Easter fun – baking cupcakes and decorating them in a Easter theme

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On Tuesday night I should have been straight into the house from work and embarking on a painting mission then at the laptop updating my ideas library.  This however was not quite how the night panned out!  I came home feeling rather tired and lacking energy, so comfy clothes went on, painting was ignored and I had a desire to make Easter cupcakes.

I got to try out my new orange silicone cupcake cases which worked fantastically and i did a range of sizes of cupcake as I needed to use some cases up.  Whilst they were baking I pulled out everything that could be used for decorating them from the cupboards.

Easter cupcakes

I went for nest eggs using crushed up flake pieces with mini eggs placed in the middle.  I also crushed up more flake and sprinkled the flakes round some carrots made from fondant .  Daffodils made from fondant and some grass effect using the technique of pushing fondant through a sieve with more mini eggs in the middle.  Fun to make and fun to eat!!

I mainly used items I already had in my cupboards.  I had some pink buttercream that I used up, some coloured pieces of fondant ready for modelling and took a trip to the supermarket to get some flakes and mini eggs.  If you don’t have any fondant in the house you can buy fab decorating kits at some supermarkets which include coloured ready to roll icing and coloured icing pens

Have a search on the Internet for further ideas if you want then get to having fun in the kitchen at Easter.

fun with shaped cakes

Baking shaped cakes is a lot of fun, especially when using a silicone tin, you bake it, pop it out and hey presto you have a cake in the shape of a donut or star and no carving required – magic!

Lou Lou is my main influence with shaped tins as she has purchased a donut silicone tin, a giant cookie silicone tin and she is the master of giant cupcakes from a silicone giant cup cake tin.  Lou Lou was also the one to buy me my star-shaped tin which is made from aluminium and has 5 points and produces the perfect star.  Without Lou I wouldn’t be having all this fun with shaped tins and I would be spending hours carving cake away, feeling the pain at all the wasted cake!

The gallery shows lots of baking by either myself or Lou Lou, with others involved as Ben did the amazing cookie cake (it’s the best one out of the cookie cakes!), one was made at Lorraine and Jon’s house, Dewey has been involved – group cake baking yeay!!  It just adds to the fun!

I have done most of these cakes just for fun.  Some were to eat ourselves yeay, others were gifts to people to say thanks or goodbye and the donut cakes are mainly due to me acquiring a donut cake baking addiction!  I have borrowed the tin from Lou and I need to get it back to her and out the house.  I currently have one in the kitchen waiting to be decorated – this one will be coated in chocolate genache with chocolate filling.  I also really want to make one with jam in the middle and sugar-coated – the mission, if anyone is willing to accept, is to eat the whole donut cake without licking your lips!!

I have seen other shaped tins that would be fab – a butterfly, a flower, a giant rose,  a castle and a beehive to name only a few!

Cupcakes – I am still unclear on how I feel about them!!

A friend at work asked if I could do some cupcakes for her daughter’s birthday and despite the request and how I may feel about cupcakes, I hear the words ‘yes course I can’ come out of my mouth.  Cupcakes hey….. still not sure on where I stand with them!!

The design was simple lots of pink.  The first part of making the cupcakes was looking at boxes and cupcake cases, this part was fun!  I haven’t spent much time looking at options for different coloured and patterned cases, and then I saw you could get matching boxes with cupcake holders in them – brilliant!  I love placing my orders with cake stuff.com and normally it is made up of mostly boxes and lids for cakes to go in, with the odd little treat for myself.  This time my treat was purple glitter and new daisy plunger set and my boxes included new designs and shapes.

Next stage of cupcakes is to make them.  My friend Lou Lou is a bit of a master with cupcakes and a piping bag full of buttercream.  She advised me early on to ensure I use decent cupcake cases which are slightly larger than the ones you can often get in the supermarket, but not quite as large as muffin cases.  They are also stronger and keep their shape better, especially if you place them in a muffin baking tray.  So far so good.

Final stage is decorating and this is the stage I am not too keen on!  I find that my piping bags seem to split a lot, regardless of how full they are or how I hold them and squeeze them.  There is also the fun of colouring the buttercream as the final shade depends on a lot of factors – amount of colouring used, type of butter used, temperature in the room at the time …..  Then you have different nozzles for different techniques and patterns, and if this wasnt enough you have to then repeat your decoration a number of times.  If you are simply doing swirls then this is not too repetitive, however if you are modelling or decorating them in a theme or with some detail then this can be extremely time-consuming.  Give me 1 large cake to decorate over cupcakes anytime!!

I was really happy with the cupcakes when they were done and I hope Emily had a fantastic birthday party.  I gave them my cupcake stand too so they could display them on the table with the food.

I am still however, not sure if I am a fan of cupcakes!  I love eating them and I will happily make them for anyone that asks, I just don’t think I would choose to make them.  I also may have a panic attack if anyone asked for them to be done for their wedding cake!!