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  1. With the glitter gate debacle still going on I thought I would look at the alternative options out there which are 100% safe. The jubilee weekend seemed like a great time to have a go.

    This is PME 100% edible glitter flakes, they’re really shiny and have lots of uses, one of which I have detailed below.

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    The things you will need are shown above.

    various PME edible glitter flakes, edible glue and paintbrush, edible lustre and paintbrush, paint tray, clear alcohol, a golf ball sized piece of fondant.

     

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    Split your ball of fondant into 4 equal parts. Take 3 of them as above, roll them into 3 balls and then flatten slightly with your finger.

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    Apply glue to the top of each ball.

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    Take the glitter flakes and apply them all over the top of the balls. If you find it's not a strong enough colour you can wait for them to dry and then do a second layer.Try to smooth them all over and stop any rough edges.

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    Roll out the 4th ball of fondant into a long sausage. This will become the surrounds for the jewels. You can break small sections off and make spirals and swirls round the jewel. Be inventive and try out different styles. Remember to add a small dab of glue to attach them to the jewels.

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    Once you have finished the surrounds, mix some of the powdered shimmer with alcohol and create a paint. You dont need much of the powder less than a pea sized scoop will be plenty and just add a drop of the alcohol at a time. Remember you can always add more, but you cannot remove it. So less is best to start.

    Once you have made the paint cover each of the surrounds and then set aside to dry. There you go a set of royal jewels fit for any queen.

     

    I hope you have enjoyed this tutorial. I had a spare 20 minutes before collecting the children from their jubilee themed day at school and thought I'd try something new.

    Until next time

    Shelly

     

  2. I’ve been absent from blogging for a few weeks as things have been really hectic here. However having spent the last few days catching up with the online cake world I just had to address something.

    Having only been in the cake world since late 2009 I still consider me a baby in cake terms. I still have so much to learn and I love soaking up all the new things I can. I love sharing ideas with fellow cake makers and supporting them with their businesses. When things are going great I love nothing more than saying well done and if times are hard I try and give some support in whatever way I can.

    It seems not the entire cake world is like this though. In just the last few weeks I have seen public spats over things, rude comments on social networking pages, underhand practices like stealing photos and so much more.

    It’s great that we have the internet to help us in our businesses or even hobbies. However I do feel it can often add fuel to fires which would most definitely never arise without the social media sites. Before the internet became what it is, cake enthusiasts would buy books, go on college courses and learn at a much slower pace. Today everything is at the tip of your fingers, everyone is hungry for more and it seems to send some over the edge. No longer are they worrying about how to pipe the latest trend of cupcakes. The need to be better, bigger, more popular than others becomes their main aim.

    It’s worrying how quick some forget they are in business and these social networking sites are quite often their virtual shop front. How you conduct yourself online reflects on your business and vice versa. So when these spats arise don’t take the bait and join in, rise above it and think not of those involved but of your business, livelihood and reputation. After all everyone will remember them for how they conducted themselves. Consumers vote with their feet and also tell others if they have come across something they don’t like. These people will cause their own fall you don’t need to worry.

    To give a contrast I have met hundreds, no correction thousands of wonderful people in the cake world some of who I consider my dearest of friends and who I would trust my life secrets with.  I first started out just after losing my dear mum and I found comfort from those who didn’t know me at all but who took me in and shared their skills, help and support when I needed it the most. 

    Please don’t witness the odd break outs of insanity amongst the bakers and feel we’re all like it as we aren’t. We do get a little giddy on the over load of icing sugar occasionally, but it usually results in us having giggling fits over our own personal baking disasters.

    I will share a secret with you now. I frequent a lovely group called Shop Bakers Nook – Baking advice group on Facebook. It’s a lovely community and they have a great respect for each other and support you no matter where you are on your journey with cakes. The key is to just join in.

    You are also free to come and ask questions and make friends over on my Facebook page Mrs Baker’s Cakes.  If I can’t help you personally I’m sure one of my lovely fans will.

    So my lovely bakers. Make Cake, Not War!

     

    P.S. Just a quick note to add that Shop Bakers Nook- Baking advice group is not where any of this negativity has been witnessed. It's a safe and respectful place.

    Until next time

    Shelly xx