Hunger Games Cupcakes

 

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This week marks the premiere of Mockingjay Part 2, and as a Hunger Games fan I had to decorate¬†some cupcakes for the occasion (of course). ūüôā

A little explanation of the different types of decorations I made:

  • 2 x mockingjay pins
  • 1 x President Snow’s white rose with drops of blood
  • 2 x chocolate with sprinkles (to represent District 12)
  • 2 x nightlock berries
  • 2 x orange flames with an arrow (to represent the “Girl on Fire”)

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THE THINGS YOU WILL NEED TO GET DOWN AND NERDY

  • 1 x red velvet cupcakes packet mix
  • 1 x tub chocolate frosting
  • 2 x tubs vanilla buttercream frosting
  • yellow, black and green fondant
  • handful of blueberries
  • chocolate sprinkles
  • yellow and red food colouring

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LET’S DO THIS!

Prepare cupcake mix as per packet instructions.

Allow cooked cupcakes to cool completely before decorating.

While cupcakes are cooling, roll out fondants to around 3 mm in thickness.

Using a small leaf shaped cutter or by hand with a knife, cut out 7 leaf shapes.

Score long ways down the centre of each and pinch one end into a point.

Allow to harden in an arc shape over a pencil.

To make an arrow, roll a small amount of black fondant into a very thin sausage and cut out an arrow head shape and stick to one end of the sausage with some water.

Allow to dry flat and harden.

To make the mockingjay symbol cut out two rings about 5mm wide using the yellow fondant and allow to dry flat and harden.

For the mockingjay bird shape, cut out a template using baking paper (I found one on the Internet) and carefully cut out the two bird shapes with a knife.

Using the back of a sharp knife score a few lines down the wing and tail of each bird for extra detail and allow to dry flat and harden.

Next cut out two thin arrows free hand with a knife and also allow to dry flat and harden.

Lastly cut out two filled in circles using the black fondant (the same diameter as the yellow rings) to be the background for the mockingjay shapes.

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DECORATING TIME!

For the District 12 cupcakes, pipe the chocolate frosting onto two cupcakes using a medium to large star shaped piping nozzle and top with chocolate sprinkles.

For the President Snow white rose and the nightlock berries cupcakes, pipe white buttercream frosting onto three cupcakes in a rose shape using a closed star piping nozzle.

Place a single green fondant leaf to the edge of one cupcake.

Place three leaves towards the centre of the other two cupcakes, leaving space in the middle for the berries.

For the cupcake with one leaf, carefully place a few drops of red food colouring to the opposite side of the rose to where the leaf is positioned.

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For the other two cupcakes place three blueberries in the centre between the leaves.

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To make the¬†orange flame “Girl on Fire” cupcakes, dye one portion of buttercream frosting yellow, and another equal portion orange.

Place both colours together into a piping bag with a large star shaped piping nozzle, keeping the colours fairly separated in the piping bag.

 

Pipe the two-tone frosting onto two cupcakes using a star shaped piping nozzle and place the arrow at an angle in one of the cupcakes.

Lastly, to decorate the two mockingjay cupcakes apply a thin layer of chocolate frosting onto both cupcakes and smooth with a knife.

To assemble the mockingjays, place the yellow ring onto the black circle using some water to stick the two together.

Then carefully place the mockingjay shape into position over the top of the ring and finish by placing the arrow across the bird at an angle.

Place the completed birds in the centre of each cupcake.

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These cupcakes required a bit of prep work for each of the different decorations but were well worth the effort!

Which cupcake design is your favourite?

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To see more cupcake creations you can find me on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest.

Happy Baking! ūüôā

AND MAY THE ODDS BE EVER IN YOUR FLAVOUR ūüėČ

 

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Tuxedo Strawberries

tuxedo strawberries

The new James Bond film Spectre officially makes its Australian premiere¬†today so I thought I would dedicate this¬†post to everyone’s favourite British spy.

Enter stage left, the TUXEDO STRAWBERRIES.


THE THINGS YOU WILL NEED

These little sweet treats only require two ingredients – chocolate and strawberries. Hooray! ūüôā

ingredients

I used white and dark chocolate melts for this recipe as I find the dark chocolate gives more contrast in colour against the white chocolate, but you can substitute milk chocolate instead if you like.


LETS DO THIS!

Wash strawberries and pat dry with paper towel (make sure they are completely dry otherwise the melted chocolate wont stick to them).

Lay out a large sheet of baking paper on a flat surface to place the strawberries to dry once dipped in chocolate.

Place the white chocolate melts in a deep microwave safe mug and melt using a microwave for 30 second intervals until chocolate is smooth with no lumps.

Holding a strawberry by the green leafy top, dip vertically into the melted chocolate, leaving about 5mm of red strawberry exposed at the top.

Allow excess chocolate to drip off and gently lay on baking paper to dry.

Repeat for all strawberries and allow to completely dry and harden, but do not put them in the fridge!

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Place the dark chocolate melts in a deep microwave safe bowl and melt in the microwave until smooth.

Hold a white chocolate strawberry by the green leafy top and dip into the dark chocolate on an angle and then dip again on an angle in the opposite direction to give a triangle shape.

Repeat for all the strawberries.

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Pour left over melted dark chocolate into a piping bag and cut a very small hole in the corner.

Pipe a little bow tie on the white part of each strawberry, leaving room underneath for the buttons.

Then pipe three vertical dots under each bow tie and your tuxedo strawberry is complete!

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Be sure to check out my other social media sites for more of my sweet creations! You can find me on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest.

Happy Baking! ūüôā

Magic Malteser Cake

magic malteser cake

For today’s baking creation I wanted to make something less fiddly and intricate and something more sturdy that focused on¬†building and construction. So, I give you the two-tiered MAGIC MALTESER CAKE!

If I’m going to be perfectly honest, the hardest part about making this cake was resisting to eat the Maltesers before they went on the cake! ūüėČ

ingredients

chocolate fingers


PREPARING THE CAKES

  1. For the large base cake prepare 2 x Green’s Chocolate Cake mixes as per packet instructions.
  2. Combine both mixtures into a 26cm round cake tin and cook in a 160 degree Celsius gas oven for approximately 55-60 minutes.
  3. For the smaller cake prepare 1 x Green’s Chocolate Cake mix as per packet instructions and cook in a 19cm round tin for approximately 40-45 minutes.
  4. Allow cakes to completely cool (I put mine in the fridge to cool quicker and harden slightly).
  5. Using a cake cutting wire, slice the round dome top off both cakes.

DECORATING TIME!

  1. Beginning with the large cake frost the top and sides with a thin layer of chocolate frosting.
  2. While the frosting is still sticky, start placing chocolate fingers vertically one at a time around the sides of the cake, making sure they are as close together as possible.
  3. Set aside and frost the smaller cake with a thin layer of frosting.
  4. Using cake dowel rods, push vertically in the centre of the larger cake.
  5. Carefully place the frosted smaller cake on top of the centre of the larger cake.
  6. Once secure, start placing chocolate fingers vertically around the sides of the smaller cake too.
  7. At this stage I tied red ribbon around the middle of both cakes, but this part is optional if you don’t want to add ribbon.
  8. Once the ribbons are tied and the bows are in line where you want the front of the cake to be, start adding Maltesers in the gap between the two cakes and to the top of the small cake, making sure to only layer them as high as the chocolate fingers.
  9. Using a bamboo skewer or similar, push vertically into the smaller cake on a slight angle.
  10. Starting at the base of the smaller cake where the skewer is, carefully build up Maltesers one at a time around the skewer, securing each one in place with left over chocolate frosting (make sure the skewer is completely hidden by Maltesers, but leave about an inch of skewer exposed at the very top).
  11. Finally, take¬†an empty Malteser packet and secure with tape over the top of the exposed part of the skewer, positioning it on an angle¬†so that the Maltesers look to be “falling” out of the packet.

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This cake was so much fun to make and is definitely a chocolate lover’s dream come true!

If you like this post and want to see more of my baking creations head over to my Instagram, Twitter, Facebook or Pinterest.

And if you want to share your own baking creations with me use the hashtag #chocolatecoveredcode so I can see them!

Happy baking! ūüôā

Poop Emoji Cupcakes

poop emoji cupcakes

Let’s face it. Chocolate frosting piped¬†in a certain way can look a lot like… well, you know..

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So what happens when you make chocolate cupcakes with chocolate buttercream frosting and a few fondant facial features?

POOP EMOJI CUPCAKES!

Today’s baking is¬†dedicated to one of the more popular and fun emojis used in social media. Enjoy ūüôā

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To make the cupcakes I used 1 x Green’s Chocolate Cupcakes mix and prepared as per packet instructions.¬†For the poop I used 1 x tub of Betty Crocker’s Vanilla Buttercream Frosting and gradually mixed in cocoa powder until the desired colour was achieved.

To decorate I used a plain round large piping nozzle to pipe a pyramid swirl of chocolate buttercream frosting and for the emoji’s facial features¬†I cut out eyes and a mouth using a small amount of white and black fondant.

And just if you were wondering… they tasted amazing! ūüėČ

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If you want to see more of my baking creations you can find me on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook or Pinterest.

Happy Baking! ūüôā

Tiffany Cupcakes

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After recently purchasing some jewellery from my favourite store Tiffany&Co, I was inspired to make some cupcakes dedicated to the iconic Tiffany blue colour.

To make the cupcakes I used 1 x Green’s Vanilla Cupcakes mix and prepared as per packet instructions. I replaced the patty pans that came in the packet with silver patty pans that I bought separately.

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To make the unmistakable Tiffany blue coloured frosting,¬†I used 1 tub of Betty Crocker’s Vanilla Buttercream Frosting and¬†coloured it using Queen’s Blue liquid food colouring.

I added a few drops of food colouring at a time, stirring in thoroughly before adding more. I had a Tiffany box on hand to compare the colour to ensure I matched it as close as possible.

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To decorate I used an extra large star shaped piping nozzle to pipe the frosting onto the cupcakes and for an extra touch I sprinkled a few silver cachous on each cupcake.

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Happy Baking! ūüôā

Creepy Crawly Cupcakes

creepy cupcakes

It’s Halloween time again and what better way to get my spook on than to make some Creepy Crawly Cupcakes.

I’ll admit the most time consuming part of baking these little beauties was cutting the bats and spiders out of fondant!

prep

To make the cupcakes I used 1 box of Green’s Vanilla Cupcakes mix and prepared as per packet instructions. This recipe made 18 small cupcakes for me.

To make the orange icing I used 1 tub of Better Crocker’s Vanilla Buttercream Frosting and dyed it orange using a combination of¬†red and yellow food colouring. I just experimented with the colours to get the orange colour that I wanted.

Note – I used a lot more yellow than red to get the orange colour shown in the pictures.

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To frost the cupcakes I used a large star tip piping nozzle and a disposable piping bag. (I allowed the frosting to re-harden slightly in the fridge first after it became considerably runny after mixing in the food colouring).

To make the spiders and bats I found stencils of each from the Internet and cut the shapes out of baking paper. Using these as a guide I used a sharp knife to cut out 9 bats and 9 spiders from rolled out pre-coloured black fondant. This took quite some time but the results were worth it!

To finish off decorating I placed a fondant creepy crawly onto each cupcake.

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Happy Halloween! ūüôā

Pink Ribbon Cupcakes

pink ribbon cupcakes

Today is¬†Pink Ribbon Day –¬†a day to raise awareness and funds to¬†support many women who are affected by breast and gynecological cancers.

To help raise money for this cause I made some cute vanilla cupcakes with buttercream frosting and pink fondant ribbons.

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To make the vanilla cupcakes I used a White Wings Vanilla Cupcake packet mix which made 22 small cupcakes if prepared as per packet instructions.

For the frosting I used 1 tub of Betty Crocker’s Vanilla Buttercream Frosting and piped onto the cupcakes using a disposable piping bag and a star shaped piping nozzle.

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HOW TO MAKE PINK FONDANT RIBBONS

  1. Dye a small amount of white fondant with Rose Pink food colouring until the desired pink colour is achieved
  2. Roll fondant out using a rolling pin to about 3mm in thickness
  3. Cut 20cm x 1cm strips of fondant using a ruler and a sharp knife
  4. Taking one fondant strip and holding at both ends, cross one end over the other so that about 1cm of each end extends past the join
  5. Secure join with a small amount of sugar glue or egg white, making sure to not flatten the loop
  6.  Repeat for all strips and allow fondant to harden
  7. To add an extra touch, glue a silver cachou to each join of the ribbons
  8. Once cupcakes have been frosted carefully place a ribbon onto each cupcakes pressing slightly into frosting to secure

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If you would like to help raise funds for Pink Ribbon Day by baking some goodies or simply make a donation you can find all the details on the Pink Ribbon Website.

Happy Baking! ūüôā