Posts Categorized: Advice

Wedding Cakes: 10 non-traditional wedding cake tutorials

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Wedding season is well under way and for cake decorators everywhere that means wedding cakes, wedding cakes, and yes… more wedding cakes!!! June through to September see’s a surge in couple’s tying the know for better or for worse. However, over recent years, many of these couples have shied away from the standard traditional white…

Chocolate Wrap: A step by step guide

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Stock List For Chocolate Wrap Cakes 15mm, 20mm, 25mm (6,8,10) Cake Drums 35mm, 20mm, 15mm Cone 12cm x 30cm high 1.5kg Modelling chocolate/ cocoa form (dark, milk, white) 1.10 meters of 15mm thick brown ribbon Non-toxic glue stick Ganache (dark, milk, white) Dowells PME arts and crafts clear, gold and red spray lustre. Sugarflair bronze, radiant…

My Cake Journey: by Pro member Ken Willis

We are delighted to be joined in this episode of ‘My Cake Journey’ by Pro member and owner of Kreative Kakes in Scarborough – Ken Willis. Ken shares with us how his strange start into the world of cake decorating and details the lessons he has learned since opening up his own cake shop with his…

10 cake hacks every decorator should know

Life hack: noun, informal. A strategy or technique adopted in order to manage one’s time and daily activities in a more efficient way. Cake hack: noun, informal. As above, but specifically concerning cake. When we spotted this article on Buzzfeed, it really got us thinking about all those little things we do to make life…

How to design a cake from scratch

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Ever wondered what the actual process is in setting about designing a cake from scratch? We picked Paul’s brains to find out how he goes about making his marvellous creations – from the seed of an idea to the fully realised product… Get to know your customer Sometimes a customer will come to you with a…

Cake decorating 101: fixing problems

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Even the most experienced of cake decorators can run into problems now and then. We decided to pick Paul’s brains on some of the most common problems you’re likely to face when crafting your latest cakey creation – and exactly how to fix them. How to solve common cake decorating issues Q: How can I…

A beginner’s guide to airbrushing

At the start of the year we conducted our members’ survey, to find out exactly what type of content you’re interested in reading. Airbrushing was a topic that kept popping up and we’re happy to say – you spoke, and we listened. If you’re new to cake decorating, or simply haven’t tried airbrushing before, this…

Plan like a Pro: by member Kate Jordin

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This week we’re joined by Pro member Kate Jordin, from The Bake Well Tart. Kate is a woman of many talents. Not only is she a smashing cake decorator, but she’s also incredibly good at planning and being organised! We’re super pleased Kate has shared some of her top tips with us, on how to…

5 ways to make your cake business stand out

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Whether you’ve been in business for a while, or are just starting out, it’s important to think about what you can do to make sure your cake business stands out from the crowd. Perhaps it’s time to find your niche, or maybe you want to improve your marketing skills? This blog post should provide you…

7 ways to deal with Cake Rage

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Do you suffer from Cake Rage? Too many cake decorators find themselves falling victim to this dreaded condition. Symptoms include: Frustration Angry outbursts Crying Being ‘tetchy’ Sweating Threatening never to make another cake again in your whole entire life Kitchen resembling a disaster zone Possible causes include: Too thick/thin ganache A soggy bottom Unreasonable customers…

5 super sweet tutorials to sharpen your sugar modelling skills

Sugar modelling is big news right now in cake world. As Paul discovered, when he visited Cake International this year. If you’d like to brush up on your sugar modelling technique – look no further. We’ve rounded up five tutorials to kick start your sugar modelling skills. Let’s start at the beginning Basic Sugarpaste Skills…

23 gift ideas for your favourite cake decorator

Whether you’re a complete beginner, a seasoned pro or buying a gift for a cakey friend, our festive wishlist promises to add a little extra sparkle to any cake decorator’s Christmas day. From stocking fillers to extravagant surprises, we’ve got all the inspiration you need to pick the perfect present for the cake decorator in…