Wednesday, August 3, 2011

When it Comes to a Cupcake's Decorations it All Begins With the Icing

Your Cupcake's Decorations start with the icings which come in many different types, butter-cream, flat, foam, fondants, fudge, royal icing and glazes.

Icings act as the glue for the many different ingredients you can use to decorate your cakes with today (sprinkles, nuts, pretzels, chocolate leaves, cookie crumbs to name but a few).

So, which type of icing should be used for the basis of your cupcake's decorations?

Well, there are different jobs for different icings, for your mini cakes it's best to use butter-cream, fudge, frosting or fondants.

Whichever type you decide to use, the most important thing to remember is to be patient, wait until they are completely cool before starting to decorate or you will just end up with a runny soggy mess.

You can also add another layer of flavor by spreading sugar syrup (boiled sugar, water, and flavoring e.g. citrus juice) to the top once they have cooled, this also has the added benefit of keeping them moist for longer. If you are running short of time on the day of baking, you can always use this tip to keep them moist until you have time to decorate them (should give you an extra couple of days grace).

I have just finished reading an article about Ace of cakes star Duff Goldman and his own line of products for decorating cakes.

Fondants, sprinkles, icing pouches, to the more unique tattoos and graffiti for all your decorating needs, sounds very cool!

Popped into Michael's and was happy to find, on the bakery section, that the whole range of products by Duff are available, so I will definitely be trying those out over the coming weeks.

Also watched a video tutorial recently which gave ideas for how to create spiders webs or star burst effects, using two colors of bought frosting and a couple of zip lock bags, so I jotted down the method below:

Put a cup of vanilla frosting into a zip lock bag.
Add a couple of drops of food coloring.
Put another cup of vanilla frosting into a separate zip lock bag.
Again add a few drops of a different food coloring.
On a cupcake which has been covered with a flat layer of frosting, take the zip lock bag and snip off the edge so that you can pipe onto the cupcake.
Start at the center and pipe a spiral all the way to the edge.
Grab the second zip lock bag of the contrasting color and pipe in between the first spiral, again until you reach the edge.
Take a tooth pick and starting in the center drag out to the edges, repeat all the way around.

You now have the perfect spiders web, this would be great for a Halloween holiday party.

Also works equally well as a star burst effect, if you were to use red, white and blue, for cupcake decorations for a 4Th of July party.

I'm on a journey of discovery into the wonderful world of cupcakes, decorations, ideas and designs. I'm hoping to discover easy creative methods for decorating these mouth watering treats for the everyday and special occasion moments in life.

To learn more as I discover the wonderful world of Cupcake's Decorations follow along for the ride here:

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