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!!!