Friday, 26 August 2011

New Icing Colours & Future Cakes

I got very excited the other day when my delivery of new coloured icing arrived! (very sad I know!!).  I ordered some lovely new colours from the Regalice range by Renshaw from

The icings that they do are the cheapest around and they have a very varied stock but I tend to leave it until I have a fairly sizeable order for them as their delivery charges are not the cheapest!  I paid £9.95 for their Express Delivery which is for delivery within 48 hours, otherwise its £6.95 for a 7-14 day delivery.  Orders are free over £75 though.

This is what arrived........

  • Pink 250g pack  £1.09
  • Fuschia pink 250g pack  £1.65
  • Duck egg blue 250g pack  £1.45
  • Pastel green 500g pack  £2.85
  • Jade green 250g pack £1.45
  • White 500g pack £1.99

I also ordered a pack of 4 metallic edible paints in gold, silver, celebration (cream) & ruby red.  They were £6.95 and really are very metallic in their colour.

Because I have been doing a lot of letter work recently I decided to try some Jem Petal Base that I had read about.  Petal Base is a blend of vegetable oils and has a delicious vanilla aroma and flavour.  You apply a little on any work surface prior to rolling out sugarpaste, mopdelling paste etc and you'll find that the paste is cleanly and easily released from cutters and equipment.  I found it does make a huge difference when using plunger cutters.  It was only £1.50 for the tub and a little goes a long way.

I also got some small blossom cutters (£2.60) and a small Daphne cutter (£1.30)

I have tried the new colours out on an Anniversary cake for this weekend but as I've done it as a surprise for someone I won't post pictures until after the event, but I have to say I am very pleased with it.  Its a Cath Kidston inspired cake and it came out really well.

One point to mention though is that the Regalice is very soft to work with, great for covering but if you are going to be cutting anything, I would leave it to slightly harden before you work with it.

I think September is going to be as busy as August!  So far I've got the following to do:

  • Cupcakes for a friends birthday
  • A monster cake and little monster cupcakes a 6 year old's birthday party
  • A Hummingbird birthday cake
  • An Octonauts birthday cake
  • Possibly another child's birthday cake & something for my Dad's birthday!!

The bank holiday weekend is going to be full of baking as well.  I have cocktail inspired cupcakes to make tonight (Pina Colada cupcakes from the Hummingbird Bakery Cake Days Cookbook) for a cocktail evening with friends on Saturday night.  I'm hoping they taste as good as they sound...lots of rum, coconut & pineapple in them!  Then Saturday I have 48 cupcakes for a christening on the Sunday and then on Monday my niece has placed her own order of some Snickerdoodles & cupcakes as her and her friend are going out for the day on Tuesday and she would like some treats!!  Her payment for the treats is to be that she will come and stay at my house for the weekend!!  Not sure if I've got the rough end of the deal there?!........

When will I see the OH again????  Probably Wednesday next week, if he's lucky I might have some cake for him!!........

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