Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Chevron cake done in teal ombre & buttercream ruffles

You will find the complete video tutorial for this cake here.

Here are a few supplies used in the making of this cake:

Chevron cutter: http://www.etsy.com/listing/119708723/chevron-4-closed-ended?ref=shop_home_active&ga_search_query=chevron

Sunday, April 28, 2013

Hello Kitty Party Treats

When planning a party one of the most important details is the desserts, in today's post I'll be showing you how to make beautiful cupcakes, cookies and a show stopping cake.

I always try to coordinate the designs so that everything looks cohesive together.

For the first tutorial I am going to show you how to make perfectly domed cupcakes.

The second tutorial is for an adorable character sugar cookie.

The last video is the centrepiece, I show you how to decorate the cake. In the video I show how to easily recreate a character with stencils & your airbrush.

Here are some of the supplies I used to create these desserts

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

My airbrush machine

As you may already know, one of my favourite decorating tools is my airbrush. I couldn't live without it.  By popular demand, today's post is a review of my airbrush and below you'll find a video on the subject.

There are many different units on the market, all with varying capabilities & price. I'll start by showing you my first airbrush which was given to me as a Christmas gift. 

This unit is priced at around $130. It is very similar to the unit available at Michael's craft store. I've read that some have picked it up at Michael's with the 40% off coupon (reducing the price to approx. $80), which "seems" like a good deal. Let's not forget that you need colours with the unit, a box of 12 colours (the small size) will run you about an extra $15.

The positives of this unit are that it is compact and readily available in stores. The negatives are that I found it to be mediocre quality, made of plastic. The gun that comes with the unit only lasted about 6 months. I purchased a replacement on Ebay but now my air trap has a leak which has put this unit out of commission for good.

With my airbrush gone, I was in grave need of a replacement.  After some research, I decided on a Master Airbrush unit. I have been using it for the last couple of weeks and to date I am very satisfied.  I was looking for something not too expensive that would allow me to do more detailed paintings.  I've found that the regulator on the compressor gives me more control over airflow and therefore I can produce a better finished product, additionally the gun works very well.

In this video I show you the machine as well as a painting demonstration.

Here is the CRAZY part, the Master Airbrush machine is less expensive than my first unit. A new one is priced at $89.96, add on a box of Amerimist colours and you are still priced under the first machine.

If you want to see the airbrush in action, watch the video below. I am decorating an actual cake with it.

Monday, April 15, 2013

Fondant butterfly cookies

Today I'll be demonstrating a cookie cutter texture set by Autumn Carpenter, there are several different designs I'll be using the butterfly model. The package includes 5 cutters with coordinating textured mats, 2 designs for each cutter shape. It was easy to use and gave a beautiful finished product, you can purchase the kit at Flour Confections here.

Here is the complete video tutorial:

You can also use the smallest butterfly to decorate cupcakes, I show you how in the video.

More decorating kits that may interest you

Monday, April 8, 2013

Sounds too good to be true...

Imagine being able to hold in your hands the outline to your cookie design? Now that's just crazy talk, could this even be possible? IT IS TRUE!! I've created a technique that allows you to do just that.

If you don't own a projector and struggle to transfer your outlines this video is a must for you, watch it here. My technique can be used to transfer your own design, a monogram or even a character cookie outline.

Here is the template to my cookie, the cutters are by Wilton

Link to all supplies needed here (this is the airbrush unit I use): 


Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Airbrushed cookies using sectional stencils

It's not a big secret that my favourite way to decorate is with my airbrush, today's video is to demonstrate that an airbrush works on fondant cookies as well. 

Here is a photo of the cookies in question. If you take a moment to examine them, you will see some sections are black lace, others are just black. This is done with a sectional stencil.

Here is the template for my design.

There are two versions above, pick the one you prefer and then trace it onto a piece of clear acetate with a permanent marker. You will need a stencil for every colour you intend to use, you will then cut out the sections for each colour (That is why it is called a sectional stencil). 

If you look at the example above I added pink to the sections of the stencil I cut out, this allows colour to go onto certain sections while protecting other specific areas of the design. This technique can be done with any design, you just need to take the time to create the stencils and they can then be used over and over again. You can view the video tutorial here.