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      03.03.2014 12:44
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      beautiful range of colours and you need only a small amount so will last well

      I could not resist buying some of the Rainbow Dust Progel Colous when I saw them- the range of colours is absolutely beautiful- there are 37 different shades in total with each tube clearly depicting the colour contained. The Rainbow Dust Progel colours can be used to colour Florist Paste, Sugarpaste, Marzipan and Buttercream etc.

      They come supplied in a tube with screw top lid which instantly appealed to me as I have found it difficult and sometimes messy to get the Squires Kitchen and Sugar Flair colours out of the pots especially when you have already used quite a bit.

      ~In Use~

      These colours come in such beautiful shades and Rainbow Dust claim you will only need the smallest amount- from my experience this is very true. I find that when using these colours I need far less colour than I have needed with other brands- and as such this makes them excellent value for money especially as coming in a tube means you can get every last bit of colour out.

      Being able to use less colour to achieve a desired shade also means that my icing does not end up tacky or sticky which happened to me with other brands and makes your icing much more difficult to use and often requires additional icing sugar. I also found it very easy and quick to mix in the colour. The colours achieved are absolutely beautiful and this range has quickly become my favourite- they are such a joy to work with.

      ~Disadvantages~

      The range only includes one purple colour- I would have liked to see both a bluey purple and a pinky purple included as a minimum as purple is such a popular colour. To put it into context the range includes quite a few orange shades- Tangerine, Sunflower, Terracotta & Orange. There are also multiple blues; Sky Blue, Ice Blue, Aqua, Baby Blue and Turquoise. There are also 7 greens. But then there are colours such as the purple and pinks (there are only 2) which are poorly represented by contrast.

      ~Price & Availability~

      The Rainbow Dust Progel Colours are widely available from shops and online and cost around £2.80 each.

      ~Recommend~

      I cannot recommend these colours highly enough- there are such beautiful shades, they are easy to get out of the tubes and you need such a small amount which makes them excellent value for money.

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      26.02.2014 12:26
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      easy to emboss but fiddly to remove icing.

      I love cake decorating and since discovering this wonderful hobby I am always on the look out for new tools to play with. On a recent shop trip I found the PME Floral Impression mat and promptly decided to buy it to add a textured finish to my cupcakes.

      ~What is it~

      The PME Floral Impression mat is an embossed piece of clear thick plastic you roll your icing onto to create an embossed patterned look to your icing. Due to the mats size it is best suited to decorating cupcakes of adding embossed details to decorations for large cakes.

      ~In use~

      To use you simply roll out your icing and when nearing the thickness you require then roll onto the embossing mat to emboss your icing. I found that I needed to dust the embossing mat lightly with icing sugar to help prevent the icing sticking, however I did find the icing still prone to sticking and difficult to remove often cracking or tearing.

      The mat can be used on either side to create an embossed or debossed pattern.

      The mat is easy to use and does leave a deep embossed pattern- however I decided that the pattern really is to busy and cluttered for me- although this is very much personally taste.

      ~Disadvantages~

      I found that this mat can be quite difficult to clean, with icing getting into and sticking to every nook and cranny even if lightly dusted with icing sugar or similar first. When peeling the icing off the mat as it was prone to sticking the icing often tore or cracked which made it more difficult to use.

      ~Price & Availability~

      The PME Floral Impression Mat is widely available in shops and online and currently costs £2.00 on the Hobbycraft website.

      ~Recommend~

      I would not recommend this mat as I found it difficult to remove the icing, even when dusted with icing sugar it was prone to cracking or tearing. The mat is consequently difficult to clean as icing sticks to the smallest nooks and crannies.

      For me personally the pattern is also a bit too busy but that is just down to personal taste.

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        25.02.2014 22:23
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        great taste but crumbly and prone to cracking.

        Whilst recently shopping for cake decorating supplies I discovered that Renshaw do Milk and White Chocolate flavoured Sugarpastes. Inspired I decided to make my partner a chocolate cake decorated to look like an open box of chocolates for Valentines day- a chocolate brown box and lid with white ribbon detail and bow.

        ~In Use~

        I primarily brought this sugarpaste to make ribbon and bow detail for the chocolate box lid, and it was difficult to mould and model, taking considerable time to dry. It also cracked quite badly both on the bow and ribbons and was very very crumbly leaving white crumbs over my cake and anytime these were gently wiped away more appeared. I was really disappointed as I had worked so hard to produce a beautiful cake and this really did let me down and spoil the overall effect.

        ~Colour~

        This Sugarpaste is a creamy colour- exactly the colour that you would expect white chocolate to be. It is a lovely colour to work with and looked especially nice used in conjunction with the Renshaw Milk Chocolate Sugarpaste which I used to cover the cake.

        ~Taste~

        This Sugarpaste tastes lovely- just like white chocolate. It really is yummy.


        ~Price & Availability~

        Renshaw White Chocolate Sugar Paste is widely available in shops and online and costs around £2 for 250g.

        ~Recommend~

        I cannot recommend this sugarpaste as whilst it tastes lovely it was a nightmare to work with to create ribbon and bow details- I have not experienced crumbly sugarpaste before, and both the ribbon and bow cracked quite considerably. I have not tried to cover a cake with this and it may work much better as a simple covering but as I have not tried this and based on my experiences I am unlikely to buy this again.

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      • PME Garett Frill / Art / Craft / 28 Readings / 28 Ratings
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        25.02.2014 11:12
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        Can be used to create beautiful frills and ruffle roses but can be fiddly and timeconsuming

        At my cake decorating class we each design our cakes and pick techniques we would like to learn rather than everyone doing the same. This great as you can focus on what you really want to learn. My mum who goes with me decided she wanted to learn Garett frill and one of the other ladies decided to learn a form of ruffle roses also using the Garett frill cutter. It was really interesting to see it used in such different ways, and inspired me to buy my own Garett Frill Cutter.

        ~What is it~

        A Garett Frill cutter is a fluted circle cutter with 3 different sized plain circle cutter to use in the centre so that you can vary the width of the finished frill.

        ~In Use~

        These cutters are easy to use you simply select the size of inner circle that you wish to use clip it in and then use to cut out your icing. You then need to use a ball tool, cocktail stick or similar to add definition and detail to the frills and I would suggest for Garett Frill that you are best to use Florist paste which can be rolled paper thin and dries holding its shape. You will need to use edible glue or similar to attach the frills to your cake.

        I have seen some beautiful cakes with Garett frill- it can be used in so many ways, such as around the base of the cake on a cake board, around the top of the cake, an in a draped style to name just a few. If you wish to create a draped effect on your cake with your frills it is best to measure and use pins to mark where each drape will start/end to ensure even placement around the cake. The frill look lovely as well if colour dusts or glitter are used to further emphasize the frill.

        One of the other ladies at our class was taught a way of using a Garett frill cutter to create ruffles roses but I have yet to try this, although I have had much fun creating beautiful frills on my cakes.

        These cutters are plastic and cut out crisply and are easy to wash and clean.

        ~Disadvantages~

        Whilst these cutters can be used to create beautiful frills and ruffle roses it can both time consuming and fiddly.

        ~Price & Availability~

        The PME Garett Frill Cutter is widely available in shops and online. It currently costs £5.25.

        ~Recommend~

        I highly recommend the PME Garett Frill Cutter- I have used it to beautiful effect on my cakes and it really is very versatile- however it can be time consuming to create frills and roses due to the amount of shaping and use of ball tool that is required.

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        24.02.2014 20:07
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        thin difficult to work with and prone to cracking but beautiful jet black colour

        When I designed my first cake for my cake decorating class I decided to go for a black cake with black and white butterflies, white crimped board (drum) and piped detail. However little did I know the difficulties working with black represents.

        My tutor suggested that rather than colouring white sugarpaste I would be better to buy pre-coloured black sugarpaste, so that I could be sure to get a true black, as when colouring white sugarpaste at home you frequently end up with very dark grey instead.

        When out shopping I spotted Renshaw Black Sugarpaste as it was the beautiful jet black shade I envisioned I quickly made my purchase.

        ~Packaging~

        Renshaw Sugar Paste is simply supplied in clear plastic wrapping with the brand clearly marked in red

        ~Storage~

        Sugarpaste must be kept airtight once opened to prevent it from drying out and becoming unworkable.

        ~In Use~

        When I opened the packets and actually felt the sugar paste I was very disappointed to note how thin it felt, it was also quickly apparent that it would be difficult to work with as even when I was rolling out the Sugarpaste it was cracking- this is not a problem I have ever encountered before. But my problems did not end there are once my cake was covered as it dried more cracks appeared. My tutor felt that it was wholly down to the sugar paste and was not a reflection on anything I had done, as she had watched throughout, and tried to assist when the difficulties in use started to arise.

        ~Disadvantages~

        I found the Renshaw Sugarpaste to be 'thin' tacky and prone to cracking- consequently I found it very difficult to work with, and did not achieve as smooth a finish as I would have liked as there were a few cracks. Even when rolling out the sugar paste was cracking, and resistant to being worked and once my cake was covered cracks continued to appear. This was really disappointing given that Renshaw sugarpaste is much more expensive than some other brands of Sugar Paste such as Asda own brand which I much prefer- it is thicker and much easier to work with and producing a beautiful smooth finish.

        Covering just my 8 inch cake with Black Renshaw Sugarpaste (without the drum- which I used Asda white for) cost me over £7 and the cost would have remained the same regardless of what colour Renshaw Sugarpaste I used. Had I used Asda Sugarpaste the same cake being covered would have cost me £2.15 some considerable difference.

        I also did not think that the taste was as nice as other brands that I have used. I am not sure if this was in part due to the large amount of colouring required to create a true black colour or if this is simply the taste of Renshaw Sugarpastes.

        ~Price & Availability~

        Renshaw Black Sugar Paste is widely available from shops and online and costs around £2.50 for 250g.

        ~Recommend~

        I would not recommend the Renshaw Black Sugar Paste as I found it very difficult to work with and prone to cracking it is also very expensive compared to other brands, I also did not think that the taste was particularly nice. Overall I was quite disappointed and in rather a 'black' mood by the time I had finished working with it!

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          24.02.2014 11:05
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          excellent covering sugarpaste for covering chocolate cakes takes lovely

          Whilst recently shopping for cake decorating supplies I discovered that Renshaw do Milk and White Chocolate flavoured Sugarpastes. Instantly inspired I decided to make my partner a chocolate cake decorated to look like an open box of chocolates for Valentines day. I was somewhat sceptical as to how much like chocolate it would taste and having had a less than favourable experience with the Renshaw Black Sugarpaste was wary as to how easy it would be to work with- but I really was pleasantly surprised on both counts.

          ~In Use~

          This sugarpaste is much thicker than some of the other Renshaw Sugarpastes that I have used and as such is much easier to work with. It rolls out well and was not prone to cracking, covering my cake beautifully and with a lovely smooth finish. However I am not sure how easy it would be to use to mould decorations as I found the white to be quite crumbly and difficult to use in this sense- even once dried my bow and ribbon detail was prone to crumbling. However I did not try any form of decoration or modelling with the milk chocolate paste, simply using it to cover a cake and drum which it did beautifully.

          ~Colour~

          This Sugarpaste is a rich deep chocolate brown colour- exactly the colour that you would expect milk chocolate to be. It really is a lovely colour to work with and looked especially nice used in conjunction with the Renshaw White Chocolate Sugarpaste which I used to create ribbon and a bow for the chocolate box lid.

          ~Taste~

          This Sugarpaste tastes lovely- just like milk chocolate. It really is yummy and a great covering for a chocolate cake. I found myself wanting to keep breaking bits off to eat- as even alone it tasted quite nice.

          ~Smell~

          This Sugarpaste has a rich chocolate scent- smelling really yummy whilst in use and every time I opened the cake box.

          ~Price & Availability~

          Renshaw Chocolate Sugar Paste is widely available in shops and online and costs around £2 for 250g.

          ~Recommend~

          I loved working with this sugarpaste in every sense- it has a lovely taste and smell and works beautifully when decorating chocolate cakes. It was easy to roll out and produced a beautiful smooth finish and I would have no hesitation in buying it again- however based on my experience of creating decorations and moulding with the white chocolate sugarpaste I would only intend to use for cake covering and would buy modelling chocolate for anything else just to be safe- as crumbling decorations is not a good look.

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            22.02.2014 20:08
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            Creates an easier to follow embossed pattern to allow the even spacing or piped dots.

            At my cake decorating class I have been trying hard to work on my piping skills and have been learning lots of new techniques. One of the tutors mentioned that they had a Press Ice Tool and after seeing it I knew I just had to buy one.

            ~What is it?~

            It is a red plastic tool with a handle that has raised dots and is used for embossing cakes to ensure even spacing of piping dots.

            ~In Use~

            To use you simply press this tool into the icing. You could do just the sides or the top of the cake or the whole cake. I have found this tool gets easier to use with practice as initially I was sometimes accidentally overlapping and embossing the same area twice or missing small areas.

            You need to ensure that you use this tool prior to your sugarpaste drying, as otherwise you will be unable to emboss. You can however pipe the dots at a later point. This tool is really easy to clean and will last a long time.

            This tool is an excellent guide for creating beautiful evenly spaced dot patterns and once you have mastered ensuring you do not overlap or leave gaps, is very easy to use. Producing a beautiful finish and adding texture detail and interest to cakes.

            It create a beautiful decorative finish to cakes - it really does look stunning. I have experimented and found it looks lovely if you pipe white dots, or dots the same colour as your icing or even a contrasting colour. However I am still mastering piping perfect dots as mine tend to have peaks! Practice makes perfect.

            If you wish to pipe dots in the same colour as your cake you can use the leftover sugarpaste to make a piping icing. This ensures an exact colour match. To do this you simply break off small pieces of sugarpaste and add to a mixing bowl adding the tiniest amount of water and use an electric whisk or mixer to mix- you are looking to achieve a think icing which can be piped- it should produce stiff peaks and be a very similar if not identical consistency to royal icing. If you accidentally add too much water you can simply balance this by adding more sugarpaste. Another advantage of turning sugarpaste into piping icing besides identical colour matches is that it can be made in very small quantities.

            ~Others in range~

            There are a number of other Press Ice Tools some which have different spacing of the dots, closer together or much wider apart. There are also those to create ribbon or drape effects.

            ~Price & Availability~

            The Press Ice Tool Polka One is widely available from shops and online. It can currently be purchased from the Amazon website for £7.50.

            ~Recommend~

            I cannot recommend this tool highly enough- it creates a beautiful finish to cakes- adding texture, detail and interest. It is easy to use and clean. I love this tool and will definitely be buying some of the other versions, I just need to master piping perfect dots now...

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            • PME Butterfly Cutters / Art / Craft / 33 Readings / 32 Ratings
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              22.02.2014 12:02
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              beautiful elegant shape and cut cleanly and crisply

              I absolutely love butterflies so much so that I even have 2 tattoos- one on my wrist and one on my tummy. Naturally when I recently started a cake decorating class butterfly cutters were high up on my list of must have purchases and when I saw the PME Butterfly Cutters I could not resist.

              This set includes two butterfly cutters- one large and one small. The cutters have produce beautiful elegant shaped butterflies which look lovely layered up or used individually.

              The cutters cut cleanly and crisply and are very easy to grip and use. They was well and are extremely well made and durable.

              The cutters product plain butterflies by that I mean that they are not embossed with additional details but should you wish you could use a textured rolling pin to add a pattern to the icing prior to cutting out.

              The Butterflies look lovely if you add a small amount of edible glue to the wing tips and tip into edible glitter. You could also pipe onto the butterflies or use dusts to add shading, or even paint on them should you wish.

              PME also do a Butterfly Plunger cutter set, which has 3 different sized butterfly plunger cutters which also add embossed detail and are a slightly different shape and I also have my sights set on these.

              ~Price & Availability~

              These cutters are widely available in shops and online. They currently cost £3.65

              ~Recommend~

              I love my PME Butterfly cutters they are so versatile and useful and look lovely on cakes either as the main focal point or to add additional detail. There are so many ways you can enhance the look of them with glitter, paint, dust or piping although they also look lovely plain. They cut out crisply and are easy to wash. Highly recommend.

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                21.02.2014 22:31
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                Well made and designed, easy to pop up and to put away.

                Whenever we visit friends with children my daughter, always makes a beeline for the play tents and so when we were looking for Christmas presents for her this was high on the list.

                When I saw the Worlds Apart generic tent on Amazon it seemed the perfect fit with its stylish design and lovely pastel colours, and I especially liked that it could be used in conjunction with a play tunnel which was also on our shopping list.

                The tent is very well made and designed, and is very easy to pop up and down so is very easy to store. It has an entrance and two windows- one of which can be closed. My daughter absolutely loves playing in her tent, using it as a den, or turning it into a ball pit with her balls.

                ~Other items in range~

                The tent can also be used in conjunction with the tunnel in the range which we also have. The tunnel is designed to fit into one of the tent openings, and they works very well together and have provided hours of fun.

                ~Popping up and down~

                The tent is very easy to pop up and down, folding completely flat and as such is very easy to store, and literally takes seconds to set up again. The tent is very well made and designed and excellent quality. However as it is fabric and light in colour it would really only be suitable for indoor use.

                ~Price & Availability~

                The World's Apart Generic Pop Up Tent is widely available online and in shops and is currently on Amazon for £7.50 in either the pink, blue and yellow design we have or in green, red and blue.

                ~Recommend~

                My daughter absolutely loves her play tent. She will quite happily play for hours, it is very well design and well made and I really can see this lasting well. As it is fabric however I would suggest this item is for indoor use only, especially as our is in fairly pale colours.

                It really is so easy to pop up and to put away making it easy to store, we were so impressed we also brought the co-ordinating play tunnel and some ball pit balls. Highly recommend.

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                  Huge amount for little ones to do - but drains quickly so constantly refilling

                  My daughter absolutely loves bath time. She has a lovely collection of bath toys and we have great fun playing with them. We were both thrilled when she received the Grow & Play Pour & Play Pirate Pete for Christmas and could not wait to play.

                  ~What is it?~

                  This toy is a large pirate ship which sticks to the side of the bath and there is so much for little ones to do. However some of these functions only work when the plastic container on the boat is filled with water. There is a blue boat pourer provided for this purpose. Once full the fish contained float, a button allows the cannon to fire water, the green wheel below the boat turns as water trickles over it and when the deck floods with water a trapdoor opens and pours out water. However the shame is that the water drains very quickly (less than a minute) so you are constantly refilling.

                  Pirate Pete can be moved by turning a wheel, and there are beads to play with on the deck. The on off switch for the battery operated functions is a bright orange button in the middle of the boat and this is easy for little ones to press.

                  Unlike some bath toys this sticks really to the side of the bath and even when my daughter pulls or tugs at it in play it stays in place. However after bath time it can easily to removed by pulling firmly.

                  This really is a lovely bath toy with so much for little ones to do and keeps Tilly-Mae amused for ages and as usual she never wants to get out of the bath. She especially likes the green wheel turning under the boat and the trapdoor opening and dumping water.

                  ~Age range~

                  This bath toy is suitable from 12 months.

                  ~Price & Availability~

                  Grow & Play Pour & Play Pirate Pete is available from Sainsbury's and costs £9.99.

                  ~Recommend~

                  This really is a lovely bath toy with so much for little ones to do and keeps Tilly-Mae amused for ages and as usual she never wants to get out of the bath. She especially likes the green wheel turning under the boat and the trapdoor opening and dumping water. I find that I have to keep filling the container so that she can play with all the functions as she is not yet able to fill it herself, it also drains very quickly meaning that you are always filling it up. However this toy is great fun and we would highly recommend it.

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                • PME Marzipan Spacers / Art / Craft / 33 Readings / 32 Ratings
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                  19.02.2014 21:11
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                  Ensure icing and maripan sufficient thickness and even

                  I have recently started a beginners cake decorating course and one of the tools it was suggested that we would need to buy was a set of Marzipan Spaces. They are simply two strips of white plastic of equal height and length. Marzipan spacers (also sometimes referred to as icing spacers) are basically used to prevent you rolling your marzipan or icing too thinly and to ensure that it is rolled evenly.

                  ~In use~

                  To use you place one each side of your icing or marzipan as you roll it with your rolling pin, the height of the spacers then prevents you rolling too thinly and ensures an even depth.

                  The spacers are very easy to use and clean and really have made a difference to my icing and marzipan- which now looks much neater. I had not realised that prior to using marzipan spacers that I was not rolling out evenly and was often rolling my icing and marzipan too thinly which made it much more prone to cracking.

                  ~Price & Availability~

                  PME Marzipan spacers are widely available in shops and online. They currently cost £3.63 on the Amazon website.

                  ~Recommend~

                  Highly recommend- The spacers are very easy to use and clean and my icing is much neater and more even.

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                  • PME Cake Smoother / Art / Craft / 27 Readings / 27 Ratings
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                    Neater and smoother icing

                    I have recently started a cake decorating class and we were advised of a few tools that it was suggested we purchase. On the list were Cake Smoothers.

                    ~What are they~

                    Cake Smoothers are a piece of smooth rectangular plastic with a handle on the reverse. They are designed to smooth and polish marzipan and icing.

                    ~In Use~

                    Before you would prepare your cake for example levelling, shaping or if a fruit cake filling any gaps. You would then cover your cake, and then use the Smoothers to smooth and polish both the top and sides of the cake to give a neat professional finish.

                    It is suggested that you use two smoothers so that you can ensure that finger tips never touch the cake. You would use one to hold the cake in place whilst using the other to smooth and polish.

                    There are other ways that you can polish Sugarpaste icing such as by using a ball of leftover Sugarpaste to buff the iced cake, however whilst this will make is smoother, the finish is not as good as when I use my Cake Smoother.

                    ~Price & Availability~

                    PME Cake smoothers are widely available in shops and online. They are currently on the Amazon website for £3.85 each.

                    ~Recommend~

                    I love my Cake Smoothers, and can really see the difference in my icing which looks so much neater and much more professional. The Cake Smoothers are really easy to use and clean. Highly recommend.

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                    easy to use to create beautiful flowers but one broke on first use

                    Recently I have really started to get into cake decorating, I have always loved to bake but have become very interested in and now enjoy decorating my cakes so that they look as good as they hopefully taste! I am very much a beginner however I have quickly built up a stash of quite a few tools. One of the first I brought was this set of Daisy cutters.

                    ~What they are~

                    These are plunger cutters designed to cut a daisy shape. The set includes 4 cutters of varying sizes which can be used to cut edible materials such as Sugar Paste, Florist Paste and Marzipan. They can also be used to cut clay- however you should never use a set for both edible and non edible work and instead have a set for each.

                    ~In use~

                    They are very easy to use and I have used these cutters with both sugar paste and florist paste.
                    However I was very disappointed that one of the springs in the smallest cutter broke upon first use. I assume this was a manufacturing fault as I own many cutters from this brand and it is the only time I have encountered this problem- the cutter can still be used but now sticks which is a real shame.

                    ~Design Ideas~

                    I originally brought these to add a flower detail to cupcakes and mini cakes, however I have since seem some pictures online of a lace effect on a large cake achieved with these cutters which I am keen to try.
                    There are videos on You Tube which show how to maximise the impact of your flowers by adding detail, dimension and movement using simple cake decorating tools.

                    These flowers also look lovely if you add lustre powder or tints using a dry paint brush.

                    ~Price & Availability~

                    The Kitchen Craft Daisy Cutters are widely available in shops and online and can currently be purchased on the Amazon website for £3.

                    ~Summary~

                    These cutters are really pretty and a joy to use, with endless design possibilities and I would highly recommend them.

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                    • Jem Bow Cutters / Art / Craft / 36 Readings / 36 Ratings
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                      easy to create beautiful bows but the smallest sizes can be quite fiddly, Instructions are not very

                      I have been making cupcakes for many years and as my little girl has just discovered a love of cake I have been making cupcakes more frequently. I thought it would be lovely to make them look pretty, and started to look around for decorating tools to really give them the wow factor. I could not resist these bow cutters when I saw them.

                      ~How to Use~

                      These cutters really are so easy to use and cut out beautiful and wash well. To use you simply roll your icing very thin and then press down to cut out the shapes. As the icing needs to be quite thin I prefer to use florist paste, however the cutters do work very well with sugar paste.

                      You then put the bow together- I did not think the instructions were very clear or helpful so I looked on YOU Tube where I found some brilliant tutorials that also showed how to shape and add movement.

                      These bows are the perfect size for cupcakes or mini cakes and look really pretty and striking. The cutters are a great way of creating bows quickly and of identical size, especially helpful if you have a large batch of cakes to decorate.

                      However I do find the two smallest bows to be quite fiddly, especially the smallest cutter and consequently I rarely use this one.

                      ~Price & Availability~

                      These cutters are widely available and currently cost £5.35 on the Amazon website.

                      ~Recommend~

                      I love my Bow cutters and highly recommend them for making beautiful even bows. However you can often buy the largest bow size separately and as the smaller sizes can be quite fiddly I would suggest purchasing just the largest size where possible.

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                      18.02.2014 00:15
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                      An excellent glue for cake decorators but can be difficult to get glue out as you get nearer the end

                      When I started a cake decorating class recently on the list of suggested tools and materials was edible glue. As a keen papercrafter I am well used to working with glue although this is my first foray into the edible kind. Edible glue is used when making and attaching decorations such as flowers.

                      Whilst out shopping I spotted the Squires Kitchen Edible Glue as this was a brand that I had heard of and having used some of their other products I decided to give it a go. The glue itself is supplied in a small pot with flip top lid- the glue is clear and a similar consistency to shampoo. I would have preferred this glue to be supplied in a tube as it can be fiddly to get out when nearing the bottom of pot and would also make it much less tempting to just stick your paint brush in when you require only the smallest amount or have missed a bit a big no- no as it is important not to contaminate the glue with the mediums you are working with. It is therefore suggested to transfer a small amount onto/ or into something else to use.

                      The glue itself is easy to use and best applied with a small paintbrush or cocktail stick. I have found it to be very effective when making decorations and when attaching them to my cakes. You do did the smallest amount, applying too much can make your icing very wet and sticky, so using the right amount is key. It is also important to ensure you only apply glue where you need it as it will leave marks on your icing if accidentally applied in the wrong place.

                      It is possible to make your own edible glue and you can find recipes online, however I have yet to try this preferring the ease and convenience of pre-made. I find that a 20g pot lasts me quite some time and is therefore good value.

                      ~Price & Availability~

                      Squires Kitchen Edible Glue is widely available from shops and online. A 20g pot currently costs £2.75 on the Amazon website.

                      ~Recommend~

                      I would recommend this glue it is effective and easy to use and a pot lasts well- however I do think it would have been better supplied in a tube.

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