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post #3331 of 18628
I don't work, I have a disabled daughter, she's the reason I started decorating cakes actually, it's not a birthday without cake as far as she's concerned! She'll be having birthday tea parties all her life so I thought I should learn to make them presentable. I love it so much but I'm not any good yet!
I made a cupcake bouquet last year, just to see if I could, I didn't think it was much good but I need two cakes for mothers day so I'm thinking of trying again.
post #3332 of 18628
Thanks everyone I'm looking forward to doing a bit more practise when I get chance. I'm also going to experiment with ganache instead of butter cream. It's mothers day at the end of this month so I'll have a good practice ready to make a cake for that - my mum never complains at anything I make so they'll be no pressure if it goes wrong! Mums love everything you do haha
post #3333 of 18628
Ok, I've got a new ambition! Make a birdcage cake like yours by the time I'm 55! icon_smile.gif
post #3334 of 18628
I always practice on my family, they love getting my rejects! Good luck sugarluva, show us a photo when it's done. icon_smile.gif
post #3335 of 18628
Ha Maisie, don't wait til then do it now, it was really easy now when I think of it, I bought the hemisphical tins from Lakeland, I made 2 6 inch round cakes and a small dome for the top, jam an creamed them, I will say I add satin ice gumpaste to my fondant to make to less tearable as its a high cake and wasn't sure how the sugarpaste would take but it was OK,the biggest issue was getting the band straight grrr.

Sugarluva, ganache has to be the best thing on earth, when I make it I use the largest pot of double cream I can find and usually use Bourneville chocolate as hate it too bitter, its a gorgeous filling.
post #3336 of 18628
My rejects go to work, I have to make a gluten free minion cake next week and as I've made cupcakes before I hadn't a large cake, so had an experiment the other day and was so pleased with it but as it was a 10 inch couldn't eat all that ( could I) it made its way to work.
post #3337 of 18628
It's the straight lines that frighten me nannycook! I looked at it and thought I could make the shape quite easily, i've made a doll cake (with a rather large backside, more carving next time!) and used the same pans to make a mountain (3 sandwich tins and my pyrex bowl). Does that sound about right? Straight lines I struggle with, I even bought a fondant roller cutter thingy and still can't do them!
post #3338 of 18628
Didn't see your last post nannycook, I' ve been asked to make a GF cake for the 22nd march. I did a test cake in my sandwich tins, tasted lovely but didn't rise much. The lady who asked me wants a giant cupcake but I don't know if I'll be able to do it after seeing how flat thetest cake was. I usually use a 3 egg mix for victoria sponge and a 6 egg mix for a giant cupcake, doubling the gluten free mix won't work, any suggestions?
post #3339 of 18628
I use a clay gun Maisie, so much easier, such a useful tool. I didnt have cut any of the cake.

For my 10 inch round cake I used a 4 egg mix, yes it doesn't rise as much but it was still light and moist, but I make two of that amount gas 3 for 55 mins, really pleased with it.
post #3340 of 18628
Gas 3 is quite low isn't it? I'll look it up to convert it, I do sponge at 160 fan. I might do a test cake in my giant cupcake pan then, maybe use an 8 egg mix. Clay gun- never heard of it! I'll certainly investigate though. Thanks nannycook.icon_smile.gif
post #3341 of 18628
Its a gun type tool where you put very soft sugarpaste mixed with some trex till its chewing gum consistency, its comes with a small tub of discs which go at the bottom and you squeeze out the sugarpaste into ropes, etc, good for hair on models,platted ropes to go around base of cakes, its cost about £23 .00
post #3342 of 18628
If its a big sponge I normally do gas3 but or 8 inch sandwich tins I always do gas or 160, however when its a very deep sponge which the hemispherical is then its gas 2 and it cooks for about 1 HR 10 mins
post #3343 of 18628
Ooh, would it be good for boxing ring ropes? My husbands grandson wanted a boxing ring cake last year but I didn't have a clue how to go about it, having done a few more cakes now I'm feelina a bit more adventurous so I might attempt it this year! Is Trex the same as Crisco? I bought Crisco from the American food aisle in Tesco for £4.50, a couple of weeks later I saw Trex, had a look and couldn't see any difference.
post #3344 of 18628
Sorry nannycook, can I pick your brains just once more before I get off my phone and go to bed?! Just had a look on ebay and clay guns are going for anything from £4 or £5. There's a Sculpey one for £12, should I be looking for any particular brand or are they all the same?
post #3345 of 18628
Ooo, not sure will check that and get back to you, I had mine from a cake Dec shop, it black barrel with red handle.
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