Saturday, 3 November 2012

New Sugarflair Paste Colours

The fabulous range of Sugarflair Paste Colours, just got better, with the introduction of 6 new colours for 2012.

The new colours include, Burgundy, Khaki, Deep Purple, Lilac, Egyptian Orange, and Turquoise.




Burgundy - paste food colour
Great for adding into buttercream, sugarpaste, royal icing,  (not suitable for run out work), Great for adding into cake mix!






Eqyptian Orange- paste food colour
A lovely deep burnt orange colour, 
Great for adding into buttercream, sugarpaste, royal icing,  (not suitable for run out work), Great for adding into cake mix!


Khaki - paste food colour
Perfect for those Army Cakes! 
Great for adding into buttercream, sugarpaste, royal icing,  (not suitable for run out work), Great for adding into cake mix!



Lilac- paste food colour
A slightly dissapointing colour, we think this is very pink, almost a deep dusky pink rather than lilac - however it's still a good pink colour!
Great for adding into buttercream, sugarpaste, royal icing,  (not suitable for run out work), Great for adding into cake mix!



Turquoise - paste food colour
A lperfect turquoise colour.
Great for adding into buttercream, sugarpaste, royal icing,  (not suitable for run out work), Great for adding into cake mix.






 
Deep Purple - paste food colour
A dissapointing colour, this makes a lovely deep blue, but we don't think it looks purple at all.  Good for baby christening cakes, or for a good Navy. 
Great for adding into buttercream, sugarpaste, royal icing,  (not suitable for run out work), Great for adding into cake mix!





Monday, 29 October 2012

Halloween Goodies

It's not too late to get your Halloween Goodies.

 

 We've got lovely Halloween Sprinkles in stock, Spooky Black piping icing, Lots of Cake Toppers, including bats, witches, pumpkins and much more. 


Whether you are making cupcakes for a party, or making cakes and tasty treats for Trick or Treat Callers, we have everything you need to make them look great. 

We have sugar decorations too, so you can make your bakes 100% edible. And if you're feeling more adventurous we have balck and orange icing as well as lime green and red! 

What you waiting for!


Cake-Links for all you cake decorating supplies

 


Friday, 5 October 2012

Halloween is coming!

Halloween is Coming!

Have you shopped for your Halloween Cake Decorations yet?

At cake-links, we've been busy preparing our Halloween shop windows, and here are a few example of the cakes we have made to show off our current stock.
 
You can view our collection of cake decoration for halloween at www.cake-links.com




Gorgeous halloween button decorations, made in sugar. We love the little owl! We used silver rainbow dust sugar crystals on black icing with orange ghostly cupcake cases to make a 'not too spooky' halloween cupcake!



This 5 tier haunted house cake was made by our team for the Halloween Window at Cake-Links Christchurch. All the trees, gates, witches etc are hand painted with sugarflair black blossom tint The Pumpkins are made from renshaw orange regalice.

These cupcakes were made in silver cake cases.
The buttercream is coloured using Sugarflair, Tangerine Paste Colour.
The sprinkles are our Halloween bats and pumpkins range!





and Finally this little cupcake was made using silver cake cases and buttercream coloured with sugarflair mint green paste food colouring. The pumpkin is made from renshaw orange regalice, and shaped by hand by our staff!

Oh,  not forgetting our main autumn cake, which is decorated with oak leaves made using the FMM oak leaf cutter set.
The Conkers are made from Renshaw Chocolate Regalice, with a little spot of celebration regalice in the centre. They were then sprayed with glaze to give them a high realistic shine.

 and finally our full cupcake display!




The Cake Decorating supplies Specialist

Sunday, 23 September 2012

Doric Edible Glitters


Doric Edible Glitter
At last 100% Edible Glitters are available on the UK market!

 

This fabulous new product from Doric FPD aims to bridge the gap between slightly sparkly lustre and bling factor non-edible glitter.

 

Cake-Links are currently stocking all 18 of these fabulous new colours.

 




















Sunday, 16 September 2012

Back to College essentials

With so many of you heading off to college or other cake decorating courses, we though we'd put together a new section with cake decorating supplies that we are most commonly asked for.
 
Most of our student customers ask for the same stock items, time and time again,
 
The list of products they normally ask for are as follows
 
 
Rolling Pins: 20" Rolling Pin for cake covering, and a 9" rolling pin for small work, e.g rolling out icing for flower making, or model work.
 
Smoothers - essential for getting an even finish on your sugarpaste (rolled Fondant) cake coverings.
 
Royal Icing (Wet Icing)  Equipment:
 
Palette Knives:
 
 
 
 
 

Wednesday, 5 September 2012

Chocolate Transfer Sheets

Chocolate Transfer Sheets


Did you see the Great British Bake off last night?
Well they showed excellent use of Chocolate transfer sheets to creat stunning patterns on chocolate with very little effort.
Here are just a few of the transfer sheets that we have in stock, great for using with white, milk or plain chocolate and can be used with candy melts.

Just take a baking sheet, put the transfer sheet on to it, pour on melted chocolate in a slab, for a bar of chocolate, or make little pools of chocolate for buttons! pop in the fridge or somewhere cool, leave to set, peel away the plastic sheet and hey preston the pattern will be revealed - easy.




Cake Decorating Supplies from Cake-Links!

Friday, 24 August 2012

Start Your Own Cake Making Business?

Have you got it what it takes to start you own cake making business?

Many people dream of starting their own business, you may be making cakes at home for friends and family and dreamed about opening your own business.

Well in today's tough economic climate, many people are starting registered businesses from home. With the surge in home baking, pushed by TV shows, such as The Great British Bake Off, more and more people are doing just that.

So what do you need to do.?

The first thing to do is make sure that you are doing everything in the correct way, safely and the quickest way. Consider enrolling at evening class for a cake decorating course, many colleges and private courses offer basic cake decorating courses, and some, such as Penningtons, even offer courses in starting a cake business from home.

The key to any successful business is pricing to be profitable. We hear time and time again from cake makers quotes such as "well I only do it as a hobby", "I only charge for ingredients", "I'm not really professional", "I charge £20 a cake" etc etc.. You really need to sit down and work out exactly what a cake costs you to make. so Make and 8" cake, how much greaseproof paper did you use to line the tin, how much flour, butter, sugar, eggs, and any other ingredients did you use. Work out ingredients to a cost per gram, so that you can scale it up or down for bigger or smaller cakes e.g. if your recipe for an 8" cake asks for 200g of butter, 250g costs you £1.40, then 1g costs you 0.005p, so the butter in the 8" cake is 200 x 0.005, is costing you £1. Do this for all your ingredients, even things like icing, jam, sugar glue, cake box, board and ribbon.
Once you have done all of this, you will be able to see that your 8" cake costs you e.g. £15 to make, this is before the cost of wages and profit! To work out profit you need to decide how much money you would like to make on your cakes to be profitable, so if you have any hidden costs such as advertising, you need to add this to the £15 pounds before you start. If you want to make 30%, add 30% to the £15 - this is a very low figure, most business would increase the trade prices by times 2.5 - so £15 would be £45 - however this then makes your cake quite expensive. Take a look at what other people are selling their cakes for, work out how much your cakes cost to make, and decide where you want to be - there is nothing wrong with being slightly more expensive than other people, and nothing wrong with having similar price.

You also  need to add in the cost of wages, take a look at the UK minimum wage, and decide what you would like to be paid for your work from there. If a cake takes you 4 hours to make, and you want to be paid £6.50 an hour, you need to add this to the cost of the cake.

Stay Legal!
Staying within the law is essential, you must take a basic food hygiene course, you can do this at most local colleges, it's usually a day course, *(half day tutoring, and a quick tick box exam), these are relatively easy and nothing to worry about, but it means that you know the basics of keeping your kitchen up to required standards.
Register with the local authority - you must do this, or else you will be breaking the law! If you get paid for your cakes you must be registered with the local authority, phone and chat to your local environmental health office - they are usually friendly people and will want to help you! Your premises will be visited to check that they meet the standards, if they don't you will be told what you need to do to correct it - easy!
Making an income - make sure you declare what you sell for tax purposes, missing this out can lead to big bills and fines! Visit HMRC to find out more. Set yourself up a business bank account, really easy to do, and most business account managers can advice you on what you need to do - that's what they are there for!
Get insured - you can do this cheaply through the british sugarcraft guild.

Enjoy it 
Don't bite off more than you can chew, if you've never made a wedding cake and you get asked for a 7 tier cake on pillars, think about whether you have the skills to do it successfully - the last thing you want to do is let someone down on their big day.

Don't take on too much, working through the night is not conducive to great cake decorating skills and ability, if you've got to do 8 cakes by Saturday morning and each cake takes 2 hours to decorate - you're really pushing it!

Make sure you are fully aware of what a client wants you to do, it's a good idea to design an order sheet, so you right down exactly what the client wants and get them to sign it - so everyone is clear on what has been agreed.

Marketing
Word of mouth is the single best piece of marketing you can have. Printed advertising saps money and can lead to very few enquiries. Get into the local schools, offer to make cakes to sell at fetes, but give out your own leaflets for party cakes. Do Wedding Fayre's (make sure you cost exactly how much this is going to cost you and whether is will be worth it i.e. how many cakes would you need to make to cover the cost of the stand. Do markets - investigate your local town market - could you have a stall, how much would it cost, how many cakes could you expect to sell? How many orders could you expect to take?

Cake Decorating Supplies
If you are buying lots of supplies each week, make sure you are buying from best sources - check out your local shop - if you are buying over 10kg of icing a week and 12 boards a week, and everything else, then they may offer you a discount, don't expect a discount though if you are only making 2-3 cakes a week!

Also check out online suppliers for discounts - but remember you will pay shipping on this, although if you order a lot, most companies offer free shipping!
Cake decorating supplies from Cake-Links.com


 

Thursday, 23 August 2012

New products at Cake-Links

New Products - Perfect for Wedding, Engagements, Anniversaries, or just  a good old celebration

We've just taken stock of these lovely cake toppers, perfect for a Girls Birthday cake, the metal pink heart says 'you're a star' in embossed lettering, and the silver stars are great for around the top of the cake, or better still use in cupcakes.


We also have this gorgeous vintage style crown shaped heart cake topper. We think the off white colour would compliment most wedding cakes, and really finished off the classic look.

Need something for cupcakes, we have just the thing. Tiny metal hearts, or stars or doves on wooden picks, easy to use and look great.

Great Cake Decorations From Cake-Links Ltd