refrigerator or cooler, take a bar of chocolate, unwrap it and leave it in the refrigerator over night. If the chocolate bar is the same as when you put it in, the chances are you have a dry refrigerator, if it has started to soften or appears shiny and wet you have a wet refrigerator.
To freeze a cake for a future date:
Method: Place your finished cake in a cake box, wrap with plastic wrap and cover with a plastic bag and store in the freezer until 36 hours before it is required.
Remove the covered cake from the freezer, remove outer the plastic bag, and place in the refrigerator for 24 hours. (This allows the cake to thaw out slowly)
Take the wrapped cake from the refrigerator, remove the plastic wrap and open the box for inspection, then handle as normal.Note: Do not touch the cake! Again do not touch the cake as your finger prints will be left on the cake and although not easily seen, in some lighting they will be as plain as day.
Hint: If need be, have a slow moving fan wafting air over the cake to speed up the process of drying.
Many fondants will leave spot marks on the cake or even pitting will take place spoiling the look of the cake
Sugarpaste Quantity Guide:
|6″||–||Round Cake||3″||1/2 lb||6″||–||Square Cake||3″||3/4 lbs|
|8″||–||Round Cake||3″||3/4 lbs||8″||–||Square Cake||3″||1 1/4 lbs|
|10″||–||Round Cake||3″||1 lbs||10″||–||Square Cake||3″||1 1/2 lbs|
|12″||–||Round Cake||3″||1 1/4 lbs||12″||–||Square Cake||3″||2 1/4 lbs|
|14″||–||Round Cake||3″||2 lbs||14″||–||Square Cake||3″||2 3/4 lbs|
|16″||–||Round Cake||3″||2 1/2 lbs||16″||–||Square Cake||3″||3 lbs|
Continuing last month introduction to foliage, please see Toni Hartman’s cake below with special emphasis on the foliage to highlight the flowers.
Cake made by Toni Hartman from New Jersey, USA
( November 2014. Displayed at Jacob Javits, New York City. Awarded: First place, Societe Culinaire Philanthropique and Gold medal, The Paris Gourmet)
Flowers and foliage are never perfect
The fallacy of flowers is that every one is made so perfectly that they look stiff and artificial. Have you ever seen two people who look exactly the same? Nature is the same with flowers and foliage.
Popular materials for making foliage and flowers
Gum Paste, Sugarpaste, Chocolate Leather, Non toxic Paste (NT Paste) to name but a few. Each has its strengths and weaknesses. N.B. we avoid cold Porcelain as it cannot be used against food.
Gum paste, Sugarpaste and chocolate leather are food approved although if wires are used in flowers or foliage they should never be put into a cake and are no longer considered edible. (Use a straw in the cake to put the wire into)
Non Toxic Paste (NT Paste) is food safe and usually results in less breakage. In the market-place NT Paste can be a replacement for gumpaste as it is more durable. (Many places are renting the finished flowers and wiping them with a damp cloth to clean and re dusting them on the return)
Regular gum paste tools are used with NT Paste.
The basic method of handling
- Roll as thin as one can handle. (Reason! the thinner the paste is rolled out the less problems one will have with humidity).
- Roll out using a pasta machine or by hand.
- Rolling using a pasta machine is quicker provides even thickness is easily set and is great for large volumes.
- When rolling by hand always keep a thick end in order to pick up the paste.
- When cutting your paper coved wires always cut at an angle for easier threading/inserting into the paste.
- Bend wires into a loop as a base when making flower buds.
- Roll out your paste on a dusting of cornstarch which acts as a drying agent.
- NB Flowers stems on wires do not look natural so cover with a plastic hose that will give stems thickness and body
Make the flowers perfect then adapt them to make them look natural as if they are wind blown.
Flower of the Month!
|Tools and Materials|
|– 124L – Daffodil Cutter||– TFMATM – Foam Flower Mat|
|– W24M – 24- Gauge Moss Green Wire||– MLGP1 – ML Gumpaste|
|– TPINL – Rolling Pin and Board Set||– Dusting Colours|
|– TRUF18 – Ruffle Stick||– Cornstarch|
|– GTOOL14 – Geraldine’s Ball Tool – Medium||– Shortening|
Step 9: Make an indent in the centre of the petals using the ball tool, into the ‘crown’ of the Mexican hat for the back of the trumpet to sit in. Moisten the base of the trumpet and attach to the indent. Then moisten the base of the stamens and gently pull the stamens down to the trumpet’s base which holds the flower together. (See figure 8 and 9)
A creative way of making elegant monograms that can be used on cupcakes as well as cakes and cost pennies to make.
|Tools and Materials|
|– W18W – 18 Gauge White Wire||– Scissors|
|– Bling (Desired Colour)||– Monogram (Desired Style)|
|– Glue Gun and Glue Sticks||– Straws|
|– Pliers to bend wire|
Potato Chips and Pretzels Cookies:Method:
|1 Cup||–||Unsalted Butter (2 Sticks – Softened)||1 Tsp||–||Baking Soda|
|3/4 Cup||–||Brown Sugar||1/2 Tsp||–||Baking Powder|
|2||–||Egg (Large)||1/2 Tsp||–||Salt|
|2 Tsp||–||Pure Vanilla Extract||3/4 Cup||–||
Roughly Chopped Dark Chocolate or
Dark Chocolate Chips
|3/4 Tsp||–||Instant Coffee||3/4 Cup||–||Roughly Chopped Salted Pretzels|
|2 Cups||–||All – Purpose Flour (Sifted)||3/4 Cup||–||Potato Chips|
1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
2. In a bowl cream together butter, vanilla and coffee. Then add sugar and cream very well together. Then add the eggs (one at a time) until well mixed.
3. In another bowl sift together the flour, salt, baking soda and baking powder. With the mixer on low speed, gradually add into the butter mixture. Mix until well combined.
4. Add the chocolate.
5. Stir in pretzels and potato chips.
6. Spoon out 2-inch balls on to a parchment or Teflon baking mat lined baking sheet leaving 2 inches between each cookie.
7. Bake for 12 to 14 min approximately or until golden brown. DO NOT OVERCOOK the cookies or they will be too crispy
8. Let cookies cool completely.
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