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Carrot Cakes & Cinnamon Buttercream {Perth Food Photography}

Had a little baking afternoon with a friend and we used this taste.com.au recipe for carrot cake with cinnamon frosting. We substituted the carrot cake’s buttermilk for Mundella premium natural yoghurt which gave it more of a light, muffiny feel. It would have been perfect to add some sultanas into the mix as well. Unfortunately, I found the frosting too sweet – next time, I would be keen to try this cooked flour buttercream recipe or this one which look like they’d suit my palate better.

Carrot Cupcakes With Cinnamon Buttercream | Sabatomic.com

I had bought some new piping tips earlier in the week from a specialty cake decorating store, Cake Tinz N Thingz. It was wonderful being surrounded by so many cake decorating things – edible glitter, novelty tins, ribbons, sugarpaste cutters and moulds. Cake decorating is something I’ve always wanted to try my hand at – when I was little, I found a cake decorating book at the library and I would borrow it over and over again to obsess over the sugarpaste creations and piping techniques. I’m never quite sure why I didn’t start decorating cakes then, but I suspect it had something to do with the fact that we didn’t eat cake very often for health reasons.

What cupcake icing do you prefer? | Sabatomic.com

I used a gigantic 17mm plastic star piping tip to ice all these cupcakes. I’m happy with the size and shape of the piping tip, but haven’t quite got the swirl technique perfect. I’m not being too hard on myself though because so far my only teachers in cupcake icing have been youtube and pinterest – perhaps I just need some more practice and trial & error at home before seeking out cake decorating classes?

Carrot cakes with cinnamon star buttercream icing | Sabatomic.com

Below is a pullback shot so you can see my setup for these photos – I’m facing into the window instead of shooting alongside the window, I quite like it.

Food Photography | Behind The Scenes With Sabatomic

I’m getting a little tired of using the same boards and will soon have a new surface to shoot on – I picked up a discarded wood pallet yesterday, found it sitting in someone’s bulk rubbish pile. It wouldn’t fit into my car so I rolled it around the block to a friends house, which took about 30 minutes and a shameful amount of grunting – pallets are REALLY heavy! Will figure out how to get it home soon with the help of Tom :)

Hope you enjoyed this post!

Until next time,

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  • September 4, 2013 - 9:43 pm

    Chisa - Ooh these look amazing! I never have the patience for piping, so I usually just end up inelegantly smearing frosting onto cupcakes. You’ve done a good job with these.

    It’s also really cool to see your setup, lots of good ideas in there!

  • September 4, 2013 - 10:59 pm

    mel - Hi there ! Your pictures are amazing and to be hard with yourself your cupcakes looks great !

    I was wondering where did you get your board to shoot on ? I looking for the same kind of board to shoot food as well !

    Thanks a lot !

    Mel xx

  • September 4, 2013 - 11:15 pm

    Sab - Thanks Teresa, a good smear of frosting can look just as good as piping, it’s much more “rustic”? :)

  • September 4, 2013 - 11:17 pm

    Sab - Hi Mel,
    I made the board from scratch using new pine planks, gluing them together, distressing and then staining them. If you google around you will find HEAPS of tutorials on different ways you can distress wood. Good Luck!
    – Sab

  • September 6, 2013 - 10:30 am

    Cat - Hi Sabrina – I just wanted to say a huge thanks for all the times you show your photography setup. It is a huge help to a photography newbie like myself and shows us that expensive setups aren’t needed to achieve beautiful shots.

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