Saturday, October 31, 2009

Halloween Slasher Cupcakes

Fitting with my horror film week for halloween, are these kitchen knife cupcakes.
Vanilla Cupcakes, filled with strawberry jam, with fondant decorations. Worthy of any slasher film.

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Thursday Tutorial - Pumpkins

This is how you can make the pumpkin toppers just like the ones I made for the Pumpkin Cupcakes..
You can also use a tooth pick/skewer if you don't have these tools. I found my set of wilton tools here.
I small ball of orange fondant, and one even smaller ball of brown. It's best to use paste colours to colour your fondant, as anything else will just be too hard! You can find a whole range of colours from many different brands here.Use a little bit of water to stick the brown into the hole atop the pumpkin. Quick and easy!

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

I Want To Play A Game...

The Saw movies have got to be my all time favourite horror films. This is the puppet face from the movie...

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Friday The 13th

One of my favourite horror movies is Friday the 13th..
This is the hockey mask from the movie.

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Ash & Co.

It was my friends 21st this weekend, and I made the cupcakes for her party. The entire time leading up to her birthday she asked for a tiffany box cake. I was a bit hesitant because it just seemed a bit tricky to make, but I think I did ok...

She loved it, which is the important part! Happy Birthday Ash.
50 Vanilla cupcakes, with Vanilla buttercream and fondant gerberas, happy birthday sign and butterflies.
50 Chocolate cupcakes with dark chocolate ganache, covered with blue fondant and white bows.
Tiffany inspired chocolate mud cake, covered with dark chocolate ganache and fondant.

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Recipe of the Week - Pumpkin Cupcakes

I found this recipe on the Pioneer Woman's website, and thought it would be perfect for halloween cupcakes. They are pumpkin spice cakes, with cream cheese frosting. You can find her recipe here, as well as other amazing recipes and interesting things.
Preheat your oven to 180 degrees celsius.

Mix together 2 tablespoons sugar and 2 teaspoons mixed spice. Leave to the side (you will need it at the end)

In a bowl, sift the plain flour, sugar, baking powder, salt and mixed spice.
Add 4 TABLESPOONS of butter to the flour mixture, and cut in with 2 knives until it is all incorporated and looks like breadcrumbs.
In a seperate bowl, mix the pumpkin, egg, evaporated milk and vanilla essence.
Add the pumpkin mixture to the flour mixture, and fold gently until all ingredients are combined.

Pour the mixture into a prepared muffin/cupcake tray.Sprinkle the sugar and mixed spice that you mixed up before, on top of the cupcakes. This will give them a nice crunch on top!

Place in oven for 20 - 25 minutes.

Allow cupcakes to cool before turning them out onto wire cooling rack. Let cool completely before icing.Pioneer Woman recommends the cream-cheese frosting. It does go well with it, but you don't need very much icing at all!
They're just as good without icing!

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Picnic Treats

I had lunch the other day with some friends down by the river..

All Cupcakes Vanilla, with vanilla buttercream and fondant decorations

I took these along to eat with our delicious smorgasboard of triangle sandwiches, dips, chips & cheese and crackers.

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Recipe of the Week - Witch Hats

This is something quick and easy to make. Kids will love them. Fill them with any kind of treat for a nice surprise!

You Will Need...
I used chocolate wheaten biscuits, one side covered in chocolate. You can use any round biscuit you want!
You could also use fruit roll-ups instead of the sour straps. Anything that will be easy to place around the base of the ice cream cone.
200 grams was enough to cover 6 biscuits and ice cream cones, as well as 3 mini ice cream cones and 3 oreos.You can melt your chocolate over a double boiler on the stove, by placing a bowl over a pot of water, making sure the bowl does not touch the water inside the pot.
You can also melt it in 20 second intervals in the microwave, stirring after each 20 seconds.
Place your biscuit - non pre chocolated side down - into the melted chocolate. Place them onto a baking paper lined tray (for easy clean up) while you make the tops of the hats.
Put your ice cream cone into the chocolate, and coat completely. Let any excess chocolate drip off.
If you want to add any nice surprises to the inside of your cone, now is the time. You can put anything inside them.. ice-cream, lollies, chocolates, spiders...
Place the cone onto the chocolate covered biscuit, and wrap you pre cut sour straps around the base. Using the mini m&m, hide the join where the 2 ends meet.
Leave to set either in the fridge. They will set on the bench, the fridge will just quicken the process.
Remember if there is ice-cream inside the cones, they will need to be placed in the freezer!!
If there is a cream based filling, they will need to be properly refrigerated!Don't limit these to witches hats. You could easily make wizard hats, or even christmas trees for christmas..

If you want to make mini ones, I used oreos (seperated) and mini ice cream cones. Following the same instructions above. To colour your chocolate, make sure you use a powder colour, as any liquid colours will make the chocolate seize.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Chilli Chocolate Cupcakes

I have a friend who likes really hot and spicy food. One day I told her I would make her a curry cupcake. After thinking this through and deciding curry in the cupcake might not be the BEST thing, I remembered that occasionally people add chilli to their chocolate, to bring out the flavour. I just wanted to make mine slightly spicier, and if it brought out the chocolate flavour, that would be an added bonus!
It's her birthday on Saturday, so when I saw her for lunch today, I thought it would be the best time to give them a try.
All chilli chocolate cupcakes, with a dark chocolate whipped ganache, with red sugar sprinkled on top.

Monday, October 12, 2009

80th Birthday Cupcakes

These were made for a friend's Grandpa's 80th Birthday. They wanted something simple so they could be arranged in an '80'.
All Vanilla Cupcakes, with white vanilla icing, blue cachous and fondant 'happy birthday signs'

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Recipe of the Week - Marshmallow Pops

These marshmallow pops remind me of when we used to go camping as kids. We would roast our marshmallows, and then dip them in the chocolate. It was so much fun, and tasted so good.

Sadly this time, I made them without the camp fire, and didn't take my time in finding the perfect marshmallow roasting stick.

Chocolate and marshmallow is always a winning combination.

This is how you can make them.....
You Will Need
1) As many marshmallows as you want to make into marshmallow pops.
2) Lollipop sticks - one for each marshmallow. I found mine here.
3) Sprinkles, or m&ms, or choc chip bits. Any type of candy/lolly you want to decorate them with. Or you can just leave them "blank."
4) A piece of styrofoam to put the lollipops into, while the chocolate hardens.
5) Melted Chocolate - for dipping the marshmallows into.

First, put your lollipop stick into a marshmallow. Marshmallows are sticky on the inside, so you won't need to dip the sticks in the chocolate first. They should stay in the marshmallow quite fine. You then need to put your marshmallows into your piece of styrofoam, so when it comes time to drying, it will be alot easier.

Dip the marshmallow stick into the bowl of chocolate. You can either cover it completely, or just a bit.
Make sure you tap it quite a bit to get all the excess chocolate off, otherwise it will drip down the marshmallow..
Then dip it into your choice of decoration, and place it back into the piece of stryrofoam to dry.