Friday, October 11, 2013

Hydrangeas at the Hospital

My sweet and beautiful friend contacted me because she wanted to send her aunt who was in the hospital something special.  She asked for purple and green frosting and decided on lemon cupcakes with raspberry cream filling, which is one of my personal favorites.  I have made hydrangea cupcakes before and have always thought they were pretty, but there is something about this color combination that made me extra happy.  I've made them before in shades of pink, shades of blue and shades of purple, but adding the green to it gave it such a fresh look.  And I thought it was such an original and sweet idea to send a bouquet of cupcakes!


Tuesday, October 1, 2013

a "glass" slipper

The practical side of me thinks that Cinderella's fairy godmother was more than just a little off when she decided to give Cinderella glass shoes.  Who does that?  But the visual side of me (which often takes over in matters of fairy tales) agrees that it makes a gorgeous completion of a great outfit.  It makes for a rather fun theme cake, too.  My mother gave me some new Wilton cake pans for my birthday a few years ago and I've been dying to try them out.  I finally convinced my daughter that she wanted a Cinderella theme cake for her 5th birthday.  She was a little disappointed that Cinderella herself was not actually on the cake, but she dealt with it.

I learned a lot about how to do it better next time and I only shed a few tears, but it turned out pretty decently.  The entire thing is covered in fondant. Top and bottom.  If you buy the pans, they give you very basic assembly directions, and you can find more online.  I would venture to add that you MUST have a perfectly flat bottom to each half before you put them together and don't use too much frosting between them, or you'll have a mess and have to take them apart and the cake starts crumbling and...oh crap, I've said too much.