New Cupcake Palette Knife

Icing Knife

Wares of Knutsford is pleased to introduce a new cupcake palette knife from the Sweetly Does It range, a specialist collection by Kitchen Craft with a complete set of tools for cake making, decorating and presenting.

Sweetly Does It Cupcake Icing Knife

This 22cm palette knife has a flat, tempered stainless steel blade that makes light work of spreading cream, icing or jam over and into your cupcakes, sponges or other cakes and cookies. An icing knife is essential for a smooth finish for frosting any kind of cake and equally useful for lifting cleanly. This dishwasher safe version is slightly shorter than usual, allowing for perfect control on smaller items such as cupcakes or for smoothing toppings such as mashed potato onto other baked dishes.

The perfect butter cream

When you first start baking, your butter cream will probably be a bit hit and miss – sometimes too thick, sometimes too runny, sometimes just lumpy. However you will soon get the hang of this fairly simple but essential part of cake making. The principle revolves around two parts icing sugar to one part butter, but you will have to get the hang of the correct amount of milk to add to bring it to the right consistency.

Used both to ice and fill all sorts of cakes, this basic butter cream icing recipe can be made in all the colours of the rainbow with just a few drops of food colouring.

Makes 12 fairy cakes or one medium sponge cake:

  • 140g butter, softened
  • 280g icing sugar
  • 1-2 tablespoons milk

Beat the butter until it looks pale and fluffy – an electric mixer is brilliant for this. Keep beating as you add the icing sugar, adding the milk from about halfway through. Start with one tablespoon and if the mixture doesn’t seem loose enough, add a little more gradually. Stir in a couple of drops of food colouring until you have achieved a uniform colour in the correct hue.

Using an icing knife

More of a spreader than a knife, the Sweetly Does It Cupcake Palette Knife can be used to smooth cream, icing and butter cream over your cakes the way a plasterer covers a wall. Apply your filling or topping to the cake and slide and turn the flat side of the palette knife over it until you achieve a smooth finish. You can also use the sides and end of the palette knife to add patterns.

With its thin blade, a palette knife is also used to slide under cakes, cookies or pastry cases to lift or turn them.

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