Supreme SilK – VS – Covapaste

Hey everyone HAPPY FRIYAY!!!!!! I’ve been trying to get this blog post done now for over two weeks, between having the ozzie flu and my laptop not co-operating (come to think of it, maybe I gave the laptop the flu?!?!?! lol) but anyway, I’ve managed to get it done this morning whilst sitting in bed and taking a much needed break to get myself finally on the mend.

It’s no secret of my deep affection for Supreme Silk Sugarpaste made by the Irish company Select Ireland Foods. I have mentioned it a lot on my Snapchat (user name jenscouturecakes) and Instagram (which you can come and follow me on here) lately because I truly believe in this product. So I am writing this blog as a review of the product and also to review it up against another fondant which I don’t like and you’ll see the reasons why below.

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But first lets talk about it……………..

I first came across Select Ireland, a family run business based in Cork, Ireland, when Marisa got in touch asking me how much fondant I would use per week and would I be interested in trying their product. I asked her for a cheeky sample to try and it is now my firm favourite to use for cakes. When Marisa so kindly sent me some to try, I knew straight away it was going to be good. The presentation alone is superb. Supreme Silk comes in its very own re-sealable tub which is a fantastic idea for storing the fondant. Any other fondant I have purchased before comes in vacuum sealed plastic packaging which I find very annoying because once its opened, if its not stored correctly in a zip-lock food bag, it will dry out and harden. So this is a major plus for me. It comes in its very own plastic bag, inside the re-sealable tub, so no need to worry about having cling film on hand (seran wrap in the states), or food zip lock bags to store it in. Just wrap it up in the bag and close the lid and boom- its stored and ready to be used again. I am very happy with this because I’m constantly running out of cling film and zip-lock bags because of this very thing, so I’m very impressed with this.

Upon opening the fondant, after it was delivered to me on a very cold wintery day, I did a live opening and tasting of the fondant on my snapchat. It tasted amazing, a lovely vanilla flavour but it wasn’t too sweet or over bearing, nor was it to dull or faint, it was just right. Because of the weather conditions, and other experiences with fondant/sugarpaste, I had already presumed the fondant was going to be rock hard and very difficult to knead. So I decided what better time to try it then now when it would be at its most difficult, right? It was cold to touch obviously due to the weather outside, but, when I took it to my green board and began to knead it, it literally took me less than a minute to have it ready to cover a cake- NO LIE!!!!! There was no need to throw it into the microwave to heat it up. Believe me, I was as shocked as you most likely are reading that, but it is TRUE. Of course it was cold and hard to touch initially, but within seconds, it began heating up, becoming very elastic and pliable, and it rolled out like a dream. And best of all, NO AIR BUBBLES!!!!!!

When covering my cake, placing the fondant over the cake there was no rips or tears in the fondant and more importantly for me, no elephant skin!!!!! This is such a pet hate of mine with fondant, I cannot stand the elephant skin look off fondant and when I had the cake finished, it was as smooth as a newborn baby’s bum!! The perfect finish for any cake- that smooth, clean, professional look, JUST PERFECT!!!!

The most important thing about this fondant for me is being able to achieve super sharp edges that stay super sharp. This is extremely important to me, as you can see below, I like to finish my cakes off with super sharp edges so I love this with the Supreme Silk. Here is my most recent wedding cake using the sugarpaste and I am so happy with the finished result.

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I have used other fondant brands before this, including Icewise and Satin Ice which weren’t bad and I’ve tried others and been really let down with the finish. For example, before I found my fav, I stupidly bought a big quantity of Covapaste fondant from one of my suppliers without trying it beforehand, because fondant is fondant right?!?!?! What could possibly go wrong?!? Well, let me start by advising you against EVER buying this fondant. I had a three tier wedding cake to cover and I literally cried every minute of decorating it. I even posted in the Irish Cake Decorating and Sugarcraft Chat Facebook page asking about the fondant- was it just me? or were other people having similar problems? and to my relief lots of people agreed with me, and there were others who swore by it. But for me- its a NO! So here were my issues with it:

  • too hard to knead (you’d want Arnold Schwarzenegger muscles to go at it and then hello tennis elbow and writers wrist – ouch!!!!!)
  • air bubbles- need I say aymore?
  • elephant skin- aaaaaaaarrrrrghhhh
  • rips and tears (causing me to recover the cake twice- once again with the covpaste and then with a cheaper local supermarket fondant to try get the cake finished and on time, thankfully Tesco fondant actually came to my rescue)
  • the sharp edge wouldn’t hold
  • and finally when I went to smooth over the cake, the fondant dragged and tore. So it went from being too hard to knead to being super soft and sensitive.

Its safe to say I do not like Covapaste. The whole cake needed to be stripped and re-covered with a huge amount of fondant in the bin and not to mention the money it cost to buy it. I may aswel have gone into the bathroom and flushed the money down the toilet. I had such a bad experience with it and the tears and tantrums will never be forgotten, by me or by my husband ha ha.

So to round up all the pro’s of the Supreme Silk Sugarpaste (because I have not found one fault yet), see below:

  • super easy to knead
  • extremely pliable and elastic
  • zero air bubbles
  • smooth finish – no elephant skin
  • no rips or tears – extremely durable
  • sharp edges – all day everyday
  • vanilla flavour (not too sweet just right)
  • great for making models/figurines with with too
  • blends perfectly when using the wrap around method for covering double barrel cakes
So if you’ve been having trouble with your current sugarpaste, or you’d like to try something new, DEFINITELY give it a try its so worth it!!!!!
If you do try the Supreme Silk, let me know what you think in the comments below.
Til next time
Jen ♥ XX
Please note: this blog is my own personal opinion. I have not been asked to do this blog nor have I been paid to do it.

Meringue Kisses

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So I have been a huge fan of The Meringue Girls for quite some time now, and having mastered my French Macarons, you can read my tutorial blog here, I decided to give their signature desert a go!!

I googled their recipe and I was brought to Bakerella.com‘s website where I found the recipe and method for these little sweet beauties. In her blog post, she explains that she used The Meringue girls cookbook and that she found them very easy to make- I was chuffed to read this as I had been quite nervous about giving them a go for ages now.

So to get started, here’s exactly what you need:

Ingredients:

Equipment:

  • Hand Mixer and large mixing bowl (optional)
  • Food Mixer with whisk attachment
  • Baking tray
  • Non stick baking paper/parchment paper
  • Disposable piping bag
  • Scissors
  • Food safe paintbrush

Method:

  1. Line the baking tray with greaseproof paper and pour in the caster sugar. Bake for 3-5 minutes at 200C until the edges just begin to melt. In my oven its fan assisted so it only took 3 minutes for this to happen, so please note ovens do vary.
  2. In the meantime, pour the egg whites into a large mixing bowl and using your hand mixer with a whisk attachment, begin whisking on a low speed until bubbles begin to form. Of course, you may do this in your food mixer too using the whisk attachment. Then increasing to high speed gradually, continue to whisk the egg whites until stiff peaks form and you can turn the bowl upside down without the egg whites falling out. I talk about this in my blog on making French Macarons which is linked above.
  3. Take the sugar out of the oven and turn the oven temperature down to 100C. Then with the mixer still on high speed, begin to add one heaped tablespoon of the sugar at a time, making sure that the egg whites come back to stiff peaks after each tablespoon of sugar. When you have added all the sugar, continue to whisk for 5 – 7 minutes. The mixture will be ready when it has formed a high gloss and when rubbed between your finger tips it is completely smooth, with no “gritty” feeling of sugar.
  4. Prepare the baking tray again with fresh Parchment paper. To do this, use your finger tip and dab the meringue mixture on the four corners of the tray and press paper on top to hold it down in place. This prevents the parchment paper from moving whilst piping the meringues.
  5. To achieve the striped kisses, turn a piping bag inside out and paint on 4-5 stripes of your food coloring. Then roll the bag so the painted side is inside and carefully spoon the meringue mixture into the piping bag and fill it 2/3 of the way full. I find this makes it easier to manage the bag and to be more precise when piping the kisses. As you don’t need a piping tip, just cut off the tip of the piping bag about an inch in diameter to give good sized meringues.
  6. To pipe the kisses, hold the bag upright and allow the tip to touch the paper. Then squeezing the bag, pipe onto the sheet and pull upwards to get the little flick at the top. (my husband calls them gnome hats)
  7. Bake them in the centre of the oven at 100C for 30-40 minutes until they can easily be lifted off the parchment paper with the bases in tact. In my oven I used the regular setting ensuring not to use the fan. Allow them to cool completely and store them in an airtight container will keep for up to two weeks., or you may freeze them as they hold up really well in the freezer.

Here are my Meringue Kisses,

So happy that the #meringues worked out. Absolutely ❤️ these. Tried and tested using the @meringuegirls #recipe #jenscouturecakes #meringuelove #meringuekisses #meringuekisses #foodphoto #foodphotography #foodbloggers #foodblog #foodblogger #foodie #foodies #foodiegram #foodieblog #meringuegram #newproject #ideas #newproduct #desert #desertlove #desertlove
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Its safe to say, I will be making these little sweet beauties a lot from now on, they went down a treat in my house and they’re definitely something I will be adding to my production list.
Let me know how you get on with yours and post your pics in the comments, I would love to see them!!
Have a great day,
Jen ♥ xx

 

 

 

 

JensCoutureCakes at The Gossies Awards…

 

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Hey everyone, I hope you’re all having fab week! It’s been a busy one here at JensCoutureCakes HQ but we’re finally getting to sit down and show you all the fabulous display we put on for the Goss.ie Gossies Awards 2016. When Ali, the CEO and Managing Director of Goss.ie, got in touch with me to do the display I was thrilled. I absolutely love following Goss so it was an absolute pleasure to be a sponsor for the awards. Ali left the design and display completely up to me and advised me the colour scheme was pink and grey, with a Hollywood touch for the awards.

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For the cake, which was to be the main centrepiece, I decided to go with a marbled effect. I had been wanting to do it for some time and I decided now was the perfect timing- its classy, its elegant and when done right it can make any cake a showstopper!!! I also dressed it with pearls and diamonds, and a massive diamanté brooch on the side with a huge satin bow. I feel the diamonds and pearls added some Hollywood style, remembering the beautiful Marilyn Monroe and the fabulous Grace Kelly. What do you think of the marbled effect?

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As it was a classy event, we also went with French macaroons and cupcakes to sweeten the Irish celebs. French macaroons are quite an elegant treat, not too big , not too small, just enough to enjoy something sweet. And what would the display be without some glitter? We sprinkled them with edible glitter to add a touch of glitz and glam for the Hollywood effect. They were loved by all who attended the awards. I have a tutorial on how to make these heavenly treats which you can read here.

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I also created some macaroons pops (as I don’t have a love for cake pops). And look at the fabulous macaroon wrappers that were so kindly given to me by the lovely Tatiana of Floribelle Ireland. Have a look at her fabulous page here. Tatiana makes laser cut and personalised sweet favour boxes which add an elegant touch to any event, especially weddings! Have a look at our macaroon pops below……….what do you think? Wouldn’t they be perfect for any event or occasion? From corporate events to baby showers, personalised gifts to wedding favours, these macaroon pops are sure to impress your guests.

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Tatiana also gave us some fabulous cupcake wrappers…..

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Aren’t they fab? I just love all things classy and elegant, and the detail in the cupcake wrappers are amazing….

And of course I added some sweets to the display including our meringue kisses, marshmallows and mints to finish off the cake and candy display.

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What do you all think of these massive lights from Lovin Letters ? Aren’t these just so cool…..having your name in lights……now that’s a thought 🙂 Absolute amazeballs.

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We also sponsored the Goss 1st Birthday Bash last year, and I created this fabulous cake display for them with some macaroons and mini cupcakes. Have a look below…..

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I was thrilled at the response from our display, Ali absolutely loved it and its safe to say that when we returned to take it down, the celebs had loved it too…. there wasn’t a crumb left 🙂 And to my absolute amazement, lots of the celebs shared the display on their snapchats, including FACES BY GRACE who won the award for Best Blogger, the gorgeous Marissa Carter of COCOA BROWN who won Best Girl Boss of The Year and the fabulous Joanne Larby of THE MAKEUP FAIRY even shared it onto her Instagram account!!! Yikes!!!

Here are some of the photos from Goss.ie Behind the scenes, pop over and have a look. Theres a snap of our display in here too.

To view the list of award winners, have a look here. and you can also watch The Gossies  Awards from UTV The Pulse here. I got to meet the lovely Jenny of Utv The Pulse, didn’t she do an amazing job?

If you were at the awards or have been following them on social media’s, pop by and say hello and let me know what you think or thought of our display….

Jen ♥ XX

Our top tips on choosing your Wedding Cake!

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If you are already looking at wedding cake designers, ideally by now its safe to presume you have your wedding venue booked and the dress ordered. With those two hugely important details arranged, I would recommend the cake to be next, and let me explain why…….

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1) Deadline

Most cake decorators can be booked up for at least a year in advance, so it is best to give them as much notice as possible to book in your cake. They’re not like your typical grocery store, lots of cake designers provide beautiful, bespoke wedding cakes and their skills are so much sought after that they book up pretty quick. If you have your eye on a specific designer, and you love their typical cake designs then pre-book the date with them, and the details can follow suit. But be sure to BOOK YOUR DATE! Most cake decorators will do this with a small deposit to secure the date for you.

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2) Design

If you haven’t already, then now is the time to get researching cake designs. Like I said previously, if you have your eye on a specific designer, most of the time they will have a specific type of design they stick with- be it vintage or couture, and you will most likely want one of their typical designs. But if it is more of a bespoke cake you want, for example the cake above, then you need to research designers to make sure they can create the design for you. Have a look at their work to see the cakes they’ve made before.

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3) Colour scheme/Theme

Once you have the date secured, if you don’t already have a chosen colour scheme and wedding theme then now is the time to hit Google and Pinterst hard!!! Google until your eyes are sore and cant bare to look at a computer screen no more, because your colour scheme and theme is very important. It is incorporated into every part of your big day, especially your cake (most of the time)and you want to make sure its just PERFECT! Bare in mind the time of year you’re getting married, for example if its spring/summer lots of brides go for the pastel colour range along with a vintage theme, in winter you can go for richer, deeper colours with a winter theme. But like I said, really research colours to make sure its exactly what you want……..those photos are here forever!! Once you have your colours and theme chosen, let your cake decorator know! This will help them begin to plan your cake, down to purchasing ribbon for the cake, coloured fondant or food colourings and any other coloured materials they will need for your bespoke cake along with creating the design and incorporating the theme. For example, if a pastel colour range with a vintage theme, the cake will more than likely have some hand made vintage roses/flowers with light and airy colours like pastel pinks, peaches, etc.

 

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4) Flavours

For wedding cakes, traditional is totally gone out the window! Fruit is no longer the typical cake for wedding cakes. For me here at JensCoutureCakes, the most popular is chocolate biscuit cake, followed by red velvet, and then Victoria sponge. I always ask brides and grooms what their favourite cake is and to go with that for their wedding cake, because it is their cake after all and what’s the point in having a full tier of fruit cake, for example, and it going to waste!

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5) Size/Servings

For this, you really need to decide when you want to cut the cake. The newest tradition with weddings is a second day affair, and lot’s of brides choose to keep their cake until the following day. It’s quite a clever idea to be honest, as the wedding day itself is full of food for guests and most of the time the cake goes to waste. Usually, with the second day, your guest list will be cut in half, at least, and you need to decide first of all if this is what you want to do with your cake, and if so, do you only want cake for the guest numbers that will be there or do you want some cake to take home also. Don’t let this put you off the wow factor sized cake if that’s what you want, as you can have a cake that is made up of edible cake and non edible stryofoam cakes to give you added size to your cake.

And lastly…………….

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6) Don’t be afraid to ask questions!!!!

You can ask as many questions as you like. We are always here to help, we have lots of ideas and your questions are never deemed stupid or silly. We love what we do, ad more importantly, we want you to love what we do, so always feel free to discuss your cake in depth to make choosing your wedding cake enjoyable and also to ensure you have chosen the right design for you!

If you have any questions you would like to ask us, feel free to get I’m touch via our facebook page JensCoutureCakes. You can also get in touch via the following social media links:

Instagram: https://twitter.com/JensCoutureCakes

Twitter: https://twitter.com/JensCoutureCake

Snapchat: jenscouturecake

or by email: JensCoutureCakes@hotmail.com

Also feel free to comment below. I hope you enjoyed the blog,

Jen ♥ xx