IG Pro Baker Alana Jones-Mann shares her tips & tricks. Our newest gummy is what pretty in pink dreams are made of—meet our Pink Pineapples, the sister sweets to our bestselling juicy Parisian …
IG Pro Baker Alana Jones-Mann shares her tips & tricks.
Our newest gummy is what pretty in pink dreams are made of—meet our Pink Pineapples, the sister sweets to our bestselling juicy Parisian Pineapples! These pink ladies are soft, sweet, and filled with all-natural fresh pineapple purée, for a slice of paradise on the tip of your tongue. Bonus points? They’re vegan-friendly, too.
CAKE IT TILL YOU MAKE IT
To celebrate, we teamed up with talented designer and baker Alana Jones-Mann to create a Pink Pineapples cake. (Because cake + pink candy is always a good idea.) She’s sharing her tips and tricks with us below—read on for a slice of inspiration to master the art of cake decorating with candy!
5 TIPS FOR CAKE DECORATING WITH CANDY
1. Use a Homemade Buttercream Frosting
This is key to getting any kind of candy to securely adhere to a frosted cake. Store-bought frostings don't typically set or stiffen as well, so always go with a homemade option whenever possible! I recommend using an American vanilla buttercream —it’s simple, easy to make and only requires three ingredients: unsalted butter, powdered sugar, and vanilla.
2. Properly Chilled Cakes Make Frosting a Breeze
Before frosting your cake, make sure the layers are completely cool. Once they're out of the oven, allow cake layers to come to room temperature, then cover and refrigerate the cakes for at least two hours.
3. Create a Smooth Canvas for the Candy
To make the frosting process even easier, first apply a crumb coat of frosting to the cake and let it set in the refrigerator until firm (and frosting is hard to the touch). Once set, apply a thick layer of frosting onto the top and around the sides of the cake. Use a frosting scraper to achieve a level top and smoothly frosted sides. Smooth frosting is the ideal canvas for applying the candy.
4. With Frosting, Consistency is Everything
Once the frosting is smooth, add on your candy. If you're working to cover a large cake with candy, you may want to place the cake back in the refrigerator halfway through the decorating process so that the frosting doesn't become too warm. Once the candy-covered cake has had at least 20 minutes in the refrigerator, the frosting will stiffen—this is essential to getting the candy to securely adhere to the cake. P.s. The frosting needs to be soft before you can add on candy, so if it's been in the refrigerator setting and is firm to the touch, it'll need to sit out for at least 15 minutes on your kitchen counter before it's ready for more candy!
5. Keep an Eye on the Big Picture
If you're applying candy around the cake in straight lines (like I did here), make sure to step back and assess the candy on the cake every so often to ensure the pieces of candy are level around the cake.
Share your own cake creations with us at #pinkpineapples! Pink Pineapples are available now to shop online or at a Sugarfina boutique near you!