Monday, 4 April 2011

Busy, busy, busy

Strawberry Cupcakes
What a busy week we had last week, not that I'm complaining.  We've had orders for cupcakes, Mother's Day cakes and a wedding cake to do.  These strawberry cupcakes are proving to be quite popular and we'll soon be able to go and pick our own strawberries from the local farm, while you can get strawberries all year round, they are at their best during the summer months.  The buttercream is made with real strawberries, crushed through a sieve, to add a hint of strawberry flavour and to give it that lovely pink colour flecked with tiny pieces of strawberry.  The finishing touch is simply a whole strawberry dipped in white chocolate.

Whippy Cupcakes & Strawberry Cupcakes
 Another popular flavour we do is the Whippy, inspired by the 99 ice cream.  A vanilla sponge topped with piped swirled vanilla buttercream, a few chocolate strands and the all important Cadbury Flake.

Plain white wedding cake, with ribbon decoration
 We had a 3 tier wedding cake to do, with different flavour cakes, the bottom tier is vanilla sponge with raspberry jam and buttercream filling, the second tier is chocolate with chocolate buttercream filling and the top tier is fruit cake.  This cake was being decorated by the bride so we just had to provide the cake, we added a white satin ribbon trim which could be removed easily if not needed, but we felt it needed it to add a little something, it looked a little too plain!  I took a few photos with coloured ribbon and an artificial flower to make the photo a bit more interesting. 

Personalised assorted cupcakes, vanilla, chocolate, strawberry and lemon
These cupcakes were personalised to say thanks Amanda and we had to make a variety of flavours and designs.  We went for vanilla sponge and topped with lilac vanilla buttercreram, chocolate ganache, strawberry, and a lemon cupcake with a lemon curd filling and lemon curd buttercream.  The purple flowers and discs are made from white sugar paste and dusted with purple lustre dust and royal icing piped design and message.  What better way to say thank you than with cupcakes?

Our triple chocolate cake never fails to disappoint and we were asked to make one for Mother's Day, I decorated it simply with a few wafer daisies and some white chocolate piped decoration and message.
Mother's Day Cupcakes
These pretty cupcakes were for a Mother's Day order we had.  The lilac ones are vanilla with sugar sprinkles and a wafer flower, the yellow ones are lemon curd buttercream with a lemon curd filling and covered with pink sugar sprinkles, and the pink ones are filled with raspberry jam, topped with vanilla buttercream and covered in lots of tiny sprinkles and decorated with small sugar paste flowers.  I made a batch of these sugar paste flowers in advance so they would dry harder, that way they are easier to handle when sticking them to the cake, rather than accidently squishing them.  I mixed up a little pale yellow icing to pipe in the centre of the flowers to give them more detail.

We liked these so much we made more to give to our mums on Mother's Day too.  They went down a treat.

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