September 28, 2016

Tips for using Royal Icing for Lettering and Run Outs – Lindy’s Facebook Live video

Royal icing is not a sugar medium I work with everyday, but it is a form of icing that I have always loved using on my cakes. Royal icing is incredibly versatile and an excellent medium for adding decorative elements to cakes and decorated cookies, whether these be piped pearls, decorative scrolls or piped line work. It is also a very good option for adding lettering to cakes. I grant you it does take a little practice but once you are up to speed, it is actually a lot quicker than using either alphabet cutters or letter moulds to add names and messages to cakes.

Last week I ran a back to basics royal icing lettering class for a small group of students. We all had a thoroughly enjoyable day and my students went home with set of new skills to add to their expanding repertoires.

“Thank you Lindy we had a fabulous time…. learnt some valuable skills X” Caroline
“Thanks Lindy, I didn’t realise I had been concentrating so much!! Fab day! X” Jo

After the class I went onto Facebook Live to share some tips and tricks for using royal icing, I got such lovely feedback that I thought I’d share a copy of the Live video with you here.

In the video I mention the recipe that I always use, which is as follows:

Lindy’s Soft Peak Royal Icing Recipe
450g icing sugar
90g whites (white from about 3 eggs)
A few drops of lemon juice.
Put it in a mixer at it’s lowest speed for about 10-20 mins until soft peaks are formed as shown in the video.

Some of the very generous Facebook Live comments I received whilst creating this live video:

“You are so amazing Lindy ! Love your cheery nature not just your great cakes!” MaryAnn
“Hey Lindy I really enjoyed your programme thanks for Sharing” Bayer
“I love your class” Sara
“I looooooove Lindy takes care of every feedback she receives. I loooooove her! I loooooove her books and loooove buying in her online shop in Uk even if I live in Switzerland.” Rocio

I am loving Facebook live as it allows me to speak directly to you in real time…such fun. If you’ve not experienced Facebook live yet, why not hop over to the Lindy’s Cakes facebook page and look at some of the archive videos, if you want to join me live then make sure you follow our page and have set yourself up to receive our notifications.

I look forward to welcoming you next time
Happy decorating
Lindy

Canadian Company Cilantro feature Lindy Smith in their Expert Interview Series

I have been cake decorating for over 25 years and I’m still as passionate about my craft as I have always been, if not more so. I consider myself an artist who’s medium happens to be sugar. I love what I do, it’s taken over my life, it’s what I live and breath. However I know that what is everyday for me is not for most. People are intrigued by… Continue reading

Recipe for Moist and Delicious Blackcurrant Flapjack Squares

I must admit that of all the summer fruit that grow in my garden, blackcurrants are probably my least favourite. I guess this is because I find them rather too sour to eat straight off the bush, so unlike raspberries and redcurrants, there is no instant reward for picking them!  Blackcurrants are abundant and plentiful right now and I have three bushes, so lots of blackcurrants. Many of these currants will end up in my freezer… Continue reading

Coffee, Cake and moments of happiness….experiences of Filming a cake decorating class in Denver for Craftsy

The other day I was sitting in a wonderful little coffee shop slowly sipping a sublimely smooth cappuccino when I noticed a quote on the wall which, as a cake designer and sugar artist, really appealed to me. The quote said:

“We seek goodness and beauty in everything we do to inspire moments of happiness….”

This is so true of what I do and probably why… Continue reading

Wedding Cakes Magazine review Lindy Smith’s NEW book ‘Simply Modern Wedding Cakes’

A book is never easy to write, it takes months of hard work and dedication. It is a unknown entity, one that changes and develops as the creative process gradually moves from one step to the next. Writing a book is a very personal, as well as creative, journey and consequently as an author I need but dread to hear what the first critics and reviewers have to say about my work. My latest book… Continue reading

Lindy Smith shares how to use stencils to decorate cakes and cookies on Create and Craft TV

I simply love using cake stencils on my cakes, so when asked to be a guest on the Cake Academy, a Create & Craft TV cake decorating programme, I could only say YES.

There are many different ways of using stencils to add pattern and decorations to cakes. Probably my favourite is using edible coloured dusts, I always think of it as a bit like ‘colouring… Continue reading

Cake Decorating News & Inspiration from Lindy’s Cakes – A Taster from March 2016

Here at Lindy’s Cakes we endeavour to send out regular monthly newsletters by email to let you know what’s been happening, what’s on the addenda and to inspire you to be creative with your cake decorating. Here is a short taster from our March 2016 Newsletter. If you like to receive future newsletters, in full, please subscribe and we’ll add you to our list.

Dear… Continue reading

What kind of Cake Decorator is Lindy Smith?

Cake Masters recently published a multiple choice quiz in their monthly magazine, where they identified five different types of cake decorator. Always up for some light-hearted entrainment, I eagerly answered their questions to find out the results described me perfectly. … Continue reading

Dog friendly birthday cake recipe for our canine friends

I grew up watching Blue Peter (a BBC TV children’s Programme) where the presenters, when I watched it all those years ago, always gave their dogs baked and decorated birthday cakes. It never occurred to me however, to do the same for my own dogs  – until NOW!!

I have recently become involved in the development and launch of an innovative new product called the “Magic Baking

Top tips on how to budget for your dream wedding cake

A beautiful hand-crafted bespoke wedding cake can be yours with good planning and careful budgeting. As with all aspects of your wedding it’s a question of your priorities. I am a big fan of lists and suggest that it is a good idea to sit down and make a list of all the suppliers that are important to you as a couple. This will help you highlight where to the buy the… Continue reading

Lindy’s Cakes Ranked as Top Food Blog in the UK

I think you’ll agree, it’s always lovely to get an accolade you were’t expecting, it’s like achieving something without knowingly trying! For me having my blog  ranked number 12 Top Food Blog in the UK is one of those accolades. I have been writing posts here since 2009 on many cake related subjects, from how to bake a delicious chocolate fudge cake to behind the scenes pictures from my photoshoots so to have… Continue reading

Cakes & Sugarcraft Magazine in conversation with ‘top designer’ Lindy Smith

What a lovely surprise to see my name on the front cover of the latest Autumn edition of Cakes & Sugarcraft magazine. It feels really good to be acknowledged as a top designer. Design is my passion and, as you can read in this feature, I actually consider myself a designer whose medium happens to be sugar. I am always happiest when I’m working on a new design… Continue reading

Is my ‘BIBLE’ your ‘BIBLE’ – Nominations for the Cake Masters Awards are now open

Is my ‘BIBLE’ your go to cake decorating ‘BIBLE’?
If so, I’d love you to nominate it for the Cake Masters Best Book Award. All you need to do is say what you love about the book – it’s category 11 so please scroll down!!!!
Cover design of Lindy's contemporary cake decorating bible book Is this your favourite… Continue reading

Orange and Poppy Seed Australian Cake Recipe as baked by Lindy Smith

I fell in love with this delicious cake on a teaching trip to Australia a few years ago, the tangy flavour and interesting texture of the poppy seeds and orange peel have me hooked! It seemed that everywhere I travelled, everywhere I looked, a version of this delightful cake was always on offer. It was so simply scrumptious I could never resist.

I was absolutely delighted, on leaving, to… Continue reading

Cake Masters Magazine Feature Lindy Smith as their Cake Decorating Expert – February 2015 Issue

cake masters magaine

Find Lindy inside!

I’ve been decorating cakes for 24 years, so have seen many changes in styles and techniques in that time. Cake decorating, like most crafts, is constantly evolving. New ideas, products and materials come and go however many of the basics remain the same. The internet is an amazing resource that we cake… Continue reading

Older Posts