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  1. I, actually, am not a fan of red velvet cake, as it's not chocolate-y enough! But, my clients seem to like it, so it stays on the roster.

    Thanks to all for weighing in on this. There are plenty of other really delicious cakes to concentrate on.

  2. Yes, blue velvet cake, from what I understand, is red velvet cake substituting blue food coloring for the red. I have decided it's best for an April Fool's joke, if at all, since blue is the color of many molds that forms on food. No wonder I find it so revolting.

    Interesting how color can affect one's appetite, isn't it?

  3. Here's a wild idea...has anybody ever subbed a little cream cheese for part of the butter...that could be interesting...

    I just tried it this week and it broke. It's possible the cream cheese wasn't quite warm enough but the overall flavour didn't impress me enough to want to try again. Collette Peters has it as a suggested flavour add-in with her recipe for SMBC so it must work.

    Never tried the cream cheese, but Claudia Fleming has a recipe for goat cheese buttercream

    (to fill cornet-shaped tuiles). I tried it, and the consistency wasn't as smooth as with all butter, and it definitely had what I would call an acquired taste. There's also a recipe for white chocolate

    cream cheese frosting from "The Cake Bible" that's absolutely delicious. I use it as a filling

    for red velvet cakes, chocolate cake...fantastic.

  4. Cost wise, how does it compare with shell eggs or even frozen whites?  I'm considering jumping to the dark side and switching from Italian to Swiss for my meringue buttercream.  I know my costs will be different, me being in Boston and you being in NYC, but I am going through 30-45 dz eggs a week and half of that is just for buttercream and there is only so many yolks I can use for curd, custard, etc.  I can't use the frozen whites with the hot syrup, they deflate.  So now I'm intrigued and will look into it.....

    I have found the cost to be very effective if you can get it in bulk.

    I agree. And, I make what I need and use it. I don't worry about opened cartons of pasteurized egg whites and their expiration date, nor do I have to turn those whites into mountains of SMBC.

    No waste = cost effectiveness. And, you'd be surprised just far a pound of egg white powder will go. Plus I have extra room in the 'fridge and the freezer now that I'm not buying the frozen,

    pasteurized whites.

  5. A bride just hired me to make cupcakes for her wedding in November. Her fiance's favorite cupcake is the chocolate TastyKake cupcake with the white icing through the middle of it. Of course, I promised her I could recreate them ...

    Isn't the cupcake a devil's food recipe with chocolate ganache on top? What is the filling like?

    Can you eat a few and describe them to me, please?

    Thanks - Mary

    Aren't you eating any?

    I will post Toba Garret's Decorator's Buttercream recipe.

    It's that retro-y fluffy filling that you're looking for.

    Wish I was eating them, but all I can do is try to remember them from visits to my grandparent's house in Philly (many, many years ago...)

    I appreciate the Toba Garret retro recipe, as well as the picture from Steve.

    Here you go: I think what makes this darned recipe so good is the veg. shortening. I hate to admit it, but that's it. And, I'll bet if you added melted chocolate to it, you'd have the perfect TastyCake frosting, too.

    454 g. unsalted butter, room temperature

    230 g. vegetable shortening

    1 Tbsp. fresh lemon juice, or 1 1/2 tsp. lemon or vanilla or almond extract

    1.36 kg 10x (3lb)

    135 ml milk

    3 tsp. egg white powder

    1 tsp. salt

    Cream butter and shortening. Add flavoring and salt. Gradually add sugar, a little at a time. Add egg white powder (mixture will be very dry).

    Add milk and beat til light and fluffy for 5 to 8 minutes.

    Keep covered with a damp cloth or plastic wrap so it doesn’t crust over while working with it.

  6. A bride just hired me to make cupcakes for her wedding in November. Her fiance's favorite cupcake is the chocolate TastyKake cupcake with the white icing through the middle of it. Of course, I promised her I could recreate them ...

    Isn't the cupcake a devil's food recipe with chocolate ganache on top? What is the filling like?

    Can you eat a few and describe them to me, please?

    Thanks - Mary

    Aren't you eating any?

    I will post Toba Garret's Decorator's Buttercream recipe.

    It's that retro-y fluffy filling that you're looking for.

  7. Cocktails!!  There are any number of places where a little shot of ginger and sweetness would be delicious,  In fact almost any drink recipe that calls for Canton Ginger liqueur could likely substitute ginger syrup.

    Now you're talking! There's a drink I'm in love with at The Standard Grill called "Penny Drop".

    Vodka, 'housemade ginger cordial' (your ginger syrup), lime juice, ginger beer. Not sure of the

    proportions, but you could certainly play with it. The Standard bartender pours it over lots of crushed ice in a copper mug, and garnishes with crystallized ginger. Adult ginger ale.

    Refreshingly delicious!

  8. I use egg white powder all the time, now, for royal icing and SMBC. I'm delighted with the results, frankly. My royal is very stable; doesn't break down as quickly, and, colors don't bleed as readily.

    The royal also dries very quickly, even in humid conditions. It's fantastic.

    After all my success with royal icing, I decided to try it in the SMBC, instead of using

    pasteurized egg whites. Great results!

    I'm a convert. I buy it in bulk from a purveyor.....I think it's Just Whites from DebEl.

  9. you decorators are really amazing! 

    I remember back in the pre-mac college days (for the record they came out right as I was in the graphic program at college), we would laboriously have to re-create fonts by blowing up the one we wanted (now done by computer) and drawing a grid over the font to break it down, then draw a larger grid to scale, and finally redraw the font inside the larger grid.  WTF!  If I was born a year later that would have been a silly waist of time.  However, it did give me a keen eye for recreating fonts because you view fonts by their components instead of just writing away and hoping for the best.  Not sure if this trip down memory lane is useful here, but I couldn't just leave my Annie and OneTough, 'you're so great' comment by itself.

    Drawing anything, I have come to find out (never felt artistic enough to take an art course in school, but that's a whole other story), is nothing more than a series of lines and their relationship to one another..or some such thing. Ergo, the grid system is a perfect example of how to recreate something specific. And, because I work on cookies, it's one of the ways I use to figure out how to draw something specific on the cookie. Labor intensive & time consuming, yes, but once I get the repetitive motion/muscle memory thing down, I'm golden. Or so I like to think.

  10. May I ask how you did these? Really fun and beautiful work.

    Nice cookie writing onetough!

    Thanks for adding your pic!

    In response to your question, it's a lot like royal icing colorflow, but I use white chocolate.

    1. Print your font out (in reverse!)

    2. Pipe a melted chocolate outline of each letter right on the paper. (if it's a really bold font....if it isn't, just pipe each letter) Put your paper on a piece of cardboard or a sheet pan to let it lay flat.

    3. Go back and fill in your outlines if necessary.

    4. Using white chocolate with no color, you can connect the words or letters together, as you've seen in some of my cakes, or you can just leave each letter separate, like I did on the PTTV cake and position each letter on the cake as you like.

    5. Let the chocolate letters set in the fridge for about 5 minutes, then flip the paper over, and let them set about ten minutes more. Peel the paper off, and voila.....you have your specialty font.

    You can do the same for pictures, as you can see, I did the same thing with the man with the martini glass on the martini cake.

    It's not necessary to reverse the image when you are doing pictures (most of the time), but with letters and writing you HAVE to reverse the letters or your font will come out backwards when you are done. A lot of printers have settings wherein you can reverse images. On my printer, it's the "T shirt transfer setting".

    I totally get the reverse chocolate thing....it's so beautiful, too. Since I can't really do that on cookies, I make royal icing plaques to adhere to the cookies.

    Those cakes were great...really, really fun. Love that Martini cake's retro images.

  11. Might be non-toxic but if you were making cookies for my kid I would not want them.

    Just my .02

    They sure look great. I wish I had the talent and patience to create such attractive edibes.

    Thank you. Glad you liked them.

    You'd never have to have anything from a custom baker that you wouldn't want.

    That's the beauty of 'custom'. I bend over backwards to make what my customers want.

  12. For what it's worth, I got an email from Pfeil and Holing Customer Service today (I have been badgering them for years about this) saying they were a few weeks away from stocking edible dusts and a range of "new stuff" but that could mean anything.  Anytime I order, I've been using their feedback form to ask for edible dusts so maybe they just got tired of me asking  :wink:


  13. "Non-Toxic Decorating Sparkle to give brilliance and shimmer to decorations. For decoration only"

    Aren't you opening yourself up to some liability if someone does get sick? Even if perchance the glitter didn't cause it. Lawyers will latch onto anything to make a case.

    I don't think this is the kind of substance that will sicken someone. Food allergies are the concern over here. My order form contains a portion for the client to outline any known food allergies.

    Without knowing about them, I can't take measures to avoid or prevent them from occurring.

    In extreme cases, I will not take an order if the allergies are too severe. I like to sleep at night.

    Ingesting a miniscule amount of a non-toxic substance once in a very blue moon, in my humble, non-medical opinion, isn't going to cause any real damage. There are plenty of other culprits in the average daily American diet whose after-effects are far more destructive.

  14. I am definitely going to try this.  I'll be curious to see how hard the rolled buttercream gets, as I tend to ship cookies alot, and would hate to see dings and dents. 

    Thanks K8

    Wow, let me know if it ships. The stuff I use is too soft for that. It will hold texture but would definitely show dings. Maybe if it was real stiff?

    I won't be able to ship these if they ding.....that's why royal is the greatest for cookie decorating.

    Maybe for local delivery where I can have more control over dings and dents.

  15. Pastrygirl, rolled buttercream is equal parts corn syrup and shortening, some flavoring then add enough powdered sugar to make a doughy, rolling consistency.

    You can roll it out and texture it and cut it out with the same cookie cutter you cut your cookies out with. Put the cookies in the oven, put the rolled buttercream in the freezer. When the cookies come out and are hot, place the frozen rolled buttercream cut out on there~~viola.

    Would take edible glitter very well.

    Whoops! :wub: Didn't see this. Does rolled b/c get hard like royal? Can it be molded like gumpaste?

  16. Yes edible glitter does dissolve hence the edibleness of it. I bet royal breaks down if it gets a brush of piping gel (so the sutff could adhere). But I can do eglitter on top of swiss meringue buttercream without noticeable dissolving. Does the edible glitter work with royal that's half set up?

    Yes I use the non-toxic luster and pearl dusts with whatever alcohol is on hand, everclear, lemon extract, vanilla, vodka, whatever. If it's too loose wait a few minutes and the liquid will evaporate, if it dries out just add more alcohol. It can be stored as is and re-used and re-used.

    So say I've finished putting all those logos on a Louis V purse cake for example so then I apply dry pearl dust to the dry surface of the fondant -- then chill the cake. The moisture generated by the cake coming back out to room temp works to advantage with the dust.

    And there is a steaming that often takes place with gum paste flowers to adhere the dusts. Just hold the dried flower into a steam mist for a brief few seconds and the dust deepens slightly and glimmers. (Over hot water or steam iron)

    How's about rolled buttercream or rolled fondant for your great cookies.

    Rolled buttercream makes incredible tasting cookies.

    I have a really touchy tummy and I bet if I ate disco dust it would not bother me. But I worry about using it for edible items for sale meself.

    You are creating art but it's also food.

    Well dragees are ok everywhere but California pretty sure.

    Rolled buttercream? I know I've heard of it, but would you mind refreshing my memory as to what that is?

    Fondant is gorgeous, but so much of what I do is for kids, and we know how kids are about fondant.

  17. It's non-toxic, not exactly edible. Sold as decor, it's not food, but it won't kill yah. I mean I love edible glitter--it's not as shocking as disco dust but does glitter it up some, made of gum arabic if memory serves.

    I would not put it on my products that will be eaten but on flowers or decor yes.

    Hi K8,

    I use edible glitter as 'snow' for winter projects. It 'melts' when it hits anything wet, so it cannot

    be applied to wet royal.

    This disco dust has no mouth feel whatsoever, no taste either. I ate my test cookie a week ago, and I'm still here, so we know it won't kill...immediately (LOL!)

    I actually saw this used by a British cake and cookie maker in a recent book of hers, and I flipped for the look of it. This discussion reminds me that in Europe, the dragees are edible...silver coloring over sugar...they're meant to be eaten. Not so here, as we all are warned time and time again.

    I'm hoping the 'tween birthday girl and her little pals will love this look. I'll know the verdict on Sunday after the party is over.

    Do you use luster dust on anything that's meant to be eaten? And if so, do you just dust or

    paint on with a flavorless/odorless alcohol or lemon extract?

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