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Easter Cupcake Tutorial

9 Apr

Today I would like to welcome Kimberley from Bliss Bespoke who is the creator and maker of some utterly gorgeous cakes. I had the pleasure of working with Kimberley on several styled shoots and her designs are simply gorgeous. She will be taking you a step by step tutorial on how to ice some Easter cupcakes. Enjoy!

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Equipment you will need: 

Rolling pin

78mm round cutter

Mini Palette knife

10mm circle cutter

Bunny cutter

Foam balls cut in half

Edible glue or water

Small paint brush

Piece of kitchen towel

Pre-coloured sugar paste

White sugar paste

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Step 1: Making your cut outs

Roll out your coloured sugar paste’s to a thickness of approx 2mm. Use your circle and bunny cutters cut out your shapes. Lift them onto the piece of kitchen towel using your mini palette knife. Be careful at this stage as your sugar paste is very soft and you could lose the shape of your cut outs.

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Step 3: Arrange your cut outs

Roll out a larger piece of coloured sugar paste to a thickness of approx 4mm.

Carefully lift the cut out shapes off the kitchen towel and arrange them on the large piece of sugar paste. Once you have them arranges in your final design, using your rolling pin gently roll over all the cut outs.  Do not press to hard and only use slight pressure at this stage or your design will distort its shape. The cut outs will blend into the base piece of sugar paste. You do not need to use any edible glue or water at this stage. The sugar paste is tacky enough so they stick.

Step 4: Cutting out your final topper

Use your 78mm cutter to cut out a circle making sure your bunny is in the centre of the circle. Sugar paste is soft so can become miss-shaped easily so take your time at this stage. Remove the outer excess sugar paste leaving your perfect circle.

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Step 5: Forming the dome

Place your final cut out circle on to half a foam ball. You will need to smooth the sugar paste on to the foam ball. You do this by placing the half foam ball on your work top and with the palms and outer sides of your hands gently smooth and ease the sugar paste to the foam ball. Try to only use the fleshy broad parts of your hands as using your fingers will leave marks on the sugar paste. Gently is the key at this stage so you do not spoil your design.

Roll a small piece of white sugar paste in your hands for your Bunnies tail and stick in place using edible glue or water.  Leave to dry at room temperature for at least 3 hours.

It’s better to make these the day before and leave then out at room temperature to dry properly.

Easter Cupcake Tutorial

 

Step 6: Constructing your cupcakes

Now your domes Bunny toppers are all made and had a day to dry you’re ready to construct the cupcakes.

Fill a piping bag with your regular butter cream mix and cut a hole in the end approx 2cm. Then pipe a swirl of butter cream from the centre of your cupcake to no closer than 1cm from the edge of the cupcake. Place your bunny dome on top of the butter cream. You can use a piping nozzle in the piping bag but I don’t when making domes cupcakes as you cannot see the butter cream so no need for a fancy design.

For extra decoration add a ribbon to your cupcakes but remember to remove them before letting children eat the cupcakes.

Hints and Tips:

Another name for sugar paste is ready to roll icing, fondant and Regal ice. They are all the same type of icing. It depends which country you come from what you call it. It set firm but not hard and is easy to eat and traditionally what celebration cakes are covered with in the UK.

I make my dome toppers a week ahead of time and once they have been sat on the foam balls for 3 hours they can be removed and places on a flat foam pad. This enables me to re-use the half foam balls for other toppers.

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and if you would like to see more of my cakes then take a look at my website

Supplier List

Rabbit cutter

Circle cutter

78mm cutter

Edible glue

Mini Palette knife

Dome Ball

Sugar paste: white and pre-coloured sugar paste is available in most supermarkets. Or you can buy from here

We hope you enjoyed this cupcake tutorial! If you fancy giving it a go yourself, please let us know. Would love to see your creations.

Melissa

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Confetti & Pink Styled Shoot

25 Mar

Late last year I was asked to provide some of our products for a styled shoot. When I heard the theme was confetti there was no need to convince me any further. As a bit of a confetti lover myself (sort of goes with the job…) I was intrigued to see the end results.

Charlotte Garret, designer and stylist super wizz organised the shoot with a wealth of other fab suppliers including EFC Photography who took all the gorgeous shots. Below are a few photos of some of our products including cake stands, tassel garlands and sugar swizzle sticks.

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Ou lovely Miss Etoile cake stands in lemon. Cakes by the talented Bliss Bespoke.

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This is only a little snapshot of all the images from the shoot. You can go and see all the confetti inspired images and full details via the The Wedding Community Blog.

Enjoy xxx

Credits:

Photography: Bea and Jude of EFC Photography

Styling: Charlotte Garrett and EFC Photography

Cakes and Biscuits: Bliss Bespoke

Cake Stands, Swizzle Sticks and Tissue Paper Garland: The Sweet Hostess

 

Easter Free Printables

25 Mar

Happy Monday everyone! With Easter fast approaching and a very bleak weather outlook I thought I would sprinkle some happiness your way with a couple of gorgeous Easter printables – and best of all they are free!

If you haven’t discovered Itsy Belle yet, its worth checking out her gorgeous Etsy shop with some beautifully designed invitations and party printables. Christy the designer and stylist of Itsy Belle has created some lovely Mr & Mrs Egg head printables. How cute are they?

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To find out how you can download the template to make these gorgeous little egg outfits view her blog here.

Are you planning on having any cupcakes at your Easter celebration? Why not garnish with them with these gorgeous cupcake flags designed by the Tomkatstudio.

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I love all the vibrant colours, so different to the standard pastel shades you often see at Easter. Get step by step instructions on how you can download for FREE here!

Hope this brightens your day a little more.

Melissa xx

Happy Friday and Birthday Cake!

1 Mar

My big baby turned 2 on Monday. Every time I think about this I get a bit teary. I think back to those newborn days and only remember the blissful cuddles; all those sleepless nights are truly forgotten about. It was never that bad right? Anyway we had a little party for him and Berry Hill Bakery (only linked to twitter as she still needs a facebook page or website pronto!) baked the BEST vanilla and chocolate sponge cake. I love the yellow ombre icing, looks amazing doesn’t it? Every week my babe seems to like a different thing so we didn’t really have a theme besides animals, which he loves the most. I created the animal cake toppers and bunting from a sticker book that he had. Simple and easy. Anyway happy Friday to all. Hope you get some cake to enjoy today. xx

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