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Purple Blossom & Pink Hydrangea: Tutorial

I make a lot of these flowers ahead of time and store them. They’re really popular on cupcakes too so it saves time when you’re making some for an order to just make extra and store them.

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I think you all get how this one works, just a few things to note when using the molds, you don’t need to press hard, lightly will get all the details you need. You can put a bit of shortening or dust with cornstarch to make the demolding process easier.

Egg cartons are magical, there are so many more uses for them than you can think of. I use them to dry butterflies in and upside down on for different wing action, I use them to hold mini cupcakes in place, I store all my dusts and glitters in them but I cut them into quarters and stack them on each other and I only have one colour theme per quarter which makes it so much easier to grab the colours you need. If you’re worried about the food safety side of things, you can cover these in tin foil or thin paper napkins, the reason I don’t say cling film is because if you’re going to use this to dry flowers like we have in the above picture, it will never dry as long as it’s in contact with cling film and you will cry. So save your tears and save your cling film.

Click here to see these flowers on the finished cake.

Blue & Yellow Flowers: Tutorial

This one actually uses another one of my previous tutorials: Ruff Stuff. When I created my ruffle pom poms I couldn’t help but notice the pieces looked like little carnations which is what inspired this Spring Flower Cake in the first place.

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To understand better how the blue flowers are done, check out the Ruff Stuff tutorial in the link above.

A few tips on this one:

  1. When you’ve cut your stem off at the length you want it, you’ll have a flat end like in the picture on the right in the first row. Just use the tip of your finger and roll that flat end into a point like in the second row. This will be the top of your stems. You don’t have to do it this way, I do it because I think it looks neater as the bottoms of the blue flowers are tapered too so it makes it easier for you to connect them more cleanly.
  2. Like I said in the previous post, if you don’t have mini circle cutters, you can use the ends of piping tips to get your small circles, or anything else you have around that is the size you need, just make sure it’s clean first.
  3. When you’ve made your blue ruffle flowers, you can put one or two per stem or even three, it’s up to you how you want it to look, like I said, no rules, we just do things as a guide for you.
  4. If the ends of the blue ruffles are too ‘chunky’ for you, just gently roll it between your fingers to thin it like i’ve pointed out in row four.

Yellow Flowers: These are just 2 sizes of the blossom plunger cutters which I have used.

Click here to see these flowers on the finished cake.

Red Flower: Tutorial

Someone said to me that these look like poppies, call it whatever you will, but from now on, you’ll be folding your flowers – WHAT!?!

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I think these are much easier to follow than the tall purple one next to it, pay no attention to my messy cutting, I was rushing through it all before the next cloud came through and the sun went stupid. I think the only thing I need to point out here that isn’t clear is when you place your centres on, you can leave them as is with that dome of the ball sticking out or you can tap it in with your small ball tool. You can see the comparison in the last row, first photo.

Click here to see this flower on the finished cake.

Purple Flower: Tutorial

I love these, you can make them any size and any height you want:

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I’m hoping the pictures are self explanatory but i’ll add in a few tips just in case.

  • Don’t worry about how the ‘top’ of your stem looks, it’ll get covered up anyway.
  • Roll little balls, whatever size you prefer but make sure they’re all approximately the same size.
  • Lightly brush on some water in the area you want to cover with ‘petals’ and place your first ball at the top of this watered area. Using a small ball tool, squish down from the centre of the ball and drag to the bottom to form a ‘v’ shape like you see in the second row on the right. You don’t need to press hard, just enough to get the effect.
  • For every 2 petals you put on, drag the ‘v’ towards the centre ( as seen in row 3 on the right) so the ends of these petals will be hidden by the next single petal that goes on.
  • In the 4th row, I am just showing you the different ‘ending’ options you can have with the same flower.
  • If you want to add little leaves, roll short pieces of left over ‘stem’ fondant into little sausages with pointed ends, cut them as long or as short as you want and again, use the ball tool to round out the ‘flat’ end to make it look more like a leaf shape.

Click here to see this flower on the finished cake.

Spring Flower Cake Tutorial

FINALLY!!!!! We’re both screaming it, but for different reasons, but because you asked so nicely and you were all so polite when I asked if it was worth making a tutorial for this, here she is. You’ll have to excuse the lighting in these as the sun decided to play hide and seek with the clouds that day so it was really inconsistent light.

I’m sure most of you remember this cake? It did a few rounds on facebook.

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I’ve split this tutorial into sections for each of the flowers I made on this cake so it’s easier to follow and if you only like a specific part you can pin that and not everything. You may just facepalm at how simple these are to make and they’re super quick too!

I’ve linked them all below, I know, i’m super nice. Click the links below and hopefully it’ll take you to the right place. As usual, with everything I do, THERE IS NO RIGHT OR WRONG!!!! I cannot tell you how many times I read on other decorators pages “I was told that you shouldn’t do it that way” – WHY!?! If it works for you, then do it your way. Creativity isn’t black or white, so why should it be wrong or right? <— I should really start a cake rap….Mmmm Cheese and bacon wrap….STOP! Hammer time! Let’s get to work people, this is serious stuff.

For you, my loves:

Grass – this is actually my ‘spray and wipe away‘ technique but instead of wiping on an angle, I just wiped straight up.

Purple and red flowers – These may look like a lot of work but what makes it quicker than you think is that it’s all free hand work, no perfection needed.

Blue and yellow flowers – You’ll need mini circle cutters and blossom plunger cutters but if you don’t have those, any mini blossom cutter will work and you can just smoosh (love that word) them together with a small ball tool. As for the mini circle cutters, the open end of a piping tip will cut small circles.

Purple Blossom & Pink Hydrangea – Don’t underestimate the power of an empty egg carton!

 

I hope this helps some of you, inspires you and motivates you to give it a go, such a beautiful finish for something so simple. Please email us or post your projects on our facebook wall, we would LOVE to see what you come up with.

 

 

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Bumblebee Tuna

Everything comes at once, or not at all. I have just had one of the craziest weeks of my life! I am of course to blame because I have these things called “feelings” and I ‘felt’ sorry for those with last minute panic situations and said: “Of course I can make that cake for you!”, knowing in the back of my mind, it’ll take me at least 5 hours to complete that cake, on top of all the other orders I already have and what’s that? The phone is ringing for another order on the same day just as another email for the next day pops up!?! OH MY FREAKING GOOFBALLS!!!!!!!! Could y’all just chill.

So I said yes to all. It resulted in over 48 hours straight of work and then another few hours to travel up North to deliver a Wedding Cake and what’s even better is that it’s supposed to be Autumn here in NZ but the sun decided to shine like we were in the middle of the Caribbean that day. Someone is testing me, but they forget, I have big balls so BRING IT!

Speaking of balls, have I got something to show you guys! Umm…you may want to make sure the kids are no where near your screens and you better make sure you’re not checking out these pics at work, unless your boss loves naughty cakes then you can all take five and gather round the screen because Miss Piggy’s Cakes said so!

I got an email for a Hen’s night cake (yeah, you know it already), it was one of those that I said yes to because I have ‘feelings’, plus I needed something humorous to break up the 48 hour workathon.

It was 1am on Friday morning and I managed to carve out this beauty right here, I have to say, i’ve never made one before, so i’m rather happy with how it “came” out (HA!).

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I actually couldn’t stop laughing at this stage, partially because I was so happy with my first attempt and there was a huge lack of sleep issue, but also because I was imagining someone walking into the kitchen to see this at 1am in the morning…hahahaha it still makes me laugh. I mean really, imagine you’re half asleep, and you walk into the kitchen for a cold glass of milk, or water, or juice or whisky and you open the fridge door to find….

THIS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Oh! Hello there!

Oh! Hello there!

HAAAAAHAHAHAHAHA oh man, i’m so immature. I don’t care. It makes me laugh.

So here’s the finished product, I think he’s rather pretty. TheBestIsYetToCum

And here’s a balls-eye-view for you all

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Excuse me, your balls are showing. Bumblebee Tuna” – Hahahahahaha I love that movie!

Inappropriate Tshirt available from Zazzle.

Miss Piggy's Cakes Airbrush & wipe cake with ruffle pom poms

Spray & Wipe Away

If you checked out our Ruff Stuff post yesterday, this is another ‘how to’ for part 2 of the cake shown in that post.

I had more attention on the ruffle pom poms but almost as much for the painting on the sides of the cake. So with the encouragement of Nina from Make Pretty Cakes who is not only a cake genius but also a tutorial genius, I have made this for you all.

I tried this effect with a paintbrush but I didn’t like the lines it left and although the make up sponges leave lines too, it is much softer and more subtle than the harsh effect I had with brushes. Of course you can go ahead and do the same with a brush if that’s your preference, i’m just letting you know exaaaaactly how I did it.

As usual, with anything I do, there are no right or wrong rules, just a general idea to achieve the effect so don’t be scared that you’re “doing it wrong” – this is art, creativity has no rules and no limits.

 

LET THE FUN BEGIN!!!

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TIPS:

  • My make up sponges came from the $2 shop.
  • If you are using more than one colour, start with your lightest colour first and lightly airbrush it on, layer on more colour till you reach the intensity YOU want.
  • When airbrushing on colour, I like to keep the colour within 1/4 – 1/2 way up the sides of the cake to allow room to drag the colour upwards with your sponge.
  • Vary the height you spray up the cake so when you drag the colour with your sponge, it allows for the random pattern to happen naturally.
  • Some make up sponges come in a more rectangular shape, if that is the case with yours, cut them on an angle (as seen in row 2), by doing this, your sponge will do all the work and you just hold it at the same position and drag to achieve this effect (as seen in row 3).
  • The side of the sponge you will be using on the cake needs to be lightly dipped in clear alcohol or extract. Squeeze out as much as you can, you only need it to be slightly damp, this helps you blend out the colour instead of ‘rip off’ the colour. It also helps if your colour has dried before you have time to blend it as the alcohol works into the colours. Too much liquid in your sponge can result in a dull effect, the whole point of this is for an array of colour to be seen.
  • Use similar colours or shades. Red and Green may look cool for Christmas but blend them together and you’ll have poop!
  • After you have blended out your colours, finish off the bottom with a colour of your choice (within the theme) airbrushed on. As you can see in row 4, we finished it off with a regal purple.
  • If you want to soften the intensity of colour, you can airbrush on a light coating of pearl metallic food paint like we did in the last picture of the last row of the ‘fire’ cake, the Rainbow Dust products work really well for us.
  • If you’re new to airbrushing and you don’t want to spend a fortune on specialised paint, you can just use supermarket food colours, they work well too.
  • LIGHT HANDS!!!! Light everything, less IS more, don’t buff the cake with the sponge, don’t soak the cake in colour, don’t soak the sponge – if you’re not sure, practice on a scrap of fondant first.
  • I’m left handed, most of you will have a cake with the effect going the opposite way to what I’ve got in the photos.
  • If you don’t have an airbrush, you can lightly sponge on your colours then use a clean sponge or the clean side lightly dipped in clear alcohol and squeeze out the excess then wipe away.

 

Again, I hope I’ve covered everything, I hope I make sense and I really, really hope this inspires a million other designs for you. It is so quick and easy no one will believe it’s this simple. I had a few people message me on facebook asking how I did it and I said “Lightly airbrush a colour or two, some shimmer if you like and wipe away with a makeup sponge” – I never got a reply from any of them, they must think I’m an a$$hole…hahaha!

If you have any questions or concerns, leave us a comment or email us. We would LOVE to see what you come up with so either email us a photo or slap it up on our Facebook wall.

P.S. I’m not an a$$hole, it really is that simple.

Ruff Stuff Ruffle

Ruff Stuff

I made this cake over the weekend for a very special person’s Birthday, I like to call her my Fairy God-Mother, naturally, the cake needed to be just as magical! I used elements of the ocean and the birthstone of February to come up with a more artistic approach to ‘waves’ and ‘sea sponges’ encompassed in granules of Amethyst.

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My ‘sea sponges’ attracted a lot of attention and I had quite a few of you ask how to make them. I know there are a few tutorials out there that already offer you how to make these and I tried them all but none of them gave me the effect I wanted, some weren’t ruffled enough that the ‘gaps’ were bugging me so much, some were too heavy I had to stick raw spaghetti in for support so this is MY WAY of making these ruffle hemisphere…ball…pom pom…things…If you don’t like it, it’s cool, don’t get your knickers in a spool.

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Tips:

  • Make sure you use GUMPASTE not fondant.
  • My 10, 8, 4 rule is generally correct but can vary sometimes. The outer circle of ‘frills’ uses 10 ruffles, the middle circle of frills uses 8 and the inner circle uses 4 but can sometimes take more.
  • Whatever the size of circle cutters you use (I use the Ateco Round Cutters) make sure there are TWO sizes between your large cutter and small cutter (I used the 2″ cutter  - base circle, and the 1 1/4″ cutter – ruffle circles), this will allow for the general “10,8, 4″ rule.
  • You use both your index fingers and thumbs to make the ‘x’ shape with the frilled smaller circle and then pinch it together at the bottom and slightly rolling the tail into a cone shape (as seen in row 2).
  • Make sure the start of the ‘neck’ of your first layer of ruffles starts at the edge of the circle of fondant (as seen in row 3).
  • The next layer of frills always starts in between TWO of the previous frills/ruffles, this eliminates ‘holes’ in your ruffle pom pom…thing…
  • Sometimes the last ruffle is a tight squeeze so use the end of your paintbrush or a small, smooth tool to manipulate a bigger gap, place the last ruffle in and use the same tool to manipulate the ruffles the way you want it to look.
  • You can play around with different colours, in the bi-coloured ruffle pom pom I applied the 10,8,4 rule alternating between purple and blue to get a stripe effect.

If I don’t make sense or you’re not sure, leave a comment or send me an email and i’ll be happy to help :)

 

Happy 3-Ohhh…

A good friend of ours hit another milestone in his life and turned 30. He looks nowhere near 30 and acts nothing like 30, I’m pretty sure he’s going to outlive all of us with his secret fountain of youth which we still can’t find.

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***WARNING***

The rest of this post contains photos of BooBee’s – cake boobeeeeees, so by default that makes it NSFW also if you have children around, perhaps you should wait till they’re not around.

 

Oh, so you still want to go ahead with this?

 

Ok…

 

Proceed…

 

 

 

Everyone had to dress up as their favourite TV/Movie/Cartoon Character so we went with Jersey Shore – Fo’ Sho’!

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The turnout was awesome, the party was awesome, it was a fun night, I even got free drinks (non-alcoholic of course) from the bar for being sober driver – WOOHOO!!! Actually, I just want to mention how great the service from the bar staff was and the friendliness. If I lived closer I would have all my functions there!

But what’s a party without cake? According to Julia Child, it’s just a meeting. I assure you, this was NO meeting, so here’s the cake in all it’s glory and the Birthday boy in his insanely awesome costume – in case you don’t watch Game of Thrones, click here —> Khal Drogo

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And here’s a couple of other shots of the cake:

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I have never seen so many people at a party taking a photo of the cake, it’s pretty awesome to make these creations out of edible mediums, it’s something else to see people gathering around your work.

Hope you’re alive and kicking today Ameer!

From all of us Guidos, HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!!

GTL – It’s T-Shirt tiiiiiime!

 

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A Caribbean “Surprise”

First post of 2014 and it’s going to be an eventful one, HAPPY NEW YEAR to all, I trust you over stuffed yourselves and indulged quite nicely over the holiday season – that’s what they’re there for!

My Mum’s Birthday is at the most inopportune time, TODAY actually, BIGGEST HAPPIEST BIRTHDAY to my amazing Wonder Woman Mumma!!!! It’s a time when everyone is still away on holiday or surviving on the lint in their pockets.

Aside from this big event we decided to host, I also kept my Business open during the holidays and that weekend just happened to be the one over filled with orders. Let me tell you now – “Sleep is for the weak” was either spoken by a Robot or they meant to say ‘Lack of sleep will make you weak’, DO NOT EVER sacrifice sleep, you will only get yourself into more problems.

So on top of all the cake orders, my brother and I and one of my Mum’s friends tried to plan a surprise party for My Mum which is stressful enough but then she found out when the marquee people called the HOUSE! When they came to set up they had the wrong size, it was too small, luckily they had a spare in the truck – crisis averted. The caterers were late and we were in a panic, at the same time I had to deliver three orders, on top of that it was 11am on Saturday morning and I hadn’t slept since Thursday morning, well actually, I went to bed at 7am on Saturday morning and woke up at 8am so technically I had an hour ‘nap’.

I wanted to make My Mum a Malibu bottle and thought I’d be smart and dowel the thing only because I just had to carry it downstairs… Everything was going wrong, the humidity was killing e-v-e-r-y-t-h-i-n-g.

I baked a total of 8 cakes (to stack), cake no.1 was a disaster, it decided to get it’s gangsta lean on and just wouldn’t do what I wanted it to and eventually when it did do what it was supposed to, bulges started appearing like a growth that wouldn’t subside.

Umm…I got a little hungry, if you can’t already tell…it tasted amazing!! Vanilla and Summer Berries with white chocolate ganache. Looks like a$$ though.

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Cake no.2 WAS working, till I realised that I forgot to dowel the actual cake layers and went downstairs to figure out how to fix it only to return to a cake flopped on its side in pieces…

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Although it may look like it’s still whole, when I picked it up it was crushed to death by it’s own weight…I really should have slept before attempting this a second time.

It was now 5am on Saturday, I and was no closer to the finishing of this freeeeeeeaaaaakin’ bottle cake. I was exhausted, my brain had actually stopped working, I would go down stairs to get something and had no idea what I was doing there, I don’t give up easily but this was a very rare moment where I felt I was out of options. My Mum woke up to me crying and we turned it into a Caribbean Island which looked more like Hulk Poop. I did add a few more things to make it look like a “joke” and I was too tired to care. Of course my Mum “Loved it” but only because she’s my Mum and THANK GOD it wasn’t for a customer although if it was I would have done a proper job.

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The beautiful and colourful mini cupcakes in the back were made by #BabyPiggy

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I’m seriously considering sending this into Cake Wrecks  or nominating myself for “sh!t cake of the week” with Cake Dame Ednah. My favourite shot is Jack Sparrow running away from Borat’s mankini clad body and Tom Hanks being all “Wiiiiiiilsooooooooooon” and Wilson’s all “I’m outta here!” because that’s how sh!t my Island is. I also just realised that my ‘rocks’ look like dog kibble… OH GOD! 

Glad to say I had a chance to fix things today on her actual Birthday with this fancy number right here:

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I was actually supposed to be a pineapple but then I found out that my brother’s shrimp suit was quite good for hiding inside and taking a nap and so, a Prawn Star was born.

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(Credits to Sarah Fo’Shizzle for the “Prawn Star” name)

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