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Cupcake Decorating Classes

In cupcakes, Dessert, Halloween, Recipes on February 3, 2011 at 4:05 am

The adorable Cami Hutton asked me to teach a cupcake decorating class for a church activity back in October….yes, I realize this is VERY behind! Hopefully, though, this will provide some great ideas for next year’s holidays! Haha – really, I am very sorry this is so late.

Anyhow – the classes went great and were very fun to teach. I may have surprised myself a bit on how much I know about baking and decorating. Not that I don’t have plenty to learn…I certainly have room to grow….but I did have a marvelous time getting to meet the different women in my classes and enjoyed all their delicious creations!

Here I am: My new haircut and my new apron! I have a personal shopper at Anthropologie – if you’re ever shopping at Gateway mall, as for Patrick. He’s only the BEST. He also happens to be my brother in law (insert smiley face here).

We had a few Halloween ideas that included these pumpkins, using a star tip. 

Another idea that I didn’t get a picture of is to make the cupcake into a graveyard and use candy melts to make little bone shapes – mine are visible in the tupperware to the right. I also made some little pumpkins that can be used on top of the cupcake.

Here are some examples for Christmas cupcakes: a present, a (very soft) Christmas tree, and a peppermint. There is also another Halloween idea that I posted about last year – the MUMMY! They’re my personal favorite.

Another Halloween idea (this one my friend Lesli made) is the spiderweb! 

I hope I get the opportunity to teach again! I had a lot of fun. One thing I appreciate when teaching is how much I learn from my students. There is something to be said for a group of extremely creative people working together on a project. I look forward to doing it again! If you’d like me to teach (or would like to order a cake!), please email me at Livinsweet4@gmail.com.

Here are some cupcake decorating basics I handed out to my class:

Wilton Buttercream Icing Recipe:

(Stiff Consistency)

1 cup solid white vegetable shortening

1 teaspoon Wilton Flavor (Vanilla, Almond or Butter)

2 tablespoons milk or water

1 lb. pure cane confectioners’ sugar (approx 4 cups)

1 tablespoon Wilton Meringue Powder

A pinch of salt

Icing Consistency Adjustments

Stiff: Standard recipe

Medium: Add one teaspoon water to each cup of stiff (one additional tbsp of water when you are using the full recipe)

Thin: Add two teaspoons of water for each cup of stiff consistency icing (two tbsp of additional liquid for the full recipe)

A few baking tips:

  • I bake everything at 325 degrees, regardless. Your baking time will need to be increased when your temperature is lowered, but this will help your cakes and cupcakes bake more evenly with their edges.
  • I also substitute milk for water when making cakes, cupcakes and often icing.

My Favorite Homemade Pan Grease:

Blend equal parts of flour, oil and Crisco until smooth and store in an airtight container. When ready, use a pastry brush to coat any pan or cupcake cups and even frying pans. Nothing sticks with this stuff!

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Spider Cake

In cake, Halloween, Holidays on February 28, 2010 at 10:05 pm

Happy Halloween! I made this cake for JC’s aunt & uncle’s Halloween Party 2009. The top layer is a white chocolate cherry cake with a white chocolate ganache. The bottom is layers of milk chocolate devil’s food, white cake with cheesecake accents, filled with a bittersweet chocolate ganache. I made the little spiders out of cinnamon chocolate truffles. I also made the little Oreo truffle ghost pops. They were all quite delicious. I am happy to have been a contributor to their fabulous party!

Mummies are the Best

In cake, cupcakes, Halloween on February 28, 2010 at 9:55 pm

I decided to make cupcakes once again for JC to take to his dept. at work. Halloween is pretty huge at our office, so why not add to the festivities?

Haunted Cupcakes

In cupcakes, Halloween, Uncategorized on February 28, 2010 at 9:27 pm

I made these last night for JC to take to work with him. There are a few white chocolate cherry cupcakes and some milk chocolate devils’ food, all filled with a white chocolate creme. Topped with buttercream frosting in the face of a little ghost. Boo!

Cinnamon Truffles – Halloween Style

In Halloween, Truffles on February 28, 2010 at 8:52 pm

Semi-sweet chocolate cinnamon truffles rolled in sweetened cocoa or colored coconut with colored white chocolate stems to look like little pumpkins. Made with Ghiradelli chocolate, they completely melt in your mouth. I’m not too huge on most dark chocolates, so I used a semi-sweet chocolate for these truffles. Sooo yummy.