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#yesdarling T-Shirts

13th November 2017

Wear this t-shirt when you need a reminder that, yes darling, you’ve got this! £14.95 – FREE UK Mainland Shipping (Please contact me at info@sweetiedarlingcakes.co.uk for international shipping) Sizes UK size 8 £14.95 GBPUK size 10 £14.95 GBPUK size 12 £14.95 GBPUK Size 14 £14.95 GBPUK Size 16 £14.95 GBPUK Size 18 £14.95 GBP T-Shirts are ‘true to size’. I am a size 10 on top, size 12 on the bottom and both size 10 and size 12 fit great. I just have a bit of extra room for cake with the 12 😉 Size 10 T-shirt Size 12 T-shirt £14.95 – FREE UK Mainland Shipping (Please contact me at info@sweetiedarlingcakes.co.uk for international shipping) Sizes UK size 8 £14.95 GBPUK size 10 £14.95 GBPUK size 12 £14.95 GBPUK Size 14 £14.95 GBPUK Size 16 £14.95 GBPUK Size 18 £14.95 GBP

Best Vegan Birthday Cake Ever

28th August 2017

When I found out, a year ago, that I was intolerant to gluten, dairy and eggs, among other ingredients, I was devo’d! Legit guys, I cried. The thought that drove me to actual tears was “Oh my god, I can’t eat cake”. I allowed myself 10-20 minutes of self-pity then I Googled ‘free-from cake recipes’ and started baking. My first successful vegan bake was a batch of chocolate brownies and I DEVOURED them! As soon as I knew I could still satisfy my sweet tooth, I dropped the self-pity and enjoyed the process of making delicious bakes without the nasties I couldn’t have. You can subscribe to my YouTube channel right here! Vegan Vanilla Cake The trickiest cake to master, for me, was a great vegan vanilla cake… a birthday cake type cake. I am a big fan of a good Victoria sponge; it’s a classic that, when done well, can’t be beaten. Not being able to replicate that was […]

Mirror Glaze Cake Tutorial

10th July 2017

Mirror Glaze Cake

Just a tad behind on the mirror glaze cake trend but I was scared! I was intimidated by mirror glaze until I saw Curtis from Acorn Bakes do a mirror glaze tutorial. He simplified it right down and made it look SO easy so I thought I’d get some gelatine and condensed milk and give it a go! NOTE- I do not swear in this video. During the Instagram shoutouts I say “she’s done the frickin’ American flag inside the cake” and some people have thought I’ve dropped the ‘f’ word in there, which I would never do! I’m so sorry it sounds dodgy but it’s definitely NOT  a swear 🙂 You can subscribe to my YouTube channel right here! You can see the full recipe and method from Acorn Bakes right here. Mirror Glaze For my glaze, I was inspired by my Bubblegum Rave sprinkles from Baking Time Club. If you don’t know, I have a subscription with […]

How To Make Velvet Spray Heart Cakes

3rd July 2017

Last week, I was lucky enough to be sent some equipment to try from Silikomart. One item was a silicone heart shaped cake pan and the other was velvet spray, usually used to decorate desserts such as mousse. I have never used velvet spray before so thought I’d combine the two items into one video and see how the spray worked on cake. You can subscribe to my YouTube channel right here! Silikomart Silicone Bakeware I have to address this silicone cake pan first off. I used a basic sponge mix, you can see the recipe here, and I greased each mould with cake release. I haven’t had good results with silicone bakeware in the past and, as such, I’ve tended to steer clear of it but this Silikomart mould has completely restored my faith! The cakes practically fell from the mould, they were so smooth and the shape was absolutely perfect! I couldn’t have been more […]

How To Make Cake Lace Flowers

19th June 2017

When one of my brides asked for edible hessian and lace flowers on her wedding cake, I knew EXACTLY what I’d be reaching for. Cake Lace! The Cake Lace Florence and Hessian mats are the perfect mats for this style of edible flower! You can subscribe to my YouTube channel right here!   Cake Lace Flowers To make my Cake Lace flowers, I used the ready-mixed Pearlised White Cake Lace and coloured some blue using Sugarflair Baby Blue, and some a browny-gold using Sugarflair Autumn Leaf and Sugarflair Honey Gold. I used the Cake Lace spreader to spread my Cake Lace across my mats, making sure the pattern was completely filled. Cake Lace has to be dried out so this can either be done by leaving the Cake Lace out at room temperature overnight, or by putting it in an oven at 70-80C for 8-10 minutes. 8-10 mins wasn’t long enough for my Cake Lace to set so I […]

How to use Wedding Cake Separators

12th June 2017

Using wedding cake separators is a great way to add some interest to a cake. The cake tiers appear as if they are floating on a bed of flowers and what’s not to love about that? You can subscribe to my YouTube channel right here! To see how to cover a cake in fondant, click here. For my separators, I use shallow polystyrene dummies of 2″ depth and I always make sure the diameter of the dummy is 2″ smaller than the cake that is sitting on top of it. So, if I have a 4 tier cake (12″, 10″, 8″ and 6″) I will have an 8″ separator between by 12″ and 10″, a 6″ separator between my 10″ and 8″, and a 4″ separator between my 8″ and 6″. I attach a thin cake board to the bottom of each separator to protect my cakes from the polystyrene. Dowelling I then dowel underneath where each […]

How To Make A Unicorn Cake

5th June 2017

I knew when I received this unicorn cake order that it would need a unicorn, of course, a rainbow, and some sprinkles! Here is how I made this unicorn cake. To see how to cover a cake in fondant, click here. You can subscribe to my YouTube channel right here! Sprinkle Cake Board Now, I feel like I could just talk about the board on this cake and that would be enough. It’s that special. You may remember my mention of Baking Time Club in my “It’s Raining Sprinkles” tutorial. One of the other sprinkle mixes I got was ‘Candy Floss’. Candy Floss sprinkles just happen to be the most perfect sprinkles in the world for a unicorn cake! I chose to decorate my cake board with these sprinkles by pressing them into soft fondant brushed with piping jelly. Rainbow To make sure my rainbow actually looked like a rainbow, I printed a template from Google and traced it onto […]

How To Make An Elephant Cake

29th May 2017

In this tutorial, I’m going to show you how to make an elephant cake, with a fondant elephant playing in a pool of water. Adorbs! To see how to cover a cake in fondant, click here. This tutorial concentrates on the decoration part of how to make an elephant cake. You can subscribe to my YouTube channel right here! The Pool To make the pool, I rolled out Sugarflair Duck Egg Blue fondant and cut out a circle using a large circle cutter. I then used water to stick this to top of my cake. To add a grass border, I rolled small cones of green and stuck them around the perimeter of my blue fondant using water. For the grass border around the base of my cake, I rolled a strip of green fondant and cut one side straight using a large knife. Using a cutting wheel, I then cut ‘v’ shapes into the strip to give […]

How To Make Colourful Ganache Cupcakes

22nd May 2017

In all the ganache drip hype, I had never actually tried to colour ganache so these cupcakes were a fun experiment for me. Here is how I made colourful ganache cupcakes along with my recipes and affiliate links for the bits I used to make them. You can subscribe to my YouTube channel right here! Cupcakes First, you will need a good cupcake recipe. This recipe is my go-to cupcake recipe! {“@context”:”http:\/\/schema.org\/”,”@type”:”Recipe”,”name”:”Classic English Vanilla Cupcake Recipe”,”author”:{“@type”:”Person”,”name”:”Billie”},”datePublished”:”2016-08-21 19:23:26″,”image”:”https:\/\/sweetiedarlingcakes.co.uk\/wp-content\/uploads\/2016\/08\/Cupcake-Recipe-Blog-Featured1.jpg”,”description”:””,”recipeYield”:”12 plus a spare 1 for you to scoff”,”recipeIngredient”:[“200 g butter ((room temperature))”,”200 g caster sugar”,”200 g self raising flour”,”4 large eggs ((room temperature))”,”1 tsp vanilla extract”],”recipeInstructions”:[“Preheat your oven to 140C fan. Line a cupcake tin with 12 cupcake cases. This mix will actually make 13-14 cupcakes depending on how much you fill each case up.”,”Beat your butter and sugar together until it’s light and pale in colour.”,”Add your flour, eggs and vanilla and mix until just incorporated. […]

How To Make A Luggage Wedding Cake

15th May 2017

Suitcase, or luggage, cakes are so much fun to make! Here is my tutorial on how to make a luggage wedding cake, including affiliate links for the equipment that I use. The Cakes My cakes were 8″ x 5″, 10 x 7″, and 12″ x 9″ – a 2″ gap between each tier. Two tiers had to be brown fondant and the middle tier had to be ivory. For all tiers, I used Massa Ticino because it’s LIFE. To see how to split, fill and crumb coat a cake in detail, click here. My suitcases had to be distressed so I didn’t really need to go hard on smoothing, nevertheless, I am addicted to the smooth so I used my smoothers to buff away any marks and sharpen up all the edges on my rectangle cakes. I then indented a line, where the cases would open, across the front and sides of my cakes using a ruler.   You […]