Today's guest is a blogging wonder woman: Mandy from Sugar Bee Crafts! She has a fun idea for cupcakes at a baby shower to share.
Hi everyone!! I'm Mandy, from over at Sugar Bee Crafts:
Here's the whole gang on our recent vacation:
I enjoy all things crafty and have lots of DIY and tutorials on my blog. I even have a link party on Tuesdays so I can see your craftiness - then I show off a bunch of you on Wednesdays. You might know me from a few of my fabulously popular posts (click picture to check them out!):
I was able to make cupcakes for a baby shower a few weeks ago - happy day! I have seen so many cute cupcakes out there - aren't cupcakes all the rage right now?? - and I've been wanting an excuse to make some. The theme for the shower was pink and flowers, so I made plain cupcakes topped with flowers made out of Gum Paste.
I made some of my flowers curved out and some flat - but I loved the curved ones most. I didn't have a "molding cup" and I'm cheap so instead of buying one I put the flowers out over my measuring spoons. By the end I had every spoon I could find on the counter with gumpaste flowers drying on them.
By drying the gumpaste on curved surfaces, they get a more dimensional shape. That's why you need to use gumpaste - it dries hard and holds it shape, unlike fondant. See the ones that are curved up:
Then to put them on the cupcakes I used a dot of icing as "glue" - some flowers I stacked, some were plain. I liked the variety:
The cupcakes were lemon with a raspberry filling - the cake was a mix (with extra oil added) and I made the raspberry filling by blending the raspberries and heating it and stirring in sugar and cornstarch. I found a tutorial on filling cupcakes, but of course I can't find the link now. Basically I cut a cone-shape out of the cupcake and put in filling, then cut a piece off the cone so it was then a lid and put the lid back over the hole in the cupcake. I thought they were pretty yummy. And I made those cupcake liners too - cute, right?
Gumpaste is easier to work with than you think - don't let it scare you! Just roll it out like playdoh and cut the shapes you want - it was fun to try something new.
Hope to see you over at Sugar Bee Crafts!!