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Personalise Your Fault Line Cake

Christmas dinner; for most of us it’s the most important meal of the year so why not make it a real cracker and ditch the traditional fruit cake and opt for a bang on trend ‘fault line’ cake instead.

Fault line cake created with our A3 printed cake wrap in white and rose gold marbleIf you’ve not yet seen one, #Faultlinecakes are taking Pinterest and Instagram by storm. Incredibly visual and with a real ‘wow’ factor they’re an evolution of the geode cake, where the cake appeared to have split open to reveal a crystal like interior. Fault line cakes are much more versatile and the centre ‘fault’ can open up to reveal endless possible creations and ideas. Unlike geode cakes, there is no need to waste half the cake by cutting chunks out of it, which is great when you love cake as much as we do!

The internet is awash with video tutorials showing how to create these amazing cakes with their ‘faults’ opening up to reveal an array of sprinkles and piped flowers, however, why stop there? By using our personalised printed icing sheets within the ‘fault’, you can create a cake that is truly unique and tailored specifically to you and your tastes.

Fault line cake using an A4 printed topper with the Elf on the ShelfThe possibilities are endless. You can print Santa’s face and have him peeking out of the middle of a snow white Christmas cake with 3D gloved hand modelled from fondant icing adding to the effect. For those of you looking for new scenarios for your ‘elf on the shelf’, we can print his face onto our icing, so when the fault line opens, that naughty elf could be hiding inside your family Christmas cake! A more grown up design could be achieved by using one of our edible Christmas cake ribbons running through the fault line. This could be enhanced with a touch of edible glitter and metallic paint and you could even have cupcake toppers to match. 

Of course this doesn’t just have to be for Christmas. Imagine the fun you could have with a birthday or wedding cake, or even a proposal cake, well 2020 is a leap year…

Navy and Gold Geometric cake wrap used for a faultline cakeIf you LOVE the look of a fault line cake but don’t have the tools or the time to make one, our very clever designers have created some wonderful effects with our preprinted fault line cake wraps. These are a brilliant way to create the same effect in minutes. Check them out here.

We certainly hope we have given you food for thought. Have fun with these fabulous cakes and get in touch with us if you have a brilliant idea that you would like us to print. Finally, don’t forget to send us pictures of your wonderful show stopping creations. 

Anna x

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This year's Christmas bakes

With the Great British Bake Off becoming a distant memory, and Christmas fast approaching it will soon be time to dust off our own aprons, switch on the oven and get mixing.

With so many sweet temptations to choose from how do you decide what to serve up this year?  Would Christmas not be the same without your traditional Christmas cake, or are you looking for something new to leave out for Santa and Rudolph on Christmas Eve?

Whether you are baking alone, or with the family; have time on your hands to create a real show-stopper, or looking for a quick fix; we have our favourite picks for the festive period.

Gingerbread Biscuits

Gingerbread StarsA Christmas staple in a lot of homes, this easy recipe from Good Housekeeping is a great option for baking with little ones.  The cookies smell and taste delicious and whether you want some cute gingerbread men, little stars like these, or ornaments to hang on the tree; the recipe is the same - you just need a cookie cutter (and some icing to decorate).

    • 75g butter
    • 3 1/2tbsp golden syrup
    • 60g light soft brown sugar
    • 175g plain flour
    • 1/4 tsp bicarbonate of soda
    • 2tsp ground ginger

 

  1. Add butter, golden syrup and light brown sugar to a pan. Stir on a low heat until sugar has dissolved.
  2. Add flour, bicarbonate of soda and ginger to a mixing bowl then stir together. Make a well in the centre and pour in the sugar and butter mixture.
  3. Stir together to form a dough (it might be easiest to use your hands).
  4. Wrap in clingfilm and let chill for 30mins to firm up.
  5. Lay the dough between two sheets of baking parchment. Press dough lightly with a rolling pin. Give a quarter turn than repeat.
  6. Give it a final quarter turn, then start to roll backwards and forwards, giving regular quarter turns. Until dough is roughly thickness of a £1 coin.
  7. Using a biscuit cutter cut out the shapes. Bake at 190°C (170°C fan) mark 5 for 10 to 12min, until lightly golden brown.
  8. The biscuits won't be firm but will harden when left to cool outside the oven.

Gingerbread Christmas Tree Decorations

Christmas Cupcakes

Melting snowman cupcakesThis is another fantastic option for baking with children - especially when it comes to the decoration.  A simple search on Google will provide you with countless flavours, as well as hundreds of ideas and designs from melting snowmen (just like Olaf) to really effective Christmas trees.

Christmas Tree cupcakeFor the easiest decorations though, you could try some of our festive cupcake toppers available on our website here.  We have a wide range of designs, including that cheeky chap that is always up to some mischief - the Elf on the Shelf.  Alternatively you can upload your own photos or pictures and design your own cake toppers.

Elf on the Shelf I'm Back edible cupcake toppers

Chocolate Truffles

Christmas Chocolate TrufflesRich, decadent, chocolatey goodness - flavoured with rum, your favourite liqueur or splash out on champagne, this is definitely NOT one for the kids.  Easier to make than you might think, just melt dark chocolate, mix with 1/2 the amount of double cream and leave to cool.  Once set you can roll into balls and coat with cocoa powder, coconut or even cover in smooth white chocolate. 

These would make the perfect gift for a friend, to nibble on in front of a Christmas movie, or a special treat for Santa on Christmas Eve.

Sugar Cookies

Roll-out cookies decorated with Christmas patterened A4 icing sheetSimple to make and even simpler to decorate with A4 printed icing from My Cupcake Toppers.  We tried a great recipe from Wilton (find it here) to make our sugar cookies, and then decorated them with an A4 icing sheet that had been printed with Christmas patterns and cut to the same size and shape.  If you are feeling a little more adventurous, flooding icing cookies is all the rage just now, filling up Pinterest quicker than anything else.  A little tricky to get the hang of, but once you get to grips with the technique you can get the most beautiful results.Flood Icing roll out biscuits

Panettone

Italian PanettoneBaking a panettone from scratch can be quite a daunting challenge, so we are lucky that many traditional Italian restaurants in the UK fill up their shelves with the real thing for us to buy and enjoy. An Italian sweet bread loaf that originates in Milan, panettone contains candied orange, citron, and lemon zest, as well as raisins, which are added dry and not soaked. Many other variations are available such as plain or with chocolate and it's usually served in wedge shapes, vertically cut, accompanied with sweet hot beverages or a sweet wine.  

That said, it is also amazing cut up into slices and turned into bread and butter pudding.  I can personally vouch for that!

Christmas Cake

Christmas Yule LogEvery year at Christmas when I was growing up, my mum used to make our Christmas cake months in advance and feed it brandy every week religiously.  A walnut cake with white fluffy icing was also served alongside, and it was always the hardest decision to make choosing which to have.  Obviously the answer now is both, but that wasn't allowed back then.

Whether you are a traditionalist with a rich fruit cake, a chocoholic with a yule log, or a master in the kitchen turning out a real showstopper, every home should be serving up a proper cake at Christmas.Christmas Show Stopper

We would love to hear what bakes come out of the oven in your house around Christmas time.  Is it something traditional that you have always had, or do you like to get creative and try new things?  Are they specific to where you live, or do you look further afield for inspiration?  And are they for just you, or do you prefer to spread the Christmas cheer and share with all your friends and family?

 

 

How to get a nice clear cake topper

Our customers often want to use their own photos, logos or images for their cake toppers so we wanted to offer some advice to get the best possible result.

We offer personalised cake toppers either using our 'design your own cake topper tool' or through our in-house design service (this includes personalised corporate cake toppers and personalised charity cake toppers), however both methods involve uploading your images to our website.

Increasing DPI (dots per inch)

Image Size

 

We recommend a resolution of around 300 Dpi (dots per inch), however the higher the resolution of the image, the better.  We also recommend the size of your image to be around 1000 pixels square - especially for our larger cake toppers.  You may experience problems uploading files much larger than this. Files under 500 pixels square are lower resolution and may not produce a nice sharp finish.

Dpi - dots per inch, or number of pixels

Types of image files

 

Whilst jpg and png are the best and most recognised file types that we use, there are others that we can work with.

For our in-house design service you should also be able to upload pdf, gif, tif and bmp files as well as pdfs or word documents.

File types we can use for printed cake toppers

A helping hand is always here

 

need help?...and finally, if you need any help at all when choosing your cake toppers, or designing them, please feel free to drop us an email at enquiries@mycupcaketoppers.co.uk or give us a call on 0800 043 4557
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How to get the best colour match for your printed cake and cupcake toppers

Getting a really good colour match when printing your cake toppers is a little more complicated than it may first seem, and when you are considering which images to use for your cake toppers the following may come in useful.

In the majority of cases we are able to get a really good match, however occasionally it can be affected by one of two issues.

The first reason is that we print with edible ink, not standard ink, and this can very occasionally make a difference in the colour obtained. 

The usual reason however is to do with the format of the image supplied.  Images created for digital use e.g. websites, email, digital ads use the RGB colour system (displayed using red, green, blue and light) whereas images created for printing e.g. magazines, advertising leaflets and cake toppers, use the CMYK colour system (cyan, magenta, yellow and black).

RGB vs CMYK colour systems

Also, as light is not used in the printing process once an image is printed on the cake topper, it unlikely that it will be as bright as when viewed on a digital display (phone screen, laptop or monitor).

RGB vs CMYK difference in appearance

The majority of images that are supplied by our customers are created using the RGB colour system, however if you require an exact colour match we strongly recommend uploading a CMYK image.  Whilst it may look slightly different on your monitor, it should print in the correct colour.

Should you have any concerns, please get in touch and we will try to help.

Magenta, bright pinks and purples, are the most difficult colours to match. If your image contains large areas of the following colours then it will be very difficult to get an exact match

Problems with printing pinks Bright pinks will print more red

 Problems with printing purpleBright purples print more burgundy

You can read more about RGB, CMYK and pantone colours in this great blog by Natsumi Nishizumi.

What is the difference between rice paper and icing?

Of the many questions we are asked here at My Cupcake Toppers, the most common by far is the difference between rice paper and icing. With years of experience behind us now, we thought we'd share what we know as it's an important decision if you're looking for the best results. 

 

Standard Rice Paper

For a long time, standard rice paper was our most popular product. It's a basic way of adding a 'little something extra' to your cupcakes and also the most cost effective.

At 0.44mm the paper is very thin and flexible with a slight translucency - for anyone who's ever bought a themed supermarket cupcake kit these are generally the toppers they add.

As these toppers are so thin, they will absorb a large proportion of ink and are best suited to simple designs like logos, cartoons and clipart - this is case where less is definitely more. If you have a black or very dark image with small or white text, you might want to consider another option as large areas of dark colour can bleed into small areas of light.

Standard rice paper can be added to any cake topping but will absorb water from the surface causing swelling at the point of contact. This should work well if you have pressed the whole topper into the surface of the icing but placing them on piped icing will eventually curl the edges of your toppers upwards. To avoid this, you may want to add them at the last minute.

The flexibility of this paper makes the A4 sheets useful for wrapping around a large cake or for curved decorations added to the top of a cake such as printed photo strips, banners or flags.

Premium Rice Paper

Premium rice paper has long since become our best selling product and rightly so as it is the easiest, most reliable topper and as a mid-range product, won't break the bank.

This paper is 0.7mm thick, opaque off-white and a smooth sheen finish, almost like a very thin layer of card.

If you are piping a buttercream topping onto your cupcakes and want to add the toppers in advance without worrying about them afterwards - these are the toppers to choose. The toppers will stay firm for days (if your cakes last that long!) and the print quality is excellent for high resolution images.

This paper isn't really suited to regal or fondant icing as it is brittle and won't bend without breaking, so unless you are sure of a completely flat surface, stick to the standard paper or try our icing discs.

Icing

Icing is the best quality product we supply, for it's thickness (approx 1mm), flexibility and finish. It will drape over the surface of your cake like a second skin so is suited to any cakes finished with fondant or regal icing. If you're piping a topping onto cakes - stay away from icing toppers or you'll end up with bumpy images and possibly a wasted effort.

Due to their flexibilty, A4 icing sheets are also well suited to wrap-arounds and curved decorations with a slightly more impressive finish than standard rice paper.

If you're keen to have icing discs on cupcakes and want them to stay firm, you can back them with white chocolate discs.  If you do this, then they should stay either flat on top of your cupcakes, or you can stand them up vertically.  We now stock chocolate silicon stencils to fit both sizes of our icing cupcake toppers to make this easy. You can watch a quick video tutorial using our stencil here.

We have now started keeping a stock of sample packs so that you can see for yourself what the difference is between the types of toppers. If you’d like one sent out to you please get in touch by email or add a note in the special instructions box when you place your next order.

EPILEPSY SOCIETY FUNDRAISING TOPPERS!

 

St Valentine is recognised as the patron saint of epilepsy so today we’re giving a shout out to our friends at the Epilepsy Society  who have been keeping us on our toes lately. We’ve been busy making thousands of cupcake toppers for their annual Purple Day fundraising packs which will be used to help turn the world purple on 26th March 2016.

 

          

 

Anyone involved in Purple Day will know that this international fundraising and awareness day is a big deal and it’s getting bigger by the year. On Purple Day, anything goes (so long as it’s purple) and we take our hats off to the families and friends of the Society who raised a massive £45,000 last year through events including fun runs, coffee mornings, cake sales and dress-down days.

More than half a million people in the UK alone have epilepsy (that’s 1/100), defined as a sudden interruption in the way the brain works. It was first recognised by Hippocrates so it’s been well researched over the years. These days, 40 different types of epilepsy have been identified but it’s very difficult to diagnose and although 70% of cases are controlled with drugs, more research is needed which all costs money.

The Epilepsy Society use the money raised on Purple Day to help support their hospital, the Sir William Gowers Centre which is the national epilepsy assessment and treatment centre, taking patients from the UK and overseas. Funding also goes towards continued research as well as the provision of a helpline and information services for those living with the condition.

We have just shipped off a fresh batch of toppers so it’s not too late to get involved. Purple Day packs are available online from the Epilepsy Society and contain a fundraising guide, poster, stickers, banner, balloons, collection box, leaflets and sponsor forms. The second pack (our favourite) is the Bakers Edition which includes cake toppers, labels and recipe cards.

If you can’t do it yourself but come across any purple people on 26th March, we hope you’ll lend your support to these fun-loving fundraisers and to those of you already planning your big day, the staff at My Cupcake Toppers wish you the very best of luck!

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