How to use a sugar gun

The sugar gun is one of my favourite pieces of sugar craft equipment.

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How to bake the perfect fruit cake

Discover the secrets to baking the perfect fruit cake, great for any occasion! Firstly use a good recipe (the rich fruit cake recipe card is ideal) This is a truly outstanding recipe. We receive so many compliments about this one, from venues telling us how beautifully it cuts to customers who cannot believe that they […]

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Why use an adapter for piping

An adapter or coupler is not an essential item for piping but it certainly makes it a LOT easier!

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How to use moulds in cake decorating

There are a few golden rules when using moulds and here I will share my top tips for getting the most from your moulds. There are so many moulds available to the cake decorator from mermaids and golf bags to kittens and cupcakes or shoes and flowers. Pretty much whatever the theme, you’ll find a […]

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How much sugar paste do I need to cover a cake

Whether you are an experienced cake decorator or you are just starting out on your first ever cake project, you need to know how much icing you will need to cover your cake. This is a question we are often asked when working in the shop at Pashley’s Cake Emporium. Whether you are an experienced […]

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Strawberry decorations for cupcakes & cakes

Every body loves these  Strawberry Decorations!   Flavour some Karen Davies sugar paste with a few drops of strawberry flavour and add strawberry progel colour to achieve a realistic strawberry red.  Use a little petal base on your hands to stop it sticking. Petal base won’t affect the colour and the paste won’t dry out […]

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How to pipe a two tone rose swirl using strawberry and champagne frosting

Step by step how to fill & use a two tone piping bag to pipe a rose swirl and how to create champagne & strawberry frosting. Frosting is much more stable than buttercream so your swirls won’t flop even in warm weather.  The recipe is on our Icing recipe card and also on our Cupcake bouquet card You […]

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Cake decorating in hot weather

Being a cake decorator in hot weather brings on a whole new challenge – your icing seems to have a mind of its own, air pockets appear from nowhere on your decorated cakes, decorations wilt and slide off, cupcake swirls collapse and everything gets very sticky (including you!) It is (whatever you may think) still […]

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Red Nose day cupcakes

Use the 6 inch round quantity on our Red Velvet recipe card to make 10 – 12 cupcakes.

Strawberry & Champagne cupcakes

Step by step how to bake these delicious Strawberry & Champagne cupcakes.

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Top tips for modelling in icing

Modelling out of icing is a wonderful skill to master but it is usually trickier than people expect. Here I will share our CP golden rules and top tips for success when modelling in icing.

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Why do cupcakes peel away from the cases?

It is so frustrating when this happens! Peeling cases spoil the whole look and there are many reasons why this happens. Follow our steps to success and your cupcakes should stay firmly in their cases.

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How to use the size guide

The size guide is remarkably useful! Don’t be deceived by it’s appearance; that flat white plastic board with holes makes it so much easier to achieve balanced models that are in proportion.

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Different types of icing

We get so many questions in the shop and on our courses about different icings and what are their best uses.

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What is piping jelly?

Piping jelly is an incredibly useful product for the cake decorator.

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How to freeze Madeira cakes

Cakes freeze very successfully if you follow these suggestions. It is particularly useful if you need to plan ahead or if you have cake left after a celebration.

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