A Thread for all UK bakers!!

Decorating By hailinguk Updated 10 Jun 2015 , 3:00pm by cakedaysdesigns

Rosiepan Posted 5 Nov 2011 , 10:01pm
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Well done, both cakes are great. icon_biggrin.gif

Kimbers81 Posted 6 Nov 2011 , 8:03am
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Hi There,


I have never done this before, but wanted to know whether you can put a fruit cake on the top of a 3 tier wedding cake, with sponge for the bottom 2 tiers, i would put supports it, but would it be strong enough?


Thanks Kim

jillyscakes Posted 6 Nov 2011 , 8:21am
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I have always been told that fruit cake has to go at the bottom because of the weight of the cake.

LisaPeps Posted 6 Nov 2011 , 8:31am
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So long as you support it correctly the fruit cake can be the top tier. The dowels will take the weight of the cake.

Kimbers81 Posted 6 Nov 2011 , 8:39am
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Thanks peeps, yeah i thought the fruit always had to go on the bottom, but i thought as long as both cakes are supported properly it shouldnt be a problem. Have either of you tried this before and suceeded or failed? Thanks for the advice its greatly appreciated x x x

jillyscakes Posted 6 Nov 2011 , 8:46am
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How did everyone get on at CI yesterday all your cakes looked great icon_smile.gif

melonball Posted 6 Nov 2011 , 9:37am
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I'm going back today to find out....

tracieduran Posted 6 Nov 2011 , 6:08pm
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I got two merits and a Bronze yay my first time at a competition. Do You know of any other competitions coming up?

tracieduran Posted 6 Nov 2011 , 6:09pm
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I got two merits and a Bronze yay my first time at a competition. Do You know of any other competitions coming up?

LisaPeps Posted 6 Nov 2011 , 6:10pm
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I got a silver. I spoke to the judges today and i was marked down because the board made the cake look top heavy. They said I should have used a bigger board and put something around the bottom of the cake to hide the seam like pearls or something. They said I would have got gold if I did those things. So just thought id share that so others are aware for future competitions.

jillyscakes Posted 6 Nov 2011 , 6:34pm
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Well done! gold next year for you thumbs_up.gif

melonball Posted 6 Nov 2011 , 9:58pm
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Well done Lisa & Tracie.
I got a bronze and am SUPER happy with it! My feedback was that I needed to use more techniques and that there were finger marks in my fondant, except they were dents caused by the snowman that fell off on the way up and had to be re-done, oh well go for silver next time.....

Tracie what cakes did you enter?

Does anyone know who won best in show?

melonball Posted 6 Nov 2011 , 10:33pm
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A couple comps coming up, anyone entered? Thinking of doing olympia but don't plan on walking around the expo as it is DULL!!!

Squires Kitchen exhibition in March

Hotel Olympia in Feb/March

jillyscakes Posted 7 Nov 2011 , 5:52am
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Elaine Thomas won best in show it was a dragon cake

LisaPeps Posted 7 Nov 2011 , 6:34am
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British Sugarcraft Show in may, www.bsguk.org . I'm going to enter the novice one I think, theme is 'a night at the theatre'.

Elaine Thomas' cake was incredible, deserved to win.

jillyscakes Posted 7 Nov 2011 , 6:53am
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Looking forward to seeing your entry in May icon_smile.gif

melonball Posted 7 Nov 2011 , 8:20am
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I presume it was the orange dragon with the fairy on top? That was insanely awesome!!!! Wish I was half that good! Wouldn't even know where to start!!

Valkstar Posted 7 Nov 2011 , 8:32am
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Congratulations on your awards girls....your cakes were gorgeous! I was bringing my husband around showing him all your cakes icon_lol.gif

I bought loads of stuff including "The Mat", but Ryanair decided not to let anyone on holding it in the carboard tube, and made everyone take it out of the tube and fold it up...which apparently ruins it icon_mad.gif I covered mine in my coat and managed to sneak it on though icon_lol.gificon_lol.gif

Lemmers Posted 7 Nov 2011 , 10:02am
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Well done ladies! I don't actually comment on this thread much but I lurk lots and was looking forward to seeing how you did icon_smile.gif

I'd love to go in May but its a 4 hour drive and hubby would be bored to tears icon_sad.gif Don't fancy going all that way and wandering on my own either lol. One day!!

bashini Posted 7 Nov 2011 , 12:35pm
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Congratulations girls who won!!!! Well done! icon_biggrin.gif

Elaine is VERY talented. Have you seen her new book? I bought it and its awesome. icon_smile.gif

To the question about fruit cake on top of sponge, I have done it few times and didn't have any problem at all. Make sure you do the doweling properly. icon_smile.gif

LisaPeps Posted 7 Nov 2011 , 12:57pm
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Yes it was the orange dragon and fairy cake. I managed to sneak a few extra photos after it closed when I was picking my cake up.

What's her new book called? I may have to make another purchase. Must have spent about £130 this weekend + cost of tickets + cost of entry and making it :S

Telfords about 1 hr 30 from me so not Too bad and the cake is single tier only so transportation shouldn't be an issue.

melonball Posted 7 Nov 2011 , 2:54pm
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Telford is about 4 hours for me (!!) but luckily my Sister lives in Brum so I'll probably make an overnight pitstop there!!

£130 (!!!) I WISH!! I am expecting a stroppy call from my bank asking why I spent so much over the weekend!! Think around £220 was my pain!! lol I took my Mum and she kept asking how much things I brought was and I had to lie or she'd give me the 'pay off the credit card first' look!!! But that's whats over time is for right!

Been playing with my new bits today, letter cutters fab, new rolling pin awesome so much easier than trying to cover a cake when the pin is half the size! and the mat........ think I may need to practise as not impressed first time round.

Made a Minnie mouse cake for my friends friend you'd think I'd be caked out.......

tracieduran Posted 7 Nov 2011 , 4:17pm
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What is the mat that everyone is going on about??? Why did I not buy one? I spent far too much . I bought an air brush which I have been on about getting for ages. My students won with there cakes so I was so pleased. They won in the under 18 group and the novelty cake section. I was so proud of them. I was not allowed to enter this year but I am possibly gonna enter next year. I had a great day and the Dragon that won best in show was awsome.

bashini Posted 7 Nov 2011 , 6:02pm
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Hi, its called Cool Kidz Cakes. Here is the link,

http://www.creativecelebrationcakes.co.uk/page32.htm

LisaPeps Posted 7 Nov 2011 , 6:20pm
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http://www.thecakedecoratingcompany.co.uk/catalog/index.php?cPath=413&osCsid=6qvtpk71jlv30q2a65b1b5ia37

They were selling them at the show for £20... although I saw a woman just take one off the shelf and walk off with it... appalling.

I bought mine about a month ago, though I haven't used it yet. I didn't want it to risk messing up my fondant on the show cake.

I spent £130 because I have probably already spent a couple of grand on cake stuff over the last year and a half. My dad has converted our garage into a second kitchen for me. I have my own oven and freezer and about 12 cupboards which are full of cake stuff. I don't have enough space for everything I have :S There have been times I have got so stressed out I wanted to quit but then I look at how much stuff I have and think I can't because of everything I have invested in lol

The only thing I want now is an airbrush which my sisters are getting me for Christmas.

The big purchase I made was a Sugarveil mat and the bits and pieces to go with it for £65, I think the sugarveil lace is amazing. I have a cake in December I am planning on using it for.

How come you weren't allowed to enter Tracie?

tracieduran Posted 7 Nov 2011 , 11:22pm
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I have just started teaching beginner cake decorating at my local college and the head of curriculum thought it would be unfair for me to enter as my students would feel that i had used them just so that i could showcase my piece.

lostbaker Posted 8 Nov 2011 , 12:25am
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Hi,

This is such a fantastic thread. I read through some of it, but haven't had timeto go through most. Quick question - What's your favorite online store to buy stuff for general baking, and also to buy chocolate? I've just moved to the UK, and the stuff you get here in stores is quite limited.

ALl help will be much appreciated

Thanks,
lostbaker

tracieduran Posted 8 Nov 2011 , 12:38am
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I find that Tracey's Cakes is the best place on the internet for chocolate. Just put it into google and it should come up.

jillyscakes Posted 8 Nov 2011 , 6:50am
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My favourite are: The cake decorating co, Design a cake, Almond art and Sugar shack icon_biggrin.gif

LauraCW Posted 8 Nov 2011 , 2:32pm
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Hi All,

I'm still at the wooden spoon stage with my caek making but having started a business where I've been making batches of 120 cupcakes, I'm thinking of taking the plunge and upgrading to a mixer before I end up with biceps like Popeye! I'm considering the Kenwood KMC560 Premier Chef (best price I've found is £220 at Dixons) but would love to hear what you all use or recommend.

Thank you very much!
Laura

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