Modelling chocolate Stripes

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birthday, cakes, candy melts, craftsy, modelling chocolate

I am a huge fan of the Craftsy platform for cake decorating courses. I love the accessible format – For that read ' I can indulge in all things cake on my ipad as opposed to the rubbish on TV'. the presentations are are either good or very, very good. I don't sell my cakes – apart from charity sales at Christmas so I am looking to find quicker and more efficient techniques and to achieve as flawless a finish as an amateur might be happy with.

The wax paper method demonstrated by Jessica of Jessicakes is a method which I will work on- my first attempt turned out like the above. If I get her amazing quilting ruler I might be able to make straighter lines! Many decorative mistakes can be covered up, as all bakers know, still, it's a good idea to measure the length of the circumference properly!!! After painstaking cutting out and placing I realised I was 2+” short- answer: add a plaque and flowers, haha.

SMBC crumb coating


The striped cake is one my all time favourites, carrot cake, which I have blogged about here. The base cake is a vanilla sponge. Both cakes are crumb coated with orange Swiss meringue buttercream.

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hi! i am Anne (hence vANNilla) - two 'N's autocorrect WILL autocorrect - grrrrrr I can most often be found cooking up a storm in the kitchen,(with my trusty thermomix) behind a camera or a kindle. If you are a traveller/photographer my bog is @vannilla If you have come as a baker my blog is i studied economics in Edinburgh in the early 70's; now retired from a day job, on paper i have plenty of time to explore the blogosphere and enjoy the shared experiences of others. like every other retiree i know we wonder how we fitted in a day job. I split my time between Guernsey,. In the Channel Islands -a 20-odd square mile island with 60thousand+ inhabitants- and Phoenix, Arizona. The mix is perfect- the former is beautiful but attacks of cabin fever are never too far away. Arizona, on the other hand IS king of the open road and has THE biggest bluest sky EVER. my blogs revolve around baking (vannillarock) and photography/travel if you like what you see please do start a conversation :)

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