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Red and black cupcakes

26 Aug

Black and red cupcakes


These cupcakes were for my sister-in-law’s birthday.

The red and black colouring nearly killed me.  I used a couple of bottles of gel colour, as well as at least one or two bottles of liquid colouring, for both the cakes and icing.  I based the black cakes on chocolate Betty Crocker cake mix and tub of icing, and the red ones on vanilla Betty Crocker cake mix and tub of icing.

Even using the gel, I never got a true black in either the cakes or icing.

Topped with red candy hearts and black edible glitter.

End result wasn’t too disastrous, though.


Vanilla cupcakes with sugar sprinkles

14 Jun



Vanilla cupcakes with vanilla frosting and tinted sugar crystals.  Made for K1 to take to school for some reason, so they are on the small side, with minimal frosting.

The frosting is made from a shortening I got from a cake decorating shop a while back – they package it up themselves so I’m not sure what it actually is – they just call it “buttercream base”.  I made these on a weeknight before school the next day, so they were a rush job.  Pictured here in their super fancy plastic container.  So classy.

K1’s 6th birthday cupcakes

15 Mar



These cupcakes were made to take to school (hence not going crazy with the amount of frosting), and they’re made in patty pans rather than cupcake cases, to keep them small.

Used shortening from a cake decorating shop for the frosting (tinted pink, blue, green and yellow), and it came out a bit dry and didn’t tail off well.  Didn’t have time to play around with it – these were made the night before (as usual).

Also as usual, it’s all vanilla, baby.


Wedding cake and cupcakes with cornelli icing

14 Nov

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This is the wedding cake and cupcakes I made for my brother’s wedding.  All vanilla cakes with vanilla frosting (made with shortening base); cornelli icing.

Cornelli is so easy, and very forgiving – it’s a good cover up for cracked or uneven fosting.


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