Tuesday 12 March 2013

... and Sugar Animal Cupcakes!

We have another guest post for you today! Our good friend Karen made these lovely cupcakes for a special girl's 1st birthday party - Karen is an amateur baker but we think she's done an amazing job! Here's what she did:

"I originally got the idea from a book called Sugar Animals by Frances McNaughton.

  • First, I baked a batch of lemon cupcakes

  • The icing is made from royal fondant icing made into a very thick paste. I coloured the icing adding a small bit of food colouring at a time – if you go too far, just add more white icing!  
  • Once happy with the colour add tylo powder (you can buy this online or from a cake shop) - this makes the model go hard after about 10 minutes. For a small ball shown here I would use about ½ a teaspoon – if it hardens too quickly add a couple of drops of water... its best to have a practice!!

  • Cut out the monkey's face with a heart shaped cutter and trim to size if needed. Make the rest of the body out of well rolled balls of icing – pinch and squeeze them to create shapes. I used the end of a pallet knife to mark toes and fingers and a candy stick to help support the body.

  • Whilst making them I found the best way to stop them sticking to the table was to place them on a unneeded cupcake case opened up – this means they will not fade in colour as they do if you put them on an iced surface.

  • For the topping on the cupcakes (the "grass"!) I used the same fondant icing, flavoured it with lemon, coloured it green and added tylo powder. I used a cocktail stick to create the grass effect.
  • Finally, I sprinkled with edible glitter!"

These cakes were a big hit at the party, and we think they look fab! Well done Karen!

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  1. They look too good to eat. I bet the kids (and grown ups) loved them!
    Anji x

    1. Thank you! We hear they went down really well with the adults; all the kids were 1 - so not very vocal, but we think they liked them!!

  2. I can vouch for the wonderful cupcakes Karen made, they tasted great and the jungle theme was perfect for the little monkeys (and yes, the grown-ups were licking their lips too). Thank you Karen! Love from the Peckham 3.

  3. These are just too precious!
    wow! I would feel guilty eating them!
    visiting from Sew darn crafty :)

    1. Thanks Christina, we think they look too good to eat as well!!


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