Monthly Archives: October 2012

Super Awesome Collaborative Baking Giveaway!

I love The Smart Baker !

We are so excited to announce our first super duper collaborative Giveaway from The Smart Baker and Just Sugar Coat ItThe Smart Baker, is the place to score the best cake pop stands, cupcake towers, and much much more!

Check out some of the goodies they carry and enter for your chance to win a $40 credit to The Smart Baker. All you have to do is go to http://www.thesmartbaker.com and comment on this post with what you would get from them if you won the gift certificate and like them on Facebook ( www.facebook.com/thesmartbaker). While you’re there be sure to enter their giveaway for your chance to win a $40 credit from Just Sugar Coat It. A double score!  🙂

Hurry, a lucky winner will be selected at random on Friday, November 2! and will be posted here!

Good Luck!

Marcella

Day of the Dead Cupcake Decorating Kit!

Everything you need to make your Day of the Dead Cupcakes! Skull cupcake toppers, lollipop sticks, gel paste coloring, baking cups, piping tip, and pastry bags! Get yours at the shop!

{Tutorial} How to make Mexican Sugar Skulls for Day of the Dead

How to make “calaveras” or Mexican sugar skulls

A few years ago I was in search of a good recipe for making “calaveras” Mexican Sugar Skulls for Day of the Dead. I didn’t really know where to begin so I started search endlessly on the internet.  Most of the recipes I came across were the same, however I noticed the key ingredient in most all of the recipes was meringue powder, and while I have meringue powder at home, I didn’t think traditionally that that would be a key ingredient to the many market places selling them in Mexico… Really? Meringue powder? (which is what…powdered egg whites?) How do you even say that in Spanish….anyway…more on this later.

First I know I needed a mold, so I went online to www.mexicansugarskull.com and ordered a few molds (some large, some small). It is essentially a plastic clear mold, nothing too fancy.

So while in my kitchen experimenting with the mixture, I thought of first trying the recipe with just egg whites to help cement the sugar together (that sounded a bit more “traditional” to me, and maybe leave the skulls out in the sun or bake the skulls at a low temperature to speed the setting process.

Lo and behold, they came out perfectly without having to resort to meringue powder.  So if you can score yourself a sugar skull mold, this is what you will need:

  • 6 cups granulated sugar
  • Water in a misting bottle
  • 2 egg whites

That’s it..and that’s how I have been making them ever since!

Put the egg whites in a big bowl, pour in the sugar, and start mixing and churning together until the sugar feels like wet sand.   The goal is to get the sugar as dry as possible but still stick together in the mold. (but not too dry).

Sparingly spray the sugar mixture with a bit of water .

Take a spoonful of the mixture and put it into the skull cavity and press down and continue until the mold is full. Pack firmly so that the sugar is packed hard into the skull cavity. Overfill the mold.

Take a flat spatula, straight edge, or hard piece of plastic or cardboard and scrape away the excess sugar from the cavity until it is flush and level.

Carefully pull the mold off of the sugar. You will know if the correct consistency if the mold comes out easily.

Then, very carefully, place your skulls on a cookie sheet and leave outside if sunny or in a 200 degree oven for about 30 minutes. They will need a few days of drying before they will be hard enough to decorate and handle.

 Decorate away! We use colored foil, sequins, and colored royal icing in various colors, etc.  

Ta Da!

Easy perfect Mexican Sugar Skulls!

 

Have a great day!

Marcella

Brown Brioche Baking Cups!

My friends over at www.thesmartbaker.com (makers of the best cake pops stands ever) love our brioche cups too! Stephanie made the most amazing honey corn muffins in these cute little baking cups and they look so yummy!

http://www.icecreambeforedinner.com/2012/10/honey-corn-muffins.html#idc-container

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Thank you Stephanie and Daniel!

 

Halloween Baking Goodies Giveaway!

Just in time for Halloween! Check out the giveaway for some Halloween goodies! Enter now at http://whimsicalprintables.com

http://www.whimsicalprintables.com/halloween-week-just-sugar-coat-it-giveaway/

 

Pastry Tip Storage Jar!

 

I can’t tell you how many tips I have lost or misplaced over the years..some eaten by the dishwasher or garbage disposal! I am constantly using piping tips so rather than put them away out of view, I bought a few of these great jars and I sorted them by tip “type” star, round, etc.

I love that they are still visible and I can leave them on my kitchen counter where they discreetly sit there looking cute!

Have a great day!

Marcella

Cupcake Decorating Kit – Halloween!

You will love this kit! Everything you need to make professional cupcakes easily! All you need are the right tools!

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This kit from just sugar coat it contains everything you need to start decorating your cupcakes like a pro.

The just SUGAR COAT IT! Cupcake Decorating Kit includes:

  • 1 Large Cupcake Round  Frosting Tip
  • 12 Disposable 12″ Icing Bags
  • 2 Icing gels in Orange and Black
  • 80 Halloween Greaseproof Liners (black, black with white dots, orange, orange with white dots)
  • 25 4″ Lollipop Sticks (perfect for making cupcake toppers)
  • 24 Halloween (Pre-cut) Cupcake Toppers.  Cupcake topper designs by chickabug

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The kit is packaged in a clear box with a just SUGAR COAT IT! label.

Makes a perfect gift!