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Decorating Practice: Cupcakes

5 Aug

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Although many cool decorations can be done on cakes, they don’t really transfer to cupcakes. However, you don’t get much of a chance with cupcakes to make the impression without added decorations, so I wanted to try at least a couple of new things.

The classic: swirl and rose

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Decorating Practice: Buttercream ruffles

22 Jul

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I’ve done a fair bit of practicing lately and here are the most recent on two types of buttercream ruffles- vertical and horizontal. Both make amazing looking cakes! As you can tell, they’re practiced on dummies, but I don’t think a real cake would be any harder, as it might be for other decorations:

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Decorating Practice: RJ’s birthday cake

16 Jul

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For the best man in our wedding, I couldn’t skimp on a birthday cake! I made the chocolate cake I made here. Then I covered with marshmallow fondant and some decorations. It was really pretty and really tasty! I secretly love other people’s birthdays because it’s a chance to make a cake that I don’t make eat in its entirety!

Following is the decorating step by step:

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Practice decorations- Rosette Cake

27 Jun

I’ve been trying to practice different decorating techniques and hope to be able to continue that over the summer. Instead of waiting until I have several, I’m going to make them each shorter posts so that I can get them up quicker, find them easier, and if I do fall behind, the little posts are up. I’ll be labeling them all “Practice decorations” followed by the technique.

I just finished Wilton course 3 in time to find out that they have replaced course 1, 2, and 3. I have picked up the new lesson books for 1 and 2 (with 3 hopefully soon) and they have some updated ideas and variations on the techniques I already learned, so I hope to be able to try some of them soon!

I started with a rosette cake- completely covered in white buttercream rosettes with a 1M Wilton tip. I love, love, LOVE rosettes. Not just on cake, mind you, but pretty much anywhere. You may also juuuust be able to see some peach under there, as I also practiced my cake covering skills with the rest of the peach fondant. It also helped me to make sure I was completely filling in with the roses.

Top:

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Side:

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You might notice on the top, there were a couple of sections I had to fill in, but overall I think it came out great. It uses a ton of buttercream, but the actual piping goes pretty quickly!

Fondant and gum paste

5 Jun

Here’s my next cake decorating class pictures (Wilton 3: Fondant and gum paste). I loved getting to learn how to make all these cool flowers and decorations, which culminated in this cake (post on chocolate cake soon to be posted):

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Fondant bow (50/50 gum paste and fondant):

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Rose (gum paste):

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Sugar Cookies with Marshmallow Fondant

25 May

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I taught chemistry this spring and so for the final exam, one of the treats I made my students was periodic table cookies using a sugar cookie base, marshmallow fondant on top, with buttercream to write the symbols and the edging. I was more interested in making them look nice and work on the techniques, but they did end up turning out pretty tasty, as my students gobbled them up. I’ve attached some individual cookie pictures at the end if you want to see them, along with many pictures along the way.

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Ombre Petal cake- another yellow cake

20 May

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For our wedding, we didn’t keep the top layer of the cake. Instead, we made each layer a different flavor. I had considered buying a cake for our anniversary, but I had found this ombre petal cake a few weeks ago and I really wanted the excuse to make it. I made it purple, using one of our wedding colors.

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