We’re huge fans of keeping up to date when it comes to the latest cake trends. We spotted this super cool idea a little while ago and couldn’t wait to give it try! When the fabulous folks over at Craftsy suggested it for a tutorial we jumped at the chance! How amazing are these edible brushstrokes made completely out of chocolate? They look hard to create and incredibly delicate, but they are in fact so easy to make! To find out how to re-create this look head on over to our brushstroke cake tutorial on the Craftsy blog!
Layered on top of each other these pretty chocolate brushstrokes resemble feathers! How amazing would these look in various shades of pink on a flamingo themed party cake? Wouldn’t chocolate brushstrokes also look cute on buttercream swirled cupcakes too? Arrange a few in varying sizes on top, add some super fun sprinkles and then gild the brushstroke pieces with edible gold leaf.
The cool thing about making these chocolate brushstrokes is that you can use different coloured candy melts for themed cakes instead of chocolate. Sometimes the idea of tempering chocolate is a little scary so candy melts are a pretty stress-free alternative.
For an incredibly dramatic cake how about covering three tiers with elegant chocolate or candy melt brushstroke pieces? They’d look pretty striking cascading all the way down one side of the cake! We also think a few painted with edible gold would add to the wow factor! For something modern in feel why not opt for black candy melt brushstrokes with white buttercream and a glam gold splatter?
If glam and gorgeous is your thing then maybe this striking little cupcake will do it for you? We created this little beauty as part of an easy to follow magnolia cupcake tutorial for the wonderful Craftsy.com blog recently. It looks super fancy and probably a little scary, but we’ve simplified all elements of this cupcake design down to one less-than-scary-yet-challenging-in-a-good-way guide! You can head on over to Craftsy to read our tutorial here.
Golden magnolia cupcake tutorial!
A lot of people automatically use giant roses when it comes to cake and cupcake decorating, but there are so many amazing flowers out there that you can re-create in sugar form. Magnolias are definitely one of our firm favourites to create. They’re so elegant, unusual and quite glamorous too… we think so anyway. They’re also fairly large blooms which work wonderfully on cake designs. This time, however, we thought a single large (yet scaled down for obvious reasons) magnolia flower perched onto a cupcake would look incredible.
For a touch of extra luxury we hand painted the magnolia centre with 24k gold as well as added some stylised fondant leaves tucked underneath. Design-wise we thought it would be best to stop and keep the whole cupcake simple. Just a 2 colour palette, a single well made sugar flower, a plain white fondant surface on top of the cupcake and a little moulding work. Less is more as they say.
Valentine’s day is peeking around the corner so of course everything pink, red and sugary cute will start appearing almost everywhere you go soon. If you’re planning on making your sweetheart something thoughtful and homemade this year we may just have the thing for you! Seriously, who could say no to a hopelessly romantic little puppy this Valentine’s Day? Especially one perched on top of a cupcake holding a sweet heart shaped ‘balloon’. We definitely couldn’t! If you’re a dab hand in the kitchen when it comes to making sweets you should head on over to Tala’s blog for our ridiculously adorable Valentine’s day cupcake tutorial! It’s easy enough for a complete novice to follow, but if you’re more advanced then it’ll still be perfect for you to whip up too.
You don’t even need to stick to cupcakes to impress your sweetheart. This love puppy would be perfect on top of bakery style cakes, tiered cakes or even giant fondant fancies (such a great idea). For larger cakes, however, remember to make your pup a little bigger in size in order to get proportions perfect. You really wouldn’t want your little puppy looking lost on top of a huge 12 inch gateaux!
Valentine’s Day cupcake tutorial!
One of the best things about this cute little puppy is that it’s pretty easy to personalise. You can use Tala’s letterpress kit to indent a romantic message into the iced cupcake surface or add your loved one’s initials onto the balloon. Why not even change the colors, create a small bundle of balloons or add a tiny floral bouquet using small flower plunger cutters? However you chose to customise your little love pup we’re sure it’ll be adorable!