MEASUREMENTS 101

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Quite possibly the #1 reason for recipe failures is due to incorrect measuring.

This will be the first thing I will ask you when I get the question,  “Gretchen, my recipe came out terrible! It looks nothing like yours on the video! What do you think went wrong?”

I will almost always answer “Double check your measurements, are you SURE you measured correctly?”

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How to Write on Cakes ~ Basic tips for beginners

Writing on cakes- beginner tutorial

 

How to write on cakes is probably one of the most NOT asked questions!

If that makes any sense!?

What I mean is that many people have trouble with it, but most won’t really dig in or ask why they are having trouble!

I think it is because this is where a lot of frustration occurs, and perhaps even embarrassment if the final inscription on the cake is not what you had envisioned.

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How to Temper Chocolate

How To Temper Chocolate

Does your Chocolate have a BAD TEMPER!???

Well, let’s put it back in it’s place! Show it who’s BOSS!

In the video below I will show you How to Temper Chocolate and explain why we do it in the first place.

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Russian Ball Tips and Ruffle Tips Review

Russian Ball Tips & Ruffle Tips

Russian Ball Tips & Ruffle Tips

Here we are once again the Russian Decorating Tip craze is not stopping, it is only getting better!

I have tried my hand at the Russian Ball Tips & Ruffle Tips and I love them!

I made a quick video tutorial for you to share my experiences using these tips for the first time

Now let’s not forget the most important part to having success with your Russian Piping Tips.

BUTTERCREAM! You must be using a stiff consistency Buttercream Recipe which just happens to be my American Style Buttercream.

It is absolutely perfect for these tips and I know you will love the taste too!

I feel it is a cross between the Swiss Buttercream in silky smooth taste and a decorators icing in stability.

(Here is the video for the buttercream and the recipe is below)

In the video for the tips demonstration I used some vanilla cake cupcakes  and strawberry cupcakes too, just to show you how the piping techniques would look and you can pretty much use any cupcake recipe you like for your masterpieces!

The Raffaello Coconut Ruffle Cake is another project you can attempt with your new Ruffle Tips not to mention those cute little mini doll cuppies too!

Flowers and ruffles and mounds of buttercream is what we got going on here today at Gretchen’s Bakery so be sure to get your tips ordered and have some fun!

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Buttercream Recipe
 
Serves: 6 cups
Ingredients
  • Unsalted Butter 1½ Cups (3 sticks) (336g)
  • Hi Ratio Solid Vegetable Shortening 1½ Cups (336g)
  • Confectioners Sugar (Domino Brand 10X Sugar) 6 cups 720g)
  • Heavy Cream 6 Tablespoons (90ml)
  • Vanilla Extract 2 teaspoons
  • Butter Extract 1 teaspoon
  • Salt ¼ teaspoon
Instructions
  1. Combine the butter and shortening in the Kitchen Aid (or stand mixer) bowl with the paddle attachment
  2. Whip on medium to high speed for about 3 minutes.
  3. Scrape the sides and bottom of the bowl to make sure it is evenly mixed and add the salt. Mix well.
  4. Stop mixer and add the sifted confectioners sugar all at once.
  5. Mix on low speed until incorporated , scrape the bottom and sides of the bowl and then mix on high speed for 3 minutes.
  6. Scrape the bowl again and then while mixing on low speed slowly drizzle in the heavy cream.
  7. Increase speed to high and whip for another 5 minutes
  8. Add the flavor extracts and then you are done!
  9. The icing will gain volume almost to the top of a 6qt Kitchen Aid bowl and get very white. (*If you are using a hand beater, the volume will not get as high since the hand beaters cannot incorporate air as efficiently as the Kitchen Aid or stand mixers)
 

 

 

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Russian Piping Tips Updated Review

Russian Piping Tips Updated Review

Russian Piping Tips Review

As you may well know the Russian Piping Tips hit the scene several months ago and they have gained momentum ever since!

It seems every person and their grandmother is selling Russian Piping Tips these days!

I shared my experiences in sorting through all those different sets of tips and vendors here on my original Russian Piping Tips Review along with a video showing the different tips in the smaller set that I bought with a not so great vendor through Amazon.

Since then I have been offered many more tips and sets through dozens of vendors asking me to do more reviews and to try out their Russian Piping Tips.

I thought it would be a good idea to spend some time to find a vendor for you all that I could deem reliable and who carried a quality set; since my first go at it was a bit hectic and I want to spare you the trouble.

I decided to go with It’sAllGoodMart.com since they seemed to offer the best quality of the Russian Tips that I have seen, complete with a website that shows you exactly what each tip will look like once it is piped with buttercream.

Additionally they include the coupler that fits these larger style tips and if you read my original review you will know that was one thing I listed on the “cons” list when buying from the vendor I chose.

The Tri Coupler is a really nice addition to the set that also comes with a Silicone Pastry Bag (and this is new to me! Since you know me and my Arrow Thermo Bags) but the silicone bag they include is very durable and reusable. 3 Disposable plastic bags are also included but they are slightly small for the size of the Russian Tips, but hey you can never have too many pastry bags in my opinion; so I’ll just be using those for something else.

So hopefully you have read both reviews and ended up here so you can head over to ItsAllGoodMart.com to buy the tips (Currently they do not offer International Shipping~ HOWEVER you can email Chris direct at chris@itsallgoodllc.us to arrange a PayPal payment and he will personally ship to you Internationally! Woohoo! It pays to know people in high places! LOL

Click here for the Amazon Page to by the Russian Piping Tips from ItsAllGoodMart to grab your set of tips

Then you can get to making beautifully decorated cakes with minimal skill like my Almond Cake with Raspberry Cream Cheese Icing!

And don’t forget the best Buttercream Icing Recipe to use with these tips is right here too!

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