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Cupcake bouquets

I love making cupcake bouquets! I think the finished product just looks so wonderful. The only thing is, transporting them terrifies me 😂 Hence the hidden sweets in the bottom to stop them being top heavy!!

This yellow and green one is perfect for spring. These were lemon flavoured and the smell is divine! The green paper cases not only mimic leaves but they also make it so much easier to take the cupcakes in and out without knocking the buttercream flowers 💐

Purple is my mums favourite colour which is why I’ve gone with this colour scheme. There really are countless options that make these such personal gifts!

Hope you’re all ready for Mother’s Day tomorrow!

Crystal xx

My Vanilla and Chocolate Cupcake Recipes

These are my go to recipes! They’re reliable and versatile and so easy to change for other flavours. These recipes just go to show how even the simplest of ingredients can become something delicious! It’s all in how you use them.

 

One thing to remember before you begin, is that it’s super important that all your ingredients are room temperature before starting. It seems annoying when you’re desperate to get started but the result is well worth the wait.

 

Vanilla Ingredients

 

Cupcakes:

175g butter (room temperature)

175g caster sugar

175g self raising flour

3 large eggs (roe temperature)

1 tsp baking powder

1 tsp vanilla

 

Buttercream:

250g butter

500g icing sugar (sifted)

1 tsp vanilla

 

Method

 

Start by heating up your oven to around 180 degrees Celsius. Each oven is different and the best results for my oven are 175 so definitely experiment and find what works best for your oven.

 

Prepare your muffin tin with your cupcake cases.

 

Cream together the butter and caster sugar. You can’t overbeat this so go crazy so it’s nice and pale and fluffy.

The next step is to beat in the eggs. Top tip- break the eggs into a separate jug or bowl before hand so it’s easier to fish out any shells. Beat these in on a high speed but watch them closely. If you overbeat them they begin to separate and that’s when your cakes smell like scrambled eggs. If they begin to separate you can add a little flour to bring it back together.

Once that’s done sieve in the flour and baking powder, fold it into the mixture and then add the vanilla. Spoon into the cases, to make them all even use an ice cream scoop or weigh them (I did not do this because I’m lazy so mine are a bit uneven).

Bake for 15 mins at 180 degrees or until a toothpick comes out clean. Leave them in the muffin tin for about 5 mins and the put on a cooling rack. Don’t even try decorate them until they are stone cold or your butter cream will just melt!

For the buttercream just beat together the butter and icing sugar until smooth, stick in a piping bag and decorate!! I will share my piping techniques in a separate post.

 

So that’s it. Super delicious cupcakes every time. I’ll list the chocolate recipe below but the method is the same. Just add the coco powder when adding in the flour and baking powder. Add the milk at the end after folding in the flour. For the chocolate buttercream you can just throw all the ingredients in and mix until smooth. Can’t wait to here all about your amazing cupcakes you come up with! Be sure to share some pictures with me!

 

Chocolate Cupcakes

 

Cupcakes:

175g butter

165g caster sugar

115g self raising flour

3 large eggs

40g coco powder

1 tsp baking powder

2 tbsp milk

 

Icing:

120g butter

60g coco powder

500g icing sugar

6 tbsp milk (90ml)

Happy baking!

Crystal xx

Tea cupcakes

How do you fancy giving your mum something cute and delicious this Mother’s Day without breaking the bank?

These tea cup cakes are only £5 each! Each cupcake in a teacup will be gift wrapped so all you need to add is a card 😊

I only have 5 of these available so they must be paid in full at time of booking! Book through the contact form or via my Facebook!

Crystal xx

Cake pop roses

These cakepop roses make a wonderful gift this Mother’s Day. They are dipped in chocolate and covered in a handmade fondant rose 🌹 available to buy individually at £2.50 each!

Please note that gift boxes will only be included in orders of 4 or more. Gift boxes can be purchased separately at £1.50 complete with tissue paper and ribbon. Bags are 50p.

To order visit my Facebook page or fill out the contact form on the home page.

Due to the fragile nature of the roses these cannot be posted.

Crystal xx

The Rennie Mackintosh cake

So this cake was a month or so ago now but I’d love to share it with you. It was on a 12 inch cake which gave me lots of space to design. The most intimidating part of the design was the straight lines but, in the end, I hand painted them all over a ruler mark.

Everything on this had to be done by hand including the water colour style painting on the flowers to the writing!

I think this cake will definitely be in my list favourites for some time to come (:

Crystal xx

Cake for my partners birthday

So for my partners 26th birthday, he’s requested a Game of Thrones inspired cake that tastes just like Battenberg cake! I think it definitely needs more jam but other than that it’s pretty close. Almond flavoured sponge and buttercream with apricot jam, covered in marzipan and then decorated.

Everything is handmade, including the throne itself, and, although I would’ve loved to do more, he loves it 😊

Crystal xx