Sunday, November 20, 2011

Pink rose cupcakes

My colleague, Linda, is having a bridal shower for her daughter today.  She asked me to make some cupcakes for the shower.  I had made some basic Vanilla Daisy Cupcakes for Pink Ribbon Day, and Linda liked those, but wanted me to tone down the colour to pastel pink.

I wanted my challenge on this one to be the decorating.  I normally couldn't be bothered putting much effort into decorating, but this time, I had a reason.  From this video, I learned how to make fondant roses without cutters.  What I loved about this technique is that the lady uses plastic to stop the icing from sticking instead of icing sugar or cornflour - which is so much less messy.  I didn't make as many petals as her (I am not that patient!), but I think the roses look pretty good: 

I used ready rolled fondant from the supermarket and coloured it baby pink with gel colour.

The next challenge was making the roses look as if they belonged on the cakes.  I made simple buttercream icing using the Crabapple Bakery recipe (online here - I only needed half for 24 cakes), and coloured most of it baby pink with liquid colouring, reserving a small amount which I coloured light green with gel colouring.  To ensure that the majority of tastes were catered for, I used vanilla extract to flavour the icing.  (Rose water would have been nice too, but some people find it "soapy".)

After icing the cakes and setting a rose atop each one, I piped on leaves using the green icing in a handmade paper bag with a V cut into the tip:  

So easy and so pretty!

Here is my rose garden:

I hope Linda and her daughter enjoy eating them as much as I enjoyed making them.

Happy Sunday!


Gloria said...

These roses cupcakes are amazing cake law and look so delicacy!! love them!!! gloria

Amanda said...

Well done, these look gorgeous.
I admire your tenacity - I'm not sure I could be patient or light handed enough to make those lovely little roses.

Kris' Kitchen said...

These cupcakes are beautiful...I am proud of you! I'm sure your friends are so happy with them. I can get more excited about these than the lamb, which I'm behind on and I think I will exchange for beef. Nice posts.

The Caked Crusader said...

The roses are beautiful and I am impressed at how uniform you got them in size and look - I always think that makes things look professional

Heavenly Housewife said...

Those are absolutely lovely, you did such a beautiful job decorating them!
*kisses* HH

The Blonde Duck said...

You should open up a bakery!

Johanna GGG said...

They look gorgeous - perfect for a bridal shower

Elaine said...

Gorgeous roses and cupcakes! I am so impressed that you made the roses yourself. When I saw the first photo before reading I just assumed they were bought decorations. What a lovely job! Your friend must have been ecstatic with them.

Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella said...

Your roses are perfect! :D

Kayte said...

These are just so delicate and beautiful! I would have trouble eating this as it is just too pretty. Okay, I would admire for a bit and then dig right in. Nice job.