Sugar roses (with the easiest rose cutter)

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The first time I tried using this cutter I thought my roses looked a bit like a cabbage!

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A few things helped me to improve them.
– using a bigger foam pad this one is about 15cm square
– rolling the modelling paste really thin
– curling the edges over

What I used:

Modelling paste
A cutting board
A large foam pad
A mini rolling pin with rounded edges
Cornflour
Brush
Edible glue
Petal dusts
Knife
Cocktail or kebab stick

1. First, dust the board with cornflour and roll the modelling paste out so thin that you can see your hand through it.

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2. Next, cut out with the easiest rose cutter. I stored any I had cut in a plastic wallet while I waited to use them. Push down hard to get sharp edges.

3. Then, place on the foam pad and roll the edge of the rolling pin with it half on the modelling paste and half on the foam pad. Roll around the petal repeatedly to achieve nicely curling edges.

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4. After that, curl the edges with a cocktail or kebab stick, making sure you curl some forwards and some backwards.

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5. Paint a line if edible glue down the middle and fold over neatly.

6. Paint a line of glue on the fold and start curling tightly from one end time create the bud. Continue to wind around loosening and pulling out petals as you go to fluff out the rose.

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7. When you reach the end repeat with the next cut out as above and place under the loose petal, securing with a little glue. Then continue to wind, fluffing out as before.

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8. For a medium rose use 2 cut outs, large 3 and extra large 4. For a bud, use half a cut out and roll tightly.

9. Finally, paint the dust on dry. I used dusky pink on the inside of the petals and yellow on the tips.

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10. Last of all cut the bottom at an angle so it will sit well on a cake.

11. Leave to dry in a fruit tray or on kitchen paper so the petals don’t droop too much.

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I watched this video tutorial and found it really helpful too.

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Lucy’s Boho Birthday Cake

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I made this cake for my lovely friend Lucy for her Boho style surprise party.

It had a pink 4 layer ombre sponge base and a lemon fruitcake top tier (I will post this recipe soon).

This cake took a long time to make – just the baking was a good few hours. The other thing to note is you need lots and lots of buttercream for this cake even more than I thought. I had to send my hubby out for more butter!

They were filled with jam and buttercream and lemon curd and buttercream with stiffer icing (more icing sugar added) used as a dam and piped around the outside of each cake.

The icing was fairly easy – just a thick crumb coat of fairly stiff icing so you can’t see any cake through, followed by a thick coat of thinner icing roughly swirled and dabbed on. After each coat the cakes had a half hour in the fridge and a half hour on the counter to allow the icing to crust. I used the hummingbird bakery buttercream recipe but used about 2 tablespoons more liquid for the thinner batch.

The cakes were 9 inch and seven inch. I purchased a 10 inch cake tin to get a bigger gap between the tiers but it wouldn’t bake properly. I won’t be buying Masterclass tins again!

The decoration was summer flowers which were made ahead out if modelling paste. The tiny blue flowers used a cutter and I rolled each petal gently on a foam mat with the small end of the ball tool. I dotted a little silver lustre in the middle.

The pansies I used a violet cutter and again thinned carefully with the ball tool on the foam pad. I used various petal dusts to colour the petals, brushing them on dry. I then dried them in a supermarket apple tray so they would curve out from the middle.

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The roses I will add another post explaining how they were made. Here you go:
https://louscreabaketions.wordpress.com/2016/06/27/sugar-roses-with-the-easiest-rose-cutter/
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The butterflies were wafer paper ones I’d ordered for another cake but they were the wrong colour so I used dusts and vodka to repaint them. I dried them over a folded piece of card after gently folding.

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The small dog was also made from modelling paste coloured with gel colours or wilton colour right system. I used Trex to stop him drying out as I made him.

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The fairy door and grass were made from coloured fondant and the gold details were made from gold lustre dust and vodka painted on.

The decorations were all attached with a icing sugar and water paste.

The ribbon was burlap and I attached a strip of baking paper behind it to avoid fibres getting on the icing. It was attached to the outside of the board with double sided tape.

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Box of wine cake

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This cake was made for my boss’ husband and was absolutely huge! For this reason if I made it again I would definitely use a mini bottle of wine.

To make this I made two large square sponge cakes (using Delia’s all in one recipe) and torted them filling with vanilla buttercream (Hummingbird Bakery recipe). As they were very large, I found a flower nail useful to ensure they baked through in the middle. Next, I placed them side by side and pushed a wooden skewer dowel through to keep them together. I then carved a slight recess into the top cake to create the box. Next I crumb coated to create one big rectangle and added a smoother coat of buttercream on top.

I covered the rectangle in fondant and used a large brush with brown gel colour and vodka to create a wood effect.

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I varied the amount of gel colour used to get lighter and darker sections. Then I painted in the odd knot.

The wine bottle was made at least a week previous to ensure it had time to dry out. First I covered an empty wine bottle in cling film, making sure there was plenty spare around the edges. Then I rubbed it with shortening so it would release easily.

I coloured the gumpaste in green, red and yellow with gel colours. I covered the entire bottle in the green gumpaste and then covered the top in red.  Using a sharp knife I cut the gumpaste about half way round the bottle. I then left it to dry for a week or so before gently removing from the bottle. I also covered the board on fondant at this point.

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The final step was the decoration. First, I airbrushed (I have a Dinky Doodle airbrush) the bottle by covering the red with a little kitchen roll. I used a black airbrush colour. Once this was dry, I cut and applied the edible image (from Love, Print, Eat). If I made this cake again, I would only place the glue (water and icing sugar) at the edges you can see it through the image on this one.

Finally, I placed a strip of yellow across the join on the bottle and painted this with gold lustre dust. Then, the bottle was ready to place on the cake.

The last bits if decoration were the ivy, using bits of green and white fondant pushed together and rolled out. I then cut these with the PME ivy plunger cutters.

Once the cake was assembled, I added the wood shavings which were created with a room temperature block of white chocolate and running a knife or a vegetable peeler along the chocolate.

Cute Sock Whales

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These cute little whales are so easy that I made 10 in an evening in front of the telly. I bought the socks half price from Tesco too so they were cheap.

What you need:

A bag of stuffing
Baby socks (not too small)
Needle and thread
Googley eyes (I chose sew on ones to make sure they were secure) you could also use buttons.

1. First, stuff the sock fairly full so that you can just gather it at the end.

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2. Sew in and out gathering the fabric together. You can put the needle through a few times at once as that just helps it to gather. Keep going until the neck of the sock is tightly bunched together.

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3. Then sew from the bottom of the tail to the top in small stitches and once at the top go straight over and down the other side so that it gathers in the middle creating the fin shape.

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4. After that, sew up the ends by over stitching them. At the corners do a few stitches horizontally to help give them a point.

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5. Pinch a small section on the side of the whale and sew in a straight line. Don’t pinch too much or the fabric can end up pulled too tight across the body.

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6. Sew the eyes on just above the smile shaped seam.

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Enjoy your lovely whale.

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This lovely one was a gift for a friend who loved the idea so I added some extra decoration.

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Cute Sock Whales

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These cute little whales are so easy that I made 10 in an evening in front of the telly. I bought the socks half price from Tesco too do they were cheap.

What you need:

A bag of stuffing
Baby socks (not too small)
Needle and thread
Googley eyes (I chose sew on ones to make sure they were secure) you could also use buttons.

1. First, stuff the sock fairly full so that you can just gather it at the end.

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2. Sew in and out gathering the fabric together. You can put the needle through a few times at once as that just helps it to gather. Keep going until the neck of the sock is tightly bunched together.

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3. Then sew from the bottom of the tail to the top in small stitches and once at the top go straight over and down the other side so that it gathers in the middle creating the fin shape.

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4. After that, sew up the ends by over stitching them. At the corners do a few stitches horizontally to help give them a point.

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5. Pinch a small section on the side of the whale and sew in a straight line. Don’t pinch too much or the fabric can end up pulled too tight across the body.

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6. Sew the eyes on just above the smile shaped seam.

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Enjoy your lovely whale.

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