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.
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.
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?
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.
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,