2018 has been our busiest year yet. So busy that before we could fully release our festive treats collection we started to get booked up! We are officially sold out for the holiday season, but these pretty Christmas cupcakes were too fabulous to not share, right? There’s pink! Gold! And cute Christmas-y details! What’s not to love?
We’d been wanting to whip up a festive bauble macaron for a few Christmases now. Sadly, when the season arrives it zooms past and we hardly get time to sit down. This year we sketched out our cupcake ideas in advance (possibly a little odd when Halloween had not even landed). Blush pink macarons were dressed up as cute tree ornaments with an edible golden loop and fixing.
The cupcake itself is one for the grown-ups! A Raspberry Pink Gin flavour… a gorgeous pink coloured cupcake (yes, it’s pink inside) filled with fruity raspberry preserve laced with Gordon’s Pink Gin, then swirled with a raspberry gin & tonic buttercream, fun pink sugar strands from Fancy Sprinkles and a Raspberry Pink Gin macaron bauble! Oh la la! Perfect for the party season.
Gorgeous and glam Christmas cupcakes!
The next wonderfully festive treat in our holiday cupcake collection is our Vanilla & White Chocolate Truffle Snowstorm! This has been such a popular flavour for macarons all year we thought we’d add it to our cake & cupcake menu! Obviously it made it’s debut for Christmas! Fluffy Madagascan vanilla cake swirled with creamy vanilla bean and Belgian white chocolate infused buttercream, covered with a flurry of snowy sprinkles and then finished with glittering fondant snowflakes!
Finally, let’s introduce our Salted Caramel Stardust cupcake. It’s the perfect cupcake for a Christmas wish! It is a soft Belgian chocolate cake filled with our home made salted caramel sauce. We then swirl each with Madagascan vanilla and salted caramel buttercream before adding a pretty edible shooting star!
Thank you to all the lovely people who got their orders in for these glam little festive cupcakes! We are absolutely booked to the ceiling with these gorgeous treats. Happy holidays everyone!
Is it bad that we’re both in our 30s and we STILL get excited at anything unicorn related? No? Thought so! This adorable pastel rainbow unicorn birthday cake with silver accents was such a joy to make! We designed and created this two tiered magical beauty along with lots of treats for one lucky 3 year old. It’s hard for us to pin point a favourite part, but that cute rainbow towering up from the top tier is a definite!
Each blush pink tier was finished with pale pink fondant unicorns brushed with a glittering lustre. We added pastel rainbow hair, lavender muzzles, blushed cheeks and silver horns as well as a cheeky smile. We love to make everyunicorncake a little different so we change or tweak things like colours, smiles… even legs. For these we added in etched legs and made the hair a little more sleek and stylised.
To match the little cuties on the cake were lots of circular unicorn face cookies with pastel rainbow hair! These were all in our Madagascan vanilla flavour studded with flecks of vanilla bean. We added edible blush to each unicorn’s face and painted the horns with silver.
To add shape and interest we crafted 3D glittering clouds for each tier to sit alongside the flat clouds. Clouds instantly add an amazing whimsical value to cakes and treats. They’re obviously perfect for rainbows and unicorns too!
This cake was for Libby’s third birthday so we added a starry number 3 on top perched next to a fluffy fondant cloud and bright rainbow. Painted in a glistening edible silver this carried on the theme of the entire cake especially as the birthday girl LOVES stars.
Whimsical unicorn birthday cake & treats!
On the front top tier of this unicorn birthday cake we added Libby’s name in silver across a freehand cut cloud in shimmering white fondant!
Along with this super fun birthday cake were lots of cute little treats… like these pastel rainbow cookies that also match the cute unicorn face cookies! In a bubblegum pink, lavender, mint, yellow and blush pink they match perfectly with the fun rainbow nestled on top of the cake. Obviously, we added a little sparkle with a hint of edible lustre!
To match the cake we also created sweet unicorn cupcakes swirled with a rainbow buttercream of pink, soft yellow and mint colours! Each featured a fondant unicorn face smiling and ready to party! Each match the unicorn cookies and figures perched on the cake. They even have pretty blushed cheeks.
We even created lots of mint green dinosaur inspired cupcakes with blushed cheeks and white sprinkles! We nestled each fondant character into a Madagascan vanilla swirled cupcake!
And for the grown-ups at the party were these chic little cupcakes in matching silver cases! Swirled with Madagascan vanilla buttercream and finished with dainty blush macarons flecked with edible silver paint splatters they’re the perfect treats for parents! We filled each macaron with our pink champagne ganache… a white chocolate filling with a reduced Moët pink champagne.
Just another (and closer) shot of one of the pink champagne macaron topped cupcakes… because it’s just so pretty right? These are such popular treats for the soon ensuing dinner party season too!
This entire collection of unicorn and rainbow inspired party treats was ridiculously fun for us to make! When everything begins to come together it’s magical seeing all those cute little unicorn faces. We hope little Libby and all her party guests had an amazing time celebrating her birthday!
We LOVED these NYC themed cupcakes so much we thought we may as well dedicate an entire blog post to them. How fabulous are they? They were created for one lucky girl who jetted off to the Big Apple for her birthday. The brief was obviously New York City. So, we scribbled down a few things we thought were NYC staples… shopping, foodfoodfood, coffee, souvenirs, the iconic I<3 NYC t-shirt and bakeries a-plenty and got designing.
Fun NYC themed cupcakes!
Each cupcake decor was perched onto white subway tile embossed fondant. This also helped us keep the colour palette fresh, modern and clean! Colour is a big thing for us. We probably spend way too much time making sure everything matches or makes sense. We decided to add in pops of bubblegum pink with small elements of green as well as cleaner neutrals. Elements of pink come from the cool donut icing, blush NYC shirt, shopping themed cupcake and a tiny little fondant cupcake!
Seriously, let’s get a close up on the donuts. They’re too adorable! The mid-pink ‘glazed’ donut even features a white Belgian chocolate drizzle! We had to make this cupcake loaded with tasty New York breakfast items so we made a pile of sugary donuts with a huge cup of coffee and an even bigger pretzel.
Of course, a good burger is a must right? We created a tiny fondant version complete with pale brown fondant buns, a brown sugar paste beef patty, slices of ‘cheese’, ruffled light green ‘lettuce’ and a good amount of ‘mayo’ (or white Belgian chocolate). We added thinly cut cream fondant as crispy fries and finished the burger with a little NYC diner flag!
Yes, another shot of that cute fondant donut topped cupcake! Just look at the fun sprinkles (the pretty gold pearls are from Fancy Sprinkles). We also used sprinkles to create the salted look to our large fondant pretzel. The cup of coffee, for us, had to be huge as giant cappuccino cups always reminds us of Friends and Central Perk!
When it came to the edible shopping bags the famous Bloomingdale’s Big Brown Bag was pretty essential. We added a little colour with a cute pink Kate Spade bag stuffed with tissue paper. We’re such huge fans of Kate Spade’s fun and stylish designs too, plus they encapsulate New York for us! The edible tissue paper scrunched up into the bags are simply thinly rolled and cut sugar paste.
We also created a street sign with the birthday girl’s name hand painted across it, a pretty pink cupcake with a tiny bakery serviette, shiny fondant apple, Statue of Liberty souvenir crown and a large slice of pepperoni pizza. These NYC themed cupcakes were so much fun to make!
Mother’s Day is quickly approaching (here in the UK… so don’t panic if you’re abroad)! A little sweet treat is always a must at this time of the year to say a huge thanks to that special person who has to put up with you 364 (Mother’s Day doesn’t count!) days a year. So here’s our very limited collection of Mother’s Day cupcakes and macarons. They’re available in boxes of 6 for cupcakes and 8 for macarons. If you’re lucky maybe your mum will share…
Mother’s Day cupcakes and macarons!
Firstly, our pretty macaron and rose adorned cupcake is available in our popular Vanilla and White Chocolate Truffle flavour. Fluffy vanilla cupcake swirled with blush pink Madagascan vanilla and Belgian white chocolate buttercream. Each one is drizzled with more Belgian white chocolate and sprinkled with shimmering sugar pearls. To finish we add a single pink organic rose and a Vanilla and White Chocolate Truffle macaron splattered with rose gold!
The second flavour in the box of 6 cupcakes is Raspberry Chambord! This is a wonderfully fruity and boozy cupcake, but you can opt to leave out the Chambord for anyone tea total. Filled with Chambord infused Raspberry preserve each cupcake is then swirled with pink raspberry flavoured buttercream roses! Two are finished with an green fondant leaf and one features a white edible plaque with ‘mum’ hand-painted in rose gold.
Here’s a lovely closer look at that hand-painted plaque. Our edible rose gold always adds such a sweet and subtle hint of glamour… perfect for a stylish mum! We’ve also added a subtle white pearlescent shimmer to each plaque. There’s always room for a little extra glitz.
Please note: Our Mother’s Day cupcakes and macarons are available via pick-up only!
Now for some pretty little macarons! Our special Mother’s Day macarons feature rose floral motifs, hints of rose gold and a hand-painted ‘mum’. These macarons nestle into a clear box with a luxury gold base. We then finish each box with a pink grosgrain bow and our pearlescent tag!
To match our Mother’s Day cupcakes each box of macarons also includes one macaron featuring a pink hand-painted ‘mum’. Paired with hand-painted roses and trendy rose gold streaks these macarons are a special treat!
Our rose painted macarons are available in our popular Raspberry Chambord flavour. Each filled with a dollop of Chambord liqueur infused raspberry preserve and pink raspberry buttercream! The metallic streaked macarons are Rose Gold Prosecco; painted with edible rose gold and filled with Bottega Gold Rose Gold Prosecco (our favourite) buttercream!
Due to the delicateness of cupcakes and macarons these are available for pick-up only.
Yay! It’s Christmas week! We’ve been SO insanely busy throughout November and December that we haven’t had much time to work on any tutorials or recipes for our blog. Fear not, however, we’re kick starting this week with this cute how-to… make a Christmas pudding cupcake tutorial! Our gold splattered Christmas pudding cookies were ridiculously popular this year. We created just over 300 of them (and so many other Christmas themed cookie designs too) before we had to stop taking Christmas orders last week. As we sat decorating each one we ended up sketching a quick cupcake idea for a character driven Christmas pudding! Behold our Christmas pudding cupcake tutorial… so tasty that it’s even trying to eat itself.
Firstly, core and fill your cupcake with buttercream or whatever filling you like to use. You can even use a small sharp knife to remove a little of the cupcake at the centre before filling. Some tasty filling ideas include salted caramel, marshmallow cream or even cookie butter!
Tip! Don’t go overboard when coring your cupcake. Try not to go all the way to the bottom or else you could pierce the cupcake case, which may mean your filling will seep out completely!
For a super smooth and flawless look to fondant iced cupcakes we always double ice. This just means smoothing down a small circle of fondant on top of the cupcake before you really start decorating!
Roll out some sugar paste / fondant and cut a circle just a little smaller than your cupcake. Place on top and smooth down.
Repeat step 02, but with brown fondant and also use a circle a little larger than your cupcake so that the fondant can cover the entire top of your cupcake! Smooth down so the brown fondant sits along the top of your cupcake case. You may also need to use a little edible glue to stick it in place too.
Roll out white fondant and cut a small circle from this. This is going to create the icing on top of your Christmas pudding cupcake!
With a small sharp knife or a blade tool cut away sections of your white sugar paste / fondant circle until it resembles a ‘wobbly’ shape like the one above. This is going to be the icing that will drip down your little Christmas pudding cupcake.
Attach the ‘icing’ on top with some edible glue. Then dust or paint the white icing section with some sparkling lustre! This step isn’t absolutely essential, BUT a little glitz this time of year is a win/win!
Roll some green fondant and then cut and stamp two holly leaves per cupcake. Small plunger cutters are great for this because the plunger section usually features a ‘print’ or texture that you can then transfer onto the cut piece.
Attach the holly leaves in place on top of your Christmas pudding cupcake with a little edible glue. Edible glue can be a little slippery so don’t use too much and make sure you gently hold your pieces in place until they feel stuck down.
Take some pink (you can use red though if you like) sugar paste / fondant and roll into three small balls per cupcake. Then attach with a dab of edible glue. Afterwards, once these have been attach you’ll need to paint each berry with a little confectioner’s glaze. This helps make the berries shine!
Using a small ball tool indent where you’d like your cupcake’s eyes to sit. Then with a tiny amount of edible glue attach two black sugar pearls (or you can roll two small balls of black fondant) into the indentations.
Use the base of a small piping tip to then indent a cheeky smile underneath the eyes! Or you can also use a scallop tool, which can usually be found in an icing modelling tool set. It looks like a simple curved line.
For the tongue roll out a small ball of pink sugar paste / fondant and flatten it into an oval-like shape. Cut the piece in half then indent a line down the middle with a blade tool or small sharp knife. Be careful not to cut the tongue in half!
Next, attach the tongue with a small amount of edible glue as in the image above. Also, try not to add too much as edible glue can seep out or lead to pieces sliding around if too much is applied… which isn’t a good look.
Finally, add blush to your Christmas pudding cupcake with pink edible blossom / petal dust and a fluffy food safe brush. You don’t need to follow this step, however it really ups the cute factor!
Build your colour up a little at a time. It’s easier to add further blush if needed than have to start all over again!
How cute is this Christmas pudding cupcake tutorial? We (almost) wouldn’t be able to eat it. Traditionally holly berries and leaves are used to decorate a Christmas pudding, but you can personalise yours to fit whatever your festive theme is. So why not opt for plunger cut snowflakes or a cute little edible bow?