March 24, 2010
This post has been specially written for my friend Dee and for her lovely future daughter-in-law. To my regular blogging pals, please feel free to read if you want to however this is a one-off departure to my normal posting.
Hi Dee and hi Alysia. Sorry "A" for most likely misspelling your name. There are so many variations to Alysia so be sure to correct me, won't you.
I had a real throw together Dee, and experimented on these cupcakes today. Baking the cupcakes are easy. I used paper cups that I already had but you can choose heaps of varieties, plain if you like or different colours are available. I use 1 whole egg and 1 egg white instead of two whole eggs. This makes the cake somewhat 'whiter' in colour.
I made a basic vanilla buttercream (recipe as made by professionals) and it turned out very well. You can have your cupcakes, mounded up high with different kinds of swirls and patterns. Or you can have them flat. I simply decorated with some chocolate buttons already in the cupboard just to give you an example. There are stacks of ideas and options. You just need to be creative and know what you want.
I am not prepared to make anything with fondant, (that is the smooth, rolled out white icing). I told you I am not a cake decorator but I am happy to make anything basic if you are happy with something simple and unfussy. These few examples are just what I did on the spur of the moment. You can have any colour you like.
I noticed heaps of cake motifs, sprinkles, coloured sugars and stacks more in the cupcake store in Southport yesterday. I sprinkled these cupcakes with 'crystal gold', its like a glitter dusting and adds a nice sheen to the cupcake.
Anyhow have a little perusal and if you don't like any of them thats just fine dear. I would have dropped them up to your place but didnt know what time you come home these days and I really didnt want to go back out again. Besides, the important thing is that Alysia sees them so this idea of the computer was a good one I suppose. I have just come from the bakery. I get a sack of free bread for our poor old horse. He has hardly any teeth left so he needs some soft bread to get by these days. We are having a crazy time with animals lately. Poor tony the horse is over thirty years old and can hardly eat. Poor Rosie is over sixteen and cannot hear. She never barks anymore so you are safe to come in these days. She bit Kim once you know. Drew blood and all. Our kangaroo is cranky and thumping around the place because we are rearing a three week old calf who want to make friends with her but the roo doesnt want a bar of the calf. And to top it off the calf comes up and starts sucking on my leg because she thinks Im mummy. Why on earth am I telling you all this. Look at the bloody cakes and let me know if you are interested. Seriously. Its okay if you dont want anything so please dont say yes if this is not what Alysia is after. Talk soon. Love Mariana.
The little speckles you may see in the buttercream are little seeds from a vanilla pod. It adds a 'real' vanilla taste. It got the thumbs up from Nicole.
Remember these are just examples. Personally I think it would be best if you had just a one or two coloured theme. Maybe with a heart or two on top.