Cake Decorating Basics #3

Piping Techniques using a Wilton 21 Tip

This YouTube video by ‘LeCordon Bleu’ demonstrates how to create rope, shells, e-motions using a tip similar to Wiltons 21 tip. This shell technique is what I have used to decorate the boarder of my cakes: Elmo, Dinosaur, Pirate, Blue’s Clues and Care Bear.


Jungle Theme

I was asked to make some cupcakes with a jungle theme. So naturally… I Googled ‘jungle cupcakes’ and trolled through the hundreds of ideas available to me. I found a few designs which I loved, and so replicated them. There weren’t any instructions on how to create the designs, so I tried my best to copy what I saw.
I used ready-to-roll fondant, divided it and coloured it accordingly to what I needed.

I thought these turned out so cute!

I simply used the ready-to-roll fondant to create the features of a Zebra, Giraffe, Monkey and Elephant.




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To create the Tiger’s stripes, I drew them on using an edible pen in black. I found it difficult to get the right shape using fondant.


I had some left over fondant and cupcakes, so I attempted some other designs.
To recreate the Tiger and Zebra stripes… I rolled out the fondant into thin sheets and roughly cut out stripes using a sharp knife. I lifted and placed these stripes accordingly on to the white and orange fondant, placed a sheet of baking paper over the top and gently used a rolling pin to combine the two fondants together. Once the stripes were securely joined, I used a round cutter to cut out my cupcake background.
I put these fondant circles on to the cupcakes.
In another colour, I cut out Jayden’s name and using a paint brush and water (very small amount required), lightly brushed the back of each character and placed on to my zebra and tiger stripes.



Fantastic news… I was surfing around on YouTube today and I actually found a link that shows you how to make the animal cupcakes. Now there’s no talking, but each feature is clearly shown. So I’ve added the links below.

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Mini Chocolate Cupcakes

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3/4 cup plain flour
1/4 cup cocoa
1/2 cup caster sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon vanilla or vanilla essence
80g butter (unsalted)
2 eggs
1/2 cup milk
1/4 cup chocolate bits (milk, dark or white)

1. Preheat oven to 160 degrees C. Line 24 hole mini cupcake tray.
2. Sift all dry ingredients into a mixing bowl.
3. Make a small well in the middle of the bowl and then add remaining ingredients (except chocolate bits).
4. Beat on low speed with electric mixer until just combined.

5. Scrape down sides of bowl and beat on medium speed for a further 2 minutes.
6. Add chocolate bits and mix with wooden spoon.
7. Place tablespoons of the mixture into 24 hole mini cupcake tray until 3/4 full.
8. Place tray into oven for 10-12 minutes or until baked through.
9. Stand for 5 minutes and then turn out onto wire rack to cool.
10. Ice with Chocolate Butter Cream Frosting or leave plain as desired.

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Vanilla Butter Cream Frosting

200g butter, softened
6 cups (900g) icing sugar mixture
1/2 cup (125ml) milk
1 tsp Vanilla extract

Use an electric mixer to beat the butter until very pale. Gradually add the icing sugar while beating. Add the milk and vanilla essence, and beat until well combined.

You can divide the frosting and add food colouring of your choice. Start with a small amount of colouring and build the colour by adding a bit more food colouring until you get the desired colour!

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I love being creative and trying my hand at most things do-it-yourself. I’m not a cheap person, but I find the cost of so many products these days to be excessive, and I simply cannot justify purchasing them.

When I was in high school and university (with not much extra money), I found myself making and redesigning outfits. As I got older, my love for baking grew and I taught myself the basics of creating beautiful cakes and gum paste flowers. When I got married, I was shocked at how much more expensive everything costs when you use the word wedding, that I designed and created my own wedding invitations, favours, and desserts. I’m now planning our second “white wedding” (yes, if one wedding wasn’t painful enough, we went back for seconds as our first wedding was at a registry office), and everything is DIY: the cake, desserts, food, cocktails, decorations, even to the point where we’re growing our own flowers to use on the tables and bouquet. My husband and I purchased our first house in August 2012 and we are both looking at ways to reduce our renovation costs. My husband has started doing furniture restoration, and I’ve started designing my own home decor (cushions and linen), as well as learning the art of landscaping and growing my own fruits and vegetables. I’ve travelled a lot and find that main stream products aren’t usually my preferred style, I really enjoy getting back to basics and nature, keeping everything natural and with character. I decorate our home with photographs I’ve taken during my travels, and items I’ve collected along the way.

I guess I wanted to start a blog as an outlet to share everything I/we have created, in order to potentially inspire others to do the same. Nowadays, we usually surf the internet for inspiration and I have come across a few blogs that I have absolutely fallen in love with. So hopefully this blog will be somewhere you can come back to for ideas.


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