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Tuesday, 30 August 2011

Using Silicone Moulds With Sugarpaste And Chocolate

I love sitting making decorations by hand but i also love using silicone moulds to decorate cupcakes and cakes.

I have done a very simple quick step by step guide to using various moulds with using chocolate and also icing/fondant/sugar paste.

One of my favourite moulds in my shop right now is the dinosaur mould it has 12 dinosaurs 4 designs, i also have a lovely buttom mould in this range too.This step by step guide applies to both of these moulds.

My first how to is using chocolate or candy melts are great if you want different colours as i have here:

using the mould simply pour the melted candy melts or chocolate into the individual moulds and then pop into the fridge, it really is very simple to use no need for cornflour when using chocolate . leave for a good hour until completely hard then pop out of each mould. The moulds can be hand washed just with a bit of soapy water.
 Then pop onto your cupcakes so yummy and so much detail



Another way to use the moulds is with sugar paste although this can be a bit too soft ...so i would suggest mixing the sugar paste with some cmc hardner which is powder you add to normal ready to roll icing(sugarpaste/fondant) to make it firmer you only need a teaspoon to about 250g icing so it goes a long way. Or you can use flower sugar paste or to make it go further half sugar paste half flower paste.

Either way add colour to your sugarpaste then dust your mould well with cornflour tap excess out over the sink.



Next push your sugarpaste into each mould i haven't used any colour here for this demo so its just plain sugarpaste.

Now simply turn over and pop the shape out of the mould:


Leave to dry out slightly then pop onto your cake or cupcakes.

I also sell the individual moulds here i will show you how to use the smaller moulds. In these I just use sugarpaste I dont feel the mould is deep enough to add chocolate although you may disagree.







Heres a cupcake i made using the rose mould and leaf cutter, just add pink to sugarpaste to make the rose and green for the leaf.

Both the mould and cutter can be found in my shop,
Along with other cute moulds....


Hopefully this blog has been helpful to you all please feel free to leave a comment I always reply, and then pop along to my facebook page and have a peek in my shop.

www.facebook.com/thecupcakequeenstafford

thanks for reading

Happy Baking

Kelly xx

Wednesday, 24 August 2011

Half Term Vanilla Cupcakes To Make With Children


Most children love to bake or at least should be taught to bake..you don't need to be a master chef to have fun and enjoy making an after tea treat...it also gets them away from the tv for an hour or so!

I chose a very simple Vanilla sponge recipe and vanilla buttercream...

For the sponge recipe :

250 g softened unsalted butter
250g  caster sugar
250g self raising flour
5 medium free range eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
splash full fat milk.

All ingredients should be left out the fridge for a while. Cream butter and sugar together until light in colour and fluffy.Then add eggs and flour do not over mix just until the ingredients are brought together.
Line tin with 24 cases (muffin size if your having a cake may as well be a good size one!)
Seperate the mix between the 24 cases and then pop into the oven.
180 oc for about 20 minutes or until golden and fluffy and when pressed will pop back up.

Whilst cooling down make the buttercream

250g softened butter unsalted
500g icing sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract.

I have a kitchen aid so i chuck everything into it and let it beat it until light and fluffy...or you can do it by hand with lots of elbow grease!

Once ready either add the buttercream to a bag and nozzle (here the children used a star nozzle) but you can scoop and swirl it on with a palette knife.

Then decorate until your hearts content  my children used coloured and flavoured buttons from silver spoon (orange and strawberry ) which are delicious...


For cupcake cases,kits, cutters,moulds and sprinkles please pop by my online facebook shop
www.facebook.com/thecupcakequeenstafford


Let me know how you get on!
Enjoy Happy Baking
Kelly xx

Kelly

Wednesday, 3 August 2011

Using Jem Bow Cutter

I was asked today how to use the bow cutter that i sell in my online shop....
So here's how.

Firstly colour the flower sugar paste your chosen colour I coloured mine christmas green.  Then roll out thinly using your small rolling pin.

Next press on the bow cutter here I am using the largest in my shop size 3.



Next take out all the individual pieces they should come out very easily if you are struggling add a small amount of cornflour before hand and then tap out or use a cocktail stick to pick it out!



Using a small amount of edible glue or water and the back of a paintbrush roll both sides inward using the paintbrush to keep the loop open.


Now using the small tab add more edible glue or water and wrap around keep all the untidiness to the back of the bow as you wont see these when finished.


Next add the tails of the ribbon bows...

Turn over add to your cupcake or cake and done!!  Beautiful xx


The Jem Bow Cutters can be brought from my online facebook shop £4.50
I have the medium and small also in stock..

www.facebook.com/thecupcakequeenstafford

All parcels are posted 1st class to you xx

Have a go and let me know how you get on

Happy Baking

Kelly   xxx