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Calling all kiwis, sign in here!

post #1 of 52
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Not sure how many of us are on here, but I thought I'd start a thread for New Zealanders (living in NZ). Even if you have nothing to say right now, please click 'watch this topic for replies', so that you'll be notified of future messages.

The purpose being; if someone has something to ask or say exclusive to NZ, all who are watching the topic will get the message, therefore increasing our chances of getting a localised answer or learning something from the poster.

So please come back here if you have a question you think other kiwis can help you with, and remember to click 'watch this topic!'

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Some examples:
Did you know that U.S.A. cups are 240ml, ours are 250ml - so make allowances with your recipes. Also I just read that Australian tablespoons are 20ml, ours are 15ml. That explains why my (Australian) Nana is always saying our spoons look too small when she's visiting!

Corn syrup appears in a lot of recipes, and it's not common in NZ. We have glucose, which is significantly thicker than corn syrup, but has similar ingredients. To get it the same consistency as corn syrup, put two teaspoons of warm water into a measuring cup, then fill it up to the 1/2 cup mark with glucose, and stir it in. Alternatively, there is a place in Mt Wellington called 'Martha's Backyard' who import American products. (they even sell crisco *shudder*). They sell karo light (the kind most people on here use) for $8.50 per bottle.
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post #2 of 52
Nice work Rachel, great idea icon_cool.gif
Clare - proud to be a Kiwi!!
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post #3 of 52
Hi guys. This is a great idea !!! Sometimes I just don't know what a product is or what to subsitute and where to get things. I just got finished speaking with a local country cafe who is keen for me to advertise and work out of her place to bring both of us business so I am a bit excited and got lots to think about especially how to pay her for use of her place. I don't know if will take off or not. I did offer to help with a cake for her friend but I don't want to give away all my secrets to her even though she is 'pastry chef' from the short discussion we had she is a 'cake muggle'

So Rachel - where is the best place to get petal dust for my flowers ? I can use chalk for the pastels but the leaves and darker shades I have trouble with !!
post #4 of 52
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That's an awesome opportunity, can't hurt to give try! Maybe you could pay her a flat rate per cake, or a percentage. That way you're not paying her regular money even if you don't have any orders, only if you're using her space.

As for petal dust, I only have one kind myself which I got from a local store (although I have seen some in spotlight now and then). But these places stock petal dusts, and I've ordered from both of them in the past:
http://www.sugarc rafthawkesbay.co.nz/zencart/ <-----remove the space or it will get stripped from this post
http://www.cakestuff.co.nz/zencart/
post #5 of 52
Thanks for that. Have looked at those sites but I am a look touchy and buy person and really would like to go to an actual shop. BTW there is an icing shop here for sale - was interested but can't do it at the moment.
post #6 of 52
hey strathmore, whereabouts in NZ are you? I have cased out every cake decorating shop in the lower North Island so can probably help if you are down my way?
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post #7 of 52
Hey I am South of Auckland. I get petal dust sent from the UK (much cheaper there!)
Where abouts is the shop for sale?
post #8 of 52
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The British have the best stuff, don't they. What website do you use? I just found on in the UK which seems to have pretty reasonable prices, even taking into account the exchange rate and shipping costs. It's http://www.sugaricing.com/ Which is the one you buy from?

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Originally Posted by AnnaReed

Hey I am South of Auckland. I get petal dust sent from the UK (much cheaper there!)
Where abouts is the shop for sale?



Speaking of petal dust, I was in my local cake supplies shop looking for pink petal dust a couple of days ago. The lady in there told me to buy a box of artists chalk, expensive but it'll last me a lifetime. I remembered then reading about it in the very first cake decorating book I bought. You just scrape some off whatever colour you need and it's just like petal dust. I went back to my book and read that it is non-toxic, but not edible. Much like plenty of other cake decorating stuff, such as glitter. (edible = your body will process it. non-toxic = it will just go straight through you, no processing). Anyone know if regular petal dust is edible? My first thought was that I didn't want the artist chalk if there's an edible option, but then I realised I have no idea if petal dust is edible.... anyone know?
post #9 of 52
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this is weird, I just noticed this thread is in 'recipe tips and ideas'. I definitely posted in under 'general'!
post #10 of 52
My sister in law sends it to me!
post #11 of 52
haven't had to buy a lot of petal dusts because I got a steal on a bulk lot on trademe...I do however have a tendency to 'stock up' on lustre dust, dragees and glitter! Hey speaking of non toxic did anyone realise that the crayons felt pens are non toxic and can be used for cake decorating? Obviously you would only ever use them sparingly and I figure if they are tested to be safe when kids suck on them they must be safe enough to write 'happy birthday' on banner! And way cheaper than wilton ones....
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post #12 of 52
oops make that crayola felt pens not crayon... I wouldn't suggest that anyone should use crayons on cake! Blimmin auto complete !
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post #13 of 52
haven't had to buy a lot of petal dusts because I got a steal on a bulk lot on trademe...I do however have a tendency to 'stock up' on lustre dust, dragees and glitter! Hey speaking of non toxic did anyone realise that the crayons felt pens are non toxic and can be used for cake decorating? Obviously you would only ever use them sparingly and I figure if they are tested to be safe when kids suck on them they must be safe enough to write 'happy birthday' on banner! And way cheaper than wilton ones....
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post #14 of 52
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that's a darn good idea, I just did a spiderman and wished I had a black edible marker to draw on his web. Didn't think about felt pens!
post #15 of 52
Hi guys. Have been thinking of this thread but did not get any notes that any more replies came in - this site has a few bugs now and again !!! Sorry I could not find the thread then my brain kicked in and I went to my posts. Anyway the shop is in Christchurch its on trade me. Anyway I am just south of Christchurch and you have probably heard we had a big earthquake today much worse than last September. We are near the epicenter of that one but well away from the one today so we are fine but was bad enough for me to put the kids in the doorways 3 times. In a bit of shock. To amberhoney - I used to live in Tokomaru - not that far from Levin
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