Archive for April, 2011

Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Cupcake Swirls


April 27th, 2011

I hope you’re all looking forward to the forthcoming Diamond Jubilee celebrations. If you’re celebrating the occasion with a street party or any party, then cupcakes make a great addition to the menu.

If you’ve forgotten to buy your Jubilee cupcake toppers and union jack cupcake cases, and you’d like to have a Royal Jubilee theme, then why not colour your frosting with these red, white and blue swirls?


To make the swirls, make a regular batch of butter cream.  To achieve a whiter frosting try using Lurpac unsalted butter and mix in a mixer with your icing sugar for at least 10-15 minutes. The longer you mix the butter cream the whiter it will become. Read the rest of this entry »


Happy Easter!


April 20th, 2011

I just wanted to share one of my Easter Egg Cupcakes I recently made. The eggs are made from fondant and are hand painted with edible paint!

I’ve been a little quiet on the blog, in the background I’ve been busy teaching, baking and recruiting our first member of staff, as well as planning more workshops.  I’m keen to share these developments with you on the blog over the coming weeks so watch this space!

Wishing you all a Happy Easter!



Hummingbird Bakery Returns…


April 8th, 2011

Last month Hummingbird Bakery published their second cook book titled ‘Cake Days’ and of course, I had to get my hands on a copy. On first impression I love the front cover, well I suppose I would with it’s striking Magenta colours – it was no surprise that I was immediately drawn to it on the bookshelf :)

Inside the cover, the pictures of their beautiful swirled cupcakes are styled and photographed to the same, if not a greater standard, to those taken in their first book.

The book also conveys a certain warmth and friendliness, through its writing style, use of colours and the Baking Essentials section. They have obviously taken on board feedback from their first book, and seem to go out of their way to help bakers achieve cupcakes that will match those they see in the pictures.

I can’t wait to try recipes from the book! I have decided to share the experience on this blog, so watch this space for a regular review of various recipes from ‘Cake Days’, which will become a monthly feature on the blog.

In the interim, I resurrected the old ‘Hummingbird Bakery Cook Book’ and baked a batch of their Traditional Brownies for a group of ladies that came to my ’Cupcake Decorating Class’. They are the best brownies I’ve tasted, and always go down a storm.

Happy Baking!


Spring Ideas!


April 1st, 2011

I’m really enjoying this time of year. I always thought that Summer was my favourite season but I think this has changed over the last couple of years, particularly since I started my business.  The emergence of colour after a long dark winter is a most welcome visitor – from the blossom trees, and spring flowers to the blue skies and sunshine. 

From nature’s awakening, I feel I’m kind of awakening too!  I seem to be brimming with lots of ideas. I’m bursting to try out lots more decorating for my cupcakes.  Here are a couple of cupcakes I have been playing with which I thought I would share.  


The Union Jack – currently very popular with the forthcoming Royal Wedding, I also like to think it symbolises not only a celebration and nostalgia, but a nation pulling together during tough economic times and finding strength to move forward.

 A Butter cream Flower I recently made – eye catching, pink, pretty, sweet and spring-like!

Have a Happy Day!