Thursday, September 3, 2009

Violet Cupcakes

My cousin asked me to bake her 12 cupcakes as a birthday gift for a friend's mother, but I had no idea if she'd prefer chocolate or vanilla - so I 12 of each! :)

Getting packed into my cupcake courier - I love seeing so many cupcakes all looking alike!

Chocolate on top, vanilla underneath - ready to go!

Friday, August 21, 2009

Cream Cheese Frosting

Cream Cheese Frosting
A big thank you to Perth Shoegirl (Vogue Forums) for this yummy recipe!

125g cream cheese
30g unsalted butter
1.5 cups sifted icing sugar
1 tspn hot water

Beat cream cheese and butter til smooth, add icing sugar and beat for 2 minutes; then you add the teaspoon of hot water.

My Version
I can never stick to a recipe, so I changed it and this is how I made it:

125g Philly cream cheese - I used full fat, but will try it again with Light and Extra Light
30g margarine - Meadow Lea light
2 cups unsifted icing sugar - I'm too lazy to sift

Beat cream cheese and butter til smooth, add icing sugar and beat for 2 minutes. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour.

Add spoon, and eat entire contents of mixing bowl ;) (yes, it's that yummy!)

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Lime & Coconut Cupcakes

Coconut and vanilla cupcakes, topped with a delicious lime buttercream and sprinkled with shredded coconut.

In one word: YUM

If you haven't tried lime buttercream, I suggest you do - you only need a tiny amount (which is why I didn't do big swirls of frosting) as it has a strong flavour. Very Summery :)

Baby Shower Cupcakes

Well my little man has finally 'finished baking'! Lachlan entered the world on the 20th June 2009, and he is 2 months old (yesterday). For his 1 month "birthday", my friends and I had Sunday lunch at The Mean Fiddler to celebrate and I made these cupcakes. Unfortunately, having a tired new-mummy brain I forgot to bring them to the lunch! I had one for dessert that night instead, and it was delicious :)

Vanilla cupcakes with blue vanilla buttercream

Topped with mini silver cachous - I love decorating with these!

I know I had a little boy, but I can't help but add some girly touches to my cupcakes ;)

Updating will be a little slow as I don't have as much time on my hands anymore, but I have a couple of birthdays coming up so I'll hopefully be baking some more yummy treats soon!

Friday, June 19, 2009

TAFE Cupcakes

I made these cupcakes for my cousin's TAFE class:

Vanilla cupcakes with chocolate buttercream and mini M&Ms - they smelt divine!

Vanilla cupcakes with vanilla buttercream and mini marshmallows - so girly ;)

Pregnancy update: 9 days to go! xox

Saturday, May 30, 2009

Lego Birthday Cake

Sorry for the lack of updates - we've had workmen in our house replacing flooring and re-carpeting, and I'm now 36 weeks pregnant so I haven't had much time to make cupcakes.

Lego Birthday Cake for my friend's 25th birthday - he used to love Lego as a kid ;)

The bottom layer is Betty Crocker Devil's Food chocolate cake, and the top layer is Betty Crocker vanilla cake (tinted bright Lego colours - red, blue, green and yellow). The frosting is 2 sachets of Betty Crocker chocolate frosting, with about 3 cups of icing sugar and some light cream added - it's delicious!!

Two workmen covering the last Lego brick with frosting ;)

Sweeping up the sprinkles

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Fondant Babies

I attempted my first ever 3D figures using fondant today - little baby boys!

I made these as a trial for my baby shower cupcakes, but they're so cute I don't think I could eat them :O

Monday, May 11, 2009

Boy's Cupcakes

Cupcakes for boys! Vanilla cupcakes topped with Golden Yellow buttercream, fondant shapes & coconut

The fondant shapes are coloured with Royal Blue and Kelly Green

I made the fondant shapes yesterday afternoon and allowed them to air dry overnight

I love the look of the coconut cupcakes sneaking in the frame on the left - yummy!

Mother's Day Cupcakes

Vanilla cupcakes topped with burgundy vanilla buttercream and silver cachous ("silver balls")

I love how pretty the swirls turned out on these :)

Vanilla cupcakes topped with vanilla buttercream, a very wonky burgundy flower and pink sugar crystals

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Pink Rose Cupcake Tutorial

You will need:
- Butter icing
- Wilton gel paste Pink
- Wilton gel paste Rose
- Wilton piping tip 2D
- Piping bag (Multix disposable piping bags are handy)
- Green fondant leaves (tutorial coming soon - or use spearmint leaf lollies)
- Silver balls (cachous/dragees)
- Pink cupcake cases
- Butter knife or small spatula
- Two bowls

Cook your cupcakes and allow them to cool completely (best if the tops of the cupcakes don't rise over the top of the cupcake case line). Divide the butter icing into two bowls, and tint one Pink and the other Rose.

Using a butter knife place a good size blob of Pink icing in the middle of your cupcake, and then slowly spread it from the centre out to the edges. After each spread wipe the excess icing off the knife back into the bowl. Spread it nice and flat and make sure you spread it gently into the ruffles of the cupcake cases so you cannot see any of the cupcake underneath.

Fill your piping bag with the Rose icing and slowly pipe a small swirl in the middle of each cupcake using the 2D tip.

Pop a silver ball on top of each swirl, and place two leaves at the base.

TAH DAH! Now you have a pretty little rose cupcake :) You can change the colour from pink to any colour you like.

Butter Icing Recipe

You will need:
- 500g packet of icing sugar
- 100g margarine (I use Meadowlea Extra Light)

Add the icing sugar to the margarine/butter 100g or 1 cup at a time and cream with a spoon until fully combined. Keep creaming for a few minutes until the icing is smooth and paler. Now you're ready to either use it on a cake, add colour or eat it with a spoon! ;)

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Butterfly Cupcakes

Vanilla cupcakes topped with vanilla butter icing and a fondant butterfly

How yummy does this look??

I used Wilton Rose for the swirls (my new favourite colour I'd say)

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Rainbow Cupcakes

How cute are these cupcakes??

I made a simple vanilla cake batter (from scratch :O ) and divided it into 5 little bowls to colour.

Split open so you can see the gorgeous colours inside - I don't even want to ice these! (I can't anyway, I've run out of icing sugar *hangs head in shame*)

This is my favourite photo :) I love how vibrant the colours turned out! The colours I used are Rose Pink, Sky Blue, Kelly Green, Golden Yellow and Violet.

Another order arrived!

I love getting mail :)

An order arrived today and it contained:
Wilton piping tips 18, 1A, 8B, 1, 3, and 224; Wilton colour pastes Rose, Rose Petal and Sky Blue; 2mm silver cachous (so pretty!); and a FMM alphabet cutter set.

I'm not that impressed with the alphabet cutter set - I wish I'd purchased a metal cutter set instead, but I'll give it a go.

The Wilton tips 1A and 8B are HUGE! I can't wait to try them out! Looks like Mum will be getting a variety of cupcakes for Mother's Day ;)

Monday, May 4, 2009

Strawberry and Chocolate Cupcakes

I decided to give my new mini cupcake pan a play today and whipped up a batch of strawberry cupcakes (tinted red).

I tried out two different types of cases, and I think I prefer the red cases over the gold.

My icing was a little bit flat because I added too much milk, and had run out of icing sugar to thicken it back up (shocking, I know!)

Monday, April 27, 2009

Sugar Flower Cupcakes

Blue vanilla cupcakes topped with vanilla buttercream, blue sugar flowers and green fondant leaves

Pink vanilla cupcakes topped with vanilla buttercream, pink sugar flowers and green fondant leaves

These were made to take in to work tomorrow as well as 1 dozen of my new favourite cupcakes - walnut cupcakes! I haven't been in for a few months due to my pregnancy, so I thought I'd pop in and say hi to everyone and spoil them with some sweet treats :)

Oreo Cupcakes and Walnut Cupcakes

Cupcakes for ANZAC day:

Oreo cupcakes topped with vanilla buttercream and an Oreo cookie

Walnut cupcakes topped with vanilla buttercream and chopped walnuts - my favourite flavour so far! YUM!

Sitting in the cupcake courier

Someone already pinched one of the Oreo cupcakes so I filled the space with an Oreo cookie ;)

Saturday, April 25, 2009

Butterfly Garden

Pink vanilla cupcake and vanilla buttercream, topped with a pink sugar flower, green fondant leaves and pink fondant butterflies.

I had extra pink batter left over so I made this cupcake for my Mum :)

Sugar Crystal Cupcakes

Coloured vanilla cupcakes with matching coloured sugar crystals - delicious! :)

Pink cupcakes with pink sugar crystals

Lemon yellow cupcakes with yellow sugar crystals

Violet cupcakes with purple sugar crystals (they look brighter in real life)

Teal cupcakes with blue sugar crystals

Sitting in the cupcake courier

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Vanilla and Chocolate Buttercream

Vanilla cupcakes topped with chocolate buttercream and pink sprinkles - YUM!

Vanilla cupcakes topped with chocolate buttercream and white sprinkles

Vanilla cupcakes topped with chocolate buttercream and pink fondant flowers - these tasted delicious with the chocolate buttercream :)

Saturday, April 18, 2009

Chocolate and Vanilla Buttercream

Chocolate cupcake topped with pink vanilla buttercream - there are sprinkles in the batter again :)

I rushed these last night for brunch today so the cupcake cases were 'slightly' overfilled ;) woops

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Vanilla and Vanilla Buttercream

Colour: Violet with pink, white and yellow sprinkles

There are rainbow sprinkles inside the cake batter :)

Colour: Teal with rainbow sprinkles

Yum! I couldn't resist eating a teal cupcake after this photo

Colour: Lemon Yellow with blue sugar crystals

I am totally in love with the Wilton colours - I highly recommend them!

Sitting sweetly in the cupcake courier.. before we started eating them ;)

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