Thursday, July 29, 2010

Truffles and Ruffles







I don't know about you but I am mightily partial to a dark chocolate truffle. Very often my shopping expeditions include a stealthy visit to Koko Black for one or two treats of melt-in-the-mouth chocolate goodness. I decided to design a chocolate truffle inspired cupcake for an adults only birthday party I was asked to supply cakes for. The resultant cakes are dark and chocolatey, mildly spiked with coffee liquer to give them a real grown up flavour. These are Dark Chocolate Truffle Cupcakes with 70% Cocoa Chocolate Buttercream Frosting and decorated with handmade sugar peonies and white chocolate lattices.

Friday, July 23, 2010

Southern Belle Cupcakes



These cupcakes were a creation for a wonderful friend of mine who was holding a fundraiser high tea. She wanted something deliciously girly and frivolous to have displayed on three tiered stands with finger sandwiches and scones. We decided something light and citrusy (I know that's probably not a word but it's the best I can do!) to complement the Lady Grey Tea and champagne she was serving as drinks. I love lemon chiffon cake,which for some reason always reminds me of a Southern American Belle in a Gone With the Wind style gown, with its billowing frothiness and lightness. I decided it would work perfectly in cupcake form for the event. These are Lemon and Orange Chiffon Cupcakes with Citrus Buttercream frosting decorated with handmade sugar flowers and sprinkles. The fundraiser was a huge success and the cupcakes were all gone in a fiddle-dee-dee!