BY IN Art, Cakes, Sydney, Wedding Cake Comments Off on Special Occasion Sugar

There has been a lot of discussion about sugar over the last generation or two. People realized that we are in the habit of eating too much sugar, and encouraged everybody to cut back. Often people tried to replace at least some of their sugar intake with artificial sweeteners, but these proved controversial, often linked to health problems. It seemed there was no easy answer.

The sugar substitutes:

Aspartame

Also sold a Nutrasweet, this has been linked to all sort of allergies and other health problems, none of which are yet proven true or false. But was is known is that aspartame cannot be used for cooking because it breaks down with heat, and while this does not make it unsafe it does take away the sweetness.

Stevia

This is reasonably natural, being extracted from a plant. But processed versions of stevia can contain harmful chemicals. And even the pure, natural version can affect blood pressure.

Stevia can be used for some types of baking, though the amounts are different to sugar.

Organic stevia may be a good option for healthy people providing that they don’t have an allergic reaction.

Xylitol

Another sweetener obtained from a plant. This is actually as a sugar substitute in some cooking recipes, though it will never caramelize like sugar so not all recipes are possible.

But xylitol had about half the calories of sugar, so it is an improvement but not be a huge amount.

Xylitol actually benefits our teeth.

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Sugar is at least natural. It even occurs in fruit and other foods that are a necessary part of our diet. It is not harmful in moderate amounts; in fact it is necessary. But the critics do have a very good point, we eat far too much sugar in the modern diet.

We should keep the amount of sugar in our system to a minimum, and remove it from our teeth by drinking more water and brushing our teeth.

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We don’t eat cake every day. We eat it for special occasions. Be healthy, but enjoy a custom wedding cake on the big day, and remember the important event in life.

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BY IN Uncategorized Comments Off on Choosing Wedding Cakes Sydney

Wedding Cakes Sydney

Before there was the internet there were wedding fairs. These seem to be more common overseas, but Australia has wedding expo and other similar events. These live events still have a few advantages over the internet because we can actually feel the dress fabric, smell the flower bouquet, and (best of all) taste the cake samples.

Of course this is one of the best parts about planning the wedding. If there is a guilty pleasure, or a reason to justify one, then tasting samples of wedding cakes is it.

There are two broad factors in choosing a cake- the taste and the décor. More than a few people only worry about the appearance of the décor. This will be photographed and remembered long after the cake has been eaten. But then again, there is usually no reason why a cake cannot have both taste and style. As long as the cake is strong enough to support the décor there shouldn’t be a problem.

Perhaps we should start with finding a tasty cake, and then find the right way to decorate it.

The Internet

While we cannot taste a cake we see on the computer screen (Rice cakes on a picture as the Koreans’ say) we can use the internet to see a lot of good décor ideas with minimal time and effort. This is a great way to find the right ideas, with the added bonus of using Google and search terms to narrow things down to the right options.

Use the cake shops, wedding expos and fairs to sample a few tastes. And more importantly, to connect to the right vendors, both for catering and otherwise. A few company cards from the fair can make all the difference.

Popular cakes include:

  • Chocolate biscuit
  • Red velvet
  • Carrot cake
  • lemon drizzle
  • Belgian Chocolate
  • Hazelnut with chocolate
  • Victoria sponge with raspberry and cream filling
  • Vanilla
  • Rainbow layers of cake.

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Your wedding is the once in a lifetime event. Have the cake you have been planning all your life, and that will be remembered for year to come.

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BY IN Art, Cakes, Sydney, Wedding Cake Comments Off on A Little Cake History

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Having a cake at a wedding has been a tradition in many cultures since ancient times. But these cakes and traditions vary greatly. There have been countless styles of cake, which means modern couples have no end of ideas to choose from.

Cakes in the ancient world wasn’t usually sweet. They were more like a bagel or plain muffin, often made from barley. In the rare occasion where they were sweetened they contained a little honey. In many traditions this plain cake was broken over the brides head, somehow symbolizing fertility and good luck.

In some traditions the bridesmaids would pull one of several ribbons from the cake. The lucky girl who pulled the one ribbon attached to a charm was thought to be the next to marry.

Western cultures have seen white as a symbol of purity for several centuries. But the tradition of white dresses and cakes at weddings didn’t really gains popularity till the wedding of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert. It is speculated that she may have actually re-introduced an older or fading tradition here, as there are records of white iced cakes before this time. Nonetheless royal icing dates comes from Queen Victoria’s cake. This became popular not only because of the sweet taste, but because it helped hold up several layers of cake and decorations.

A cake for the groom is another old tradition that has crept back into fashion. It actually dates back to at least the 17th century and Britain and parts of Europe. This has continued to be fairly common in some parts of the USA for several past generations.

One of the few recent innovations to wedding tradition has been the cake topper. Prior to photograph this was one items that could be retained as a keepsake.

Keeping the top tier of the cake is another reasonably recent tradition. It was obviously hard to keep this before the advent of the refrigeration. The idea is for the married couple to keep this top layer of the cake for a year and to eat it on the first wedding anniversary.

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For a once in a lifetime event like a wedding we would expect one of the best custom made cakes Sydney has to offer.

The internet allows us to see countless cake designs from around the world. Find something that inspires you, and have the perfectly suited cake for your wedding.

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BY IN Art, Cakes, Sydney, Wedding Cake Comments Off on Wedding Cakes North Shore

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Wedding cakes often try to combine traditional practices with individual style. Today, with modern technology, this is easier than ever.
The modern internet give us access to dozens of foreign traditions. We can see wedding cakes anywhere from the Middle East and Asia through to medieval Europe. This is a source of inspiration for all. There is always something to inspire anybody and everybody. Often we have too many options to choose from.

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Modern cakes can be fancier than ever. Not only is it easier to obtain every possible ingredient and colour, not only do we have no end of cultural influences from foreign cultures to popular cartoons, but we can even use computers to help us make cake designs.
Wedding cakes are about decoration, style and design, and a cake that tastes great. We can combine your personal style with any traditional that inspires you. Have the cake you really want for the day that is so important for you. And have the best memories possible.

 

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BY IN Art, Cakes, Sydney, Wedding Cake Comments Off on Special Occasion Cakes Sydney

We believe cooking is a creative and healthy pastime. If the number of television cooking show is any indication then home cooking is becoming increasingly popular. Though this may just be an increase in the number Television viewers. Nonetheless, we thought we might discuss some good kitchen habits.

  • Keep a full stock of basic ingredients – Different flours, different sugars, baking powder, plenty of butter and Bicarb of soda. It is horrible to find you have run out while part way through a recipe.
  • Packaged spice is okay, but grinding you own is even better, a small coffee grinder can do this well; or use a pestle and mortar.
  • Most multitasking is risk and nor recommended, but playing music while you cook is okay. You might even time things with the right song.
  • Aprons, tablecloths on benchtops, newspaper over spill areas …etc. all make clean-up easier.
  • Read recipes carefully. It is easy to miss something. Try reading recipes in advance while on the smartphone or other device.
  • Enjoy the process of cooking. Be creative with the process, be social with the results.
  • Good quality ingredients make all the difference. If you are spending your time cooking then make sure it’s not compromised with substandard ingredients. Organic egg, real butter …etc.
  • Room temperature ingredients tend to be better than cold ingredient from the fridge. Room temperature should be medium cool.
  • Line up all the ingredient in advance.
  • Buy some good measuring spoons, cup and devices. Check the accuracy of scales.
  • It can be hard to measure sticky things like honey or syrup as they stick to the spoon. Try coating the spoon with oil first.
  • Put a cloth under chopping boards of mixing bowls to stop them slipping.
  • Make notes in your cookbooks or recipe pages as you learn from cooking your experience.
  • Preheat ovens. This give a more accurate cooking time because you are not including the time it takes for the oven to heat. It also prevent you from making the mistake of forgetting to turn the oven on.
  • Use times for the right cooking time. Many apps are available for this.
  • If you are cooking for family / children’s lunches it helps to make larger batches. Cook enough biscuits to last a week.
  • Experiment in small steps, and in small batches. You will discover a few good ideas this way, and make a lot is mistakes.
  • Appearance of the food is part of the point. Make you tasty cake look tasty too.

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Special occasions often work well with a cake, especially one decorated to suit the occasion.

For those once in a life time events we suggest a professional custom cake. Sydney wide delivery is available for wedding cakes and other major events.

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Decorating Wedding Cakes Sydney

Wedding cakes have had a little ‘topper’ decoration for generations. These have often been popular on birthday cakes too. But more recently the cakes have had their decorations as part of the cake itself; the decoration was edible. This completely edible style cake is an impressive feat, though a topper that acts as a keepsake also has a certain appeal.

Using the topper as a keepsake predates photos. Today we have multiple photos of the wedding, and many images of the cake, to remember the wedding by, so we don’t need the topper.

Yet a cake topper decoration can still be incorporated into a cake, wedding or otherwise.

Some poplar ideas:

  • A little bride and groom – a classic idea that never goes out of style.
  • The bride and groom as children.
  • Cartoon characters
  • Cute Animals –  Penguins, butterflies …etc.
  • The married couple as animals that suit their personality.
  • Married couples (new) name.
  • Horse Drawn Wedding Coaches.
  • Light hearted and comical ideas are Okay, but you don’t want to be embarrassed by them when you look back in ten year’s time.
  • Wooden toppers, handcrafted and DIY.
  • Silhouette metal images of the happy couple. These can be laser cut from a single piece of metal. Black and gold silhouettes work well, especially if lit from behind.
  • Any heirloom topper from your (great) grandparents.

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If you have you heart set on a cake topping decoration you can probably have it incorporated into a modern cake design.

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BY IN Art, Cakes, Sydney, Wedding Cake Comments Off on Occasion for Cake

Special Occasion Cake Sydney

There are countless traditions around the world, many of which are celebrated with catering and a cake.

  • Birthdays
  • Graduations
  • End of School
  • Reunions
  • Anniversaries
  • Weddings
  • Valentine’s Day
  • Easter
  • Moon Festivals
  • Bar Mitzvahs & Bat Mitzvahs
  • New Year
  • Groundhog Day
  • Festivals
  • Election wins
  • Baby Showers
  • National events
  • Closing a business deal
  • Pay off the mortgage
  • Promotion
  • Close the great business deal
  • Opening and closing Night for live plays and musicals.
  • National Holidays
  • Halloween
  • Saint Patricks Day

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A cake to celebrate an occasion is one thing; a cake that is appropriate to the occasion is even better. Why not customize the cake for the occasion, or for the individual.

Lacking for ideas? Look at our gallery and try to choose between all the options. Try looking at what the internet has for other cultures and their traditional cakes. Or if you already have something in mind ask us, we love doing custom cake designs. Anything that reflects the occasion can be done in some fashion

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Of course the cake is a very important part of any wedding. Yet with all the tradition there is still great scope for the happy couple to add a personal touch, or even a completely unique cake. Google has left us spoilt for choice. Find the ideas that appeal to you and let us produce at least one of the cakes you dreamed up.

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BY IN Art, Cakes, Sydney, Wedding Cake Comments Off on Wedding Cake Sydney – Making a Stand

A decorated cake is such a work of art, why not put it on a stand, literally.
Glass Stands
Glass is unobtrusive. It will not really add or take anything away from the décor, it will simply life the cake up a little. As such a glass stand can be sturdy and fairly bulky without ruining the aesthetic of the cake.
More than few people have a glass stand as a family heirloom.

Porcelain Stands
Plain porcelain stands are slightly neutral; they will not detract from the actual cake. Else, a decorated porcelain stand can actually be good for a simple but elegant cake. But for the most part we would stick with a plain stand.

Wire stands
Wire stands usually have a lot going for them. They might not have the debonair elegance of a sculpture, but they can be fancy. If you search there are wire cake stands shaped like Ferris wheels or merry-go-rounds. The Ferris wheel was designed to have 8 little cupcakes in their own little carriages. The merry-go-round could also hold cupcakes, or any other cake that had a hole through the middle.
Wire stands tend not to break and you will have very little issue with cake getting stuck to the surface. But they may be a little bit plain for a fancy wedding cake.

Metal Stands
There are countless metals that work well here, but copper is especially effective with white cake. Brass is equally good. Imagine a flat top stand with an intricate cast pattern at the base.

Wood Stands
Wood stands are another classic type of cake stand. They are more robust than glass or porcelain, but can be more debonair than wire. Wood ranges from fancy carvings to rustic logs.
Dark wood can look good with a vivid white cake.

Layered Stands
An alternative to the layered wedding cake is the multi-level stand with a layer of cake at each level. If nothing else this is easier to transport.

Domed Stands
Cakes can be kept under a dome that can be as elaborate as the stand or confectionary. Domes range in shape, though the common option of plain glass dome is often best if you want to show off the cake.

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Remember that the cake and the stand are being presented together. If they don’t match somehow, it they are both fancy in different ways, then the resulting clash can ruin the effect of both. A plain stand can suit a fancy cake, and occasionally a simple, elegant cake can look better on a fancy stand. There are no simple rules here, only that the end results must look right.

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Christmas Market

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BY IN Uncategorized Comments Off on Benefits of Cooking Classes

Benefits of Cooking Classes

One thing we shouldn’t need to lease from a cooking class, a thing we should know already, is that cooking should never be looked at as a chore; cooking is healthy way to nourish you mind and spirit as well as your body. Cooking is creative and therapeutic and creative. I hear of plenty of people who eat comfort foods when stress or alienated; surly it’s a better idea to do some therapeutic cooking instead. It’s better for your waistline and lends itself far more to social interaction, i.e.: cooking for guests.

I don’t know if cakes are the best place to start with cooking, but with the huge number of options it shouldn’t surprise people that there are plenty of simple cake recipes to follow; and simple does not mean it isn’t fine tasting. Cakes are the most variable item when it comes to ingredients and decoration. They can be easily suited to any situation. Casual events can always benefit from a simple cake that tastes fine; huge celebrations and once a year events pretty much demand a fancy cake. And there’s a whole range of events and options in between. Start cooking with what you can do today and work your way up at your own pace. People will be impressed with what you start achieving after some practice. And if first you don’t succeed you can cover is up by eating you own mistakes!

Yet life is no more segregated than our mind is. The aim of a cake might be to look and taste good, but the sense of achievement is nothing to ignore. But like those crossword puzzles or brain exercises some of us play on line the benefits of creating a custom cake have results that reach beyond the task at hand. Somehow those exercises always help us to think more clearly, to concentrate a little better. I’m told learning is best encouraged with a reward at the end of the task. What better way to cater to this than eating the well prepared result of you labours.

One benefit of cooking that crept up on me is the sense of cultural awareness. Just cooking something considered traditional for western culture sowed me there was more to these occasions that just social obligation. I remember skipping over the pages of Enid Blyton books where the characters sat down to eat tea; now I see how much people appreciate the effort that goes into these things. And looking at foreign cuisine I see how much history is behind so much cooking. Even if I am copying a recipe to the letter I am producing an item that several individuals took a great deal of time to develop. And if I develop a new idea, I’m still building on the foundations that came about as the result of thousands of other cooks finding viable methods.

There’s a philosophical point here. Cooking expands my mind as an individual, but makes me more aware of my place in the greater scheme of things. Whoever said such things were mutually exclusive.

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