I am so excited about these rosettes!! I know it’s only icing, but in a word, WOW!!!! they are nothing short of gorgeous and incredibly versatile.
This was my MIL’s birthday cake. I used a two tone yellow and white icing combination and it looked fabulous. Oh, did I mention that I iced it in a motel room in Coffs Harbour?? Now thats dedication for you!!
I have since learned that the key for successful rosettes is getting the right consistency in the icing. I have experienced (to my horror!), that those pretty little things will slide right off the cake if the icing isn’t firm enough. Thankfully this birthday cake worked out beautifully!
This was my first Rosette cake, which I made for Charlotte and Bobby’s birthday. Pink and white two toned icing. Very pretty.
A better photo of the colours. The cake was a sour cream chocolate cake. A great recipe that I use for all of my chocolate cupcakes. Cream can be substituted for sour cream. I will post the recipe.
I admit that I got carried away with this one! Caleb works for a lovely French couple in their restaurant and they had a masquerade evening to celebrate Bastille Day. Right about lunch, yes LUNCH time, I decided to make them a cake! Now, this is actually two cakes joined with cream and needs to be made a day ahead of icing. Anyhow, all went well until the rosettes started sliding OFF the cake!! After the first scrape off, Caleb announces that he is leaving in 15 minutes and it was about then that I wondered WHY I do this to myself!!
Suffice it to say that the TOP of the cake looked fab and they all loved it. Caleb’s boss even commented on the taste of the cake , which was pretty nice coming from a renown french chef!!
This is simply beauty in a cupcake!!!
My Buttercream roses are another story entirely!
A Quick word on two tone icing.
The secret (yes, I hope you feel privileged that I am sharing it), is in putting the two colours into separate icing bags and then flattening them down slightly and placing them in a third icing bag. I get my disposable icing bags from Spotlight. (NOT in the cake decorating section..wayyy too expensive. Go to the section with muffin trays and spatulas / kitchen things .)
The tip you will need is a large closed star tip. A WILTON 1M tip is perfect. Some Spotlight stores sell these.
Some pretty pink cupcakes I made while experimenting with white chocolate.
Here it is, the secret to true happiness!!! Decorating CUPCAKES!!
Truly, this is SO MUCH FUN!!
As I entered the realm of mother of nine, I realised that my quilting days are just about over…..for a time anyway.
My first love is the needle and thread, and since I cannot hope to sit down long enough to thread it, I realised pretty quickly after Kitty was born that I desperately needed another creative outlet that I could do standing up!! (Sad, but true).
As destiny would have it, I offered to bake cupcakes for my Mother-in-law’s 80th birthday party in July this year. When it was suggested that I use the cupcakes as THE cake….I was off!! Well!!! This would be no ordinary plate of cupcakes. I was so excited at the prospect of unleashing my creativity, in amongst washing nappies and oh yes, feeding my new baby, that I dedicated myself to exploring this new world of cake decorating, and OH, what a marvellous place it is!!
I am totally hooked.
These little beauties are my all time favourite cupcakes so far. They were some of my practice cakes.
The secret is all in the GUMPASTE…and plunger cutters…..my new best friends.
The pearl glaze makes them shiny. Too nice.
Making the Daisies for my MIL’s cupcakes. I coloured the gumpaste with Americolor gel.
You can do amazing things by layering the daisies and curling them.
This was way too much fun. The children really enjoyed helping and watching. I will post some photos of the tools I used and most importantly, my daisy/gerbera plunger cuttter.
The finished product. I was really happy with how they turned out. I made 50 cupcakes and the birthday cake.
Stay tuned for pictures of my rosette swirls on the cake.
I know it has been a ridiculously long time since I have even thought about this blog, let alone DONE anything on it!!! But I am here to announce that I am back!! I do have a wonderful reason for my absence, being the arrival of our darling 9th child…..our 6th daughter,
KITTY JEMIMAH GRACE.
She has entered our home and hearts and we are all simply besotted with her.
Kitty kindly arrived on her due date, 10th April 2012 at 5:45pm. She weighed in at 8 lb 5oz.
I have lots of exciting things to share with you all.
Firstly, I have discovered the secret to happiness (apart from smooching gorgeous newborns..), which involves loads of icing and colour!!! More on that soon.
We have also renovated our home in the last year. It was finished one week before little Kitty arrived! PHEW!! I am VERY excited about my new, glorious kitchen and will be showing you lots of photos of it. I absolutely adore it and call it my “Lolly Shop Kitchen”. If you thought my other kitchen was pretty , wait until you see this one!! It is undoubtedly my favourite room in the house, and now that it has been super-sized for a super size family, I am one happy little Mama.
So, thanks for popping in to Mama Bear’s kitchen. I am very happy to be back. Enjoy the photos of my Darling girl and stay tuned for some incredibly delectable treats.
One of my dear friends made this wall hanging for our home. It is truly amazing. Each member of our family is represented, including our beautiful Heavenly boy Noah, complete with wings. We are very Blessed to have all of these wonderful children in our lives.