Cake Central › Cake Forums › Cake Talk › Recipes › Calling all kiwis, sign in here!
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:

Calling all kiwis, sign in here! - Page 4

post #46 of 52
Quote:
Originally Posted by sweetooth0510

The humidity at the moment is driving me nuts! All of my cakes have this tacky look which I hate. I had a fire engine cake today (luckily for a friend) that had ladders on the top - when I went to bed last night they were perfectly straight and when I woke up they were droopy - I made them with fondant/gumtrac and they were in the hot water cupboard for days ... aaargh!



Ouch, I bet that hurt-I feel your pain!
I hope i am not telling anyone how to suck eggs, but I will share some of what i have learned over the years. I have not had many problems with tacky cakes, unless they were tacky themed cakes!
I dont have a hot water cupboard but if I did, I am not sure I would try to dry gumpaste in it, I have always thought dry/cool would be best. I make my pieces as far in advance as I can. At least 2-3 days but preferably a week or more so they have heaps of time to dry. I don't use a lot of commercially made flower/gum paste, but make my own by adding gum tragacanth to fondant at a rate of about a tsp to 100g of fondant. I never paint gumpaste pieces with anything liquid, other than very strong alcohol (absinthe) mixed with powdered colours or metallics. Mostly I just dust them with coloured powders and lustre dusts. And I never put cakes in the fridge. I live in Levin where the humidity isn't as bad as it is up north, so some members from up there might have some tips (I am thinking a fan in the kitchen??). Rachel have you had problems up there?
Clare - proud to be a Kiwi!!
Reply
Clare - proud to be a Kiwi!!
Reply
post #47 of 52
the gumpaste mix i used was a wilton one and i can recommend the oven with fan and light on as they did dry super fast. I haven't made my own gumpaste before by i now have the materials to do so next time (thank goodness cause i am never paying that much again for a purchased mix!!!) but i don't know if i would use the oven to dry those pieces (but i guess its an experiment in the making lol)
I love the internet - I has given me the opportunity to create anything and everything my heart desires. Now I just need a budget to match
Reply
I love the internet - I has given me the opportunity to create anything and everything my heart desires. Now I just need a budget to match
Reply
post #48 of 52
Thread Starter 
problems with humidity? absolutely! The week of my friends wedding (I was doing her cake), the humidity was so bad we were all covered in a layer of sweat the whole time, it was disgusting. The cakes were sweating like bas****s, and we were just grateful there weren't too many colours to contend with. It wasn't that big a deal, the only thing was I couldn't use the fondant smoothers AT ALL, because as soon as the fondant smoothers were on the cake, the fondant was wet immediately. Yep, Auckland sux for humidity. I envy you Clare, my skin used to be so great when I lived in Palmie!

BTW, I store my fondant figures in a cardboard box, that air can get into. I agree, cool and dark.
post #49 of 52
here is the finished teapot cake with teacups and man am i glad. I was still up at 4.30 this morning finishing the thing
http://cakecentral.com/gallery/2048662
I love the internet - I has given me the opportunity to create anything and everything my heart desires. Now I just need a budget to match
Reply
I love the internet - I has given me the opportunity to create anything and everything my heart desires. Now I just need a budget to match
Reply
post #50 of 52
Just a question about hiring a licensed kitchen - do any of you know how much i could expect to pay to hire a kitchen to bake cakes in? TIA
I love the internet - I has given me the opportunity to create anything and everything my heart desires. Now I just need a budget to match
Reply
I love the internet - I has given me the opportunity to create anything and everything my heart desires. Now I just need a budget to match
Reply
post #51 of 52
Quote:
Originally Posted by avasmummy

Just a question about hiring a licensed kitchen - do any of you know how much i could expect to pay to hire a kitchen to bake cakes in? TIA



Hi avasmummy! This is a tough one, I spent nearly 5 months searching, emailing, calling to try and find somewhere to hire out a registered kitchen. I finally found one & it's really reasonably priced. I pay $11.50/hr. Other adverts i've seen are $50 for a half day & $90 for a full day.........but very hard to find one that's available.

If anyone knows of kitchens that are available to hire anywhere around New Zealand, please post them here. I'm sure it would be helpful to a lot of NZ cakers that come across this thread. icon_biggrin.gif
Wisdom is making choices now that you will be happy with later.
-Joyce Meyer
Reply
Wisdom is making choices now that you will be happy with later.
-Joyce Meyer
Reply
post #52 of 52
Any Aucklanders looking for a kitchen to hire??? I came across Glenfield Community Centre's website & contacted them - they hire out theirs for $12 per hour: www.glenfieldcommunitycentre.co.nz
Wisdom is making choices now that you will be happy with later.
-Joyce Meyer
Reply
Wisdom is making choices now that you will be happy with later.
-Joyce Meyer
Reply
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:
  Return Home
  Back to Forum: Recipes
Cake Central › Cake Forums › Cake Talk › Recipes › Calling all kiwis, sign in here!