September 30, 2011

Hot Pink

I had a ton of hot pink fondant left over from my Princess cake a while back, and I was getting tired of it taking up space in my cupboard. So I decided to use it up with the remainder of my Black fondant.
This was my result.

I wasn't entirely happy with it, but it was a quick job. I think I spent about an hour doing this.
I am definitely not a fan of the Duff Goldman Fondant.. that stuff may taste better than Wilton, but it is way too soft for working.

September 25, 2011

Cupcake Bouquet

I was looking for something fun to do with cupcakes, and I came across this idea online and thought it would be neat to try. It was pretty simple too, which is nice.
It starts with a regular plant pot, and a half sphere of a floral ball. Then the cupcakes. These are attached to the ball using toothpicks. Originally I tried the toothpicks at the horizontal plane, but the cupcakes fell off every single time. So I turned them to sit vertically and this seemed to make the difference. It wasn't 100% sturdy, but it worked.

I then added a little bit of green leaves to it to fill in the gaps a bit and to make it look more like a plant.
These were a big hit with the recipients:)

September 17, 2011

Spoookkky Cupcakes

Part of my job teaching the Wilton Courses is I get to offer fun Project Classes to anyone and everyone interested. It's a great way to add a bit more income into my bank account, and it only takes one - 2 hour course usually to do, as opposed to the 2 hour - 4 week block Courses we offer every month. I love project classes. It's so much fun to spend the class watching people learn a few new skills and have a great time while doing it. Plus a lot of the project classes are offered to children 8 and older, so they can get in on the fun as well.

Next weekend I am teaching a Cupcakes Class. This is usually a class where the students learn basic decorating techniques for cupcakes. However this time, I am making my class Thanksgiving/Halloween themed. So I have been scouring the internet, and my cupcake books for ideas on what I can teach my class. Simple things that they can learn in the two hours, plus easy enough that everyone can do without much effort.

So I decided to play around with the ideas I found and practice them myself...

Kind of cute, aren't they?

A close up shot of them:

I was having a lot of fun playing around with these, and my three year old was enjoying standing next to me, eating my spare candies and licking the icing that fell onto the counter top:)

So here is how they were done:

Upright Ghost: Ice cupcake. Stick lollipop into the center. Cover lollipop with a thin sheet of white fondant. Add black eyes using gel or icing.
Spider Web: Ice Cupcake in white, add black circles. Take toothpick and lightly drag into the center (or out from the center)
Monster: Using tip 18, Do pull out stars all around. Add Smarties for eyes, Break half a oreo cookie (or thin wafer cookie). Add icing for mouth, or pipe white teeth.
Owl: Ice Cupcake. Open up two Oreo cookies. Place Smartie/Reese Pieces on top. One on the side for nose.
Pumpkin: Using tip 12, start at the top and pipe down the side, moving back up in one motion. Ice whole cupcake. Using tip 67 add small leaf at the top. Using tip 2 with black. Pipe in eyes and mouth.
Turkey: Ice Cupcake. Mound a bit of icing on backside to allow for candy corns to rest in it. Add Candy Corns. Using tip 12 mound the body upright, add small head. Using tip 2 in red add a small dribble for the giblet
Spider: Ice cupcake. Using tip 12 in black mound the icing for the body, and smaller mound for the head. Using tip 2 add legs. Add eyes.
Small Ghost: Ice Cupcake. using white ising, throw the icing into the microwave for 10 seconds to melt. Put into bag and pipe out ghost design. Fill in with remaining icing. Add eyes.
Mummy: Using tip 47, serrated edge down, pipe random lines around cupcake for bandages. Add eyes.

Have fun with these!!