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!