Thursday, March 26, 2009

how sweet it is

A while back we tried to order a cake at work to celebrate the completion of two major projects, and The Mentor Center. The original idea was to have the logos from each project on the cake. Easy, right? As Sarah blogged previously, it didn't turn out quite as expected. I decided to take a shot at it and see if I could get the logos to come out in sugar. (I had a day off on Tuesday and wanted to play. This was fun :)

Here's what the logos look like, officially (props to Kim, Creative Director extraordinaire):
And here they are as cupcakes:

The tops are free-handed, made from Color Flow icing -- one of the coolest techniques I learned in the Wilton cake decorating classes I took last year. Color Flow powder is a slightly modified version of meringue powder. Here's the recipe for Color Flow icing from the Wilton site. You only use 2 Tbsp of powder per recipe so a tub will last a good while. Using the icing is really easy. All you do is:
  1. Find a pattern and tape it to a hard, smooth surface. A cutting board works well.
  2. Cover the pattern with a piece of wax paper a little bigger than the design. Tape to secure, but not too much. You want to be able to remove it later.
  3. Make Color Flow icing and pipe all the edges of the design and any place where two colours will meet. Let Dry.
  4. Thin Color Flow icing to the right consistency (see recipe above for instructions) and fill in each color separately. If you're making batches like I did, do all of one colour at a time then do all of the second color etc. Fill the larger areas first as they help support the smaller details.
  5. Let dry at least overnight before handling, longer for larger &/ or thicker pieces.
Patterns that are fairly solid hold up best. If your design has spindly bits, they're going to be much more likely to break in transfer. Make extras. Trust me.

Once the Color Flow pieces have dried, just place on top of freshly iced cupcakes. (And take to work if you want to be really popular!) This technique also works fantastically on cookies.


ramblin'andie said...

ooooh! So neat!

A friend of mine recently asked me if I wanted to take the Wilton cake decorating course. And thanks to your blog, I didn't hesitate for a moment! We're starting next month :)

Darcy & Sharon said...

You guys in that little home of yours are just too amazing when it comes to cake and cookie decorating!

Janice said...

That's fantastic Claire! I'm always so inspired when I look at your blog. I want to try that icing trick.

Claire Colvin said...

Yay, I'm glad you're going to take the classes, you'll love them!

A couple of things I'd recommend:
* buy the kit, it's easier
* buy the BIG box of icing bags, you'll use them
* make sure you have lots of icing colors to play with
* don't buy the Wilton tackle box -- in my class EVERYONE bout it the first week and by the second course their stuff wouldn't fit in it. I found a decent sized tote bag worked really well.

You're going to have SUCH a good time. Can't wait to see the pics.

Mom Colvin said...

Claire, You never cease to amaze me. Very well done on the cupcakes - I'll bet you were popular at work!

I just loved the snowman - polka dots on his scarf for goodness sake! Can I have one next Christmas?

love, Mom XX
PS see you Wednesday!

Anonymous said...

I am in awe of your skills.



Nic said...

ohhhh Claire they were such lovely cupackes that i almost didn't want to eat them...almost...also...i loved my snowman so much u don't even know. i also ALLLMOST couldn't eat him....and now, NOW that you have cracked and bought that amazing new book, i am free to help you taste test as many butterflies and puppy cupcakes as need be. you need me, call. I'll be there.

Leah said...

Yeah and Mentor Center project is completed!!!! Wow, I remember when the idea for these two projects blossomed.

ramblin'andie said...

Thanks for the tips! Davey is excited too. I have a cupcake idea book and he loves it so much he sleeps with it! I have a feeling he'll be a willing participant in this new project :)

DAve and JAnie said...

Those are awesome! Great job with the intricate designs... I can't believe the L!
Hope they were just as tasty as they were beautiful!

Claire Colvin said...

They were delicious! Making cakes that are pretty but don't taste good is almost against my religion :)

Beck's Bulletin said...

Claire you are such an artist!!! And I love getting to eat your works of art!