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Piece Of Cake: How To Best Soften Fondant
Mar 22

Piece Of Cake: How To Best Soften Fondant

By Rose | Baking

We have all seen those divine looking wedding cakes that tower over the entire reception and look like they have been sculpted by the renaissance masters. The magnificent beads around the layers, the immaculate white sheet that blankets a juicy moist vanilla cake, and those realistic sugary flowers are typically made with one ingredient: fantastic and versatile fondant icing!

Last year, I made my nephew’s birthday cake and made sure it was extra special because it was his eighth birthday. I knew that he really loved to play with his Nintendo games and liked to dress up as Super Mario or Bowser during Halloween, so I decided to make him a Mario Land cake for his special day. This was a particularly difficult task as I had minimal experience of making decorative cakes (I used to make custom-themed cupcakes a few years back). You see, I have baked a lot of cakes in my lifetime, but making fondant is not my strongest point.

Therefore, I did what any responsible chef/baker in my situation would do, I planned ahead so I wouldn’t be pressed for time before my nephew’s birthday. My sister-in-law had got him pretty excited about his cake, so there was no way I was going to let him down. Therefore, I decided to make the fondant a day in advance. Rolling up my sleeves, I got to work. After a few hours, I finally had a good chunk of white fondant, which I then wrapped in cling-wrap and placed in the refrigerator. After patting myself on the back, I went to get some much-needed sleep, confident that baking the cake would be a breeze now that the fondant had already been done.

But when I started baking the cake the next morning, I found out to my horror the icing was almost rock hard. I left it for a few minutes and tried to roll it, but to no avail. I quickly realized that I might need to consult the ever trusty internet to find out what I could do, and found a couple of techniques. After trying out some of them, I finally succeeded in making the hard fondant nice and soft like clay. In the end, I was able to avoid disaster and create a cake that was a big hit at my nephew’s party.

So today, I would like to share with you what I did to make that fondant soft, as well as some other techniques that you could try out for yourself.

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The Best Golden Syrup Substitutes For Baking!
Jan 20

The Best Golden Syrup Substitutes For Baking!

By Rose | Baking

If you are in the kitchen a lot then there is a good chance you know how to bake. Of course, it is a pleasurable activity that satisfies both your mind and body. However, the most significant perk of baking is the sweetness it can lavish on you, which makes it the perfect leisure activity for a self-professed sweettooth!

Regardless of the recipe, it is essential that you know the appropriate sweeteners you are going to use. There are many different varieties of them. Hence, your options are limitless.

One of the common sweeteners that is used in baking is golden syrup. It is essential for many cakes and other pastries. Fortunately, it fairly easy to get hold of, especially in big stores. But if you are expecting a visitor and there is not enough time to drive to the nearest market, then you will need to know all of the possible golden syrup substitutes that are available. Once you know all the potential alternatives, you can get on with your baking without any delay. Therefore, you will never panic, even if you there is no golden syrup left on your kitchen racks!

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Need A Substitute For Dark Brown Sugar? You Make It Now!
Aug 15

Need A Substitute For Dark Brown Sugar? You Make It Now!

By Rose | Baking , Condiments

Dark brown sugar is a “grab me” item in my pantry. It’s so versatile, I use it in my sauces for dishes, dessert recipes and even in my baking escapades. You never know when you need to sprinkle some sweet taste on your cooking! It’s best to keep some always in the kitchen. But what if you run out?

I wouldn’t be surprised if you are desperately looking for an alternative. Do you need a substitute for dark brown sugar? I’ve got good news for you. I know exactly what you need! Ready to grab it?

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Gluten-Free Baking: What Is There To Know About Xanthan Gum?
Mar 23

Gluten-Free Baking: What Is There To Know About Xanthan Gum?

By Rose | Baking

Never heard of Xanthan Gum? Do you bake or even cook? Trust me, I have been into baking and cooking for years now, but I didn’t learn about it until I needed to make a gluten-free cake. Maybe some of you have some ideas about what it really is because Xanthan Gum was once the “talk of the town” for the baking and cooking world. For those curious minds like me, let’s clear up all of the “why’s” and “what’s” and boost our knowledge power!

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