3 tips to create stunning watercolour cakes

One of the latest trends in cakes design, is the ‘watercolour’ style. 

 

But don’t worry, it’s not really made out of watercolour. You can still safely eat your cake without worrying about it tasting bad or being dangerous to your health.

 

There are two popular ways this is done.

 

One is by applying coloured frosting on top of a neutral coloured layer. You then use your cake scraper until it becomes a very thin layer, with a watercolour look to it.

 

Another method is by mixing rose spirits (alcohol specifically made for cake) with food colour. Using a clean brush, you can paint this on your cake just like an actual watercolour painting. This is the preferred option for more intricate designs that require more control.

 

Now here are 3 tips to create beautiful watercolour cakes

 

Tip #1. Add some bling

 

If you’re going through the effort of creating a watercolour effect, why not take it a step further and add some gold or silver?

 

Bright colours, contrasting against neutral frosting, and adding some gold or silver leaf on top can make your cake look super fancy.

Tip #2. Layer multiple colours

 

If you want a more developed colour, apply multiple layers on your cake. By layering these colours, some of the colours will incorporate together, while in areas that are more thinly applied will have a low opacity look that’ll show off the other layers of colour underneath. 

Tip #3. Create different textures

 

This is another way to make your cake look a little fancier. Instead of just spreading the colour on as usual, you can use different materials to create textures on your cake.

One trick that creates a beautiful effect is to use a scrunched up paper towel and dab the colour on.

 

This creates a sponge painting type of look and can help you mix things up.

 

If you want to change textures, you can use a different material, or change how tightly you scrunch up the material before dabbing it on your cake.

Do you have any other watercolour cake ideas? Comment them below!

 

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Recipe – Coconut cupcakes

Coconut cupcakes are possibly one of my favourite recipes. The subtle sweetness, the texture of shredded coconut, and the beautiful aroma…

What’s not to love?

I’m about to let you in on one of my favourite coconut cupcake recipes. The end result is light and fluffy, creamy, and just AMAZING.

Okay, let’s get right into it.

 

First, let’s start with the ingredients you’ll need:

 

Ingredients for cupcakes:

  • 1 ½ cups of flour
  • 1 teaspoon of baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon of salt
  • 1 stick of unsalted butter (115g)
  • ¾ cup of sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • ½ cup of coconut milk
  • ¼ cup of canola oil
  • ½  cup of shredded coconut

 

Ingredients for frosting/toppings:

  • 1 stick of unsalted butter (115g)
  • 85g cream cheese
  • 2 cups of confectioners sugar
  • 3 teaspoons of coconut milk
  • Toasted shredded coconut

 


Got all your ingredients in check?

Okay, let’s get baking.

 

Instructions for cupcake

#1. Preheat your oven to 185C 

#2. Line a muffin tray with cupcake liners/cups

#3. Using an electric mixer, combine your butter, oil, and sugar

#4. Add your eggs and continue mixing 

#5. Add vanilla extract and continue mixing

#6. Sift your flour, baking powder, and salt into a separate bowl

#7. Pour ½ of your wet mixture into the dry mix

#8. Pour the coconut milk into the combined mixture

#9 Continue beating with an electric mixer until just mixed

#10. Pour other ½ of wet mixture and beat until just mixed

#11. Add coconut flakes and gently fold in

#12. Divide batter evenly across your cupcake liners

#13. Insert into oven and let them bake for 15-20mins

 

That’s it for your cupcakes!

 

If you want to make sure your cupcakes don’t overcook, you can use a toothpick and insert it into the cupcake’s centre. The toothpick should come out without any gooey stuff. If it doesn’t, let them cook for a little longer.

Now for the topping…

 

Instructions for frosting & topping

 

#1. Mix your butter and cream cheese with an electric mixer until it has a smooth texture

#2. Gradually add confectioners sugar and continue mixing

#3. Add coconut milk. The more you add, the thinner it becomes. So only add a little bit at a time.

#4. Stir in your vanilla extract

#5. Now add it to your piping bag and use your favourite nozzle to add to the top of your cupcakes, and you’re done!

NB: This is not an original recipe by Pearls Creations. All suggested recipes are tried and tested by Pearls Creations for satisfaction deliciously guaranteed.

Did you try this recipe? Comment below how it turned out!

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How To Proportion And Scale Your Cake Design

A well-proportioned cake, with everything made to the right scale, is one key to having a beautiful cake.

 

But if you’re eyeballing it, it’s near impossible to get just right.

 

Everyone has different preferences for design and no matter who you ask, you’ll probably get a slightly different answer.

 

Nevertheless, nailing proportion and scale is a necessity.

 

It’s what separates a cake that looks beautiful from one that just looks ‘off’. 


If you’ve ever looked at something and thought it just looked off without being able to pinpoint what it was, there’s a good chance it was either the proportions or the scale.

 

But before we dive into some ways to make your cake look perfect with the proper proportions and scaling — let’s define a few things:

 

What is ‘proportion’ in cake design?

 

In terms of cakes, the proportion is how the cake itself (minus any extra decorations) looks. This means the height and width, and even the separate layers of your cake.

 

Being ‘in-proportion’ means that nothing looks exaggerated and everything is the correct size.

 

What is ‘scale’ in cake design?

On a cake, you usually have some decorative elements. This could be figurines, numbers, letters, or anything else that you may want to add for a more intricate design.

 

‘Scale’ is how these decorations compare in size to your actual cake and any other decorations on it.

 

2 ways to make sure your cake’s design is in proportion and scale

 

Choose a scale (miniature, oversized, life-size)

 

You don’t always want things to be to scale. For a cake, you might want to dramatise a certain element and make it become the focal point. For example, you might have large and extravagant numbering for a 21st birthday cake. 

 

Other times you might want to scale things down and make them miniature. For example, instead of giant buttercream roses, you can scale them down to miniature roses that you use to trim an edge of one layer on your cake.

 

The ‘Golden Ratio’ & the ‘Rule of Thirds’

 

You’ve probably heard of these design theories before.

 

While the ‘golden ratio’ (you might know of it as the Fibonacci spiral), might be a little difficult to apply to cakes — it’s good to keep in mind.

 

The rule of thirds, on the other hand, is much simpler to apply to your cake. Just imagine a grid that’s 3×3. Now mentally put your entire cake, it’s decorations, and even the cake stand into the grid. 

 

How does it look?

 

Make sure each layer and the sizes of each layer fits into that grid nicely.

 

Comment below if you have any questions about keeping your cakes in proportion and scale.

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5 easy cupcake ideas for your kid’s birthday

Is it your precious boy/girl’s birthday soon?

Cupcakes are an awesome way to sweeten up a birthday.

Colourful icing, playful toppers, and good times all around.

Whether it’s your own child’s birthday, or somebody else’s — someone has to bake some awesome cupcakes, right?

If ideas aren’t popping out at you, here are 5 easy ideas for the perfect birthday cupcakes

#1. Super toppers

Every child has a favourite superhero or Disney princess.

It could be Batman, Superman, Elsa, or anyone. No matter who it is, there’s bound to be some toppers somewhere! With everything being online now, I’m sure you’ll find your child’s favourite character on a topper.

And best of all, they’re easy. You just poke them into your cupcake and they’re instantly more appealing

#2. Add some animals

Children love animals, and so do we!

Why not add their favourite animal to their cupcakes?

You could draw animal faces on with cream, use fondant to create small animal models, or you can even bake them like gingerbread animals.

#3. Make it floral

Not every child likes flowers, but if yours does, it’s a cute little way to decorate your cupcakes.

You can keep it simple and use piping bags to create butterscotch flowers.

Or you can take it a step further and create flower figurine models.

Not sure how to make this yourself? Come in for one of our figuring modelling classes to learn or if you’re low on time, get in touch with us and we can make it for you!

#4. Put a number to it

While it might be hard to add a 21 to a bite-sized cupcake, it’s easy to add a single digit number.

Make your child’s birthday even more special, and make your photos more memorable. Add their age to their cupcake with a numerical birthday candle.

It makes the cupcakes even more fun when they get to blow their candle out and make a wish.

#5. Make it colourful

Children love colourful things. Make their cupcakes more fun by combining their favourite colours and add it to their icing. Or get some coloured sprinkles from the supermarket and sprinkle them on top.

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Winter Wonderland – Cake Inspirations For Winter

Winter’s storming through and it’s time to switch up our cake designs to suit the change in weather.

From white icing, berry toppings, to miniature Santa Clauses — there are so many Winter designs to give your cake that Winter Wonderland feeling.

But if you’re strapped for ideas, here are a few Winter Wonderland cake inspirations for this Winter.

Christmas in July

While we don’t get to celebrate Christmas in December, that doesn’t stop us from getting in the Christmas spirit during July.

Add some candy canes, red and green sprinkles (you can buy these from Coles or Woolworths), and some red berries to your cake.

These Christmas colours topped off with white icing will definitely get your cake that Winter Wonderland vibe.

Feeling like a little extra?

You can even get a Santa Claus sugar figurine model made for your cake.

Not sure how to make this yourself? Come in for one of our figuring modelling classes to learn or if you’re low on time, get in touch with us and we can make it for you!

Gingerbread decorations

Want an easier way to get that Winter Wonderland or Christmas look going for your cake?

Add some gingerbread decorations! They’re so much easier to bake and you can even use icing to draw cute designs to add your own personal touch.

You could even add some little gingerbread men (or women) to your cake. Or if you’re feeling up for it, you could even top your cake with a gingerbread house! How cool is that?

Or keep it simple with just white

You don’t have to get super extravagant to make your cake look Wintery. Just some white icing and a splash of colour are all you need.

You don’t even have to go crazy with the icing if you’re feeling health conscious. Even a thin layer gives it that light snow look.

Add some berries and you have the perfect (but simple!) Winter cake.

Are you baking a cake this winter? I’d love to see what you come up with! Comment below what cakes you’re thinking of baking

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A beginner’s guide to your cake decorating tools

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Anniversaries, birthdays, and weddings. We all know what the main star of the show is at every party (apart from the person we are celebrating!) The cake. If you want to create a show-stopping cake then you’ll need to know how to create some unique and fun decorations. This could be anything from food colouring and piping to fondant and icing.

But what if your cake decorating experience isn’t quite up to that standard? Don’t panic! This guide will take you through what you need to know about cake decorating tools to help you create a fantastic cake for every occasion.

Cake tin: An eight or nine-inch tin is always a good starting place

Turntable: This makes it easy for you to spin cakes and smooth out any borders or icing edges

Fondant rollers: A large fondant roller is used to smooth out cake decorations and a small fondant roller is used to roll out what is covering the cake

Fondant smoother: This will create an extra smooth effect on your cake layers

Cake boards: These are typically made of cardboard and come in a variety of sizes and colours. They can handle lighter cakes and are disposable. For heavy cakes, more cake boards will be necessary.

Piping tips: A starter kit will come with an assortment of sizes and shapes. When you find your favourites, you can focus on creating variations on that style. Popular tips include: round, star, closed star, petal, leaf, and drop flowers.

Piping bags: You can find both disposable and reusable. You should use 16-inch ones for different types of icing.

Serrated knife: To cut cakes you want a thin knife that has scalloped edges to create a cleaner cut.

Food dye: These come in a variety of forms and colours including gel, liquid and powder. Different types will produce different strengths of colour.

Pastry brush: This will be used to brush on butter, flakes or even preserves on decorative fruit.

Offset spatula: You use this to spread frosting on the cake. The metal blade at the end doesn’t cut through a cake and you can get them in a variety of sizes.

If you want to enhance your cake decorating skills, then check out the courses offered by Pearl’s Creations today.

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Which type of icing is best?

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There are many different varieties of icing and frosting, which can lead to confusion when deciding which one is best for your cake recipe. To help clear up any confusion, we’ve put together a quick guide on the different types of icing and what’s best for your recipe.

1. Buttercream

Buttercream is made with icing sugar and butter and can be flavoured with chocolate, lemon zest, orange, or any flavour you desire. Buttercream is a brilliant choice for crumb coats and for delicious cake fillings. If you use icing powder instead of sugar to create the buttercream, you can help create a less gritty consistency.

2. Frosting

This is what you traditionally use to pipe swirls on top of cakes or cupcakes. If you try using buttercream, you often find that the swirls fail to hold their shape. The frosting has similar qualities to buttercream, but it has an additional benefit of a dried egg white which adds stability to the frosting. This allows your swirls to hold their shape.

3. Meringue

This is typically an American-style frosting that is created from caster sugar, egg whites, and water. You whip it then spread it with a palette knife onto a cake or dessert to create an icing that looks (and is) edible. It always looks striking when decorated with fresh flowers, so is often a popular choice when making statement cakes.

4. Ganache

Ganache is made with double chocolate and Belgian chocolate. It’s both rich and filling and creates a delicious shiny chocolate finish on cakes and cupcakes. You can even whisk ganache to create an alternative to buttercream to fill and coat crumb cakes. A chocolate lover’s dream.

If you’re interested in learning more about different types of icings and cake making techniques, then why not de-mystify the art of baking with one of our cake decorating classes at Pearl’s Creations. Get creative today!

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How to WOW your family with this easy cake idea

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Family dinners are always a wonderful time. You get to share stories, catch up, create memories and eat delicious food. Do you want to add extra WOW factor to your next family dinner? Then create this easy and super light fruit and cream gateau.

What you’ll need…

For the sponge:

8-9 tbsp flour (plain white)
1/4 tsp salt
8 eggs (separated)
6 tbsp cane sugar
2 tbsp yoghurt (full fat)
2 sachets vanilla sugar
1 pinch Himalayan salt (pink)
6-8 tbsp oil

For the filling:

400 ml whipping cream
1 sachet vanilla sugar
400 ml crème fraîche (full fat)
4 tbsp unrefined cane sugar (or icing sugar)
1/2 lemon (its zest and juice)

Extras needed: 400-500 g fruits (canned or fresh) and 100 g of dark melted chocolate

The process…

Step 1: Prepare your chosen oven dish by lightly greasing it with butter or with baking paper. Then preheat your oven to 180C.
Step 2: Separate all your eggs into yolks and white. Keep the yolks in a small bowl as you will need them for later.
Step 3: Use a freestanding mixer to mix the egg whites with salt for two minutes, then gradually add the vanilla sugar and sugar while still whizzing. Once you’ve finished with the sugar, add in the yolks whilst still mixing away.
Step 4: When finished with the egg yolks, begin to drizzle in the oil.
Step 5: Use a spatula to fold in the flour. To avoid losing air, don’t over mix.
Step 6: Pour the mixture into your prepared oven dish. Place it in the oven and bake for around 40 minutes (use a toothpick to test if it’s cooked fully.)
Step 7: While your sponge is cooling off, begin preparing the cream by whisking the sugar, cream, lemon juice and vanilla together. Whisk the creams alone first for a while, then start adding sugar slowly until firm.
Step 8: Chop up your desired fruits and put half aside for decoration. Canned fruits and fresh are good.
Step 9: Let the sponge cool, then cut into two or three layers. Place the first layer onto the serving plate.
Step 10: By using a palette knife, spread the cream over the first layer and sprinkle some chopped fruit and place the second layer on top.
Step 11: Repeat this step depending on the number of layers you wish to have.
Step 12: Finally, decorate with your fruit and melt your chocolate over the cake. Allow it to rest for an hour to allow the fruit juices to absorb for extra flavour.

Then tuck in and watch your family be impressed!

If you’d like to enhance your cake making skills, then check out our cake making classes at Pearl’s Creations today.

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Cakes vs Cupcakes

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When it comes to baking, people can often confuse cupcakes as simply being smaller versions of cakes. However, this is wrong. There are a lot of differences between the two, especially when it comes to ingredients, time, tools, and much more. Below we take you through the key differences between cupcakes and cakes.

Ingredients

A basic cupcake and cake recipe typically have the same, if not very similar ingredients: sugar, flour, eggs, salt, and baking powder. If you’re baking plain cupcakes or a simple cake that follows a similar recipe, the proportion of ingredients will probably be similar. However, if your recipe is more complicated, such as angel food cake, then you will likely need to alter the proportions to accommodate the size of cake you wish to make.

Generally, a cupcake is designed to serve one person, and a cake is designed to serve several.

Tools and time

The most obvious difference between a cupcake and a cake is the size. Cupcakes are baked in tins with several cups. Each cup is smaller than a large cake pan, so a batch of cupcakes generally only takes around 15 minutes to bake. Whereas cakes are baked in larger pans, typically square or round, and can take half an hour or more to bake fully.

Decoration and frosting

Cupcakes and cake can be frosted and iced using the same techniques or extremely different techniques, depending on your level of creativity and skills. You can easily ice a cake with a can of icing and a spatula, and then decorate with frosting tips if necessary. However, cupcakes tend to look messy unless you frost them with a tip and pastry bag. This means they can take more patience and time to decorate.

If you’d like to brush up on your cupcake or cake making skills, then why not enrol in one of our private cake making courses. Learn a new skill and have brilliant fun at the same time! Check out Pearl’s Creations for more information.

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Made with love – treats to make for your special someone this Valentine’s Day

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Valentine’s Day is the one day a year where you can really express your love and affection to your other half without ever being too “cheesy”. What better way to show your partner just how much you love them by making them some Valentine’s-inspired treats that are simply made with love. They say the way to someone’s heart is through their stomach, and we can help make that true.

Check out our Valentine’s-inspired treats to make your special someone feel extra loved.

1. Heart-shaped cinnamon rolls

Cinnamon is a heartwarming spice. So combine that with heart-shaped rolls and you’ve got the perfect Valentine treat. They’re also super easy to make…

You’ll need:

– 1/4 cup melted butter
– 1 tube refrigerated French bread dough
– 1 tablespoon cinnamon
– 1/3 cup sugar
– 1/4 cup cream cheese frosting
– Red sprinkles

Instructions:

Step 1: Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Unroll your bread dough onto a clean piece of parchment paper.
Step 2: Spread melted butter onto the top of the dough, sprinkle with cinnamon and sugar (and love!) then roll the edges of the dough inwards to the centre.
Step 3: Using a sharp knife, slice your dough into 1-inch pieces.
Step 4: Place them into an 8-inch nonstick cake pan. To create the heart shape, pinch the bottom of the dough.
Step 5: Pop into the oven for 10 to 15 minutes. Remove, frost and sprinkle, then eat!

2. Heart ice cream sandwiches

This treat requires a little love, care and creativity. They are super easy to make and always taste amazing. It can actually take less than 5 minutes to make them (great for last minute Valentine’s ideas!)

You’ll need:

– Ice cream sandwiches
– A heart-shaped cookie cutter
– Valentines sprinkles
– Candy sticks

Step 1: Use a heart-shaped cookie cutter to press down on the ice cream sandwiches to make the shape. Use a knife to remove any extra pieces of ice cream.
Step 2: Add the sprinkles around the heart-shaped cookie
Step 3: Insert the candy stick to create your heart on a stick, and you are done!

We said it was easy!

3. Red velvet crumb cake

If you’ve got some time on your hands, you could be super romantic and create a delicious red velvet cake (in the shape of a heart of course!) oozing with yummy flavours, then finish off with sugar figurines inspired by you and your partner. This would make the ultimate Valentine’s treat.

What you’ll need:

– 1 tsp salt
– 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
– 2 cups of sugar
– 2 eggs
– 1 tbsp cocoa powder
– 1 cup butter, softened
– 1 1/2 tbsp liquid red food colouring
– 1 tsp vanilla extract
– 1/2 tsp baking soda
– 1 cup buttermilk
– 1 tbsp cider vinegar

If you’re wondering how to create that heart-shaped template, it’s not difficult. Once you’ve made your basic red velvet cake (with bright red food colouring), you trace the bottom of a cake pan on wax paper and cut out a 9″ circle. Next, you fold it in half and cut into a heart shape. Put the paper heart on the cake and if it doesn’t fit comfortably with the cake’s circumference then trim it down.

Finish by adding your couples-inspired cake topper and you’ve got the ultimate Valentine’s treat.

Don’t forget to check out Pearl’s Creation for fantastic personalised cake toppers!

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