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decorative piping / little miss sunshine

April 13, 2012

a crumbs and doilies speciality is decorative piping – piping amazing pictures and words onto buttercream-frosted-cupcakes using royal icing.  i swear there is nothing these girls cannot pipe!  i sadly am still learning, but i thought today’s efforts were cute enough to share – hi little miss sunshine!  not a bad way to spend an afternoon at work x


cupcakes won!

April 6, 2012

just a few things in my life have changed in the last few weeks – not only have i left my job as a lawyer in Wellington, New Zealand, but I’ve also moved all the way around the world to London, England, and, best of all, have started working as a cupcake baker and decorator at one of London’s first, and definitely London’s best, cupcake bakery – Crumbs and Doilies.  so it looks like cupcakes have won the battle of cupcakes versus contracts!

given i’m baking and decorating cupcakes ‘by day’ now, less cupcakes made ‘by night’ are likely to be showing up on here for the next wee while.  but never fear, because the number of darling cake shops in London would blow your mind, and so (inspired by the lovely ‘tea & cake london’ book given to me on arrival in London by a lovely friend) i intend to visit as many as i can over the next few months and years and so will share my discoveries, and other baking-related adventures, here x

goodbye DLA cupcakes

March 1, 2012

this week I said goodbye to my lovely friends at DLA Phillips Fox as I’m heading to Londontown, so i made them farewell cupcakes with little DLA flags. Flags are a very easy and cute way to decorate your cupcakes – just print two copies of your image in a row, cut into a strip, glue and fold around the top of a toothpick (or half a kebab stick!). cute! x


peppermint cremes

February 16, 2012

did you know you can make delicious chocolates at home with an ice-cube tray…?  just melt chocolate, put a dollop in each cube hole and spread up the sides, then chill.  fill each shell with a filling of your (or your valentine’s!) choice – try nutella, peanut butter or peppermint creme (mix icing sugar, peppermint essence and a drop or two of water).  Top with more melted chocolate, bang on the bench to smooth, and chill again.  pop your choccies out and enjoy with your valentine x (ps. sorry no pictures of the final chocs – he ate them all!)

rocky road cupcakes

February 10, 2012

a road trip to visit lovely friends requires lovely cupcakes, so hello rocky road.  i used the making cupcakes with LOLA recipe, which makes gorgeous marbled chocolate and vanilla cupcakes.  i topped mine with marshmallow buttercream (standard vanilla buttercream but add marshmallow fluff!) and a little nest of mini marshmallows, choc chips and slivered almonds.  just lovely x

pink lemonade cupcakes

January 30, 2012

this weekend i made two-tone pink lemonade cupcakes.  i made a basic vanilla batter, which i seperated into two bowls once only just combined.  in one bowl, i mixed in a sachet of crystal light pink lemonade drink mix (a great, easy way to get pink lemonade flavour – delivered from the states) and a few drops of red food colouring.  in the other i mixed a few drops of yellow colouring.  i layered the yellow followed by the pink in my pattie pans, and finally topped the cool cupcakes with vanilla buttercream x

chocolate crinkle cookies

January 26, 2012

i’m always on the look-out for baking recipes that are both delicious and pretty, so i was excited to discover chocolate crinkle cookies.  the crinkle effect comes from coating the raw cookies in icing / confectioners sugar, which then dries and cracks while the cookies are baking.  the recipe i used (from simply recipes) required 4 hours chilling, which was too big a commitment for me – i managed to get away with half an hour (just – some of the less chilled parts of the dough made slightly funny cookies when they baked).  definitely pretty and delicious i think x


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