Seeing as the last batch of baking I shared here escaped being cakefarted by The Mistress, I thought I'd share my latest batches. I'm experimenting with decorating, hence the quilted effect, the two-tone piped icing, and the... well, the octopi.
|Under the mini-cake dome|
|Chocolate quilted cupcake|
|Experiments with cephalopods|
|A lonely blue octopus drying out (and cracking) atop her chocolate cupcake perch|
|Variations on a quilted theme|
|A complexity of cupcakes|
|Strawberry-flavour two-tone cupcakes|
I don't think I'm going to bother with icing-based octopi after this little trial - The icing gets too soft to mould it properly (especially when making the tentacles), then dries out too quickly leaving unsightly cracks. Next time (should there be one), I'm going to make the octopi (or other cephalopods) out of modelling clay, then I'll have more control over the contruction and I'll be able to use them again and again!
I'm pleased with how the quilted-effect icing turned out, and prefer the red diagonal quilts to the blue square quilts. These are getting quicker and easier to make each time I do them, too.
The two-tone piped icing cupcakes are a bit of a cheat. I loathe making icing (all the icing is pre-made on these cakes), and found this strawberry-flavour two-tone icing in toothpaste tube-like packaging that one can squeeze directly on to one's cakes. I thought I'd give it a go and, while they're not horrid, find myself a little ambivalent towards how the cakes turned out (I must admit to rushing them, somewhat). However, I think a little practice might sway me more towards actually liking the effect. The icing even tastes quite nice - I think actual strawberries must have been used in the ingredients (although I'm not actually a fan of strawberries).
I'll keep you updated - whether you like it or not - with my cake progress.