Swirls and flowers – Tutorial!

I’ve finally had the chance to dedicate more time to my blog and to my love of baking and decorating, so I’ve been spending a bit of time with different colour combinations for cupcake designs. I recently made some french vanilla flavoured cupcakes decorated with vanilla buttercream. I wanted to work more on piping so I did some rose swirls and ordinary swirls and made some purple and yellow toppers.

I did a quick tutorial on how to make these toppers too!

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Roll out your fondant 2mm thickness. Make sure that the fondant is rolled out evenly. I added tylose to the fondant to help dry it out once the flowers are cut.

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Cut out flowers and butterflies using your cutters. Cut out a few spare ones just in case!

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I use egg trays (after its been cleaned) to let my flowers dry and create its shape.

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Roll out little balls using a different colour to that of the flower (I chose yellow) and stick them in the middle of each flower using a bit of water.

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Leave these to dry for a few hours or until they are stiff. Mine took about 2 hours before it was ready to use on my cupcakes.

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For the butterflies, using A4 paper, fold it as above and place butterflies as seen below.

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Once the butterflies and flowers have dried, place them on top of your buttercream swirls.

And the end result: beautiful cupcakes with green swirls and pink flower toppers

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Wedding Reception cupcakes

My brother in law got married a few months ago and they had a reception in Brisbane after the actual wedding ceremony a month before in South Africa. It was a pretty hectic time for everyone since we were preparing to move to Dubai and had to pack up our entire life in less than 3  weeks! But it all came together at the end which was a relief.

Indian weddings are never easy, mostly because there’s always so many things to organise for the days leading up to the wedding and like I mentioned in my previous post, indian weddings can go on for days with different functions including the henna/sangeet (musical) night, family BBQ’s and prayers for the new bride and groom and the weddings are never small. For our wedding, we had almost 550 people and a 3 day function leading up to it!

Anyways, today I wanted to share some photos of the cupcakes we made for my BIL and new SIL reception. The colours for the night were green and gold so we decided to go with those colours for the cupcakes. Since there were going to be around 400 people at the reception, we asked family friends to make some chocolate cupcakes for us which left us with 20o cupcakes to make. It took us between 8am-3pm to finish up these cupcakes including baking time. I used the box mix for my cupcakes as I knew this was an easier/faster way to get these cupcakes made. I baked them, cooled them and made vanilla buttercream. We then made a little production line.

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I had my two sister in laws (Jaaved’s sister and the new bride) help me out.. and yes! we made the new bride work! 😛 but she was insisting.. she has a bit of a baking/decorating obsession I think 😉 I showed my SIL how to pipe swirls on the cupcakes and she piped away (4 boxes of swirls!), I airbrushed them using green and gold, and the new bride decorated them using ready made icing toppers. The decorating time took us around 2 1/2 hours to do. I think it was a splendid job! Good work team! and thanks for the photos 😉

and of course, thank you to dear husband for being the taster.

And here they are:

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Large Rose cake with Stenciling

I recently learnt how to make large flowers (yay!) and I am sort of obsessed! I’ve made over 10 roses in the last few days and the more I make them, the better they start looking. I decided to make good use of the roses so I baked, filled and covered a chocolate cake with fondant, stenciled a floral design around the cake with luster dust (works a treat!) and made little fondant balls to go around the bottom of the cake. I placed the roses on top using toothpicks to keep them in place and well, it could pass as a small wedding cake 😉

Speaking of weddings, my younger sister is getting married next year and my brain has been working over time thinking about all the different types of cakes, biscuits and cupcakes we could make for the functions leading up to the wedding (for those that aren’t aware, Indian weddings are big and go on for a few days :O)

Now that I have more time to dedicate to my blog, I’m hoping to ‘trial’ some of my ideas and will post updates soon.

In the meantime, here are some pictures of my latest work.

Happy Baking!

P.S – Razia from Cake creations by Razia showed me a tutorial on how to make these flowers. She’s recently started her own cake business and she’s extremely talented! Check out her cakes here.

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First cupcakes in Dubai

Like I mentioned in my previous post, we moved to Dubai recently and as soon as my decorating tools were sent over, I got started on some cupcakes.

I used a moist vanilla cupcakes, and swirled it with buttercream two toned colors in bright pink and orange. I then made my favourite flower toppers (tutorial here) and placed these on top! I used Wilton gel colours, which in my opinion are the best to colour fondant and buttercream. The intensity in the colours give cupcakes that beautiful finish.

Enjoy!

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A quick update

So, its been a while.. :S  and lots been happening!

We moved to Dubai a couple of months as dear husband was offered work here. Its been an experience so far trying to adjust to a new place, new people and well, new everything, but so far so good!

I got all my cake decorating tools sent over and they finally arrived a couple of weeks ago and I couldn’t wait to get started on some projects! Since I’m not working, I have a bit more time to spend on my blog and hopefully bring some new tutorials to all my readers. Stay tuned!

These cupcakes are the most recent ones I made to distribute to people/families in our area to welcome the month of Ramadhan. These are chocolate cupcakes with vanilla bean icing. Nom! The roses are ready made decorations from my collection I bought on our recent trip to South Africa.

Enjoy!

 

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