Thursday, May 2, 2013

Cupcakes, Champagne and a Great Giveaway!

My mother has been a professional cake decorator for over 30 years and owns her own shop, The Creative Cake Shop. For as far back as I can remember, I carried wedding cakes into halls to help set everything up, I snuck pieces of cake off trays to taste, and I participated in many, many cake/cupcake decorating classes.

Now that I have a son of my own, I've gotten back into the world of cake and cupcake decorating and couldn't resist inviting my mom friends over for a cupcakes and champagne night (after all... everything is better with champagne!). We tried out three projects from Cupcake Decorating Lab and all loved the Owl Cupcakes (below), so I thought I'd share.

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Owl Cupcakes
Excerpted from Cupcake Decorating Lab by Bridget Thibeault



You'll Need:

• cupcakes
• vanilla buttercream
• cream-filled chocolate sandwich cookies, such as Oreos
• mini cream-filled chocolate sandwich cookies, such as Mini Oreos
• royal icing
• mini candy-coated chocolates, such as M&M minis
• jelly beans
• 4" (10 cm) offset spatula

Tip
Let your child design their own cupcakes using these same materials. You’ll be surprised how creative they
can be with candy making colorful roads, cookie towers, and jelly bean flowers.

1. Spread a thin layer of buttercream on top of a cupcake. Shingle the mini chocolate candies across the entire cupcake.



2. Split open the regular and mini sandwich cookies, and scrape the cream off.

3. Cut the regular size sandwich cookies in half for the wings. Spread a little icing on the back of the wings, and place the wings on the cupcake.




4. Pipe a dot of royal icing in the center of two mini chocolate cookies, and then add a mini chocolate candy on each for the eyes.


5. Spread a little icing on the back of the eyes and place on the cupcake.


6. Add a jelly bean for the owl’s beak.


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Here are some photos from my cupcakes and Champagne night! :) We had a great time and I would definitely recommend it to anyone wanting to spend some time having fun with friends. Strawberries made the champagne and cupcakes extra delicious!























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Cupcake Decorating Lab by Bridget Thibeault

Discover easy, accessible, and fun techniques for making beautifully decorated cupcakes with Cupcake Decorating Lab! This inspiring guide starts out with basic techniques, such as frosting cupcakes with an offset spatula; using a piping bag and tips; flooding cupcake tops with icing; frosting with chocolate ganache; and tinting buttercream.

The labs in the book cover a wide variety of exciting decorating techniques, such as how to make sugared and candied fruit and flower garnishes; stamping, stenciling, and piping on fondant; and scroll work, writing, and borders. You’ll also find fun ideas for children, weddings, holidays, entertaining, nature themes, and more. Plus, the author includes all of her favorite cake and icing recipes! Create the most delicious and stylish cupcakes imaginable with Cupcake Decorating Lab!