The Great British Bake off

For the next few weeks, the British public will be glued to their sofas every Wednesday evening with a cup of tea and slice of cake, ready to watch the Great British Bake Off.

Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood will be joined by Mel and Sue and 12 new contestants, all hoping to be crowned the winner.  Each week they will face the challenge of the technical bake, the signature bake and the showstopper.

Whilst most of us do not have the skills or talent to produce some of the incredible baked goods that we see on #GBBO, I for one, constantly long to sink my teeth into the crispy, flaky layers of golden pastries or breathe in the warm aromas of the freshly baked breads.

Finding the time to even attempt one of these masterpieces is tricky though.  Instead I find myself beating up a batch of tasty cupcakes instead, (decorating them with our cupcake toppers of course), or whisking up some egg whites for cute meringue kisses.  

I’m not sure if they would meet Mary and Paul’s high standards, but it keeps everyone in our house happy.




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BIG NEWS! We are rebranding

As valued customers, we are excited to announce that at the end of February, we’re rebranding. As part of our rebranding strategy, our company name will change from My Cupcake Toppers to Edibilis.

Over the last couple of years we have seen a big increase in the use of our toppers on other food and beverage items, not just cakes and cupcakes - we want to reflect this in our brand. Our toppers are now used to decorate cocktails, pies, ice creams, bread and much more!

We are thrilled to unveil our refreshed brand identity to you today. Over the last few months, we have poured our hearts and souls into creating a new brand name and images that would accurately depict who we are, at our core as a team.

In the spirit of rebranding, we will continue to commit to our customers and provide the same, or better, level of service and quality you have experienced and we’d like to take the opportunity to thank our loyal customers for your trust and friendship in business. Without you, this would not be possible and we look forward to a successful 2020 with all of you.

As you notice the changes in our branding we would certainly love to connect with you. Feel free to reach out with any thoughts, requests, or compliments. If you enjoy social media, please connect with us. As always, please do not hesitate to call us anytime.

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Are you giving your product the V sign?

Christmas is over for another year and we are all feeling the effects on our wallet and waist band. Now is the perfect time to reflect on the year that has passed and look ahead to 2020. There’s a reason why so many of us make ‘healthier’ resolutions in January having over indulged for 10 days and burnt the candle at both ends. There is always room for improvement in our lives and the start of a new year seems as good a time as any to implement it.

Veganuary cupcake toppers

One of the biggest resolutions to come out of recent years is Veganuary, which we are supporting with a range of toppers created especially for Veganuary which you can buy on our website here.

This charity was set up to inspire and support people trying to cut out animal products from their diet beginning with taking a pledge to do so for simply one month. Since its introduction in the UK  in 2014, the number of vegans in Britain has quadrupled. This year, they are on course for their biggest year yet with a goal of getting 350,000 participants to sign up. Research has shown that many more take part but prefer to go it alone, but you can find out more on the Veganuary website here.


Plant based green foodBritish retailers are being urged to prepare for the demand of vegan or plant based food items during this time and many are keen to promote the campaign by stocking up on many new products to appeal to the ethical market. Waitrose even installed a dedicated vegan section in 134 of its stores in May last year.

With the huge growth in this market it’s more important than ever to highlight if your food product is suitable for vegans. This is usually done on the packaging using the recognised ‘V’ vegan trademark symbol but what if your product doesn’t come packaged?

Greggs bakery chain hit the headlines last year with the massive success of their vegan sausage roll. Staff distinguish it on the shelves by the different pattern cut into it’s pastry but if your product isn’t served to you by expert staff how do you make it easy for customers to know that your product is suitable for vegans?

Vegan sausage roll labelled with vegan printed rice paper toppersOne simple solution is to use one of our rice paper toppers. Our toppers are vegan approved and have no flavour, better still we can print them full colour with your brand and message ie ‘Plant based’ or ‘Vegan friendly’ then they are just washed onto your bread or pastry product with soya or almond milk and baked as normal. The results are very effective for a minimal fee and the ethical consumer will appreciate the lack of unnecessary packaging.  It’s a win-win situation.

Get in touch today for a sample pack and Happy New Year!Vegan food plate

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. 

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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.

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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.

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