Sunday, November 30, 2008
This weekend was a cupcake wonderland weekend at my intensive cupcake decorating course. I really felt like I was back at school but this time with a hairnet and an apron! I learnt some amazing skills and above are the fruits of my labour, the Chocolate Mud Cupcake with Vanilla Buttercream with a piped rose. I must admit I was pretty proud of the results even if I am exhausted now!
Saturday, November 22, 2008
Our Mother's Group joint first birthday could only mean one thing.... cupcakes! With 8 beautiful boys and girls turning one at once we had a fun and crazy day at our local play centre. This occasion called for yummy cupcakes for little girls and little boys so a unisex pale green design was the go. These were White Chocolate Mudcakes with Lemon and Lime Buttercream frosting topped with handmade flowers and dots. If the truth be told, more were eaten by the mummies and daddies than the bubbas who were more than happy with fairy bread and the ballpit!
Friday, November 21, 2008
These creations are Christening Bomboniere as thankyou gifts for all the guests at Xavier's christening. Special personalised jumbo cupcakes packaged in perspex cubes and finished off with pretty polka dot ribbon were given to each guest to commemorate the special day. This was also a chance to try out my new Citrus White Chocolate Mudcake with Lemon Buttercream frosting. This is a yummy summer time cupcake with zesty citrus flavours and the rich, buttery white chocolate cake to complement it.
Monday, November 10, 2008
One of my darling nephews is sick of the girly swirly cupcakes and requested a more manly cupcake instead of my usual pink, floral creations. His particular penchant for banana cake made a banana cupcake and obvious choice. This is a Banana Cupcake with Maple Syrup Buttercream and topped with Caramelised Banana Disks created just for him. The Buttercream is made with real Canadian maple syrup whipped through it and then topped off with small disks of banana caramelised in butter and cinnmon sugar. A small sprinkle of caramel coloured sugar crystals finishes off this rich and velvety (and manly) cupcake great for a function dessert or just a wicked treat.
Sunday, November 9, 2008
These scrumptious beauties came about when I realised the need for really yummy gluten free cupcakes. I make two delish gluten free varieties, this Flourless Orange Cupcake with Citrus Cream Cheese frosting and also a Flourless Chocolate Mud with either Raspberry or Vanilla Buttercream frosting. (but more about that bad boy later!) These yummy citrus cupcakes are moist, dense and lush and wonderful for morning or afternoon tea or as a lovely gift box for a gluten intolerant friend (they are very nice for the rest of us too though!)
When Gracie's yummy mummy commisioned me to make 'any cupcake I want' for Gracie's first birthday, the pressure was on! How to decide from the plethora of yummy options and make something a) pretty, b) yummy for adults and c) a kid pleaser? I couldn't narrow it down to one flavour so settled on Double Chocolate Fudge Cupcakes with pink Swiss Meringue Buttercream frosting and White Chocolate Mud Cupcakes with white (cream) Swiss Meringue Buttercream frosting both topped off with handmade sugar daisies. From all reports these were a hit with bubbies and mum's and dad's alike.