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Love, Miranda xx
I recently took the plunge and had my own stand at this years Melbourne Cake Expo. What a buzz that was! I had for sale all my stands, cones, dvd, lollipop sticks, feather sticks, brushes and paints. I also had live demonstrations and private workshops daily for the expo. I have to say it was a tiring week but it was so worth it! I met so many awesome people! I got to squeeze so many cakey friends throughout the day and I also got to show the world my new paints! What a buzz!!!!! What a high!! What a moment it was to see something you work so hard for come to life. It was a pinch myself moment that's for sure.
As crazy as it was I will be doing it all over again at the Brisbane Cake Expo which is on May 14th & 15th. So all you sunny siders, I hope to see you and meet you! Get you tickets for the Brisbane Cake Expo here. And if you want to take my cake pop workshop, you can purchase your ticket here (it also gives you entry to the show itself).
Love, Miranda xx
Ps. Images courtesy of Cupcake Central.
I just absolutely love, love, love when I see amazing dessert designers and stylists work together and create magic! Here, you're witnessing Treats By Evie & Sugar Topped Table join forces and voila! I told you.... Magic! And to top it off these awesome cookie pops are displayed on our round 14 hole stand and if you've subscribed to our tribe you would have just seen a special ONLY sent to you! So if you haven't signed up, I suggest you do for next weeks subscriber special. Join below.
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This blog entry is a little late but with the festive season in order I found getting on the computer a little tough. And finally here we are... I have two little boys, 3 and 10 months and one thing this Christmas I really wanted to teach them is about the gift of giving.
Kids love opening presents. Heck! I love opening presents too but this year I wanted to mix it up a bit and try and teach my kids the joy of also giving. I had this random idea of making Christmas cookies, getting my children to decorate them and hand out to the elderly at a nursing home.
So I went straight into planning mode to see if it was all possible and boom! Before you know my family were off giving out Christmas cookies on Christmas Eve to the elderly at Hansworth nursing home!
First up I'm not an expert cookie maker at all so I called on my friend Julia from Miss Biscuit and she hooked me up with a killer cookie recipe. (You can get it here). I spent the Friday morning making all the dough - I needed to make 200 cookies so there was a lot of dough! That night when the kids went to sleep I spent the night rolling, cutting and baking all the cookies.. Cutter Craft have a great range of cookie cutters for all occasions so be sure to check them out for your next cookie adventure. And just a little bit of useless information for you.... I love baking paper! It's like the best kitchen invention ever. I wish I could shake the hand of the creator. They are a genius!
Cookies cooled down and packed up for another day to decorate. I really wanted to make the decorating part super easy, super kid friendly and really fun for kids as Jacob is only 3. I'm certainly not going to try and teach him how to flood a cookie with royal icing now am I? Ha ha. At the last Cake, Bake & Sweets show in Melbourne I was introduced to an awesome company called Dr. Oetker. They are new to the Australian market and supply Coles supermarket a whole heap of cake decorating supplies such as sprinkles, writing gels, pre coloured icing packs, chocolate stars and a ton more. The way the have designed the packaging is so perfect for little hands we absolutely loved them. The icing packs and writing gels were our favourite. The icing packs especially as they come pre-packed with four icing tips that you can chop and change as you please. For the simple fact I didn't have to make, colour and bag my own icing was a godsend. I'll be the first to admit I'm time poor so anything that saves me time and are easy for little hands is a winner is my eyes. (You can check out their whole home baking range here)
Saturday morning and my entire kitchen was filled with cookies, Christmas carols, decorations and happy little hands (aka Jacon and Dylan, although Dylan was just watching this year). Half way through I did come a point I have to admit where it all got a little too much and I thought to myself 'what the hell am I doing this for!!!!??' There were sprinkles, cookies, icing and baking paper everywhere!! I literally had to stop, breathe and scull a coffee to remember that this is all for a big picture purpose - to teach my kids the gift of giving. That quickly snapped me out of it and we were all well on our way again.
200 hundred cookies!!! We did it! What a moment. It was pretty special telling the boys what these were for and how he only tried to nibble on a cookie once. Not bad for a three year old. Later that night I bagged them ready for Christmas Eve.
Blue Cross nursing homes were initially quite surprised with my idea but welcomed it with open arms so I was thrilled to bits when they said I could go ahead with giving out Christmas cookies to all the patients. So on Christmas Eve at 12pm while all the patients were having their lunch, me and little my fam bam arrived to Hansworth to give all the patients and staff each a cookie for Christmas. I dressed my boys in little Christmas outfits and everyone was smitten especially with Dylan's little reindeer headband and Jacob with his extroverted personality. We were introduced to everyone by the manager there and myself and Jacob walked around to each of the patients handing out cookies. Jacob was soooooooo cute with it all. He went to each and every patient that was sitting, gave them a cookie and said 'Merry Christmas'. I have to say I got sooooo emotional with this whole experience. Seeing my son give to others with such grace and love gave me so much joy. Joy is something I haven't hugely experienced in my life before. I think I always thought that happiness and feeling joy were the same thing but I now know it's not. I experience happiness everyday. Happiness within my family, my friends, my work, my life etc. But joy, joy is a feeling that makes your heart beat, makes your heart open. It opens your heart in a different way. It breaks down walls you didn't even know you had up and allows you to let go and just be and let me tell you that feeling is so addictive. I can't wait to do it all again. So my purpose for all of this was to teach my kids the gift of giving. We certainly did that and a whole lot more. #SUCCESS!
Love, Miranda xx
So one thing I don't have a lot of is time and I bet half of you reading this is in the same boat - especially in the silly season. This year we are having Christmas brunch at our place so I'm trying to come up with unique, quick, no bake, delicious Christmas desserts that everyone is going to want to come back for more and whooooaaa!!.... do I have the BEST recipe ever!!
CHRISTMAS NUTELLA OREO STRAWBERRY CHEESECAKES - NO BAKE!!
What you need:
2 piping bags
Melon baller or teaspoon
Christmas edible confectionary
2 punnet of Strawberries
2Tb cream cheese - softened
2Tb confectionary sugar
1tsp vanilla paste
4 crushed Oreos
How to make:
Step 1: Wash strawberries, cut the tops off and take out the insides of the strawberries - set aside (I had a lot of juice come out when I made these so I pat dried the strawberries with the paper towel).
Step 2: In a mixing bowl combine cream cheese, nutella (2Tb), confectionary sugar and vanilla paste and whiz it up with your electric mixer until well combined. Once combined, place mixture into a piping bag.
Step 3: Cut the end of the of the bag and pipe mixture into the strawberries.
Step 4: Dip the tops of the strawberries into the crushed Oreos.
Step 5: Decorate with Christmas confectionary.
Set in the fridge for at least an hour. Take out of fridge when you're ready to serve. Can be made the day before - just keep in an air tight container.
Love, Miranda xx
Tag @sweetsticksAU with your awesomeness! xxx
Desserts by: Sweet Sticks
I remember when my friend Alicia from Sweet Bakes made these super cute lollipops with edible flowers and I became instantly obsessed with the thought of combining sweet treats and edible flowers in one. To me, it took dessert decorating to a whole other level. It was love at first sight and I haven't turned back since. What can you decorate with edible flowers one might ask? Well the answer is simple... ANYTHING. I'm talking cake pops, cake, cupcakes, jelly, mouse, ice-cream, raw treats, cookies, fruit, pancakes.. anything! And it really turns a dessert from pretty to pretty-bloody-amazing!
Image and Desserts by: Sweet Bakes
The colours, the non sugar factor and just the simple sheer elegance of a flower on top of a sweet treat is truly beautiful. I really fall into a happy place when I see them together. The combinations are endless because there are actually sooooooo many flowers out there that you can eat such as: bean blossoms. lavender, roses, borages, nasturtiums, calendula, cornflower, carnations, marigolds, geraniums, violas and rosemary to name just a few. Crazy right?! It's the best!
They all have their own unique taste and smell. Some more pleasant than others but I haven't come across one that I wouldn't want to put as a decoration. This website here give great little descriptions on a whole bunch of edible flowers so be sure to have a read.
Image and Desserts by: Sweet Sticks
I did at one point months ago try and grow my own but that was short lived.. ha ha.. I don't think I had them in the right position to be honest in terms of sunlight and shade and I think I forgot to water them a few times and I don't personally know enough about them to grow them nor do I have the time to think about caring for something like that - LOL. So since then I have left it to the trusted experts and will happily continue purchasing through them (details on suppliers below).
It's really important to go through trusted flower growers because you don't want to have any pesticides or any bad boys on the flowers so make sure to always find organic farms where possible. Don't buy from your local Bunnings or Garden places because you don't know where they came from. Always be sure to spray your flowers when you get them to get rid of any little bugs and creatures that don't want to leave and always keep them sealed in the fridge. They say the flowers are suppose to last up to 10 days in the fridge. Some yes and some no. After a few days I do see the violas for example going a bit frumpy and a little lifeless so if you are planning on decorating desserts for an event my best recommendation would be to purchase the flowers as close as possible to the event day.
Image and Dessert by: Unbirthday Bakery
When decorating, you need to leave it to the last possible minute I find as they will end up wilting and drying up and losing the wowness. So time your decorating well. Invest in a teeny tiny mini spray bottle so when delivering your desserts you can give them the tiniest spray just so they hold up that little bit longer. Understand also that weather plays a big part in how long they will look nice for also. If hot - long not at all. The colder it is, the longer they last.
My preferred suppliers in Melbourne are:
Tell em, Miranda from Sweet Sticks sent you :)
They are both sooooooo helpful! And the flowers are really, truly, absolutely beautiful. You need to order in advance for both, at least a couple of days - so plan well.
I've taken the time to try and find others Australia wide for you but can not give you my personal recommendation on them as I haven't used them. If you do end up using any of them, please do share your experience with us!
Byron Bay Organic Produce - New South Wales
Darling Mill Farm - New South Wales
Pretty Produce - Queensland
Simply Rose Petals - Australia wide
Image and Desserts by: Sweet Sticks
Until next time.... Miranda xxx
Ps... If you're loving the acrylic stands in some of the pics you can find the whole range here.
Photo credit: Sweet Sticks
Having the ability to recreate poop and might I add - cute poop cracks me up! Who would have thought this is what I would be doing with my life..? Hilarious but most importantly super fun! Sweet Sticks really has become my creative outlet and one I never knew I needed so much. So much so that if I haven't created anything in a few days, I start to go a little cranky/crazy! Dirk will totally agree on this.
Photo credit: Yum-Mammas
And this particular creative outlet all started from the very clever and the gorgeous Vivian from @yum-mammas when created this stinking cute cupcake, the #shitcakes! at the last Cake, Bake & Sweets show (oh my god they tasted delicious!) and since then the super cool @vickiee-yo (Vickie) made her version of it on a donut (oh and that was so yummy too) so I thought it was my duty to do it in cake pop style - of course right? lol
Photo credit: Vickie-Liu
I seriously find this hilarious. Like actually a real LOL.. Literally laughing out loud.. at a screen.. now I'm just laughing at me.. oh dear.. lol
Anyways.. Since then we had some fun today at re-creating some poop-scream! ha ha!
Photo credit: Sweet Sticks
Photo credit: Vickie Liu
Hope you enjoy! Be sure to check out their awesome pages on Instagram.
What was so funny about all of this is when my son Jacob asked to eat one he said.. 'Mum, can I have some poop?' ha ha ha so cute! So innocent!
Share your 'poop' creations and hashtag #sweetsticksAU I'd love to share your work..
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Last weekend I had the privilege of working with Queen Fine Foods at the Cake, Bake & Sweets show in Melbourne. I've got to say it was soooooooo much fun! I love teaching, demonstrating and meeting new people so it was a dream job for me. I got to catch up with heaps of cakey friends over the three days and I also met a whole new bunch of new mates.
I did a few different demonstrations over the weekend but the one I did everyday over the three days and what seemed to be a huge hit was my NO BAKE coconut cake pops (ice cream cone style).
I've come to know that cake pops have such a bad name for themselves.. I hear the same common problems over and over again.. They take way too long, they are never perfect, they fall off the stick, they keep cracking, too sweet, not worth the time and the list goes on and on. I feel that it is my duty to stand up for the cake pop ha ha! and fight for the little delightful ball on a stick and make Australia fall in love with making and decorating cake pops once and for all.
One way I think is a huge deal breaker is time.. We are so poor in time - I know I am. We work, we're mums, we have a household to run, meals to cook, kids to play with and so on so I have created a recipe that is both super quick and super yummy to make! You could even get the kids involved on this one it's that easy.
If you end up making this recipe I would LOVE to see! Please tag me on Facebook or Instagram @sweetsticksAU and hashtag #sweetsticksAU or comment below!
NO BAKE COCONUT CAKE POPS recipe - makes approx 24 cake pops
What you need:
- 3 cups of desiccated coconut
- 1/2 cup confectionery sugar
- 250ml condensed milk
- A dollop of vanilla paste (approx 1 teaspoon, maybe a little bit more)
- Perfectly melted candy melts
Step 1: With gloves on, combine coconut, sugar, condensed milk and vanilla paste into the bowl and with your hands combine really well until it has formed into a cookie dough consistency. (if it's still a little dry, simply add a little more condensed milk until you can roll a small amount into a ball nice and easily).
Step 2: Line a sheet of baking paper and start measuring your mixture into 20g balls. Roll them between your hands until you are left with a nice round, smooth ball. Set aside on the baking paper and repeat.
Step 3: Get your melts and dip your stick into the melts no more than 1cm in. Shake off the excess and grab a ball into the cup of your hand and slowly insert the stick approximately 3/4 down. You should be able to feel the stick going into the ball. Put the naked pop onto your cake pop stand to set and repeat this step.
Step 4: Dip your pop into your melted candy melts, shake of the excess and decorate to your pleasure. (Need more tips and tricks on melting candy melts, dipping and decorating check out my online cake pop course to making perfect pops)
Step 5: Try not to eat all of them at once!
These can last up to 5-6 in the fridge. Keep in mind the longer they do dry out a little over time and they may lose a little of it's moisture.
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Love, Miranda xxx
You just never know when you might need to make your own homemade candy melts. The great thing about this recipe is that you can buy all the ingredients from your super market. It's quick, easy and tastes pretty close to the real deal.
HOMEMADE CANDY MELTS RECIPE - makes approx 1 cup
What you need:
- double boiler method
- cooking thermometer
- mini chocolate bar silicon molds
- metal whisk
- Nutri bullet/Magic bullet or anything else that's small and blends really well.
- microwave safe container
- 125g vegetable shortening (I used Copha)
- 125g icing sugar
- 5 Tb skim milk powder
- 3 Tb milk powder
- 3 Tb protein powder
- 1/8 tsp vanilla extract
- 2g lecithin
- pinch of salt
- oil food colouring (optional)
Step 1. Fill a medium sized saucepan 1 inch high with water and put on a low heat.
Step 2. In a medium sized metal or glass bowl add the copha and place on top of the saucepan to melt (double boiling method)
Step 3. In the meantime - in another bowl, sift all dry ingredients together.
Step 4. Once the copha has melted get your thermometer and once it has reached a temperature of around 40 C add 1 heaped tablespoon of the dry ingredients and whisk until dissolved. Once the temperature has reached 40 C again, repeat. Continue this until you have done this to the whole mixture and take off the heat.
Step 5. Add your vanilla extract and mix well. Set mixture aside and allow to rest and cool down for 10 minutes.
Step 6. Pour mixture into your nutri bullet (or whatever you're using) and give it a good whirl. (This will help get rid of the slight grainy texture) I leave mine on for about 90 seconds. If you're colouring your candy melts this is the time to add your colour. Make sure it's oil based.
Step 7. Pour into your molds and place in the fridge to set.
Step 8. Once set and ready to use pop melts out of the molds and transfer to your microwave safe container. Place in the microwave for 30 sec intervals at power level 5. Make sure to give it a good mix in between each one. Once it's melted (will be really thin) set aside for approx 10 mins to thicken up a bit. Dip away!
Note: If you need to re heat before you have finished, simply put back in the microwave for 10 sec at a time at power level 5.