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post #601 of 632
My tip is for cookies. I always got frustrated making cookie dough in my KA because the flour would always make a mess on the counter, so now I melt the butter and sugar in the microwave, add the eggs and flavoring, then mix the flour in by hand, which isn't hard since the butter is melted. If I use chocolate chips, I have to wait for the mixture to cool down or the chips will melt. (I learned this the hard way icon_redface.gif ) Once this is done, put it in a gallon ziplock bag and in the fridge overnight. It works for me but I'm sure it's not for everyone.
post #602 of 632
I don't know if its been added or not, but right after I frost a cake I spray water on it and re-touch it with the icing spatula. It makes the buttercream look smooth as fondant.
post #603 of 632
this thread is a blessing,thank you.
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1) I get grocery store boxes and cut them up for cake boards (the softer the content, eg marshmallows, the sturdier the box) I get a size of each cake box (8, 10, etc) and fill them with cut to sized grocery box boards.

2) I do the same with paper for my different sized cake pans.

3) I try to have an extra (in storage) of anything I use OFTEN....yes, I DO have an extra stand mixer.....

post #605 of 632

Great tip!  Never heard that one before... Thank you.

post #606 of 632
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Originally Posted by didavista View Post

Awesome tips. Wish I had one to share. Thanks to everyone else for sharing.

Being a newbie makes these hearing all these wonderful tips exciting. Thanks everyone
post #607 of 632
Has anyone ever done this before? I recently made 60 red gumpaste roses. I used Wilton plastic rose cones so that I could hot glue them to tooth picks so that the the roses could be inserted into a cake. I notice the centers of my roses had popped open and you could see the white cone every so slightly, but you could see it. Well, I rolled a piece of red gumpaste into a real skinny snake, chopped tiny pieces. I stuffed one piece into the center of the rose with the tool that has a sharp, skinny point and voila' , it looked like a rose again. I hope this help someone, cause I was not about to remake roses (LOL)!
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post #608 of 632
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Has anyone ever done this before? I recently made 60 red gumpaste roses. I used Wilton plastic rose cones so that I could hot glue them to tooth picks so that the the roses could be inserted into a cake. I notice the centers of my roses had popped open and you could see the white cone every so slightly, but you could see it. Well, I rolled a piece of red gumpaste into a real skinny snake, chopped tiny pieces. I stuffed one piece into the center of the rose with the tool that has a sharp, skinny point and voila' , it looked like a rose again. I hope this help someone, cause I was not about to remake roses (LOL)!


I hate those rose cones, they're too slippery. You can use chocolate kisses for centers, too, or just use up extra fondant by making cones out of them on toothpicks and letting them dry. Then store them until you need them. I use up a lot of random gumpaste colors that way, and the gumpaste doesn't go to waste.

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Originally Posted by HamSquad View Post

Has anyone ever done this before? I recently made 60 red gumpaste roses. I used Wilton plastic rose cones so that I could hot glue them to tooth picks so that the the roses could be inserted into a cake. I notice the centers of my roses had popped open and you could see the white cone every so slightly, but you could see it. Well, I rolled a piece of red gumpaste into a real skinny snake, chopped tiny pieces. I stuffed one piece into the center of the rose with the tool that has a sharp, skinny point and voila' , it looked like a rose again. I hope this help someone, cause I was not about to remake roses (LOL)!


I hate those rose cones, they're too slippery. You can use chocolate kisses for centers, too, or just use up extra fondant by making cones out of them on toothpicks and letting them dry. Then store them until you need them. I use up a lot of random gumpaste colors that way, and the gumpaste doesn't go to waste.

Thank Costumeczar for sharing, I never thought about chocolates kisses! That is such a cool way to make flowers. I've made gumpaste cones on tooth picks before, some stay on after drying some fall off. What do you use to glue them on tooth picks that really works? I really think I will go back to using the gumpaste cones. Long ago, there was a post on the internet about making flowers using round suckers, the petals were made from bubble gum. I have yet to try that too! Just sharing! Again, thanks!
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post #610 of 632
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Thank Costumeczar for sharing, I never thought about chocolates kisses! That is such a cool way to make flowers. I've made gumpaste cones on tooth picks before, some stay on after drying some fall off. What do you use to glue them on tooth picks that really works? I really think I will go back to using the gumpaste cones. Long ago, there was a post on the internet about making flowers using round suckers, the petals were made from bubble gum. I have yet to try that too! Just sharing! Again, thanks!


I don't mind if they come off, because you can always stick them back on or take the toothpicks out if you don't need them in there. But if you want to really stick them in just melt some candy melts and stick the toothpicks in them before inserting them into the cone (the dry cone after the toothpick has come out) the candy melts will fill the hole in and dry like cement.

post #611 of 632
This might've been said already, but if your cake batter or icing or whatever has a yellow tint, add a touch of purple food color and it will become far more white.
I loved this one !! Purple cancels yellow. Blue cancels orange
post #612 of 632
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Originally Posted by easyaspie View Post

This might've been said already, but if your cake batter or icing or whatever has a yellow tint, add a touch of purple food color and it will become far more white.
I loved this one !! Purple cancels yellow. Blue cancels orange


Whaaaaaat! I did not know this....I must try this.  great tip!

post #613 of 632
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Thanks for the many great tips. I recently tried microwaving tips to clean them and using the rose nail to bake with. Both worked really well!


My tip is probably common knowledge, but here goes:


When coloring buttercream (especially red or black), I find adding powdered sugar can help darken the color while stiffening the buttercream at the same time. You know, cuz adding all the food dye can thin the frosting.
post #614 of 632

Here's my tip for getting evenly spaced scallops on any cake.  I use the paper rolls made for adding machines or cash registers and cut a piece that fits around my cake (doesn't matter if it is round or square).  Once I have the circumference of the cake I fold the paper in half, then in half again and keep folding it until it is the size I want the scallop to be.  Once it is all folded I cut the scallop once, unfold it, and wrap it around the cake and lightly mark the scallops.  Perfect scallops every time.

post #615 of 632
My wilton teacher taught me to add meringue powder to some buttercream and I can made rose ahead time, lay them on parchment paper store in Tupperware in fridge for later use
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