Wednesday, 30 November 2011

Movember in cupcakes

Well done to all the guys supporting a moustache as part of a money raising campaign for men’s health, specifically prostate cancer and other cancers that affect men. Also a well done for the women who have had to put up with their partner's new facial hair!


 Here are my 'Movember' cupcakes. The aim is for anyone to join in with Movember, they can hold the cupcake up to their face to see which style suits them! The cupcakes are vanilla with chocolate buttercream icing. I was going to make chocolate chip cupcakes but I forgot to put the chips in! Oops! The moustaches are made from melted chocolate which I piped into shapes and then stuck them onto a Mikado chocolate biscuit stick with some more melted chocolate!


The Moustache Guide







Which will you choose?

Tuesday, 29 November 2011

Barbie Cupcakes

These were so fun to make, my kitchen was covered in all things pink! I made the cupcake toppers first by cutting round discs of sugarpaste in pink, some were circle shapes and some a scolleped edge round shape. I built up the designs so I had about 5 different designs of the 30 cupcakes.
I traced barbie logos on baking paper with royal icing, I made the 'B' logo and the sillhouette barbie face logo. I also had to make 20 cookies of the same theme.

 10 of the cupcakes were baked in pink cupcake cases, for these I used white buttercream icing to put the toppers on top!


 10 were baked in zebra print cupcake cases, so for these ones I used a hot pink icing between the cupcake and the topper.


 The last 10 were baked in black cases which I thought would bring out the toppers more, so for these ones I used a pale pink icing.


 Here are all 30 cupcakes boxed up and ready to be delivered!


I even spent time organising the cupcakes neatly in the box before I took them to the client!

Monday, 21 November 2011

Birthday Cupcakes

Firstly I would like to say Hello to our new followers!

These cupcakes were made for a friends 21st Birthday! Following from the success of the recipe for the lemon and poppy seed cupcakes, I made them again for these girly pink cupcakes!


 I made vanilla buttercream to top the cakes off with. I baked them 3 in pink cases and 3 in purple so I thought the icing should be a mixture of both.


I topped the cupcakes off with some dolly mixtre sweets and a sprinkle of glitter - as they were for a 21st!

Friday, 11 November 2011

Garden Theme Cake

This cake's theme was a garden inspired cake. There wasn't really any preferences, but following from the bumble bee cupcakes I made, I was asked to make a cake inspired by them.



The cake is vanilla madeira sponge with jam and buttercream filling. I covered it in pale blue icing as I knew a green one would be too overwhelming. I added hills to the sides of the cake with green icing and also covered the cake board in the same green.


 Here is where I got a little carried away. I bought some cake embossers from the cake fare at Birmingham International, and, keen to try them out, I pressed them around the cake. Unfortunately with all the extra flowers, butterflies and bumblebees I had made also to add to the cake, it looks a bit busy!

 
I added the other decorations which I made the night before, and then all that was left to do was to paint the dots and stripes on the bumblebees and the ladybirds dotted around the cake!






Remembrance Day

 
 Today we celebrate remembrance day. It happens every year at 11 am on the 11th of November (11th month) and this year it is 2011! 

We look back at people who died in WW1, but also it is a time to think about people who are involved in recent wars too.

 

We wear a poppy on this day as a reminder because poppies spread across the battlefields in World War 1, and the red is a significant colour to the blood shed in the war.
I have made some cupcakes to celebrate the day. These are lemon and poppy seed cupcakes, a new recipe I have never tried before, but after a very successful taste test, I will DEFINITELY be making them again!

This shows the middle of the cupcake with all the yummy lemon zest and poppy seeds. The black (dark brown) blob is a Galaxy chocolate minstrel! Even more yum! I made the poppys from red sugarpaste and added some green leaves too.

Wednesday, 9 November 2011

Bonfire night cupcakes


November 5th is Bonfire Night, also known as Guy Fawkes night. I didn't make it to see any bonfires, or fireworks. But I made some treats to celebrate the occassion. The saying goes, 'Remember Remember the 5th of November'.



The cupcakes are chocolate flavour, but I added in some melted chocolate, which made them chewy and more like a brownie in  consistency. So I decided they are Chocolate brownie cupcakes! These are topped with buttercream, then sugarpaste, more buttercream in firery colours and then Mikado chocolate sticks pushed in to build the bonfire. A sprinkling of gold glitter really adds a twinkle to the flames!



These are the firework cupcakes to add to the design. Again, these are topped with buttercream, then sugarpaste which I mixed blue and purple to make a night sky colour, and then painted a swirl of silver lustre dust on the top. The stars are made from sugarpaste in 3 different star cutter sizes and then silver edible sugar balls added to continue the swirl!

Wednesday, 2 November 2011

Wear it pink!

On October 28th it was 'Wear it Pink' day. The aim is to get everyone in your office to wear something pink to work and donate £2 for doing so. I work in an office where I am the only female, so I was happy that they all took to the challenge and donned their best pink ties / shirts to work!



To keep the guys motivated, and to make more money for charity, I made some cupcakes to sell at work also. They are vanilla cupcakes with a strawberry jam filling, buttercream icing on top and a heart and ribbon made from sugarpaste to show off the breast cancer awareness logo.
 

(ignore the picture quality, I was in a rush to get to work on time and set them up!)



The cupcakes were on sale for £1 each, and some smaller ones for 50p! They all went before the day had finished and we managed to raise lots for charity! 

Our target was to beat last years total of £48 (which was heavily due to Nigel ordering 12 for a party at his) so this year, with a bigger work team (and still roping in my parents and sister in!!) we managed to raise..... £50!!!


Thursday, 20 October 2011

National Baking week!


As it is National Baking week, I had to bake something, but I was feeling poorly at the start of the week, so I whipped up some simple vanilla cupcakes and decorated with a simple piped swirl and some colourful sprinkles!



These cupcakes were made for National baking week, but as I wasn't feeling too well, I decided to make them 'cheer-me-up' cupcakes. They certainly did their job!

Friday, 30 September 2011

National Cupcake week


12 - 18th September brought us National Cupcake week 2011. I made some cupcakes in honour of the week. These cupcakes are cupcake cookie cupcakes! Chocolate cupcakes topped with hot pink buttercream icing, and a chocolate cookie in the shape of a cupcake! YUM!

Friday, 16 September 2011

Barbie cookies!


I was meeting my bridesmaids last Sunday and I had put together a goody bag as a way of formally asking them to be my bridesmaids, and also to thank them for the times ahead. We had briefly discussed the theme for the Hen night, so for their goody bags, I got them each a Barbie tote bag!


In their goody bags were a bridesmaid handbook, a pink tutu, a pink bopper headband, a personalised badge, a lipgloss and of course some cookies made my yours truly!


 Each bridesmaid had a bag of cookies, one large and 2 small all iced with bright pink icing and black royal icing for the border. I piped a letter 'B' on the large cookies which was supposed to be for 'Barbie' but as one of my bridies pointed out that 'B' is for bridesmaids! 

They were all appriciated anyway! I even made a bag full of small ones for the token bridesmaid, my youngest nephew Noah, who was dragged round the wedding fare with us. As he is far too young for even solid food, I really made these for my brother-in-law who came to the fare too, but then disappeared off to the pub!

Thursday, 8 September 2011

Manchester United Birthday Cake

 This was a very special birthday cake that I made for my fiance, Jake! Last year he had to settle with cupcakes, and this year as I am making full cakes for everyone else's birthdays, it was only fair that he got the same special treatment!


He did briefly mention that he'd like a Honda Type - R cake, but as I didn't have a lot of time to make this one, I thought I would make him a smaller cake (also as it will just be us two eating it) and made a small Type R for the top of the cake.


After sending him out and banishing him from the kitchen for 2 nights,  I managed to make him a 6" chocolate chip madeira cake. I iced it in red sugarpaste and then piped lines of yellow, black and white up the sides of the cake in royal icing. I think the yellow was more successful as the consistensy was better and I think I used a number 3 tip. The white and black lines were thicker icing and I used number 2 tips to pipe these, so some were a bit wonky.


As I was only making a 6" cake, I had some batter left over (from my recipe for an 8" cake!) so I made some cupcakes. They are more of a heavier cake than cupcakes, as they are made from the same madeira cake batter.

I used edible wafer paper for the Manchester United logos, which I bought online. And I added some fun chocolate footballs for the around the base of the cake! I made a wired decoration for the top of the cake too, which I feel is a bit too much, but I had to make the best for my future hubby!!

Tuesday, 6 September 2011

Horrid Henry Birthday cake

This birthday cake was a very special one. It was for my nephew, Jack who was 3 years old on Monday! It is hard to believe that he is 3 already! It really goes too fast. For his birthday last year, I made him a Thomas the tank engine birthday cake:


At the time, I was pleased with myself for making the cake, and I think it pushed my skills that I had then... 


I have since progressed (I hope) and having been successful with other cakes for other people, I felt confident to try a new technique for this cake.


I wanted to make sure that Horrid Henry really did look like the character. I used a royal icing run-out technique. I made my royal icing from egg white powder, icing sugar and some water, which turned out 100% better than shop bought 'royal icing powder' that you just mix with water.



I searched for an image online of Henry which I enlarged to the size of the top of the cake and printed off. I cut round the outside and then cut this out of sugarpaste (should really have used petal paste). Then I 'traced' the image of Henry onto the sugarpaste using a sharp knife. I used royal icing to pipe the outlines of each colour, then watered down the icing to fill in the sections. Finally, I used black royal icing to outline the details.

 As soon as I arrived at the party with the cake, I showed it to Jack and asked him who it was, he immediately said 'Horrid Henry!!!' so I know it must have been OK!

Wednesday, 24 August 2011

Cherry Bakewell Cupcakes

 One cupcake, 4 ways to decorate it!

The cupcake batter is made with ground almonds and almond extract. My original idea was to make cherry bakewell cupcakes, but each cake was made differently. 

From top left; This cake is most like a cherry bakewell, it has a jam centre (i should have used raspberry, but I only has Strawberry in) then it was topped with a thick layer of glacé icing and then topped with a glacé cherry!
The next cake, going clockwise,  the next cake was simpley decorated. About half way through baking, I topped the cakes with chopped almonds and when the cakes had cooled after baking had finished, I sprinkled them with icing sugar. These are just almond cakes.
Bottom Right; This cake was the style I was planning for my cherry bakewells! There is jam in the centre, again, and they are topped with buttercream icing, sprinkled with toasted chopped almonds and finished with a cherry!
Bottom Left; This cake looks like the Blueberry cupcakes I made before, in the design. For these cakes, I added chopped glacé cherries to the mixture before baking. Then I scooped out some of the cake from the top, filled with icing, then pushed in 4 more glacé cherries to the icing, and then topped with the part of the cake that I had scooped out! Then dusted with icing sugar!


These are the cakes how I had pictured them to look when I started making these cakes.


This cake is more of the look of a classic cherry bakewell cake, in a cupcake!

Monday, 22 August 2011

Themed Cookies


Thomas the Tank Engine Cookies

 

Thomas the Tank Engine cookies. Cookies made with golden syrup and decorated with sugarpaste to look like 3 of the characters from Thomas and Friends; Thomas, James and Percy.


I made 10 cookies in this theme, so 3 of each character, and an extra Thomas!


Each cookie was individually wrapped ready to be given out to friends and family at the child's birthday party!

Here they are, all ready to go!
Waybuloo Cookies

 

Waybuloo themed cookies. Cookies made with golden syrup and decorated with sugarpaste to look like the Pipling characters from Waybuloo; Clockwise from top left  Di Li, Nok Tok, Lau Lau and Yojojo. I made 10 of these cookies, 2 of each character and 2 of the Narabugs.


Close up of the Lau Lau cookie

 

Close up of Yojojo cookie


 These cookies were also individually wrapped too, this time tied with silver ribbon!