I baked these for a friend’s baby shower, and took them with me when I went to Cape Town for the party!
To make sure they survived the trip, I baked “plain” chocolate cupcakes in silver cups, and then decorated them with blue and white two-tone butter icing, and moulded fondant baby shower themed decorations.
I was expecting a lot of guests for my birthday party, so I figured 3 different batches would do for everyone to have a taste. I had also just acquired a cupcake stand, so I wanted them to look pretty and colourful as well.
I love berries, so there was no doubt that I would have berries in and on at least some of my birthday cupcakes… eventually I chose two secret-centre chocolate recipes, and instead of my favourite strawberry cupcakes I did blueberry instead! I topped the blueberry cupcakes- in sliver cups- with a purple butter icing, 3 fresh blueberries and silver dragees. I just love the sour berries and the sweet icing and cake combination.
I then baked chocolate cupcakes with a whole strawberry inside- the secret centre- in black cups. I iced them with strawberry flavoured, butter icing that I coloured almost red, a fresh raspberry and confetti sprinkles with edible glitter (‘coz I do love all things shiny).
The other chocolate cupcakes had a crème-caramel secret centre, and I baked them in gold cups. I iced them with an uber-rich chocolate fudge icing, hundreds and thousands and a little moulded fondant cupcake! As an added surprise, there was a little blob of caramel underneath the chocolate icing!
He’s dinosaur mad and his mommy asked if we could do his cupcakes with dinosaurs on as well! They’re vanilla cupcakes with vanilla butter icing coloured bright green to look like grass. The dinosaurs are made of fondant.
The knucklehead was going to a Halloween party and asked if I would bake him some cupcakes to take with him.
I decided on a red velvet cupcake in a black paper cup, and then on the top I used a blob of strawberry jam, and covered it in white butter icing squiggles to make them look like brains. I then drizzled a bright red icing all over the completed “brain”!