Thursday, 29 July 2010

True Blood Cupcakes

Well, I have had an extremely geeky day today (more so than usual). I made gluten free True Blood themed cupcakes (entirely for my own geeky pleasure) and then served them up dressed as Sookie just to reinforce the fact that I AM A GEEK!

But, I totally loved my cupcakes and the result.

Happy Cupcaking :)

Tuesday, 27 July 2010

Vamp Themed Cupcake Goodness

This little cupcake project is entirely for my benefit. I want to practice a bit with writing using royal icing and I just got a new nozzle so what better way to celebrate by amalgamating two of my favourite things (yes, I know I did it already with books & cupcakes but I love these too). And so commences the Vampire Themed Cupcake project.

Here is a sneaky peek of some True Blood fondant logos. I'm quite proud of the Tru Blood bottle logo - that was a toughy!!

Stay tuned for more!!

Saturday, 24 July 2010

Garden Cupcakes

I got an order on Wednesday that I was very excited about doing, they asked for some garden/gardening themed cupcakes for a garden party they were having tonight. I couldn't wait to get gardening with my cupcake materials!! I'm really pleased with the results and the client was too. Thought I'd share some photos with you.

And a couple of close ups:

Thanks Marina and Derek for a fun theme and have a good party!

Finally, just thought I'd put a face to the name. Here I am, about to make a delivery in my awesome cupcake dress. Remember, throughout August if you refer a friend you get a free cupcake with your next order and they get a free cupcake with their order :)

Happy Cupcaking xx

Thursday, 15 July 2010

I am still here and still baking!!

Sorry it's been a while since my last update, things have been getting manic with trying to get my business going and then also working in 2 schools (one primary,one music!) during the week. BUT fear not! I am still here and still baking. A couple of weeks a go I tried out some gorgeous devils food cupcakes and the result was indeed divine...which brings me to my two ranges of Cupcake flavours. I am selling 'Classic' cupcakes and 'Divine' cupcakes. I have updated my website which you can check out at . I am based in St Albans but deliver all around Hertfordshire and the surrounding areas (where a small delivery charge will apply). So please check out my website and tell your friends. I am going to be doing a cupcake giveaway at 1000 fans on facebook so if you're not a fan already please become one!

Here's a photo of my devils food cupcakes with chocolate fudge frosting.

And a selection of my Classic Chocolate and Vanilla cupcakes

Sunday, 4 July 2010

My Guest Post for 'Touching From a Distance' - Cupcakin and Book learnin'

This was my first blog post on cupcaking and I wrote it for . It features my recipe for Vanilla Cupcakes.

When I was asked to write a guest blog post for TFAD on the connection between cupcakes and literature I admit I wasn’t sure which direction to go in. Yet after the overwhelming response I received on twitter after posting my ‘Cupcakes for Bookworms’ the link seems obvious. What better way to pass a Sunday afternoon than sitting down with your favourite book, beverage and cupcake? No longer are we constrained to a boring biscuit to go with our cuppa and copy of Wuthering Heights, but we can express our creativity and love of books through other means. Cupcakes are the new yo-yo’s, tamagotchis, the new little black dress and everyone wants one. Wedding cakes have turned into elegant cupcake displays and no party is complete without a triumphant tower of cupcakes. This is what gave me the inspiration to amalgamate the two things I love most, cupcaking and book learnin’. And this was the result:

Cupcakes for Bookworms by ~peeka85 on deviantART

Now all I can think about is what else I can put on a cupcake or turn into a cupcake. Cupcake mania has indeed taken over. And I would like to share with you some of my favourite pieces of cupcake art:

Bloody Pumpkin Cupcakes by =Sliceofcake on deviantART

PacmanCupcakes. by ~RebeccaRoseBrine on deviantART

Super Cupcakes by ~babbit-chan on deviantART

Pansy Pots by ~Verusca on deviantART

And if you’d like to try out your own cupcakes, here’s my easy all in one recipe for Vanilla Cupcakes, this makes between 18 and 24 cupcakes depending on how big you make them (because let’s face it, you can never have enough cupcakes) but the recipe can easily be halved.

225g Self Raising Flour (sieved)
210g Caster Sugar
210g Butter or Margarine (I use Stork)
4 Large Eggs (6 small eggs)
2 tsps Baking Powder
1 tbsp Corn Flour
2 tsps Vanilla Essence

Preheat the oven to 170 degrees centigrade. Put all the ingredients in a bowl and beat until a smooth consistency. The mixture should slowly drop off the spoon into a peak. Divide evenly into cake cases or muffin cases (I prefer muffin cases) making sure they are filled about 2/3 of the way full in order to get a nice rounded cake. Cook for approx 18 - 20 minutes (oven times my vary). You can test they are done by inserting a toothpick, if the toothpick comes out clean it is done. The cake should spring back when touched.

And now you’re ready to decorate with buttercream. I use 140g of Icing sugar and 140g butter but you can change this to suit your own taste depending on how sweet you want it.

Happy Cupcaking!