Sunday, November 15, 2009

With thanks



It's always so lovely to hear that people have been pleased with their Cherry Blossom creations and I quite often have phone calls from happy customers but I was especially pleased to receive a handwritten note from Claire whose 'Chocarama' cupcakes I designed back in October. She wrote, "Thanks a heap for the time and effort you took to make my cakes just exactly what I wanted. They looked and tasted exactly how I dreamt they would and they definitely made my night and were the feature of the party." I was so chuffed it put a smile on my face for the rest of the day!

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Cutie Pie






These cutie pie cupcakes were a request for one of my first ever cupcakes, way back in August 2008, that caught the attention of a gorgeous little girl having her Confirmation. I really enjoyed returning to this fun design because although it is very simple it delights the little girl in all of us. The cartoon like flowers were really sweet and effective enmasse and I was so pleased with the result. These were Double Chocolate and Raspberry Cupcakes with Chocolate Buttercream frosting and decorated with handmade sugar blossoms and they definitely turned out cute as a button!

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Citrus and Sunshine



Well things are warming up in grey old Melbourne and I decided to create a delicious citrus cupcake to reflect my bright mood. I am experimenting with filled cupcakes at the moment and thought this might be a nice time to try a light, zesty filled cake instead of the chocolatey creations of late. I also wanted to spoil a few of my favourite girlfriends so they reaped the rewards of my experimenting! These are Coconut Flake Cupcakes filled with White Chocolate and Lemon Mousse and frosted with Citrus buttercream and decorated with handmade sugar petunias and pearls. They are a more colourful version of the ivory floral cupcakes I made for Tara's wedding because I loved the feminine design so much but felt like giving it a summery twist.

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Tara's dreamy ivory wedding


When the amazingly gorgeous Tara approached me to make the cakes for her wedding I was honoured and very excited. She had a gorgeous theme of mainly ivory with rose petals and tea light candles. She also wanted to incorporate the design of her wedding invitation which were gorgeous white bows so we came up with some lovely romantic floral designs and also a very minimalist bow design. These are White Chocolate Mudcakes with Vanilla Buttercream frosting decorated with handmade white sugar bows and Vanilla and Almond Sponge Cakes with Vanilla Buttercream frosting decorated with handmade sugar flowers and pearls. She also requested a cutting cake for the top tier which was also a White Chocolate mudcake with White Chocolate Ganache filling and Ivory Fondant Icing. It was a truly stunning and glamorous function and I wish Tara and Brent all the very best, they deserve it!

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Spring is in the air


I may have mentioned that Spring is my favourite season. Being an eternal optimist I just love it when my garden pops out with buds and lavender and the air smells of jasmine and blossoms. That said, I was delighted with Grace's yummy mummy decided on a spring theme for Grace's christening. The room was decorated adorably with pink and green balloon bunches topped with spring creatures like butterflies and ladybirds. It was so unique and pretty, a departure from the usual christening motifs. In keeping with the theme we designed gorgeous girly White Chocolate Mud Cupcakes with Pink Vanilla Buttercream decorated with mint and pink daisies and sugar pearls and Hummingbird Cupcakes with Mint Green Maple Syrup Buttercream decorated with handmade sugar hearts and sprinkles. I also added the occasional mini pink butterfly nestled in amongst the cakes every now and then. Happy Christening Gracie!

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Chocarama!



Can you ever have enough chocolate? This cupcake is a chocoholics dream (and quite possibly a Weight Watchers nightmare!) designed for Claire's birthday party. Claire wanted a cupcake that would double as birthday cake and dessert, something rich and velvety and pretty darned sinful. At the end of a cocktail and canape function we decided it would be nice to have a satisfying and filling cupcake to cap off the night. We decided to use 70% cocoa couveture chocolate to create this cake so that it would be as dark and lucious as can be! This is a Dark Chocolate Fudge cupcake frosted with Nutella and Dark Chocolate Ganache and topped with Chocolate Fondant and a handmade aqua sugar flower. I hope everyone left enough room for dessert!

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Coffee-a-holic


These cupcakes were designed for a friend of mine having a 30th birthday who is even more of a coffee fiend than I am, which is saying something! I've been sinking espressos since I was 15 and am still finding it hard to shake the habit. She wanted something coffee flavoured but still light and moist for dessert to cap off her cocktail style birthday 'do'. Many coffee flavoured cakes are artificial tasting and cloying so instead we went for 'White Chocolate and Walnut Cupcakes frosted with a light Coffee Buttercream and decorated with handmade sugar flowers, pearls and sprinkles'. These were a scrumptious end to an elegant and fun birthday function.

Sunday, September 6, 2009

Romancing the rose


At the moment I am lovingly tending 10 rose plants in my new garden and crossing my fingers that all this love will result in gorgeous roses to make me happy in my home and garden. In the meantime I decided to create some rose cupcakes so that I can have some joyous sugar roses not influenced by the whims of mother nature (and crazy 44 degree heatwaves!). There is something so flamboyant and exotic about a rose in full bloom so I decided to go with a beautifully scented cake to compliment my sugar roses. These are Pistachio Cupcakes with Rosewater and Vanilla Buttercream frosting decorated with sugar roses and mini sugar flowers. They make a beautiful afternoon tea cupcake with a lovely cup of earl grey or would be so stunning for a races brunch.

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Old MacDonald had a Cupcake?




When my fave coeliac buddy asked me to make some gluten free cupcakes for a 3rd birthday I just couldn't resist trying out some new farm animal sugar art on them. The party was a mix of little girls and boys so I figured some cute little moo-cows, piggys and chicks would keep everybody happy! Each animal was a different flavour cake, we had Gluten Free Hummingbird Cakes with Maple Syrup Buttercream frosting decorated with handmade sugar piggies, Flourless Orange Cakes with Citrus Buttercream frosting and decorated with handmade sugar chicks and Gluten Free Classic Chocolate Cakes with Vanilla Buttercream frosting decorated with handmade sugar cows. EE-eye EE-eye OH!

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Not so sweet 15!




My nephew Jordan just turned 15 which had me thinking errr.... WHAT?!! How did my cute little blonde nephew who was watching Spongebob squarepants and playing his gameboy suddenly turn into a huge lump with size 13 feet and a laptop?! Crazy stuff! Nonetheless, such an occassion called for some yummy cupcakes and what better than Jordan's personal fave of Banana Cupcakes with real Maple Syrup Buttercream decorated with handmade sugar stars and '15' plaques. There were a few cakes left on this stand when I left the party but, judging by the circling gaggle of huge 15 year old boys,I don't think they will have lasted long!

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Crazy Critters







It's not often I get asked to make cupcakes for a 7 year old boy's birthday but I just love it when something like this comes along. The extremely bright and adorable Deakin decided on 'Critter cupcakes' for his 7th birthday gala. Not just any critters mind you, but a precise selection of yummy lolly insects including dragonflies, spiders (of course), butterflies and caterpillars. The cakes themselves were deliciously simple Vanilla Sponge Cupcakes with Red Vanilla Buttercream frosting and Classic Chocolate Cupcakes with Blue Vanilla Buttercream frosting. All were decorated with an assortment of lollies and piped milk chocolate for big 7 year old grins.

Friday, August 7, 2009

Itty Bitty Cakes



I was really thrilled to be asked to make mini versions of two of my favourite cupcake designs knowing that they would look so cute in mini and taste great together. The lovely Ivon made such gorgeous selections for her birthday soiree that I knew the cupcake tower would look delightfully elegant and girly. These are miniture versions of the 'Diamonds and Pearls Cupcake'- White Chocolate Mud Cupcake with Vanilla and Rosewater Buttercream frosting decorated with handmade sugar 'pearls and diamonds' and the Flourless Orange Cupcake with Citrus Cream Cheese frosting decorated with a handmade sugar petunia and sugar crystals.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Mary Poppins Cupcakes





My favourite line of all in Mary Poppins is in the song 'A Spoonful of Sugar' which Mary purports "changes bread and water into tea and cakes'. There really is nothing quite like tea and cakes, especially when they're yummy cupcakes! When I was asked to make cupcakes for a ladies morning tea with a lemon and pink theme I decided to try out my new strawberry cuppies on the grown ups too! I thought surely even sophisticated gals still like a pink cupcake? It turns out they do and these Strawberry Pink Cupcakes with Vanilla Buttercream frosting decorated with handmade sugar flowers and pearls went down a treat with a cup of tea or even a cheeky champagne so I've heard!

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Strawberry Shortcake





I designed this cupcake for a 3rd birthday party for the extremely cute Teagan. Her 3rd birthday 'Tea Party' was an adorable affair with mini scones, fairy bread and of course, cupcakes! While I made these sugar paste strawberries I was reminded of 'Strawberry Shortcake' who was a HUGE fad for us children of the 80s. For those not familiar, Strawberry Shortcake was an adorable ragdoll character with a large pink bonnet and endless amounts of merchandise for little girls to collect. These cupcakes are Strawberry Pink Cupcakes with Vanilla Buttercream frosting and decorated with handmade sugar strawberries and sprinkles. The cupcakes are made with real strawberries and are a delighfully girlie pink inside. Yum yum!

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Very Merry Cherry




Cherries make me think of Christmas. Every Christmas my mum has a huge bowl of cherries on the dessert table and it doesn't matter how full I am, I can always fit a few in. Being a bit gloomy in this Melbourne weather at the moment I decided a little Christmas might cheer me up. I found a yummy sounding cherry ripe cupcake recipe and decided it was just what the doctor ordered, some merriment in the shape of a cupcake! This is a Chocolate and Cherry Ripe Cupcake with Coconut Buttercream frosting and decorated with handmade sugar flowers and cachous. It was so yummy, velvety chocolate cake with cherry ripe chunks interspersed and finished off with some fluffy coconut buttercreanm.

Saturday, June 27, 2009

Life begins at 40


The insanely fit and truly glam Gayle asked me to design some cupcakes befitting her 40th birthday celebrations. A chic cocktail affair required a chic cupcake design to fit in with her dark red theme. These are very luscious Chocolate Espresso Mudcakes with Vanilla Buttercream frosting decorated with piped 70% cocoa chocolate and handmade sugar and pearl daisies. The lush coffee/dark chocolate cake was a sophisticated adults only cupcake with a strong espresso flavour spiked with a dash of Kahlua. These made the perfect end to a very glamorous black tie cocktail affair.

Sugar and Spice






My lovely cousin Marlene recently gave birth to the first little girl in our family for 21 years, the gorgeous Abigail. I decided to whip up a yummy batch of baby girl cupcakes in her honour but also as some comfort food for her sleep deprived mummy. Marlene is a chocaholic so I decided to make a real 'old school' chocolate cupcake. Not a fancy pants mudcake or flourless cake, but an old fashioned, light and fluffy chocky cake like mum used to make. These are Classic Chocolate Cupcakes filled with Malteser mousse and frosted with Vanilla Buttercream frosting. The first design is based on a design by the amazing Not Quite Nigella and i have been dying for an excuse to make my own adorable baby booties. The second design are huge handmade sugar pansies and handmade initialled sugar love hearts with 'A's for Abigail.

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Hey! That's not a cupcake!


So... what beats a cupcake? Actually, nothing beats a cupcake and it was silly of me even to imagine that something could. Still, if something COULD conceivably be as good as a cupcake it might be this yummy creation. I made this for my Mum's 62nd birthday and knowing that she goes ga ga over sponge cakes and gingerbread I made her this gorgeous girly cake. Based on a recipe by the wonderful Jennifer Graham, this is a Ginger Fluff Sponge with Apple sauce filling and loads and loads of whipped cream topped with gorgeous magenta roses and tied with a satin bow. I think if this cake was a person it would be Ginger from Gilligan's Island, girly and fluffy but somehow sultry and spicy at the same time.

Sunday, May 10, 2009

All you need is love (and a cupcake or two)


Alysse and Ben had a gorgeous engagement soiree for 100 people and decided on a cupcake tower with a top cake to cut for their function. To keep the masses happy we selected a variety of flavours including Hummingbird cupcakes, Vanilla sponge cupcakes, Gluten Free White Chocolate Mud cupcakes all frosted with Vanilla Buttercream frosting and decorated with sugar love hearts. The top cake was a Milk chocolate mudcake decorated with wire sugar love hearts to top off this romantic tower.

Saturday, May 2, 2009

High tea for you and for me


When lovely Rose's church group decided to hold a High Tea Mother's Day function they knew they wanted cupcakes as the centrepiece for each table. They didn't just want any cupcakes, they wanted gorgeous, glamorous, showstopper cupcakes. To complement their pink and white theme, two tiered trays of cupcakes adorned each table, served with ribbon sandwiches and petit fours. After much contemplation we designed two gluten free styles of cupcake, a Gluten Free White Chocolate Mudcake with Rosewater and Vanilla Buttercream frosting, decorated with sugar pearls and diamonds and a Flourless Orange Cupcake with Citrus Buttercream frosting decorated with a handmade sugar petunia and sugar sprinkles. Not only did these centrepieces look amazing, there's nothing better than a centrepiece you can eat!

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Cupcakes at Tiffany's


My best friend LOVES Tiffany blue. Her kettle is Tiffany blue, her toaster is Tiffany blue, her wedding cake was Tiffany blue.... you get the picture. I have been planning to create a cupcake in her honour for ages and have seen many Tiffany inspired cupcakes around and thought I'd have a go. I decided on a light and fragrant cupcake to match the elegant theme and created this Vanilla and Rosewater scented Sponge with Vanilla Buttercream frosting decorated with a handmade sugar bow and sugar 'diamonds'. Did I mention my best friend also loves bling? Well, she does!

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Ganache and grenache?




This little number was created for one of my favourite customers who regularly challenges me to come up with a new gluten free creation. She's off for a girly weekend and I wanted to create a really sinful, luscious cupcake that would go down nicely with some red wine (sorry to all you wine snobs out there!). I am currently in love with my flourless chocky and hazelnut mud so this is a Flourless Chocolate and Hazelnut Mudcake with Whipped Dark Chocolate Ganache frosting and decorated with a wine coloured handmade sugar flower and sugar pearls. Hmmm.... come to think of it, I could use a nice glass of red!

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

A whole lot of flourless love


For Clare and Jason's engagement we designed some gorgeous love heart cupcakes to fit in with the pink and silver theme. The couple requested a cake that was luscious and rich but simple enough to please tiny tummies too, so after much discussion we decided on a gorgeous Flourless Chocolate and Hazelnut Mudcake with Vanilla Buttercream frosting decorated with gorgeous embossed pink love hearts and pink sugar sprinkles. These yummy cakes are a real crowd pleaser, big and little kids all love a good chocolate cupcake!

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Cherry Blossom Classic Cupcakes







While most of my designs are very decorative and labour intensive, sometimes you may want a simpler style for possibly a children's birthday party or a low key function. In response to this I have designed a range of 'Classic Cupcakes' that impart the joy of a simple Vanilla Buttercake or White Chocolate mudcake frosted with classic Vanilla Buttercream. These cakes are decorated with sugar shapes, flowers and sprinkles and come in a wide variety of colours. These cupcakes are fun, yummy and still made with quality ingredients that Cherry Blossom customers love,like free range eggs and pure Australian butter.

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Fluffy Nutty Fun


In search of the perfect nutty cupcake I created this fluffy concoction. With the temperature reaching 36 degrees celcius in Melbourne last week I wanted an all white cupcake to remind me of frost and snow. This beauty is a Triple Almond Cupcake filled with Rianna's White 'Nutella' with Meringue Frosting all topped with sugar pearls and torrone. Torrone is a delicious hard, nutty Italian nougat that we usually eat copious quantities of at Christmas. It finished my yummy sticky cupcake with a nutty crunch.

Friday, March 13, 2009

Diamonds and Pearls


I've been working on a Mother's Day cupcake and wanted something very glam, no chrysanthemums and carnations thanks! One of my friends received a diamond for her first Mother's Day (I know, spoilt!!) and it inspired me to design a 'Diamonds and Pearls' themed Mother's Day cupcake that is ladylike but has some bling too. This is a White Chocolate Mud Cupcake with Vanilla and Rosewater Buttercream Frosting decorated with Sugar Diamond and Pearls. I must say it tastes incredible, the perfumy hint of rosewater finishes it off wonderfully.

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Gluten free for Morning Tea




One of my lovely gluten intolerant customers ordered a couple of Cherry Blossom Cupcake boxes to take to a morning tea with the girls. I whipped up her usual favourite, Flourless Orange Cupcakes with Citrus Buttercream Frosting topped with a handmade sugar petunia and also made her a box of Gluten Free Coconut and Raspberry Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting topped with toasted coconut flakes and a handmade sugar daisy. She will definitely be very popular when she turns up with these goodies!

Saturday, February 28, 2009

High tea and cupcakes


One of my dearest friends had a birthday this weekend and is very soon leaving us on a Spanish adventure (yes, a man is involved!) To celebrate I planned a yummy high tea with mini scones, ribbon sandwiches and, of course, cupcakes. Liza put in a special request for chocolate cuppies so I made Double Chocolate Cupcakes stuffed with Strawberry Ganache with Vanilla Buttercream Frosting (thankyou chockylit!) and topped these with handmade sugar flowers and sugar disks that spelled out her name. I also made some very ladylike Vanilla Sponge Cupcakes with Swiss Meringue Buttercream Frosting topped with handmade sugar pearls which were inspired by the gorgeous creations of Kel from sweet treats. Served with a lovely warm pot of Lady Grey tea and it was the perfect afternoon.

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Victorian Bushfire Appeal



When my lovely electrician hubby volunteered his services for bushfire victims I felt a bit useless and wracked my brains for something I could do for the Bushfire Appeal. So I hatched an idea to do a fundraising bake-up and sent out the word that I would bake boxes of yummy cupcakes with all the proceeds to be donated to the Red Cross Victorian Bushfire Appeal. I baked HEAPS and HEAPS of cuppycakes in three flavours

Flourless Orange Cupcakes with Citrus Buttercream Frosting

White Chocolate Mud Cupcakes with Vanilla Buttercream Frosting and

Hummingbird Cupcakes with Maple Syrup Buttercream Frosting.

These have all gone down a treat and I have raised around $600 for the appeal.

On a final note, sorry to those waiting to hear about my Iron Cupcake entry, I have had to postpone entering until next month due to all of the frantic baking for the bushfire appeal.

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Cupcakes for grown ups!


What could be more indulgent and wicked than a Double Chocolate Cupcake? A grown up version, the Double Chocolate Cupcake with Rum Soaked Raisins and Chocolate Fudge frosting. Definitely not for the faint hearted (or children!) this is a sinfully rich chocolate cupcake laced with mouthfuls of moist rummy raisins. Very very yummy and very naughty, these would be perfect for an adults only birthday party or dinner party as the perfect sweet end to the night.

Saturday, January 10, 2009

Ivory and lemon make the wedding from heaven





When my lovely friend Alison asked me if I would make her wedding cupcakes I was both delighted and honoured. I know Alison is an absolute perfectionist so working on these together took a lot of toing and froing (it didn't help that she was in London at the time). With the wedding theme of ivory and lemon in mind, we finally settled on a 5 tier tower of Vanilla Sponge Cupcakes with lemon coloured Swiss Meringue buttercream frosting topped with an array of sugar pearls and Coconut Cloud cupcakes with ivory coloured Swiss Meringue buttercream frosting also topped with sugar pearls. Alison also wanted a traditional wedding cake to top the tower which could be cut in the ceremony so for this we decided on a very simple double chocolate mudcake with ivory fondant icing. The whole stand was decorated with the wedding flowers, gorgeous ivory and lemon lillies.