Saturday, 29 August 2015

Chocolate Ganache Recipe

cake plate presentation
 The term "Ganache" simply put, means a whipped filling of chocolate and cream used in pastries and desserts. Chocolate ganache can be used as a frosting for layering cake. It is usually sweet, creamy, runny (can be thicker for filling cakes) and has a glossy appearance. It can also be used for decorating cakes and lettering (see example in the picture above).  Below is a simple easy to prepare recipe. 

Thursday, 27 August 2015

How to colour Fondant

How to colour Fondant

Colouring fondant is very easy. Just follow my step by step process on how to colour your fondant.

    Things you'll need:

  • Fondant (see Homemade Fondant recipe)
  • Toothpick or Toothpicks when making different colours
  • Shortening/ Cornstarch/Icing sugar to avoid sticking
  •  Smooth work surface

How to marbleize Fondant


how to marbleize fondant
I LOVE COLOURS! Am sure if you are familiar with my posts, you would have realized that by now (LOL). Colours make life beautiful, meaningful, hopeful and dreamy. That's why playing with colours especially when dealing with fondant can be very fun.  You can marbleize your fondant and use it to cover your cupcakes, muffins, and cakes for various occasions.
Marbleizing fondant is a very simple DIY (do-it-yourself) process. All you need to do is just choose your colours and follow my lead on how to marbleize your fondant (LOL). 
Below, you will find two easy ways to marbleize fondant. You can marbleize as many colours as you want, ranging from two to five or more colours. Read on...

P.S: I noticed that looking at the picture on the left of my marbleized fondant, if I flip it to landscape instead of portrait, it almost looks like the shape of my country's map but without all the other colours except green and white. (LOL). Ok back to business *winks

How to marbleize a Cake

how to marbleize a cake

MARBLEIZED CAKE

      To marbleize simply put is to incorporate different colours that intertwine into each other (This is my own definition. LOL). Marbleizing a cake is so much fun and you can play with colours ranging from one or more colours.  Today I am going to show a tutorial on how to marbleize your cake. Here I marbleized pink colour and dark brown with my cake batter.

Tuesday, 18 August 2015

How to cover cake with Fondant


I have published an earlier post on how to make your fondant see How to make your homemade Fondant, here I am going straight to the point and showing you how to cover your cake with Fondant. Its very easy, if you followed my recipe, you won't have any problem rolling out your fondant or it breaking up as you lift it. Below is a step by step illustration on how to cover your cake in fondant.
Note: Covering a cake with fondant may very slightly vary when it comes to the shape of the cake. Round cakes are the easiest to cover whilst other shapes may be a little tricky but it not something you can't work around. *winks

Friday, 7 August 2015

How to make Homemade Fondant


 Using fondant for the covering of your cake gives it a smooth and glossy finish. This is why it is the most used type of icing for wedding cakes. Fondant is especially used because of the way it is workable and can make great shapes and objects that looks more like the real thing. I personally love using fondant and love to make mine myself as opposed to buying from the stores. This is not the only reason, I am a "I CAN-DO IT MYSELF" kind of person and I tell myself that there is really no big deal to it. But I must confess, It has been really challenging as the journey to finding a good recipe has  proved abortive. I have watched a lot of Youtube videos, tried a lot of recipes and have met failure many times. Its either it dries out too quickly or breaks out, at other times I have been lucky. But yesterday as I basked in the euphoria of welcoming my new niece who's christening is coming up soon, I decided I will make a cake to celebrate and I must use Fondant because I intend making baby shoes and a Perambulator. I started to surf the net for other recipes I haven't tried and couldn't find any(LOL). Then it struck me, why not try to make your own recipe! I started to brain-storm. I thought of the main ingredients in fondant and their functions and Eureka! At last I made my very own fondant recipe. Its very simple to make you wouldn't believe it. It was very pliable and it worked along with me as if I were its only hope. LOL
Here is the recipe. Hope you try it out. Its very easy. 

Thursday, 6 August 2015

How to make a Baskweave Pattern on a Cake








Who can fill a basket with roses? ME! LOL. Anyone can actually!. I made my tutorial on how to make buttercream frosting/icing in my previous post. Here, I am going to show you how I put it to use. 
First I made some buttercream mini-roses or should I say nano-roses LOL. Then I put my buttercream to use by making a basket weave pattern on the cake. Here is a step by step process of how I did it. 







How to make Buttercream Icing



Buttercream icing can be used as frosting for layering a cake, to cover a cake or to make fancy roses and patterns. In this post, I am going to show you how to make your own Buttercream icing.
 Below is my own recipe for Buttercream icing, its sweet but not too sweet as I added lime juice to balance out the sweetness in the Buttercream because of the icing sugar.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Buttercream Icing Recipe

   Ingredients

  • 250g Butter/Margarine
  • 6 cups Icing sugar (plus more in case you need to adjust the consistency)
  • 1/2 cup Milk
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla extract   
  • 1tablespoon Lime Juice










Tuesday, 4 August 2015

How to make a Rainbow Cake


Growing up as a child, the first time I ever saw a rainbow in the sky I was ecstatic. I couldn't believe my eyes because I thought it was too good to be true and I marveled at its wonder. It made me to know that God is truly awesome and is a great Artist.  Rainbows are meteorological phenomenons caused  by reflection, refraction and dispersion of light in water droplets causing a spectrum of light to appear in the sky. They take the form of a multi-coloured arc or semi-circle. Rainbows caused by sunlight always appear in the section of sky directly opposite the sun.
They can be full circles; but, the average observer sees only an arc formed by illuminated droplets above the ground and its centered on a line from the sun to the observers eye.
Today I have decided to post this recipe of mine to bring down the rainbow you see in the sky, far from you to being very close and sitting on your kitchen table or cake board. Enjoy!