Ann Reardon

Amazing Cake Tutorials

Cake Rescue – how to fix a cake fail #3

Cake Rescue – how to fix a cake fail #3

  If a cake still tastes good then often it does not matter what it looks like. But on some occasions, like celebrations, you may want a cake that looks great. Other times you just want to serve something that you're proud of, so here are a few ways to rescue a cake fail. This week ... »

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Edible Bob Ross Painting

  3 x my rich chocolate cake recipe baked in four trays 25cm (9.84 inches) x 38cm (14.96 inches). 4 x vanilla buttercream recipe Orange Simple Syrup juice of one orange equal volume of sugar White Chocolate Ganache 420mL (14.2 fluid ounces) cream 1260g (44.45 ounces) white chocolate (look for chocolate that contains cocoa butter not vegetable fat) White Fondant 700g (24.69 ounces) white fonda... »

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Up Gingerbread House 2019

  To make a gingerbread house from scratch that is this detailed from you need to set aside days not hours. If you don't have days then there are a few things you should take from this post. Number one: homemade gingerbread tastes one hundred times better than store bought kits. Number ... »

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3 Ways to Rescue a Cake Fail

Making a cake for a special occasion is such a lovely gesture. If the cake fails you may be able to laugh it off and just enjoy the taste, despite the looks. But what if you really wanted it to look good? Here are three ideas on how to rescue ... »

harry styles cake tutorial

Surprise Inside Money Cake

  To make this surprise inside money cake you will need: 150g (5.29 ounces) white fondant 32 x 45g (1.59 ounces) kitkats 3 x my rich chocolate cake recipe baked in four tins, my trays are 15" x 10" Triple quantity of chocolate buttercream Simple syrup (make using 1/2 cup of sugar and 1/2 cup of water heated in the microwave until the sugar ... »

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3D Realistic Face Cake – Prince Harry

Making a 3D realistic head and bust that looks recognisably like the person you're trying to create must be one of the hardest cake requests. So today I am inventing a hack to make every cake decorators life easier. Obviously if you could take a full cast of the persons head that would make ... »

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2000 year old cake recipe from Ancient Rome

Have you ever wondered if they had cakes and desserts in Ancient Rome? Well back in 79AD Mt Vesuvius erupted burying Pompeii and other villas and areas nearby in ash, debris and lava. Because the remaining people believed the area to be cursed they did not rebuild. Nearly two thousand years ... »

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Rocket Cake

  I have designed this rocket ship cake to be easy to make even if you've not made cakes before and don't have cake decorating equipment at home. You can make the cookie part up to a couple of weeks ahead and store in an airtight container. To make this rocket ship cake you will need: Rocket Template rocket ... »

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Easter Cake Recipe

Happy Easter Everyone! I love setting up Easter egg hunts for my boys, I try to make them harder each year the older they get. There are clues leading to each new location. The back of the clue says how many there are to be found there so they can keep hunting until ... »

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Nerf Gun Cake & Party

Jedd turned 8 this year which means this website is turning eight too! Eight years of recipes and video uploads, there is a lot of gold on this site. I have been thinking recently about rearranging the menus so it is easier to find everything. I will get onto that shortly.   To ... »

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Decadent Tall Chocolate Mousse Cake with salted Caramel Drip

A decadent chocolate cake recipe with crunchy choc crumb and velvety smooth chocolate mousse between the layers. Topped with salted caramel drip and toasted Italian meringue.  I had lots of fun filming this vr video, but I know many of you don't like virtual reality so I also filmed the whole thing again as ... »

dinosaur cake tutorial

3d Dinosaur Cake

  For this cake I decided to experiment with using modelling chocolate to cover a cake instead of fondant. Let me know which you think is better to work with. To make this 3D dinosaur cake you will need: The dinosaur cake template   Non-food Items A wooden cake base board, you will need to drill holes ... »

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Rubik’s Cube Cake

This cake idea is not my invention, it is the brain child of Cedric Grolet, the executive pastry chef at Le Meurice in Paris. It has twenty five individual cubes of dessert sitting on platforms made of chocolate. The recipe below is my own using ingredients and methods that are easy to get at home. To ... »

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Sculpting a 3D head out of modelling chocolate

Sculpting a 3D head to look like a specific real person is hard. This is not something I'd recommend a beginner cake decorator should do, unless it is for fun or  for a friend who won't be insulted if they look a bit wonky. Making a cartoon or app characters is definitely much easier than ... »

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Pink Barbie Car Cake

  When I started making doll cakes they were simply a doll stuck in the centre of a cake, piped with swirls of buttercream (my first buttercream doll cake), then they evolved to using fondant (my first fondant doll cake). Several years ago I looked at the actual characters and thought the cakes would ... »

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Subway Cake

  I've seen plenty of hamburger and subway cakes that have all the details made out of fondant. For me that's just a bit much. If it looks beautiful but doesn't taste beautiful, it isn't beautiful. What's on the inside really does matter. For this cake I used ingredients other than fondant ... »

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Winnie the Pooh cake

The new Christopher Robin movie is not out in Australia yet, but the preview looked so adorably cute that it inspired me to make a Winnie the Pooh cake. Family update: James is finally well enough to go back to school. He has been every day this week. Thanks again for your ... »

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Easy Fast Cream Number Biscuits

  These yummy numbers are fast, pretty and perfect for any celebration. Using store bought toppings will of course decrease the prep time even further. This style doesn't have to be numbers, you can write whole words or images. Just be aware that the width of the pastry part needs to be ... »

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Fortnite Cakes Gravity Defying Crystals

This is not sponsored I just enjoy playing this game. Apparently millions of other people who are much better at shooting than me like it too. I was inspired to try and make the gravity defying crystals, which turned out to be much harder process than I first envisaged. There seems to be ... »

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Laptop Cake

 This week I'm making a desk cake complete with a cute little laptop, deep enders book, Make It A Great Week mug, pencils and of course a camera. Watch to the end of the video to see how you can enter to WIN your very own laptop or camera. COMPETITION has now closed. Thank you ... »

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4 ways to cover cake in buttercream

    Covering a cake in buttercream is trickier than ganache. Why? Because generally ganache is firmer and sets harder, so it is easier to get those straight edges and sharp corners. However you can still use buttercream to cover your cake. Today I will be looking at 4 different techniques ... »

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3d Chibi gravity defying cake tutorial

    The human figure is way too skinny to make into a cake, unless you want to make a full sized cake that is big enough to feed hundreds of people. I am going to show you how to make a chibi version of anyone. Chibi characters are a lot more child like with ... »

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Working Erupting Volcano Cake

  My quest today is to make a working volcano cake that erupts. I had a plan in my head of a set up that might make this work, watch the video to see how it turned out. To make this erupting volcano cake you will need: Equipment: 200mL (6.76 fluid ounces) syringe tube empty soda bottle drill dry ice cake board aluminum foil to ... »

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Miniature Wedding Cake for Valentines Day

Happy Valentine's Day for Feb 14th! Dave and I also just celebrated our wedding anniversary and had a lovely night out at a restaurant overlooking the city and, afterwards, we even went to the drive-in to watch a movie! Yes, drive-ins still exist. Friends of ours looked after our kids for the evening, ... »

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3D My Little Pony Princess Twilight Sparkle Cake

  To make this you will need: 1 1/2 quantities of my rich chocolate cake recipe 2 x my buttercream recipe in any flavor you like Princess Twilight Sparkle Cake Template   1kg (2.2 pounds) Mauve Fondant (I used white and colored it using pink and purple gel food colours. I noticed that the colours faded a bit after the ... »

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