Blow torching the sugared toppings of some cupcake flavours creates a delicious crunchy caramelised texture, but the buttercream underneath can be easily melted away by the heat. Our tip is to utilise your fridge or freezer to chill down the frosting.
“Before caramelising and blow torching the tops or toppings of cupcakes leave your cakes to sit in the fridge until chilled and firm. You don’t want your buttercream to melt so begin with cold frosting.”
Sometimes you may need to custom decorate your cupcakes with something extra. Creating cupcake wrappers for themed celebrations is quick and fun! All you need are some cupcakes, doilies, scissors and double sided tape!
“You can create your own lovely cupcake wrappers out of doilies. Simply create a template around your cupcake and cut to size. To fasten use some double sided tape or ribbon tied around your cupcake.”
Working with buttercream is great for beginner cake decorators and for the more experienced. It’s pretty quick, flexible and easy to work with. You can scrape and shape buttercream multiple times until it is pristine or create messy texture with various tools; both look great. You can also start again as many times as you like. They key is to keep experimenting!
“Buttercream is forgiving, fun & doesn’t have to be perfect. Play with creating textures by using different spatulas, spoons and scrapers to create swirls, pinwheels, lines, etc!”
Piping cupcakes takes a little time and practice to get just right. We get a lot of people commenting on our cupcakes and how we get the perfect swirl. There is no definite answer we can give except that you need to master speed, pressure and curve. If you pipe too fast you get a sloppy mess and if you pipe too slow and you get wonky frosting. If your pressure is off you’re left with uneven, scraggly swirls.
“To pipe beautiful cupcakes you need to get three things perfect… speed, pressure and curve! To help get a good curve pipe a small ‘blob’ in the centre of each cupcake and pipe around and on top.”
Cutters are a definite part of cake decorating whether small and intricate or large and simple. Using them can be a hassle and if you’re a novice sometimes the simplest tip can make the biggest difference!
“Using Tappits and other cutters to punch out shapes with fondant can be tricky. The key is to be liberal with dusting your pieces with icing sugar or cornstarch!”