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Beach Themed Cupcakes

Beach Themed Cupcakes by Victorious Cupcakes.

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Our latest guest blogger to join us is the fantastic Victoria Threader from Victorious Cupcakes. Victoria is really well known for her columns and recipes in Good To Know Recipes and we are absolutely delighted to have her join us here too.

This Step by Step will show you how to make these awesome Beach Themed Cupcakes and include instructions and what products you will need to achieve your results. You might have similar products already in your collection that you can improvise with, but in case you need them I have added the links to the list of what’s been used.

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Equipment

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Step 1

Colour 440g of the sugarpaste pale blue, 20g yellow, 10g Royal Blue, 10g Green, 10g Red and leave 10g White.

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Step 2

Roll out the pale blue and, using the double sided circle cutter, cut 12 circles the size of your cupcakes. Cut using vegetable fat to stop the icing sticking to your cutter or work surfaces. Place on a foam mat to dry.

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Step 3

Roll the yellow sugarpaste  out finely and then cut another circle the same size as the original but this time cut the bottom third off it and use this as your sand. Attach with a brush and a little water.

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Step 4

With the remaining yellow cut 12 small circles using the tip of a plain-tipped piping tube. If the sugarpaste gets stuck simply nudge it out with the soft end of the brush. Attach to the cupcake as shown before with a small amount of water.

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Step 5

Roll and cut 1 strip of white and 1 strip of red, 1cm wide. Cut little red and white rectangles, 2cm long for the huts. Apply to the cupcakes.

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Step 6

Once the huts have been arranged on the sand, use a sharp knife to score door marks on the front of the huts.

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Step 7

Use the zig-zag cutter to cut out the roof shape. You can find this cutters in FMM Straight Frill set 5-8. Attach the roofs with a little water.

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Step 8

Cut out the navy icing, using round and scalloped cutters, cut out a small piece to make the water. Stick on, as before.

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Step 9

Roll out green and with a suitable smaller circle cutter, cut out the hills and place them to the side of the huts. Stick on, as before.

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Step 10

Finally use the black edible pen to dot the handles on the door. Then apply to your cupcakes using whatever flavoured buttercream you would like.

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That’s it all wrapped up. You can even use some gorgeous red cupcake cases to match the huts on your Beach Themed Cupcakes.

If you enjoyed this step by step tutorial by Victorious Cupcakes check out Victoria’s Facebook Page and her Good To Know Recipe column! 

 

We are now stocking white cupcake display boxes that hold 12 cupcakes. Perfect for transporting these beautiful cupcakes to your nearest and dearest! So don’t forget to pop by our online shop and pay us a visit!

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Orange Slice Sugarcraft Tutorial

The Orange Slice Sugarcraft Tutorial is absolutely perfect for those summer cupcakes!

I came across this tutorial some years ago and after much research I struggled to find the original creator but want to say hats off to them! I love it… you don’t have to stop with orange slices you can also make Lemons and Limes using the same concept!

Here’s the fabulous Orange Slice Tutorial

Orange Slice Sugarcraft Tutorial

 

When mixing your colours for Sugarpaste use high quality colours like Sugarflair Paste Colours. They are fabulous giving you a lovely vibrant colour with a very small amount, this also makes the sugarpaste much more manageable as it doesn’t become sticky and hard to handle like it does with cheap supermarket brands.

I’d recommend going with Sugarflair Melon Yellow and Tangerine for your yellow & orange. Sugarflair colours are 100% edible as well as being suitable for vegetarian diets.

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I must say this is one of my favourite little toppers, this allows you to make loads once cut in to slices and if you don’t use them all then all you need to do is store them in a cool dry place away from direct sunlight and you can use them for future cupcake toppers too. We recommend using them up until the best before on the packet of sugarpaste or modelling paste you have used to create them.

A lovely summery orange slice cupcake topper!

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If you enjoyed this mini tutorial why not check out some more.

 

 

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Monkey Cakes & Toppers

Monkey Cakes and Toppers

Here we are again, another week, another fun animal theme!

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These little cheeky monkey’s were made by BBCakes. Cute huh!?

This week you voted for Monkey and so the monkey business began. We had a total of 83 shares over e-mails, Facebook and Twitter and somehow we had to find a way to narrow that down to just 10!

A great week, a fabulous theme and I’m very proud to present our Fans and Customers Cakes & Cookies that made the Top 10 Monkey Cakes.

1. Monkey Cupcakes by Victorious Cupcakes – I love these but not just for how lovely & neat they look but Victoria has also put together a lovely tutorial, completely free that you can try yourself. See the Monkey Cupcake Tutorial for yourself and give it a go!

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2. Custom Cakes by Ann Marie – A fantastic well designed cake with a rather fabulous monkey topper! I know monkeys are the thing we are looking at…but…that tree is amazing!

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3. Paul Frank Cupcakes – I love the vibrancy of these gorgeous cupcakes… Paul Frank Monkey Cupcakes from The Chain Lane Cake Co.

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4 Jo Takes The Cake – Jumps in with this cheeky monkey stacked cake… fabulous modelling or what?! Look at the little guy at the bottom who has ended up with a banana on his head!

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5. Yummy Cakes & Bakes – Colourful Monkey Cupcakes. These are so sweet, I love the added leaves at the bottom just to add a bit of texture in there too.

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6. Time For Tiffin – It’s Curious George! Fabulous modelling by Time for Tiffin, a monkey cake share would not be complete without him! I am surprised we haven’t seen any entries for the PG Tips Monkey… I was expecting that one too!

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7. Georgia RG Fowler – Story Time Monkey – I love the story style design behind this piece, it’s really lovely and well thought out! I spy FMM Funky Tappit Lettering too…one of my favourites to use and it works really well with this fun cake.

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8. Crazy Cake Lady – Giant 1st Birthday Monkey – What monkey doesn’t have their own personal stack of bananas near by?! I love this carved cake by the Crazy Cake Lady. Fabulous!crazy_cake_lady

9. Rennae’s Cakes... This definitely looks like a cheeky monkey for Kylah’s Birthday. A running theme with 1st Birthday’s 😉 One lady who entered had said that she had made her son a monkey themed cake each year for his Birthday…. it just shows you can be 18 but you’ll always be a cheeky monkey! I bet this one was really fun to make!

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10. The Red Cake Tin– Monkey Cookies – It’s not all cakes…. sweet monkey treats come in all shapes and forms and these were a huge hit on the page by Vanessa… I can’t believe this is some of her earliest work on cookies.. they are just adorable!the_red_cake_tin

Keep stopping by on a Monday via our Facebook Page to share your animal cakes. Themes will be announced first thing Monday morning.

Thanks to all of you who took part and don’t worry if your cake hasn’t made the top 10! There’s always next week, a new animal and a completely new vote!

Why not check out some of our past animal blog:

What animal would you like to see up next?

 

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Ruffle Flower Tutorial

Ruffle Flower Tutorial

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Ruffle Flower Tutorial

 

What you will need

Extra’s – Helpful modelling tools

I have added the links to the ones I have used in this tutorial, just click on the item you want to know more about in the list above.

Really nothing much is needed to make this lovely easy ruffle flower. It makes a beautiful cupcake topper with little effort and can be used in a large range of colours. We have chosen to use blues in a range of shades starting from dark to light.

I started with using Baby Blue Sugarflair paste and flower paste, I coloured 5 lots of paste to create the different shades. The more you add to your flower paste the darker it gets. Colour will also deepen over night so we recommend colouring the day before in most cases. Start by colouring a set amount to the deepest shade you can make, then you are set to use this with quantities of white so you can recreate colours easily if you really like them.

**For example then you can use 1 part blue to 5 parts white. 2 parts blue to 5 parts white and so on.**

I used the same size cutters for all 3 shades, pick your size that will best fit your cupcakes or cake.

Now this is the simple run down on how to. 

Roll your flower paste nice and thin and cut your shape, you will need to use a foam pad and a cocktail stick for the frilling and simply roll it against the edge of the circle you’ve cut. A foam pad works better as there’s not as much resistance allowing you to apply pressure without cutting through the paste.

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With your index finger roll the cocktail stick back and forth along the edge several times until thinning it, then turn the circle slightly and continue on the next section. Do this until the the circle has a complete frilled edge.

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Pop the first layer of the flower in your former. I would definitely recommend using a former of some sort or finding something that will curve the shape of the flower whilst setting, if you don’t use this shape to form your flower you will find it will droop before it sets. Egg cartons can often be used as a substitute if you don’t have the real deal. Otherwise I used CelCakes former 1 in this tutorial.

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Next step add a touch of edible glue to each layer, there’s loads of great edible glues on the market such as Rainbow Dust edible glue, Squires Kitchen edible glue and Holly Products edible glue. I have found them all very good to use. If you would rather make your own you can do this by using CMC with water (cooled boiled water is best) to make a good home made edible glue.

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Do this with multiple layers until your flower is completely full, I used 4 on mine that was quite a large flower to make an overstated design on my plain cupcakes. You could make them as small as you like by simply using a smaller cutter initially which would require less layers.

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Leave your flower overnight for the best results before painting the tips. If you are using flower paste less time will be required for your flower to set.

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Use the amazing Rainbow Dust Click-Twist Brushes to paint the edges in whichever colour you like. I personally chose silver on this ruffle flowers, I always think silver goes best with cool colours and golds for warm colours.

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Click-Twists are really easy, you twist the brush and it makes a clicking sound releasing the edible metallic paint into the brush, dab off any excess and then simply run it along the edges. This gives it a beautiful metallic shine to finish it off.

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You can then place your lovely ruffle flower as a centrepiece on a cake, as a gorgeous large flower on cupcakes or just get creative. You’ve got the technique down so experiment, that’s what cake decorating is all about!

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Making Sugar Roses – Cupcake Toppers

 

Making Sugar Roses – Cupcake Toppers

Making Sugar Roses

Step by Step on making sugar roses.
Step by Step to making really simple sugar roses. Sugarcraft has never been easier.

Roses that just take 5 minutes!

Today I’ve been making sugar roses. These are really simple and the main point of this experiment was to use as little equipment as possible to cut down on costs to create your own easy fondant sugar rose toppers.

I will make a list of equipment you need but most of it should already be in the cupboard at home or you can improvise just as I did!

 

What you will need.

 

I have added in all the links in case you want to buy these! You can improvise with many of the items like making your own modelling paste, using cutters & colours you already own or hand cutting the shapes – WARNING this will take much more time and give a less professional finish.

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Step 1

Roll your flower paste as fine as possible, the finer it is the more realistic your rose will look! My tip is to use cornflour very lightly dusted underneath to stop your paste from sticking.

 

Step 2 

Cut 6 circles out of the flower paste. I didn’t actually have a circle cutter to the size I wanted so I used an icing tube! I turned the icing tube upside down and used the 2 inch width to cut through the icing! This is about the size of tubes you use for cupcake frosting and metal is preferable as it cuts easier.

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Step 3

Start by rolling the first circle to create a swirl as you can see in this picture, you will wrap the remaining circles around this main part.

Step 4

Wrap each circle one at a time starting on alternate sides around the rose centre, you will start to see this building up to your rose, nip the rose around half way down to keep the shape building the way you want it. You can also continue to add layers or use less to make bud like roses. I found 6 circles about right to make the flower as shown complete in the picture.

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Step 5

Cut off the excess of the rose, by doing this it will also squash the paste together so it holds and you have a flat base so you can stand your rose up to dry. I recommend leaving all creations overnight to firm up and so I often make my toppers a day before I bake!

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Step 6

Make your rose petals simply by cutting out your rose leaf with a cutter or by hand, you can mark it with veins if you wish using a PME flower veining tool or use a plunger cutter that does 2 in one cutting and veining as you go! Leave these to dry with your flowers over night. I always find using scrunched up kitchen roll allows them to dry with a bit of shape rather than just flat.

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That’s it, you can then go on to dusting and steaming your rose and rose leaf but for this one I didn’t, I wanted to keep it as simple as possible and I really enjoyed making them!

I hope you find it as useful as I did! Easy Valentines or Rose Toppers for last minute Lil’s like myself!

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Do you want to make the Red Velvet Recipe to go with it?

 

Valentines Cupcake Topper – Elegant Heart

Elegant Heart Topper

Elegant Heart Topper by Katy Sue

Wow I love this Katy Sue Elegant Heart Topper.

As promised I spent the weekend experimenting with some products while testing my wonderful new Red Velvet Cupcakes. We have a recipe up that makes 12 and the cream cheese frosting to match.

We tried a few different designs using products that we stock to give you guys plenty of Valentines ideas for that special someone or for your customers.

This blog is about using the Katy Sue ~ Elegant Hearts Mould. I rate this mould very high. The whole range is very impressive we dozens of moulds available in high quality silicone for an extremely reasonable price, very competitive in line with some of the well established top leading brands. It’s so simple.

What you will need.

How to make it.

Step 1 Colour your paste accordingly to achieve the colour you would like, for ours we used red extra to colour the paste. This is by Sugarflair and be aware you only need a very tiny amount to colour.

Step 2 Dust your mould with a light sprinkle of Cornflour, tap the mould on its side to get out any excess.

Step 3 Knead paste well until pliable, roll in to a small ball and push in to your mould, making sure any excess is removed.

Step 4 Bend the mould to release the modelling paste, do this simply by putting pressure on the centre of the reverse of the mould. Your heart should drop out easily. This same technique can be applied to most pliable silicone moulds!

Step 5 Leave to for a few hours before dusting or painting them. For my elegant hearts I painted them using Sugarflair edible paint, it have then a deep, rich finish! Perfect for Valentines!

Easy peasy! Check out our other blogs for loads more tips and techniques.

The Perfect Red Velvet Cupcake Recipe.

Red Velvet Cupcake Recipe

The perfect Red Velvet Cupcake Recipe

The Perfect Red Velvet Cupcake Recipe.

I wanted to make a lovely light Red Velvet Cupcake Recipe for Valentines or any occasion Cupcakes and after some trial and error and slight adjustments here’s what I ended up with.

Red Velvet can always be a little complicated as a lot goes in to it but once you have the goods in you’ll be able to make hundreds of them and trust me, you’re going to want to!

 

Red Velvet Ingredients – Makes 12

Oven Temperature to set to 160°c for fan assisted ovens – Bake for 20-25 mins.

  • 160g Golden Caster Sugar
  • 140g Plain Flour (Sieved)
  • 65g of Butter or Margarine
  • 1 Medium Egg
  • 10g Coco Powder (Optional)
  • 120ml of Buttermilk
  • 1tsp of Bicarbonate of Soda
  • ½ tsp of Baking Powder
  • ½ tsp of Vanilla Essence
  • ¼  tsp of Sugarflair Red Extra Food Colour

 

Method:

First things first, get all your ingredients weighed out, it will make it so much easier to mix and save a lot of mess and panicking.

Once everything is measured out, cream your butter & sugar with a splash of buttermilk. Mix until light.

Separately mix your eggs, vanilla essence and Red Extra and then add half the mix to your butter and sugar mixing well.

Add in half the flour and the rest of the egg mix, this will stop the mix coagulating and keep it nice and smooth. Finally add the remaining of your flour, buttermilk, baking powder and Bicarbonate of soda and mix well until smooth.

You should have a nice bright red mix, the Red extra will develop further and become brighter whilst baking so don’t add too much even though it may not be as bright as you think it should be.

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Buttermilk:

If you can’t find this anywhere then do not worry there’s ways to make your own substitute. I bought mine from Sainsbury’s.

I also made my own Cream Cheese Recipe for the topping so be sure to check it out! I think that was my favourite part!