Sunday, July 27, 2008

Birthday cupcakes for Liss

Posted by kel @ sweet treats at 8:54 AM
Liss is one of my oldest friends - we have been friends since early high school and have remained good buddies despite me living in Melbourne and her living in Horsham with her beau.

It was Liss' birthday celebration last night, and it was held in Ballarat (our home town and a convenient midway point between Horsham and Melbourne). In celebration of her turning the big 2-5 I thought I'd make her a present of a dozen chocolate cupcakes.

The cupcakes were make with Dutch cocoa for an intense chocolate colour and flavour, and were topped with raspberry buttercream. I decorated them with pink glitter and fondant hearts.

I embossed some white fondant using my embossing plates and brushed some white lustre dust mixed with vodka over them to give them a pearlescent look.

Happy birthday Liss!

10 comments on "Birthday cupcakes for Liss"

WitchOne on Sunday, 27 July, 2008 said...

Kel, e-mail me please, I can't find your contact details on here and I don't have them written down,

giz on Monday, 28 July, 2008 said...

I love the oh so pink icing combined with the fondant cut outs - so pretty - really girly.

renee said...

your cupcakes look gorgeous! What is in your icing? It looks like it pipes very well and I can't seem to find a good recipe

kel @ sweet treats on Monday, 28 July, 2008 said...

Giz - yep they're quite girly aren't they! Liss is a very girly girl so I thought they'd suit her perfectly :)

Renee - I don't actually use a recipe for my buttercream (I know, I'm odd). I start off by creaming 125-150g butter, then I add about 800g of icing sugar. I add it bit by bit, and I gradually add a little warm water until I have a nice consistency.

I add my essence and colour last.

Hope this helps :)

Renee said...

ahhh! The warm water must be the trick! I made a buttercream yesterday - 125g butter and 1/2 cup of icing sugar and although the butter was soft, it was still to thick (and most likely too cold) to pipe. Damn these 13 degree days!!! Thanks Kel :)

Cakelaw on Tuesday, 05 August, 2008 said...

These are just beautiful little cakes.

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Sunny on Saturday, 16 August, 2008 said...

Hey Kel, where did you get your embossing plates? i cant seem to find any - then again, i could be a moron :) by the way, looks great! (as usual!)

kel @ sweet treats on Saturday, 16 August, 2008 said...

Hey Sunny! Nice to hear from you.

I actually use Fiskar's embossing plates. These are made for scrapbooking but I find they are a lot cheaper than the ones specially made for sugarcraft. I bought these in a pack of about 10 plates. From memory it was about $20. Bargain!

Sunny on Wednesday, 27 August, 2008 said...

yeah what a bargain. i'll have to go have a look in my craft shops! ps. your totally my baking guru by the way!


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