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Cupcake Tattoos ~ Chapter Three

27 Aug

As I prepare to head in tomorrow for some new ink (nope, still not a cupcake!) I thought it might be time to share some more delicious cupcakey tattoos!

 

Cupcakey Sleeves

A Full Cupcake Sleeve

Footy Cupcakes

Pretty Cupcake Perfection

Bling Cupcake

Bright colours, jewels and skulls? I’m sold!

Found any cupcake tattoo inspiration you want to share? Let me know! I can’t get enough of these beauties 🙂

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Country Wedding Cupcakes

25 Aug

Remember when I use to write about cupcakes? And the name of my blog made sense? Yeah, me either. But around here we do still love cupcakes with all of our hearts and I definitely still make cupcakes for almost every occasion we attend.

This last weekend J-Sauce and I had the privilege of watching one of my childhood friends exchange vows with the love of her life. To add to this special day, I was asked to bake all of the bride and groom’s favourite flavours into some delicious cupcakes and wedding cake. This was a first for me. And while I was extremely honored, I was also slightly terrified.

So I set to work over two days to create 100 cupcakes in three unique flavours.

Chocolate Sour Cream with Peanut Butter Frosting

Lemon with Pink Lemonade Cream Cheese Frosting

Coconut with Lime Cream Cheese Frosting

I think they turned out alright. And while I do wish to continue to build my skills in decorating and presentation, they did all taste amazing! That’s the most important thing, right? Here’s a quick look at the finished product!

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Congratulations Mr. & Mrs. W! Thank you so much for allowing us to be apart of your special day. Wishing you a life of happiness, joy, love and cupcakes!

Does this mean I’m open for business now? Who knows. But I sure do love cupcakes!

Thanksgiving Cupcakes with Candy Melts Decorations

15 Oct

Fall is here and with it comes…. HOLIDAYS!! One of my favourite holidays is Thanksgiving. Beautiful colours, delicious food, time spent with friends and family and time to reflect on all the amazing blessings in my life. That and it is kind of like pre-Christmas 😉

Like most big family holidays, I had the pleasure of making cupcakes for dessert after the big feast. This year I went for two of my tried and true recipes, Chocolate Sour Cream and Pumpkin Spice, both with Cream Cheese Frosting. However, this is not a post about my amazing cupcakes with other-worldly frosting. Rather I would like to share with you about my newest creations…. Candy Melts Decorations!!

No cupcake is complete without a little something special on top to set it apart from all the other mundane, so-so, everyday average cupcakes out there. (I don’t really believe this. A lot of my cupcakes are perfectly wonderful without a flag or sprinkles.) But holiday cupcakes do deserve a little extra. So I experimented a little.

Using the Wilton’s Candy Melts in Dark Chocolate and Orange (which are vanilla flavoured) I created these!

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Those look extra special, right? (Even if they don’t, just smile and nod for my ego’s sake.) And now you want to know how you can make your own, yes?!?!

What You Will Need:

Wilton’s Candy Melts (in whatever colour or flavour your little heart desires)

Wilton’s Disposable Decorating Bags or similar product (I’m sure a Ziploc bag would work just as well)

Silpat Baking Mat or parchment paper (the Silpat does a fantastic job of keeping the decorations from sticking)

How to Make:

Following the directions for heating the Candy Melts on the package, place the Melts inside a clean decorating bag. I twisted the top of my bag closed just in case they melted a little too quickly and decided to ooze all over my microwave.

Make sure to heat the melts on no more than 50% Power in your microwave. I once made the mistake of heating them on 100% and they burned inside the bag, created a small hole on the side of the bag and when I went to grab it, I burned myself 😦 Be very careful. Heat the melts in 30 seconds rounds, giving the bag a little squish to test the meltiness of the melts between each round. (Do you like all my technical jargon today?) I typically need around three to four rounds before everything is completely melted.

Once everything is nice and melted inside the bag (and not all over your hands!), cut a small opening at the tip of the bag to begin decorating.

Here is where you can let your imagination run wild!! Use the Candy Melts to create whatever you would like to adorn your lovely cupcakes. If you are unsure of your decorative abilities, place a guide or stencil under the Silpat to follow. I free handed my little Pumpkins and Maple Leafs, allowing each one to be unique.

The thicker the line you squeeze out, the sturdier your decorations will be. If the lines are too fine, the decorations make crack or fall apart as you remove them from the mat.

If the melts begin to re-harden inside the bag, you may get small lumps as you work. I simply squeeze mine out into the sink as I go, but you could reheat the melts for another 30 seconds.

Once you have creative your beautiful and elegant or wild and crazy designs, allow them to cool on the Silpat until they are completely hard. I let mine sit for about an hour, although they were probably hard after about 20 minutes. Carefully peel the mat out from each decoration to remove them.

Now you are free to decorate your delicious cupcakes with crowning glory!! You can thank me for all the oohs and aahhs you receive upon serving them 😉

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Cupcake Tattoos ~ Chapter Two

29 Aug

Given the cupcake love I saw after the first post of tattoo loveliness, I figured it was time to take another look! So here we go…

Simple and colourful…

Colourful and tasty…

And more than one to enjoy!

Delicious. Stay tuned for more cupcake tattoos!

If you have any super delicious cupcake tattoos or tattoo ideas, e-mail them to me to be featured in a future post. cupcakegardenshop@gmail.com

Blog Loving ~ Cupcakes and Cashmere

29 Jul

Time to take a peek around the web and discover others who share my love for cupcakes!!

I recently stumbled upon the blog while reading through my only monthly indulgence, Glamour magazine. A feature on fashionable bloggers revealed a woman with a passion for “fashion, food, interior design, beauty and travel”. Sounds fabulous to me. So I checked the blog out!

Ok, so it’s not completely about cupcakes and all of their magic, but there is plenty of other wonderous things to unwrap and devour. I love the “How To” tutorials!! Make-up and hair ideas? Yes, please!!

With enough content to keep you busy for days, please enjoy with me cupcakes and cashmere.