Hours of Fun with cakes and new tools

The Hours of Fun kitchen has been busy since opening two months ago, baking delicious cakes to order and there have been a few family birthdays where a cake is a must.

New equipment has been added to the cake tool box and new edible cake decorations have been tested out.  The adventure has been a lot of fun and here we can share the new things learnt, new tools purchased and have a look back at some of the creations made.

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Impression mats

Flower impression mat  The latest addition to my impression set is the PME floral design sugarpaste icing impression mat.  Impression mats, rolling pins and crimpers are a fantastic, yet simple way to decorate a cake.  They can be used on icing and marzipan and you could get a collection for your craft kit as they work on fimo, clay, playdough etc.

 Edible fun

A new flavour has been added to the collection  – English Toffee and it is yummy!  Simply add a little flavouring to your cake batter or mix it in with your buttercream.  These flavours are fantastic for jazzing up your cakes and allowing to offer a variety of flavours, there really is any flavour you can think of.  I have also tried edible sparking sugar crystals for the first time as they caught my eye whilst shopping to stock up on silver balls.  They can be used instead of silver balls or glitter and give a more rough and ready look.

  Sparkling sugar crystals metallic silver  English toffee flavouring  Silver edible balls in different sizes

My favourite new experiment has been with Wilton candy melts as I first spotted these some time ago in my local cake shop and didn’t have a reason to use them.  My brother in law’s cake had a swimming themed bottom tier – perfect for some blue candy melts spread across the board.  You can get them in a range of colours and they can be coloured if you can’t find the one you need.  You simply melt the candy, spread where you require and let it set.

Wilton candy melts  close up on blue wilton candy melt

The other main purchase in the first couple of months has been boards and boxes as I am lucky enough to already have a varied and well equipped cake tool box.  I will continue to add to my tools and edible treats as i place new orders and require new bits and bobs, however boxes and boards are a continuous requirement.  All these additions, including a new Number 2 tin and along with the protein bar business have demanded more storage in the kitchen, perfect excuse to go shopping for shelves.

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