New cupcake flavours

While storms raged outside this long weekend I was baking up a storm indoors. Last week I started experimenting with new cupcake flavours. It has become an addiction now, looking for that ultimate cupcake flavour.

I had an extra day off so tried a few more varieties today. Thanks to the wonderful folk at A Touch of Italy for the samples to experiment with.

Samples of my latest favourites have gone out to a bunch of taste testers, I wonder which will be the most popular, Limoncello, Coffee and walnut or Coffee deluxe.

Baby shower

Soon there’ll be a new addition to the family – a sister for my grand-daughter.

So, that means baby shower time. I did a bit of baking for this. First up lemon cupcakes with a lemon swiss meringue buttercream icing and decorated with fondant baby bottle and bibs.

Baby shower cupcakes
Lemon baby shower cupcakes

Then for each guest to take home baby shower cookie favours. Gingerbread cookies with royal icing decorations.

Cookie favours
Baby shower cookie favours

Was a great baby shower, Kathleen did a fantastic job organising it all and cooking up a storm. This bubs is going to be spoilt with so many grandparents!

Ocean fishing cake and cupcakes

For my dad’s 70th birthday I made this fishing cake – dad loves fishing and has been known to catch all sorts of weird and wonderful creatures.  Th’ Bote is the name of the boat he and his brothers own and go out on regularly.

Fishing boat cake
Fishing in the ocean

The cake itself was 3 layer chocolate cake with chocolate ganache filling.   The outer icing and decorations are all fondant and gumpaste.

Once I’d almost completed the decorating I remember one of the guests has a nut allergy so decided to make some vanilla cupcakes as the chocolate used ‘may contain traces of nuts’.  I made up a few more creature to top them, which was a great way to use up the left over fondant.

Cupcakes with sea creature toppers