I am constantly referring people on the Wilton.com forum to videos on your site. (The ones referred most often are "Cake Construction" and "How to cover a cake with fondant using The Mat". ) New bakers have SO many questions and your videos hit the cake nail right on the head!
I began cake decorating at the age of 56 with the first of the Wilton classes at my local Michaels store. Like many others, it has turned into a passion. I have spent hundreds of hours online learning and videos like those from Sweetwise, Inc. are a blessing.
(p.s. I bought The Mat, but haven't used it yet--I'm looking forward to my next fondant cake!)
Glucose is very thick corn syrup 1 pound of glucose is about 1 1/2 cups Note: This product is prepared and packaged using machines that may come into contact with wheat/gluten, eggs, dairy or dairy products, peanuts, soy, tree nuts.
For baking: Dry ingredients like flour are best measured by weight rather than volume. For every 500 grams, or roughly 1.1 pounds of flour or other dry ingredients, use 1 tsp glycerin.
For Fondant: Add 2-3tsp of Glycerin to 2 pounds of rolled fondant to help keep it smooth and avoid cracking.
For keeping candy soft: Add 2 tsp Glycerin to every pound of candy (like caramel, taffy, candy centers, etc.).
For Royal Icing: Add 6 drops of Glycerin to every Royal Icing recipe that starts with 2 pounds of Powdered sugar to keep from hardening.
In American Style Buttercream: To help creaminess and to help avoid cracks, add 2 tsp Glycerin to every 4 cups of icing.
To Moisten Dried out Food Coloring: Add an equal amount of glycerin to completely dried food coloring to rehydrate. If color is thick but not solid, add a few drops at a time and mix until desired consistency is achieved.
To Clean Art Brushes: Rub a few drops of Glycerin into the bristles of an art brush to remove excess color and rinse clean.
Just for Fun Homemade Bubble Solution: Mix 1/2 cup Liquid Dish detergent (like Dawn), 4.5 cups water, and 4 Tbsp Glycerin. The longer the solution sits, the bigger the bubbles will get before popping.
Use for making candy centers and icings. Directions: Easy Cream Center: 1 lb. Dry Fondant, 2 TBLS Milk or Whipping Cream, 6 TBLS Butter or Margarine. Warm liquid and butter on stove top. Stir the Dry Fondant into the mixture, then knead with your hands. Flavor and color as desired. Shelf Life: 1 year if kept in cool, low humidty environment. Note: This product is prepared and packaged using machines that may come into contact with wheat/gluten, eggs, dairy or dairy products, peanuts, soy, tree nuts.
Used to make smoother cordial fondant centers. Typically added to fondants or candy centers before dipping. A natural enzyme derived from yeast converts sugar (sucrose into invert sugar, thereby preventing crystallization of sugar in finished candy).