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Danish Butter Shortbread

[lt_recipe name=”Danish Butter Shortbread” servings=”30 Small Biscuits” prep_time=”10M” cook_time=”30M” total_time=”40M” difficulty=”Easy” print=”yes” image=”https://www.vivalabuttercream.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/Danish-Butter-Shortbread.jpg” ingredients=”250 gram (9oz) Butter (Lurpak if possible) If you can’t get Lurpak, use a good quality high fat Butter.;1/2 cup Castor (Superfine) Sugar;2 1/2 cups Plain (All Purpose) Flour” ]Preheat your oven to 150℃ (300℉) for Conventional Ovens. Fan forced and convection oven heats may vary.;Using an electric mixer, with the paddle… Read More »Danish Butter Shortbread

Basic Buttercream

[lt_recipe name=”Basic Buttercream” servings=”1 Batch” prep_time=”15M” total_time=”15M” difficulty=”Easy” print=”yes” image=”https://www.vivalabuttercream.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/Basic-Buttercream.jpg” ingredients=”500 grams (18 oz) Powdered Sugar (Icing Sugar, Confectioners Sugar);250 grams (9 oz) Butter (Lurpak if possible) room temperature;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 before adding more. This… Read More »Basic Buttercream

Caramel Fudge

[lt_recipe name=”Caramel Fudge” servings=”18 Pieces” prep_time=”5M” cook_time=”15M” total_time=”20M” difficulty=”Easy” print=”yes” image=”https://www.vivalabuttercream.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/Caramel-Fudge.jpg” ingredients=”395 grams (14 oz) Sweetened Condensed Milk;125 grams (4 1/2 oz) Butter Melted;2 tablespoons Golden Syrup You can substitute with Corn Syrup, but get Golden syrup if you can.;1 cup Brown Sugar You can substitute Dark Brown Sugar for a stronger flavour.;150 grams (5 oz) White Chocolate Don’t use Candy Melts, they set differently”… Read More »Caramel Fudge

Scones

[lt_recipe name=”Scones” servings=”1 Dozen” prep_time=”10M” cook_time=”15M” total_time=”25M” difficulty=”Easy” print=”yes” image=”https://www.vivalabuttercream.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/Scones.jpg” ingredients=”3 cups Self Raising Flour;80 grams (3oz) Butter (Lurpak if possible) Chilled, and chopped;1 cup Milk” ]Preheat your oven to 220℃ (420℉) for Conventional Ovens. Fan forced and convection oven heats may vary.;;Add flour and butter to a food processor, and blend until fine crumbs. Alternatively, you can ‘rub’ the butter and flour together using… Read More »Scones

Sugar Cookies

[lt_recipe name=”Sugar Cookies” servings=”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/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” ]Preheat your oven to 160℃ (320℉) for Conventional Ovens. Fan forced and convection oven heats may vary.;;In a food processor, mix flour, sugar and butter,… Read More »Sugar Cookies

Strawberry Syrup

[lt_recipe name=”Strawberry Syrup” servings=”Approx. 2 Cups” prep_time=”10M” cook_time=”20M” total_time=”30M” difficulty=”Easy” print=”yes” image=”https://www.vivalabuttercream.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/Strawberry-Syrup.jpg” ingredients=”1 Punnet Strawberries Fresh or frozen, hulled and quartered.;1/2 cup Granulated Sugar 1/3 for Tart syrup;2 teaspoons Vanilla Essence/flavouring” ]Hull and quarter your strawberries, and place into a dry saucepan, over low to medium heat. Add granulated sugar and vanilla.;Heat the strawberries until around half of the volume of the saucepan is liquid.… Read More »Strawberry Syrup

Apple Pie and Icecream Cake

[lt_recipe name=”Apple Pie and Icecream Cake” servings=”2×6″x3″ Cakes” prep_time=”10M” cook_time=”90M” total_time=”1H40M” difficulty=”Easy” print=”yes” image=”https://www.vivalabuttercream.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/Apple-Pie-Cake.jpg” ingredients=”2 cups Self Raising Flour;2 Eggs;2 tablespoons Butterspread or Margarine;2 teaspoons Vanilla Essence/flavouring;2 teaspoons Ground Cinnamon;1 cup Brown Sugar;1 1/2 cups Milk;400 grams (14oz) Apple Pie Fruit Tinned Apples, or freshly stewed if you prefer” ]Preheat your oven to 170℃ (340℉) for Conventional Ovens. Fan forced and convection oven heats may… Read More »Apple Pie and Icecream Cake

Vanilla Sponge Cake

[lt_recipe name=”Vanilla Sponge Cake” servings=”2×6″x3″” prep_time=”10M” cook_time=”60M” total_time=”1H10M” difficulty=”Easy” print=”yes” image=”https://www.vivalabuttercream.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/Vanilla-Sponge-Cake.jpg” ingredients=”2 cups Self Raising Flour;;1 1/2 cups Castor (Superfine) Sugar;;2 Eggs Large;;1 1/2 cups Milk Low fat or Light;;2 Tablespoons Butterspread or Margarine Melted, but cool;;2 Teaspoons Vanilla Essence/flavouring” ]2 cups Self Raising Flour;;1 1/2 cups Castor (Superfine) Sugar;;2 Eggs Large;;1 1/2 cups Milk Low fat or Light;;2 Tablespoons Butterspread or Margarine Melted, but… Read More »Vanilla Sponge Cake

Dark Chocolate Mudcake

[lt_recipe name=”Dark Chocolate Mudcake” servings=”2×6″x3″ Cakes” prep_time=”10M” cook_time=”90M” total_time=”1H40M” difficulty=”Easy” print=”yes” image=”https://www.vivalabuttercream.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/Dark-Chocolate-Mudcake.jpg” ingredients=”1 cup Self Raising Flour;;1 cup Plain (All Purpose) Flour;;1 1/2 cup Dark Brown Sugar;;2 Tablespoons Cocoa Powder;;3 Eggs Large;;1 1/2 cup Milk Low fat or light;;2 teaspoons Vanilla Essence/flavouring;;200 grams Dark Chocolate, Melted with oil;;1/3 cup Rice Bran Oil (Substitute Light Olive Oil if you prefer);;2 Tablespoons Butterspread or Margarine” ]Preheat your… Read More »Dark Chocolate Mudcake

Colouring Basic Buttercream

Colouring Buttercream is not quite as straight forward as you might think. For a start, butter is yellow. Yellow! Which means if you add blue, you don’t get blue, you get Green! Sorcery! So how do you colour buttercream?  What types of colours should you use?  And how do I get White Buttercream? Whiter Shade of Pale There are a few ways to lighten Buttercream,… Read More »Colouring Basic Buttercream

Piping a Buttercream Rose

If you like Buttercream, you probably LOVE Buttercream Roses. They are beautiful, timeless, and 100% edible (which is probably my favourite part!) They are also one of the most agonised over, and remain my most requested for classes, and for hints and tips. So can ANYONE learn how to pipe a Buttercream Rose? OF COURSE!! Just takes some practice, the right tools, and most importantly,… Read More »Piping a Buttercream Rose

Product Review: Metallic Edible Art Paints by Sweet Sticks

EDIBLE ART PAINTS PROVIDED BY EDIBLE ART PAINTS BY SWEET STICKS If you haven’t heard of Edible Art Paint, come out from under that rock, and let me lay some awesomeness on you. Edible Art Paints are made by Sweet Sticks, an Australian owned and run company, that creates 100% EDIBLE, yep you read that right, 100% EDIBLE Food Paints. I had the very great fortune… Read More »Product Review: Metallic Edible Art Paints by Sweet Sticks