“ Brand: Dr Oetker's / Type: Baking Aids „
The product : Super cook silver balls are tiny edible silver metallic-coloured balls designed for cake and biscuit decoration, and can be bought from most supermarkets at approx £1.30 for 30g. My opinion : As a big fan of baking I am always looking for new ways to decorate cakes and biscuits, and came across these in Sainsbury's. The silver balls are rock solid and quite heavy - I found they sunk into chocolate coated biscuits almost immediately, but worked really well on buttercream cupcakes. I would say that if you are using them on anything flat like biscuits, add a touck of buttercream / icing to the bottom of them to act as glue, as just pressing them into the biscuit doesn't hold them well enough. Taste wise they don't really add anything - they just taste sweet rather than having a particular flavour - kind of like eating a sugar cube, but the same can be said for most cake decorations I'm afraid. Looks wise I think they really add something - I added them to Christmas cupcakes (red and white candy cane icing) and a few silver balls dotted here and there and they made them look really professional. I'm a firm believer that as long as it looks good, the taste isn't so important (a sign of my baking success!).
I make a lot of cakes - celebration, Birthday, Christenings etc and use Dr Oetker's Silver Balls a lot when decorating them. They come in a 30g pot, about 2.5 inches in diameter and 2 inches high. The base of the pot is transparent so that you can see the balls inside. All around the outer edge of the pot is a wrapper with the Dr.Oetker branding, the ingredients (the main ingredient is sugar) and some company information. To open the tub, you have to remove the red plastic lid, which just clips on. Once removed it is re-sealable. Each little ball is about 3mm in diameter - so quite tiny and a bit fiddly to handle. They are a shiny metallic silver colour and feel very smooth to the touch. Taste wise there's not a lot to say. They are too hard to bite when you first put them in your mouth. They taste vaguely of sugar and gradually break down to a little bit of sweet tasting powder. They are a really versatile cake decoration. I've used them to form the middles of tiny flowers, dotted them around cakes to look lke tiny diamonds, scattered them on top of muffins, used them as eyes on icing figures - the possibilities are endless. Children get very excited by these, and be warned that if they get their hands on the tub, they can open it in seconds and before you know it there are hundreds of silver balls all over your floor. They are a nightmare to sweep up and you'll be finding them for months afterwards! Even if you do a lot of baking, a tub of these silver balls will last a long time. Unspurpisingly, I've never counted the number of balls per pot but there must be several hundred. They cost around 79p a tub, which is money well spent for a great cake decorating product
It's been so cold, wet and WHITE in Birmingham this winter that we've been stuck in the house a lot. Some of you know I'm spending my gap year looking after my 2 year old sister so my mum could go back to work and it's been fun but on the days that we can't go to the park or shops I get stuck for ideas of things for her to do. We hit on cooking after she had a wicked time decorating biscuits at playgroup one day and now a couple of times a week we'll make some biscuits or fairy cakes. I started buying these Silver Balls from Super Cook when I was looking for things to decorate some Xmas biscuits we made and my sister loves using them now so I've been getting them ever since. They are about £1.39 to buy and I can't remember the weight that you get but there are shedloads of balls in there and I love putting my fingers in the pot while it's still full because the balls feel lovely! lol They are very hard and are made of a sort of compressed sugar and the outside is a shiney silver colour. There isn't a lot of taste to them but they do taste a bit sweet for a few seconds after you put one in your mouth. This isn't the sort of thing I'd eat on their own but they look wicked on cakes and add a bit of texture to whatever you're making. They are nice and crunchy but like I said the balls are mega hard and I reckon it'd deffo be possible to crack a tooth on one if you bit down on it funny. They've got a lovely shine and look brill on biscuits and cakes, I don't put too many on each thing because of them not having much taste of their own and I think just a few looks as good as having loads on as long as you arrange them properly. You can use them to make stick men and pictures on the tops of biscuits as well and that always looks good. Because I don't use many a tub lasts for quite a long time and even though I use them a few times a week I get about 3 or 4 weeks out of a tub. Recommended..... makes cakes and biscuits look extra special and gives them a nice crunch!!!
I have used the Supercook silver decoration balls lots of times and this is my review. I do a lot of baking and always have but always at Christmas time it is my busiest time for baking. The Supercook silver balls are an item I always keep in my baking box as they are very good for decorating items I have baked. The balls can be eaten and are perfectly safe. I would not give them to very young kids though just because they can be very hard and they might hurt there teeth when eating them. They are tiny silver coloured balls that can be used to decorate items like cakes and cookies and they are very easy to use. There is not a big taste when eating the silver decoration balls they just taste a bit sugary and sweet. They are mostly for decorating rather than adding a taste to your cooking. I use the little silver decoration balls a lot at Christmas time as they are ideal at adding detail to my baking. I used them this year to decorate a Christmas cake I had baked. I used icing to make a white snowman on top of the cake and used these little silver balls as his eyes and buttons something to look like coal. The snowman cake went down a treat and everybody thought he looked very smart. The best part was eating him though! I have used the Supercook silver decoration balls to decorate other things too like a Christmas Yule log and I have sprinkled them on top of individual cupcakes that have different coloured icing on them. I have used them on gingerbread men and on cookies to so they are an item with lots and lots of different uses and are good value. The Supercook silver decoration balls come in a very small tub but you do not need to use a lot at a time so the tub does last me several months and they keep ok in the cupboard once I have opened up the tub. I paid 99 pence for the tub from my local mini market but I think in bigger supermarkets the little tub is cheaper than this to buy. To add taste to my baking the silver balls do not bring anything to it really but the idea of them is to add some sparkle and decoration to baking and they are really great for this and I would suggest giving them a try out if you are looking to brighten up cookies or cup cakes or anything really....... That is the beauty of these little decorations, you can add them to anything really. These are great for bakers and if you are looking to give your cakes and cookies a bit of sparkle or decoration then I would suggest giving these a try.
I was up unhumanly early this morning thanks to a late night lunch box retireval mission which also yielded a whole heap of letters from school including a reminder that today is my youngest daughters class cake sale. Eek. Having baked two dozen fairy cakes at some point around midnight I'd lost the will to live and left icing them until this morning hence the need to get up ridiculously early so that the icing had time to set. My six year old kitchen assistant, who for some bizarre reason actually likes getting up super duper early and was in charge of the decorationg fest, decreed that all cakes would be pink and sparkly. The pink parts easy, add a bit of red food colouring to the icing and hey presto pink icing. The sparkly bit was considerably harder. I suggested Jelly Diamonds but they apparently aren't sparkly enough, sugar balls and strands were vetoed as too dull and so we emptied the entire cake decorating stash in search of something sparkly, I even resorted to suggesting the addition of tinsel round the edge of the bun cases but that was greeted with a sigh and a resounding "no mother." Finally lurking forgotten way at the back of the cupboard was a tiny pot of silver balls. "See I told you" so yelled the little darling gleefully. I assisted the chef with the mixing of the icing, the result was rather more Barbie than I'd envisioned but she was happy enough and set about placing her shiny balls into very specific patterns forming stars and smiley faces. Thats the great thing about the balls, they're actually big enough to handle allowing you to be rather creative. Unfortunately if your icing is too runny the silver colour seems to bleed a little so its best to let the icing set a bit before you apply them. It also helps if the icing is on the thick side as this stops them sliding off the cake. As with most cake decorating products currently available on the high street these are now made by Dr. Oetker although they were formarly manufactured by Supercook. Other than the change in manufacturers name very little else about the packaging has changed since my 1970s childhood. The lid is red and designed so that it interlinks with other products in the Dr. Oetker range allowing you to stack the decorations stably several layers high in your cupboard. Theres also a picture of an iced fairy cake and some straightforward cake decorating hints and tips. The lid is held in place by an easy tear seal. Having removed this be extremely careful when taking the red plastic lid off the pot because its a very snug fit and even though theres a small lip to help you remove it the balls have a tendancy to fly everywhere. Opening it inside a plastic bag makes it much easier to contain the escapees. I would hazard a very vague guess that each 30g tub contains around 300 balls. As far as taste goes they're a bit of a let down they look fab but don't actually taste of much at all, perhaps they're a little sugary but thats it. Once you bite through the crunchy outer shell they melt on your tongue and are gone within seconds. Still at 79p a tub they add lots of pzazz to your baking and they provide little ones with almost as much fun as they seem to get from Hama Beads.
My ten year old granddaughter has inherited my love of baking, although being a typical girly girl she does tend to want to pretty everything up as much as possible. For this reason I always make sure I have a tub of Super Cook Silver Balls in the pantry as they are so versatile that she can add them to most things we decide to cook. These are basically tiny little sugar balls with no real flavour of their own, they are simply designed to be an edible decoration. You get absolutely loads of these little silver balls in each tub, I have tried other brands but always return to Super Cook as the texture and lack of flavour in the balls is perfect for the kind of baking my granddaughter and I do. The Silver Balls are very hard and I imagine it would be quite possible to crack a tooth while biting into them, they do soften a little when added to moist foodstuffs but still remain hard. After sucking one for a while I find it goes a little brittle, these balls are never quite soft enough to comfortably bite into in my opinion so I always ensure I take the biscuit or cake with the least balls and try to eat them in conjunction with whatever they have been added to in an attempt to save my remaining teeth! The silvery coating on the balls comes off very quickly when they get damp to reveal that the actual ball itself is white, which isn't nearly as visually appealing as the shiny silver finish. The balls taste sweet, and that's all I can say about the taste really. There is no underlying flavour, no hint of anything else other than a general sweetness - it's not even a sugary sweetness, it's just sweet! Not the best taste description I know, but if you've even eaten or used these silver balls then you'll know just how basic the actual flavour of them is. This is actually a good thing though as there is no flavour to detract from the taste of the cooked goodies - there really is nothing worse than spending hours slaving over a hot stove only to have the essence of your baking ruined by overly flavoured decorative effects. We have used them to decorate fairy cakes, biscuits, muffins, large cakes and my granddaughter even pushed some into the top of a white bread roll once and decorated it with a sludgy icing in an attempt to recreate those iced finger rolls - this experiment wasn't exactly successful though as she used so much icing and so many balls that they had a laxative effect and she spent the rest of the evening in the toilet! Which serves her right for being greedy. I pay 79p for each small tub of Silver Balls, which I think is extremely reasonable as you need to use so few of them to get a lovely effect on your baking. Providing you ensure the lid is tightly pushed down they will last for ages too, although they wouldn't really get a chance to go off in my kitchen as every time my granddaughter sees my pile of cookbooks she will invariably pick some sweet treat out to cook and add silver balls to!
This little tub is something I always have in my cupboard - as they can add a little edible "bling" to any dessert or cake. They really are what they say on the tin - silver balls. The balls are about the size of a small ball bearing and come in small tub which is only 5cm high and weighs 30g - so they don't take up much space in the cupboard. The tub must contain over 100 balls (sorry I didn't count them) and add a real sparkle to cakes and ice cream. They do come with an allergy warning - so do have a close look at the label if you are in anyway allergic to some products. (Gluten and sulphur Dioxide in particular on this product). If you do put them on ice cream or other puddings do it just before you serve it otherwise you may find that the silver comes off and you are left with just a plain white ball - which doesn't look anywhere near as nice.!! They are quite hard to bite into but do disolve in the mouth.
Dr Oetker / Super Cook's Silver Balls What are they? ************ Sugar silver balls used in decorating cakes, biscuits buns and desserts. Special Features? ************* These are tiny little silver balls made from sugar but covered with silver colouring. They contain no hydrogenated fats, artificial colours, artificial flavours, artificial sweetners or any artificial preseratives. What do I think of them? ******************* I really like using these for decorating, something silver and shiny just to add a bit of extra sparkle. My mum hates them as they remind her of metal and I suppose they can taste a little metallic when you have this thought in mind. They are also quite hard in texture, especially when they first go in your mouth, but being made of only sugar they do soon melt away. In terms of flavour, there isn't really much of a taste, except for the sweetish taste from the sugar, but they are so small and unless you have a large number of them in your mouth all at once there isn't really much to taste anyway - they're really just decorative little balls. They are pretty fiddly, and can be difficult to handle if you're trying to do some precise decorating with them. And the silver colouring does run and fade when you have them in your hands too long and sometimes the silver coating can also dissolve into the cream - I find this with specific with butter cream (perhaps the butter does something to them?) but I also get this a little with normal dairy cream if the balls have been standing in them for a long time (after a day or two...). The silver balls come a small 30g tub which contains hundreds and is ample for several uses - I often manage to get about 5-6 uses out of them and I do use quite a fair bit each time (for batches of buns and fairy cakes). I bought mine for 9p (yes 9p!) a tub, but I think this may have been some kind of mistake by the supermarket with their labels etc, they are actually about 43p now :), which is still quite reasonable for the amount that you get in the 30g tub. Thanks for reading. xx ©Leighsady 2009.
Every Xmas Dr Oetker polishes his balls until they shine.