Top Tools From 2015

Last week we looked forward at upcoming trends, this week we look back at our most popular tools in 2015. These essential tools can streamline your work, add a special touch or simply make your job a lot easier.


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Squeeze Bottles

Make it easy to fill molds. The small opening on these bottles make them ideal for painting details in molds. Any standard size decorating tip can be attached to bottle.

 

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Perfection Strips

Used for rolling out cookie/ pastry dough.  1/16”, 1/8”, ¼” thick strips. Ensures uniform dough so it bakes more evenly.

 

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Disposable Bags

In a word: convenience! The 12” bags are a good size for most projects. Disposable bags makes clean-up quick and easy.

 

Locking Plates and Pillars
Create a very secure stacked cake. These plates and pillars can also be used for separating cakes for a ‘traditional’ look.

 

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Scriber Tool
This tool has a nice sharp point that is useful in so many ways. Use for modeling fondant or gum paste, or for marking patterns into cake icing.

 


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Hollow Plastic Dowels

These heavy duty dowels provide strong support for stack cakes.

 

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Break Up Bar and Rectangular Hard Candy Molds 
These molds are a must have for any candy maker. The rectangle and break up bar molds are heat safe up to 375 degrees and make uniform pieces of candy.

 

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Food Doodle Pens
A fun way to write or draw on your creations. This set of 10 fine tip markers (2 are black). They are great for fine details and lines.

 


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Metal Spatulas

These straight and angled spatula helps to smooth icing and make precise lines. These smaller sizes are also great for mixing color into icing.

 

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Plaque Shaped Cutters
Use cutters (oval, rectangle and square) to make plaque-shaped cookies. May also be used to cut plaques from fondant or gum paste to embellish cakes or to use as a cake topper.

 

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Decorating Tips

#1, #1.5, #2 and #3 tips are made of stainless steel and seamless. They are best used for fine lines and details.

 

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Decorating Bags

Lightweight, but tough decorating bags. Flexible, washable, and reusable.

 

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Edible Glaze Spray
Protect and add shine to projects with this spray. Glaze is edible.

 

Imperial Dusts
Gold and silver metallics are definitely a hot trend right now. These products are the best way to get a metallic finish on your projects. Mix with grain alcohol for a ‘high-shine’ look. For more about metallics click here.

 

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Funky Alphabet Cutters

These cutters are approximately 1 3/8″ tall and are designed to create fine, elegant motifs with fondant or gum paste.

To help you get ready for the new year, we have a great sale on all of these items until January 31, 2016.

 

 

Featured Product: Snap Together Letter and Number Embossers

Snap together letters and numbers to create personalized messages for your decorating projects. Ideal for cookies, cupcakes, and small accents on cakes. Use them to emboss rolled fondant, gum paste, modeling chocolate, cookie dough, and more. Snap Together Letters and … Continue reading

ICES 2014

The annual ICES Convention showcases innovative and new products for leading trends in the cake decorating and pastry arts industry. This year’s ICES Convention was held in Albuquerque, NM. Country Kitchen SweetArt was there, as always, with a booth full of new products and ideas! This year, our booth featured the new ‘Sweet Elite Tools’ line of products. These products are designed by some of the industries’ most popular artists for practical use by today’s baker.

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Autumn demoing new product at the booth

At our booth, we demoed several of the new products so that interested buyers could see first hand how they are used. And with just around 75 different products, there was certainly a lot to look at! It didn’t matter what you were interested in, modern accent cutters, unique patterns and textures for cakes, or creative ideas for baby themes, our booth had something for everyone.

Our group had a lot fun exploring the surrounding town and the ICES Convention itself. They searched out and found some fun, new items to bring home and share with our customers!

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Our crew with Jacqui Kelly (middle)

Peppermint Candy Cake

This is a classic cake perfect for this time of year. A combination of white cake, peppermint syrup, and peppermint crunch will please any peppermint lover. Ingredients: 3- 8″ layers of white cake 1/3 cup butter 1 cup sugar 1/3 … Continue reading

How to Use a Lace Mold

Wedding cakes with lace patterns on them are very popular right now. Using a lace mold is one way you can achieve an all over lace design, lace border, or just a few lace accents. Lace molds can be used with either rolled fondant or gum paste and come in many exquisite styles and designs. These molds are usually on the more expensive side, but are well worth the investment. The molds are fairly easy to use, but may require some extra patience and practice to get the pieces looking perfect.

Here’s how to use them:

Step 1: Dust the mold with a pearl or luster dust if a pearlized look is desired. If not, dust the mold with cornstarch.

Step 2: Roll out the fondant or gum paste so that it is about 1/8″ thick and large enough to cover the entire mold. Place the fondant onto the bottom piece of the mold.

Step 3: Using your finger, press the fondant down into the mold.

Step 4: Place the top piece (or pieces for this particular mold) on top of the bottom piece, lining up the edges.

Step 5: Starting at one end, roll over the mold with a lot of pressure using a rolling-pin.

Step 6: Tear the excess fondant away from the mold.

Step 7: Remove the top piece and use your finger to neaten the edges of the fondant.

Step 8: Turn the mold over and flex it so that the fondant piece is released. Don’t pull the fondant out or it may stretch or tear.

Step 9: When ready, attach the lace piece to the cake using piping gel. If the lace piece must conform to the shape of the cake, it should be attached right away, before the fondant dries.

Both of these cakes were decorated using a silicone lace mold:

green and pick color was added to the lace pieces to create a colorful Hawaiian lei

gold shimmer was added to the lace trim for an elegant 50th anniversary cake

3 New Cupcake and Cookie Texture Tops

Three new designs of Cupcake and Cookie Texture Tops are now available. Scroll, Winter, and Christmas designs allow you to make beautifully detailed treats even if you are a novice decorator. Each set comes with 3 mats, each mat with 4 of the same design. Textured fondant pieces can be applied to cupcakes or cookies, or use the mat to imprint onto cakes! Add color to the textured pieces or leave as is, the detailing is already done for you! There are similar sets also available: Floral, Geometric, and Whimsy Blooms. View these designs along with instructions on using them here, New Cupcake and Cookie Texture Tops.

Tips for using Texture Tops:

  • You can use either side of the mat. One side will give a raised impression, the other side will give a recessed impression.
  • The diameter of the cupcakes may vary by amount of batter, recipe, and the amount of icing used. Choose the appropriate sized cutter to completely cover the cupcake top.
  • Texture mats are not dishwasher safe. Wash in hot, soapy water and lay flat to dry.
  • Color may be added using food color markers or thinned food color or royal icing. If using food markers, allow fondant on the cupcake or cookie to firm overnight before applying. Thinned royal icing can be piped into the recessed areas of the textured fondant.
  • You can also add fondant accents to embellish the cupcakes or cookies.

Scroll design set used on white fondant covered cookies for an elegant effect. Paint in the indented pattern using edible silver dust.

Make a fun cookie bouquet using the winter designs and edible markers to color in the details.

Cupcakes in pastel shades decorated using the scroll design set.

Festive holiday cookies are made using the Christmas set and a combination of edible markers and luster dusts to add color.

Pictures and information taken with permission from Autumn Carpenter Designs. www.autumncarpenter.com