Over the last few weeks I’ve made many a cupcake. I love making them (and eating them!).
My daughter’s birthday ones were a fail in regards to the swirls, as the weather was too hot and the butter cream too runny. As I use dairy free margarine it just doesn’t work as well as full blown butter sometimes! And I didn’t have the correct nozzle I still believe it’s just as tasty though. Luckily I rescued the cupcakes with some pretty butterfly, flower and edible crystal decorations. The rescue must have been good because one of my (male – therefore won’t lie to save my feelings!) friends thought we’d bought them from a shop. Ultimate praise I thought :) Here they are:
Next it was the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee so I decided to make some blue coloured cupcakes. This time, my friend at Canterbury Cakes had advised me to buy a Wilton 1M nozzle for the optimum swirl, so I was all set! Now, I wanted a real ‘royal’ blue as it was for the jubilee BBQ we were having – I’m guessing it’s given that name for a reason. However, I couldn’t get my blue colouring to get anywhere near a dark blue, so I was left with some very lovely looking turquoise cupcakes!!
They tasted lovely and the children at the BBQ all had turquoise faces by the end! I hope you’ll agree the swirls worked really well this time – how I love the Wilton 1M nozzle :)
I made some gluten and dairy free chocolate cupcakes to take to my team meeting for work as one of my colleagues has a strict diet – however I could not make the meeting in the end so took them to a Pampered Chef event instead. They were very well received and no one could tell they were free of so many things!
My husband was keen to take some cakes into work this week for his colleagues, so I also made chocolate cupcakes for him – just dairy free this time. He took them in today and there are only 2 left (out of 18) for a friend who was off today and another one for himself tomorrow! Cheeky! The recipe for these was the Hummingbird recipe from a previous post: Party Cupcakes. It’s a very dense cupcake with lovely smooth butter icing. And of course my new best friend Mr Wilton 1M was close at hand!
I’m going on another cake decorating course in July to learn other cupcake swirl techniques at Sweetie Darling near Canterbury. I wish I could afford to do every course there!