Decorating cupcakes is somewhat time consuming, rather messy and copious amounts of fun. Wayne even got involved and made his own creation which I termed the "carnival cupcake". Much fun was had by all :)
This has got to be my favourite book this year. It’s not really an A to Z recipe book, but rather a book of inspiration. Each page is filled with beautiful and exceptionally clever ideas on decorating cupcakes. Of course, it does have the practical stuff in the back, like the recipes for various cakes and icings (or frosting as the American’s like to call it).
What really stood out for me was that they have moved, not entirely mind you, away from the traditional sugar-paste flowers as decorations; opting instead to use a variety of sweets, sugars and other paraphernalia to create patterns, flowers and assorted cupcake jewels.
If you are a lover of baking and cupcake decorating you absolutely must buy this inspirational book with its wonderful works of art on each page.
I'm really please with my first set (ever) of sugar paste flowers. Granted, they are all cut outs, but for the one, but that really doesn't bother me. I'm still very pleased with the result. I'm especially pleased with the way the pink has come out. I was worried that I was going to end up with horrid neon-pink flowers. The secret to getting just the right amount of colour into the sugar paste (or plastic icing) is by dipping a toothpick into the food colouring and then wiping that onto the piece of icing and then working it in until you get the right colour.
I did get a little fancy with the spices with one of the flowers. I'm hoping that when it's dry it will look beautiful. If not, oh well... back to the drawing board :P
My painted flower :)
Yes, I know, they're pretty much "template" flowers... but hey, I did mix and match the colours!
I love discovering new little shops and one very special little shop has popped up in the town that I live in. It’s called The Book Boutique, and is filled with wonderful little treasures from exquisite books to over-sized meringues. I picked up two books during my visit to the store on Saturday which consisted of The Australian Woman’s Weekly – the 12 days of Christmas recipe book and The Australian Woman’s Weekly – macaroons & biscuits recipe book. Both were R80 each, which by South African standards isn’t a bad price to pay for a decent recipe book.
Of the two my favourite is definitely the biscuit book; however that really is because I’m on a bit of a baking mission at the moment.
The Macaroons & Biscuits book is filled with wonderful recipes like honey jumbles, chocolate chunk and raspberry cookies, peanut praline cookies, melting moments and a wide variety of biscotti. However, the gems of the book are most definitely the macaroons which come in all sorts of flavours including (but not limited to) raspberry, honey almond, caramel pecan and orange almond.
I’m quite excited about my purchases and hopefully will be putting up a “They’re a Success” post in the very near future.