As I’m sure you all know, I absolutely love baking. I’ve got the stage now where i feel pretty undaunted by the idea of making different cakes. But when it comes to cake decorating, I’m completely out of my comfort zone. I think baking and decorating are quite different skill sets and I’ve mastered one, but not the other.
When I was recently invited to try Tala’s Christmas icing kit, I jumped at the chance for two reasons. Firstly as I’ve mentioned before I collect vintage Tala baking equipment and have a few 50s icing sets from them, so using the modern equivalent rally appealed to me. Secondly I love to throw myself in at the deep end and try new skills, nothing ventured, nothing gained and all that.
So armed with my new icing set and a rather lovely festive red icing set I got to work on decorating my Christmas cake. I had a vision of what I wanted in my head, I’ve been making a lot of tiered cakes, so I knew I wanted to try another one. I also knew I wanted to go for a red and white theme, just like I did on my Christmas tree.
I’ve only covered a cake in fondant once before, so this was something I was really glad to practice again. It’s actually harder than it looks and I needed to refer to a few Youtube tutorials to make sure I was doing it right! The result isn’t perfect, but I’m just happy that it looks OK!
To create the train on the cake I used my train cookie cutters, for the snowflakes I used the cutter from the Tala kit. I also added some piping using the piping bag from the kit with royal icing to complete the decoration.
I found all the products in the tin really easy to use, which made the whole experience much more enjoyable. The heavy duty piping bag was so much easier to use than disposable ones and I was really happy with the choice of nozzles. I know these will be getting lots of use all year round.
The cutters are also really good, as I got used to using them my snow flakes got much neater. Its a really handy little tool for creating something detailed with very little effort.
I really enjoyed giving cake decorating a go and it’s definitely something I will try again and try and improve my skills a little. I was really impressed with the kit and I’ll using the piping bits loads and I’m hoping to use my holly cutter for something nice this year too.
See the full baking range on the Tala website.
*Thank you to Tala for sending my the icing set and bowl to make my cake. All opinions are my own.
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