Rock Candy Cupcakes
I made these for a shower and I thought they were too cute not to share. I am in love with decorating with rock candy. I wish I could have found it in orange but instead I used orange sugar. Her colors were navy, orange, light blue and grey.
Color Flow Icing
I am quickly becoming a fan of color flow icing and you'll love it too. It's so easy to decorate with and it hardens to perfection. You end up with a nice smooth, shiny texture.
Pre-mix your icing and work quickly. Color flow tends to crust over fairly fast. Keep portions you are not working with covered with a damp cloth. Here's the recipe.
Color Flow Icing
4 Cups of sifted powdered sugar
1 tbl of Color Flow powder by Wilton
1/4 cup of water plus 1/tsp
Bake your shaped cookies accordingly.
Let the color before adding icing.
Outline the shape desired and then fill in by simply piping the icing.
Use a tooth pick to give dimension.
Color flow is a fantastic medium to work with.
Be creative and take your time.
Allow the icing to set over night.
We even tried a few acorns.
I can't wait to give another batch a try.
P.S. My little friend Ansley said my cookies were "good". If she likes them, they must be delicious.
Pirate Theme Cupcakes
This is a new medium for me when it comes to cake decorating. I knew about this method and I had an idea.
I was planning on decorating cupcakes for a Pirate Party we were hosting. My pirates needed hats and this is pretty darn close to what I had envisioned.
When I started I didn't realize I was supposed to do this at least 48 hours in advance so please keep that in mind when planning a cake or in this case cupcakes. You will need the below ingredients and I use Wilton brand for coloring and for the color flow mix.
4 cups of sifted powdered sugar
2 tbs of color flow powder
1/4 cup of water plus 1 tbs
cardbord or cookie sheet
any image you wish to duplicate
Place your design under your wax paper and secure with tape, then tape your wax paper to your cookie sheet or cardboard.
Mix your ingredients for the color flow mix ingredient for 7 minutes on high with an electric mixer. Divide the color flow mix evenly for the colors you need. Add colors and mix. Red was the hardest color to achieve, so I added burgandy, black and copper for a dark red.
Use a piping bag, I like the disposables, they are cheap and I can throw away the miss. Use a small circular tip. The smaller the better for finer details.
TIP: Work fast to fill the bags as the color flow crusts over fast. Seal your piping bags well until ready to use.
Now, here was my mistake. I was in a hurry and didn't have time to wait on anything to set properly so take your time and you will get superb results. Outline your design on your wax paper following the image you are duplicating. I outlined in white. Let the outline sit for 2 hours and harden. Add the fill colors as need and using a damp paint brush push the color flow to the edges of the outline. When filled, let set for 46 more hours until very hard.
These are edible but more importantly, they are super easy to decorate with. A friend of mine said she did them a few times and likes to use coloring pages form kids coloring books for designs.
Once your design hard you can remove the design or designs from the wax paper. If using more than one design, cut the wax paper to separate them.
Using the edge of your counter top, roll the wax paper away from the design or you can use a small spatula and lift it away. This method worked best for me.
Attach your designs using a dollop of icing when decorating. I actually can't wait to try this method again for a little more perfecting. The possibilities are endless and I was able to match the cupcakes to our invitations.
Candy Apples for Beginners
Check out these sweet, rich, royal, ruby beauties. This is the first time I've ever done Candy Apples successfully because I did them by the instructions on the package. Yes, I bought a pre-packaged candy apple kit, apples and added sugar. It was like magic. I didn't even need a candy thermometer. I played around with the candy liquid as it was cooling and my candy apples were resting and cooling. I started making these beautiful strings.
Some of the strings were made from drizzling the hot liquid into cold water in a small cup. I dumped the water and candy out of the cup and sat them to dry before placing them on the tops of the candy apple. The wrapped strings around the apple were made by touch a semi- cool bit of candy on a spoon to the already candied apple and turn the apple and going around and around with the spoon.
This was easy and beautiful and I'm having trouble keeping "Hands Off". These kiddos aren't going to wait long for these. I just wanted to admire them for a little while.
Bake your cupcakes and mix blue into your white icing.
Slather the icing on.
Dip half of the cupcake in brown sugar or brownulated sugar (used here)
Add a mint cady for a beach ball and a paper umbrella.
The kids loved making these.
I love to cook but only if the meals are healthy, easy, and yummy. .
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