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Review: The Creature Creator from Molly Robbins

Sponsored Post – Molly kindly #gifted me my Creature Creators

Three hours to create a sculpted, gluten free, semi-realistic grey cat cake? No problem, right?!

If you saw my video from Cake International on Tour last month, you will have seen me meeting up with the one-and-only Molly Robbins of Extreme Cake Makers to talk about her exciting new venture – Molly’s Creature Creator.

As a fellow fan of making sculpted animal cakes, Molly had noticed that even the idea of sculpting from cake can be fairly intimidating for many people and, once you add into the equation all of the wastage from carving cakes, it can put a lot of people off.

After a bit of head scratching, Molly and her boyfriend Dean came up with the idea for a set of heavy duty silicone moulds that allow you to bake the basic shape of either a standing or lying down animal, perfect for turning into whatever creature you fancy.

Now, having seen the early prototypes in action at the NISE show back in March, I was immediately excited to have a play with Molly’s Creature Creator and, after Molly kindly gave me both kits to play with at Cake International on Tour, I was ready to put them through their paces.

The kits both come with two original tutorials AND Molly’s own Madeira Cake recipe for you to use in the moulds, but obviously, I wasn’t going to make things that easy for myself…

Seeing as how it is Coeliac Awareness Week and I have a perpetual fear of carving gluten free cakes – they’re generally more crumbly than their gluten-containing brethren – I figured, why not try baking the (prize-winning 😎) gluten-free version of my chocolate mud cake in the Creature Creator and surprise one of my friends with her first ever sculpted birthday cake?!

Sticking with the challenging theme, I also decided to do a semi-realistic take on one of the aforementioned friend’s own cats, which is dark grey – my least favourite colour to airbrush! 🙈😂

Oh, and because Molly’s Creature Creator is supposed to make sculpted cakes simple and easy for anyone who wants to create sculpted cakes at home, I decided to set myself one further challenge with this creation: I would only have one evening to create my Earl Cat Cake – from demoulding, right through to the finish.

So basically, three hours to create a sculpted, gluten free, semi-realistic grey cat cake. No problem, right?!

Using my recipe in the Creature Creator was a relatively simple experience. Molly has created a high-quality product made from sturdy food-safe silicone that holds its shape incredibly well. After preparing the moulds with cake release spray and a little gluten-free flour, I poured my mix straight in and placed it in the oven for my recipe’s usual baking time for an 8” round cake.

On Molly’s advice, I left the cake to cool in the Creature Creator overnight, before unmoulding it the following morning – about seven hours later. In spite of preparing the Creature Creator thoroughly, I did experience some sticking, but that was probably due to the gluten-free recipe rather than the mould itself.

I then used my usual delicious milk chocolate ganache recipe (find it here) to fill, sandwich and cover my cake – remember to check that your chocolate is free of wheat-based allergens if also baking gluten free!

When it came time to decorate my Creature Creator cake, I still wasn’t going to do Molly’s mould any favours, reaching for the softest of supermarket sugarpastes to create my cat. I started by building up some of the additional features such as the outline of the back leg and the facial structure with some extra sugar paste, and then covered the entire thing in one go. Other than one tricky fold that refused to blend away (thank goodness for fur texture – it hides a multitude of sins), covering my cat was actually fairly trauma-free, and then I set about adding detail using my silicone tipped Cerart tools – which are perfect for working with softer sugarpastes.

Thanks to the design of the Creature Creator, the only internal supports needed in my cat were a couple of cocktail sticks to hold up the ears (soft sugar paste and a strict time limit remember), with all other details simply added using the same supermarket sugarpaste, coloured with grey gel food colour.

The entire piece was then airbrushed straightaway, using Fractal Colors FlowAir liquid colours in White Snow and Black and I also used the White Snow to hand paint additional some highlights, referencing the real cat’s fur pattern.

All in all, I am unbelievably thrilled with the result I was able to get with Molly’s Creature Creator in only three hours (plus baking time). As I mentioned before, I would never normally try creating a sculpted cake using a gluten free recipe, so knowing that this is now possible thanks to Molly’s creation has enabled me to do something previously unobtainable – how many products can say that?

If I am able to achieve results like this in only three hours, I can only imagine what I could do with even more time. As such, I can definitely see myself continuing to play with the Creature Creator and I’m looking forward to coming up with some new designs and possibly even incorporating it into some future tutorials.

On that note, if you have any ideas of things you would like me to try and create using it, make sure you let me know in the comments down below!

The Creature Creator is available directly from Molly’s own website (find it here) or from Sugar & Crumbs. It is priced at £29.99 per set, or you can grab both for £54.99. In the box, you will find the standing or sitting moulds (both halves), two original tutorials, Molly’s own cake recipes, which are perfect for use within the moulds, and all of Molly’s essential top tips for creating your very own sculpted cakes using the Creature Creator.

I must say huge thank you to Molly for allowing me to have a play with her brand new innovation and for finally making gluten free sculpted cakes both achievable and simple!

I hope you enjoyed finding out how I created my Earl the Cat Cake and be sure to let me know if you decide to pick up Molly’s Creature Creator. I’d love to know what you think of it and to see the fantastic cakes you create with it too, of course!

Until next time, happy caking! x

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My day at Cake International on Tour 2019

Hey cake chums and welcome back to the blog.

This weekend saw me head up to the Excel, London to check out Cake International on Tour. In the midst of a rather hectic couple of months at Mr Baker’s Blog HQ, I was looking forward to the chance to have a bit of a break, meet up with some of my favourite cake chums and generally have an all-round fantastic time.

As you saw in my preview video, we had been promised a whole host of exciting sights and exhibits to get our teeth into (not literally, unfortunately), so I was looking forward to checking out Sweet Wedding in Bloom, Cake Side of the Moon, the Cake Live Championships, the wonderful demonstrations and, of course, the always-inspirational cake competitions.

 

Now, you may have noticed that in most of my other videos from the shows, I have developed a terrible habit of forgetting to record while I’m chatting to people, so this time I made a conscious effort to get some of those conversations on film. Now I’m not saying I did a brilliant job of it, but I’ll let you decide for yourself.

Head straight to the video here!

If you would like to find out more about some of the fabulous new products you saw in the video, you can pre-order Natalie’s new book at her website here, check out Molly’s Creature Creator at this link and to order the Dinkydoodle Carry Cake Kits, you can head here. #notsponsored

I’d like to say a massive congratulations to everyone who helped make this first ever Cake International on Tour a huge success and an extra special well done to all of the wonderful competitors. I swear the standard of work in the competitions gets higher and higher with every show!

If you fancy checking out the full show in Birmingham in November, then head to the Cake International website now to book your tickets. You can find it here.

Thanks so much for checking out my latest video guys and I’ll see you soon.

Take care!