Thursday, 31 March 2011

Blueberry Cupcakes

Here are the cupcakes that I have made recently:


They are vanilla cupcakes baked in silver foil cases. I made them in a similar way to how you would make a butterfly cake, by scooping out a circle section from the top of the cake.

I used a round nozzle (for the first time) to make the smooth swirl in the centre of the scooped section of cake. Then I pushed four blueberries into the sides of the icing.

I then replaced the lid on top of the icing! A small dusting of icing sugar and the cupcakes were good to go! If you eat enough of them, surely it would count as one of your five-a-day?

Tuesday, 22 March 2011

Coconut Cravings

This week I have been baking with coconut. I made some coconut macaroons and some coconut cake. This wasn't a cake baked with coconut, but rather a victoria sponge cake topped with buttercream icing and desiccated coconut!

Coconut Macaroons (made with condensed milk, yum!)

Coconut Cake (aka victoria sponge topped with coconut)

Slice of cake!

This shows the buttercream and jam layer of the cake

It has just been what I have been craving after... even though I don't like coconut!

Thursday, 17 March 2011

Baby shower cookies

This was a very special baby shower, for a very special sister, who is carrying a very special little baby inside her enormous bump! We threw her a baby bloom - not as full on as a baby shower, but pressies, games and treats all the same. I made a collection of baby themed cookies for my sister, and also for her husband, and her best friend, who was also in charge of the baby bloom.

This is the range of cookies I made, from top to bottom; knitted booties, bibs, feet, teddy bears (mini), dummys and hearts. They are all iced in a baby blue colour with white, green and yellow details.

This is the box of assorted cookies which was filled and then decorated with blue ribbon.

These are the goody bags filled with 3 cookies; a dummy, bib and a knitted bootie.

And this was a little goody bag for another little person, my sister's friend's baby, I couldn't leave him out now could I? I also couldn't resist the look of these mini teddy cookies in a goody bag! They are not covered in icing as the other cookies, because I knew they were for a child. I think the brown of the cookies adds to the effect of the teddy bears also.

Tuesday, 8 March 2011

Recent Cupcakes

From 18ths to 60ths to corporate events, I've got the cupcakes covered! Here is a collection of recent cupcakes I have been making:

Boat cupcakes for a 60th birthday of a sailing enthusiast. The cupcakes are lemon flavour with mixed colour lemon flavour buttercream icing (made from real lemons). The boats are made from sugarpaste and an edible paper sail - the coctail stick isn't edible however!

I also made mini cupcakes to accompany the larger ones. The icing nozzle I used to create the waves was a border one which I piped in 5 stripes on the top of the cakes. The icing was coloured green and blue and some left white to create the sea like effect.
Lacrosse cupcakes. These were for the same party but for the 18 year old birthday boy, his hobby is playing lacrosse! I decided to make toppers for these cupcakes so that the sticks could feature prominently in the design. I made striking red buttercream icing (lemon flavoured again) and piped the detail of the sticks onto a white circle of sugarpaste.
Mini cupcakes also accompanied these cupcakes.
Corporate cupcakes. These are plain cupcakes supplied to a busy team in an office as a thank you for all their hard work. I made the cakes in black paper cases to match the corporate colours and matched the icing to the company green also.
I iced the cakes with bright green icing and attached some green pearl sugar balls on top. Then I sprinkled some edible green glitter and added the logo topper to the cakes. I also supplied mini cupcakes with this order - they are quite popular!