Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Engagement Party Cupcakes

Saturday was the Engagement Party and the cupcakes were just as lovely as the party. I'm so happy for our friends J&M and that I was able to do the cupcakes for their celebration means a lot to me.

For the final Red Velvet cupcakes I used the Wilton no-taste red coloring.  While the 2nd batch of beet red velvets were good. They just weren't right.... So, I decided to move on and focus on making the frosting and fondant flowers amazing.  

Red Velvet Cupcakes

I have never used fondant reminds me of the edible play-dough my mom made one time when I was a kid.  It was a little hard to roll out at first, but I did have fun adding the Violet coloring in and kneading the color through it. The violet color was for the medium sized daisy cutouts... 

it's like sugar cookie cutouts

I then kept some of the fondant white and made the small daisy cutouts. The lesson with the fondant is to do that the night before. It takes a long time for the fondant to dry out.

there is a reason why there are so many
decorating dishes etc. at the supply store! 

Writing this I realize that we didn't take any photos of the small white daisies with the white sparkle powder - I guess we were busy creating:)

I love how the cupcakes turned out - I had a few ideas for the fondant flowers and the end design turned out beautifully.  The best part is that J&M loved them and so did the rest of the guests. It is the best feeling when I see everyone enjoying my home-made sunshine:)

J&M Red Velvet Delights with
Cream Cheese Mascarpone Frosting 
and fondant flowers

Sunday, August 1, 2010

red beet velvet cupcakes results of test number one...

Today's test recipe is Red Velvet made with beets instead of red food coloring. The first batch is interesting. I think that there was just too much beet puree added. It tastes good, and the beet taste is getting lighter as the cupcakes cool. They just didn't rise at all and are sinking as they cool.  I do believe that I'm on the right track though, and a little less puree would've had better end results.

Will be trying again tomorrow.  It is funny though, that they weren't red at all by the time they were cooked, but they started out a deep red-purple color that was really cool. There is a very nice sweetness to them.  

I'm excited to try again tomorrow.