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Lucien’s 7th Birthday

Amidst the chaos of the Easter School Holidays, out eldest Son turned 7. As we always do, we had a small family party to celebrate, and celebrate we did. Minion Style! For some inexplicable reason, I chose cakes for my children, that I find the hardest to make. I don’t know why It always happens, but happen it does, and this time I finally caved,… Read More »Lucien’s 7th Birthday

White Chocolate Mudcake

[lt_recipe name=”White Chocolate Mudcake” servings=”2×6″x3″” prep_time=”10M” cook_time=”90M” total_time=”1H40M” difficulty=”Easy” print=”yes” image=”https://www.vivalabuttercream.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/White-Chocolate-Mudcake.jpg” ingredients=”1 cup Self Raising Flour;1 cup Plain (All Purpose) Flour;1 1/2 cup Castor Sugar (Superfine);3 Eggs Large;1 1/2 cup Milk Low fat or light;2 teaspoons Vanilla Essence/flavouring;200 grams (7oz) White Chocolate, Melted with oil;1/3 cup Rice Bran Oil (Substitute Light Olive Oil if you prefer);2 Tablespoons Butterspread or Margarine” ]Preheat your oven to 150℃… Read More »White Chocolate Mudcake

Basic Chocolate Buttercream

[lt_recipe name=”Basic Chocolate Buttercream” servings=”1 Batch” prep_time=”15M” total_time=”15M” difficulty=”Easy” print=”yes” image=”https://www.vivalabuttercream.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/Basic-Chocolate-Buttercream.png” ingredients=”500 grams (18 oz) Powdered Sugar (Icing Sugar, Confectioners Sugar);250 grams (9 oz) Butter (Lurpak if possible) room temperature;2 Tablespoons Cocoa Powder;2 teaspoons Vanilla Essence/flavouring;Water to thin as necessary” ]Mix the butter until it’s soft and creamy, and add your icing sugar a bit at a time, making sure it’s nice and mixed together… Read More »Basic Chocolate Buttercream

Unicorn Sugar Shoe

Unicorn all the things!! But seriously, how GOOD are Unicorn cakes?! Well I’ve gone one better, and made a Unicorn Sugar Shoe! The best bit? It’s easy to make, and with no cutters, templates, or molds! Break the Mold Or more accurately, break yourself of the notion that you NEED a kit, mold, tool, stencil, whatever, to create something. Imagination is the best tool you… Read More »Unicorn Sugar Shoe

Buttercream Essentials: What you NEED to get started

Liking the look of this Buttercream thing? Wanna have a try? Awesome! Your first visit to a Cake Supply Store can be overwhelming. Everything is shiny, and looks really useful. So just what do you NEED to get started? I’m breaking down my personal list of ‘must haves’, complete with prices, to get you started on your Buttercream journey, and to hopefully save you some money!… Read More »Buttercream Essentials: What you NEED to get started

Product Review: Americolor Gels – New Shades!

AMERICOLOR GELS PROVIDED BY BAKE AND DECO WAREHOUSE Introducing the New Shades! As you would know, I’m a big fan of Americolor, so when I heard they had made some new colours, I was possibly excessively excited. And I must say, they are worth the excitement. The new colours are Moss, Eggplant, Wedgewood, Pumpkin, Cypress, Midnight, and Espresso.  I gave them a test as you… Read More »Product Review: Americolor Gels – New Shades!

Making Basic Buttercream

When it comes to creating an edible work of Art, it doesn’t have to be fancy to be fabulous. Basic Buttercream is not only delicious, its highly versatile. Its a crusting Buttercream, meaning it will firm up at room temperature, giving you the perfect canvas for painting, embossing, carving, sculpting, you name it! It’s simple to make too! But just in case you are having… Read More »Making Basic Buttercream

All About Flour

Flour is a pretty common ingredient in most cakes and bakes, but just what is flour, and what does it do? What is All Purpose Flour? Can I substitute Gluten Free Flour for the flour that my recipe calls for? Strap yourselves in, its flour time! What is Flour? Flour is a powder made from finely milled grains. Wheat is by far the most commonly… Read More »All About Flour

Happy 5th Birthday Grayson!

It was our youngest Monkey’s 5th Birthday Party on the weekend. We had all the classics; Fairy Bread, Chocolate Spiders, balloons, and of course, cake. After an *exhaustive* cake selection process, our Son decided on an M&M cake. No worries. How hard could that be?…. The thing that’s not immediately obvious when you agree to stick a few hundred M&M’s onto a cake, is how… Read More »Happy 5th Birthday Grayson!

Chocolate Sugar Cookies

[lt_recipe name=”Chocolate Sugar Cookies” servings=”Approx. 24 Cookies” prep_time=”10M” cook_time=”12M” total_time=”22M” difficulty=”Easy” print=”yes” image=”https://www.vivalabuttercream.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/Chocolate-Sugar-Cookies.jpg” ingredients=”3 cups Plain (All Purpose) Flour;1 cup Powdered Sugar (Icing Sugar, Confectioners Sugar);250 grams (9oz) Butter (Lurpak if possible) Chilled, and cubed;1 Egg Large;1 Tablespoon Milk;1 Teaspoon Vanilla Essence/flavouring;1 Teaspoon Ground Cinnamon;2 Tablespoons Cocoa Powder” ]Preheat your oven to 160℃ (320℉) for Conventional Ovens. Fan forced and convection oven heats may vary.;In… Read More »Chocolate Sugar Cookies

Modelling Chocolate

[lt_recipe name=”Modelling Chocolate” servings=”400g (14oz)” prep_time=”60M” total_time=”60M” difficulty=”Takes Practice” print=”yes” image=”https://www.vivalabuttercream.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/Modelling-Chocolate.jpg” ingredients=”375 grams (13oz) White Chocolate Any brand, although Candy Melts may require more Corn Syrup);1/3 cup Karo Light Corn Syrup” ]Melt the white chocolate in the microwave, using short bursts so as not to burn the chocolate. Mix till smooth, and allow to cool slightly. Warm the corn syrup as well, and let it… Read More »Modelling Chocolate