Monday, September 26, 2011
These are the macarons from my daughters christening dessert table. They were vanilla with buttercream filling. I prefer the buttercream filling over the ganache filling for macarons as it makes its a lighter dessert...so you can have more :)
Thursday, September 22, 2011
Wow! This was the first big project I had since coming out of baking hibernation during the past two years. So much fun...
For my daughters christening I decided to create a dessert table. I made a cupcake tower, baked vanilla macarons, cakepops, salted caramel brownies and cookies. On top of all that I filled 4 lolly jars with goodies and custom wrapped juices to match the pink theme.
It was a huge hit at the reception! It was cleared in minutes! My only disappointment was the table supplied was too small and I felt all the elements were too squashed.
My cousin recently gave birth to a beautiful baby boy and during her baby shower I surprised her with 12 cupcakes. The decoration was inspired by the card I bought her.
My adorable daughter turned 1 over the weekend and I made this sweet cupcake cake for her. It is a chocolate cake iced with vanilla cream cheese frosting. The base of the cake is covered in dark chocolate. Decorations are piped chocolate butterflies.
Wednesday, September 21, 2011
As a beginner cake decorator years ago I wasn't sure what cutters I needed for my projects. I didn't want to buy every cutter available at the shop so I decided to buy the cutter set which included all different shapes in different sizes (pictured above).
This has been my greatest purchase! This cutter set has served me well over the years and it's safe to say that I have used this cutter set almost with every creation I've done to date.
From creating clouds, trains, eyes, legoman hands, dorothy the dinosaur, santa claus to creating characters from Ben 10...this cutter set is a cake decorators best friend!
If you are starting out in cake decorating, I really recommend this cutter set as you can use it to create just about anything.
You can find this cutter set in most cake decorating shops between $10-$15
I get a lot of questions about my cupcake stands. I made these myself as I was not able to afford the perspex stands when I started out baking.
These are made out of cake boards in different sizes, pre cut PVC pipe (10cm height) I bought from the hardware store and all are glued together by really strong super glue.
I also use double sided tape to decorate each tier with ribbon to match the colour theme of the cupcakes.
It costs less than $20 to make them, depending on the number of tiers. The most expensive element is the PVC piping. I chose the PVC pipe as I needed something wide to support each tier.
The stands are fun to make and it does the job!
Tuesday, September 20, 2011
Time to dust off the cobwebs...The Little Cupcakery is out of maternity leave. Yes, I have been AWOL for a while...a couple of years in fact but I have been busy in more ways than one.
The good news is I am starting to get back into baking lots of goodies again which means more posts to come. I've also updated the blog design so I hope you all like it.
One of my last posts I mentioned there was some good news that I was waiting for...anyway it did come to fruition and I am proud to say that my cupcakes have been chosen to feature in the latest Sandra Salamony and Gina Brown book "1000 ideas for decorating cupcakes, cookies and cakes"
16 of my cupcake creations are in the book...most of my early work. It's an amazing feeling to be part of this book. A dream come true!