Halloween Block Party Cupcake Decorating Practice #5

Halloween Block Party Cupcakes - Candy Coated Culinista

Halloween Block Party Cupcakes – Candy Coated Culinista

I was outside taking pictures of my Cherry Yoghurt Bundt Cake and a few neighbourhood girls came by all inquisitive like asking “what are you doing?” So I told them I was just trying to get some natural light for my photos. They quipped how I took a lot of photos and that my cake smelled really good and if they could have some. I told them they’d of course have to ask their parents; but then it turned into them asking me to make them some cupcakes for their Halloween Block Party after running it by a parent and that they must be Halloween themed. Since I always have Halloween colours & decorations on hand as a skull lover and collector I said sure, when and what time. I delivered the cupcakes to the block party and the girls loved them and were very appreciative as well as the parents. I love when I can put smiles on little kids faces and I also got to meet a few neighbours.

Halloween Block Party Cupcakes - Candy Coated Culinista

Halloween Block Party Cupcakes – Candy Coated Culinista

Cupcake Decorating: Practice #3

Cupcake Practice #3 - Candy Coated Culinista

Cupcake Practice #3 – Candy Coated Culinista

For the Easter weekend I made 48 cupcakes for our church brunch and here a small sampling of the cupcakes. I made 1 dozen French vanilla cupcakes, 1 dozen chocolate and the two dozen half French vanilla and half chocolate cupcakes. The frostings were: Chocolate frosting, white chocolate frosting and classic vanilla buttercream. As it the Easter season I bought a bunch of peeps to decorate. I tried three different piping tips and I must say this is the most cupcakes I have ever made. I never really thought I could make such a large batch of cupcakes; but I did and they were enjoyed by all. Not to sweet and so cute and themed.

Cupcake Practice #3 - Candy Coated Culinista

Cupcake Practice #3 – Candy Coated Culinista

Zombie Infected Minion Cupcake Decorating Practice #3

Zombie Infected Minion Cupcakes - Candy Coated Culinista

Zombie Infected Minion Cupcakes – Candy Coated Culinista

“He’s so fluffy, I’m gonna die!” “Silas Ramsbottom …. Bottom.” “ Bee Doo Bee Doo Bee Doo.” Believe it or not these have become a part of my vocabulary and I’m an adult … well sort of an adult. Since the first moment I saw Despicable Me I have fallen in love with these movies and I even have a plushie Agnes, Unicorn and Minions. As usual for Halloween I like to make a kid-friendly treat for the kids at church, but let’s face it the adults love them as much as the kids and sometimes even more. I wanted to make some Zombie Infected Minion Cupcakes with cupcakes from scratch; but of course when I don’t want my cupcakes to rise, they rise the highest they ever have and also look a little anemic and lacked flavour. I think I shouldn’t have batched down a larger cupcake recipe of mine. Oh well this gives me time to practice on my decorating skills.

Yield/Serving: 24 cupcakes

Ingredients
• 1 pack of Halloween themed Wilton baking cups (cupcake liners)
• 1 box of Duncan Hines Moist Deluxe White Cake
• 3 extra large egg whites (per Duncan Hines box)
• 1 1/3 cup water (per Duncan Hines box)
• 2 tbsp canola oil (per Duncan Hines box)
• 1 box of Twinkies
• 99g Wilton Sparkle Gel, black
• Wilton Candy Eyeballs
• 1 – 450g Creamy Home-Style Vanilla frosting
• 1 Vial (teardrop) of blue food colouring
• 1A piping tip
• Piping bag
• Handful of brown jimmies, for hair

Assembly
1. Bake the cupcakes per the box instructions and fill 24 cupcake liners.
2. Once baked, immediately remove from baking pans and move to wire racks to cool completely.
3. Unwrap the Twinkies and cut in half.
4. Using the black sparkle gel, draw on a line for the goggles and a bigger dot in the middle and adhere a candy eyeball in the top portion of the Twinkie half.
5. Draw on the mouths using sparkle gel and set aside.
6. Slowly pour and mix blue food colouring into the vanilla frosting.
7. Prepare the piping bag and pour in the frosting.
8. Pipe frosting onto cupcakes and top with your minions.
9. Add jimmies to the tops of some Twinkies to make hair.
10. There will be some cupcakes without Twinkies, just add an eyeball and some jimmies to the frosting.

Tips
• Ensure you don’t pipe right to the edges, as the frosting will spread when the Twinkies are pushed down into the frosting the frosting will spread to the edges.

Please Enjoy

Reviews
The reviews from the adults were thumbs up and these are so cute and creative. The kids just ate them without any thanks as that’s how kids are lol; but their blue teeth, noses and cheeks said they were good.

My thoughts
I had so much fun making these. I even had to buy a new set of bigger piping tips and I’m so happy that I can finally make cloud frosting even if the set was expensive I will use these tips alot. I thoroughly enjoyed it every step of the way and it really didn’t take too long. My biggest issue was getting the cupcakes into the container (the Twinkies wouldn’t let me close the container for transporting). For $20 I have some pretty crafty and awesome cupcakes for the kids at church.

Despicable Me Plushies - Candy Coated Culinista

Despicable Me Plushies – Candy Coated Culinista

Zombie Infected Minion Cupcakes - Candy Coated Culinista

Zombie Infected Minion Cupcakes – Candy Coated Culinista

Zombie Infected Minion Cupcakes - Candy Coated Culinista

Zombie Infected Minion Cupcakes – Candy Coated Culinista

Soap-Making Party

Soap Making Party - Candy Coated Culinista

Soap Making Party – Candy Coated Culinista

What’s a soap-making party you ask? Students get to make soap and use all the teachers’ products and pay for the soap you carry home by the pound. As soon as I got the invite I was all in; as I had too much fun at the soap-making workshop to pass it up. There were a must for the soap making party: anything culinary related and of course skulls. So I sat down and got to work and made my soaps and to us girls there it was fun play time.

This day I made three soap skulls, a strawberry chocolate doughnut, Margarita Chapman’s Rocket (Chapman’s Rockets are my favourite Popsicle from my childhood), strawberry smoothie Jello pie with hidden fruit inside and lastly a peach mango mini cupcake with soap buttercream and pearls.

My thoughts
I feel quite Zen-like with I am creating soaps. This seems to be my happy place, where I can be creative and have fun. There’s no rushing soap-making, things need time to set and I like that, and I am therefore forced to slow down and relax, as this isn’t my way normally. Today was my second attempt using a proper piping bag and this time it was piping buttercream soap onto a soap cupcake, and it turned out quite well. A fun time was had by all, and I left a couple of ladies still creating more soaps and mixing colours.

DIY Infinity Scarf – Practice #1

DIY - Infinity Scarf - Practice #1 - Candy Coated Culinista

DIY – Infinity Scarf – Practice #1 – Candy Coated Culinista

I finally pulled out my craft sewing machine that I got for my birthday last night. The previous night I read the instructions included in the box and they were not helpful in any shape or form. Last night I headed to YouTube and found so many how to videos that I managed to get the sewing machine working. I made a few practice sews; dug out the fabric I bought back in January and started my sewing journey. I started sewing immediately without much for-thought and managed to make one scarf, but then I realized I didn’t double over the fabric and I would probably have to un-stitch the fabric or just enjoy it as is. My second attempt using the remaining fabric, I had the theory down but I just can’t sew a straight line for the life of me. Once I was done it turned out pretty good; there was just one spot where I missed sewing the two pieces of fabric together. I then decided to sew it up by hand as I don’t know how to fix a problem like that yet. This didn’t turn out so well so I stole some ribbon planned for another project and covered up my sewing shame. The end result is a half decent infinity scarf in my eyes. It may not have the straightest lines and it probably could use a little more TLC regarding the ribbon. However, my first attempt was great and I am so proud of myself considering I completed one and a half scarves in less than two hours and before this I had never sewed one thing ever using a sewing machine. I will wear my raggedy, un-even scarf with pride, because I achieved something that has been on my bucket list and now if I never learn how to knit, I won’t feel so bad anymore.

Supplies
• Sewing Machine
• Thread
• Bobbin
• Fabric

Please Enjoy

My thoughts
Slow and steady is the way to go. I have to get that sewing finesse and practice, practice, practice and I will get much better. My first scarf was much better than my second one because I used the foot pedal instead of the automatic guiding setting. I was just having trouble with the amount of pressure to apply to the foot pedal. With practice I will get better.

Cupcake Decorating: Practice #2

Cupcake Decorating: Practice #2 - Candy Coated Culinista

Cupcake Decorating: Practice #2 – Candy Coated Culinista

My second attempt at cupcake decorating. These are for my youngest God-Daughter who is turning 2 this week, and she already has a massive sweet tooth just like me. This time I wanted to introduce two colours to piping. My technique is improving with every try.

Cupcake Decorating Practice #1

Cupcake Decorating Practice #1 - Candy Coated Culinista

Cupcake Decorating Practice #1 – Candy Coated Culinista

I planned on making homemade cupcakes for my birthday post, but like usual I got too busy and too many things preoccupied my time surrounding my birthday. One of my closest friends from childhood and also one of my bridesmaids is a January baby also; just 6 days after me. I made sure that over the weekend I was going to makes cupcakes, whether homemade or box and just jazzed up. I ended up making a box cupcake and added sprinkles and flavoured extracts, and premade frosting. My goal here was to practice icing a cupcake with a decorating bag/piping bag. For my first attempt I used one of my Christmas presents from 2012 a Dessert Decorator (a cylinder tube with a plunger top) along with the Star Tip. I found this to be so easy that after my first try it came out pretty well. I made cotton candy flavored blue frosting as this is her favourite colour.

Supplies:
• Dessert Decorator/ Decorating Bag/ Piping Bag
• Decorating Tips
• Cupcakes
• Frosting
• Food Colouring
• Star Quinns

Tips
• I tried both decorating piping the cupcakes with no stream (tail) and with and I found that with a tail seemed to work easier. I would suggest just don’t give it too much of a lead until you’re proficient in decorating.

Assembly
1. Arrange cupcakes.
2. Prepare frosting and add flavourings or colouring as desired.
3. Fill the decorator.
4. Pipe frosting onto cupcakes.
5. Decorate with star quinns

Please Enjoy

My thoughts
I had a blast decorating these cupcakes and my friend was so excited when she saw them. She also loved that I remembered her favourite colour. I also gave a bunch to another friend (also a bridesmaid) and my second mom’s family. Mr. C said “great job hun” and of course I set aside some house cupcakes.

Cupcake Decorating Practice #1 - Candy Coated Culinista

Cupcake Decorating Practice #1 – Candy Coated Culinista

Cookie Decorating – Practice #1

Royal Icing Decorating - Candy Coated Culinista

Royal Icing Decorating – Candy Coated Culinista

Truth be told I am about 3 months late practicing how to decorate cookies. The plan was to make El Dia Los Muertos (Day of the Dead) Sugar Skull cookies, as I love all things macabre and skulls being my focal point in this genre. There should have been a post November 1st 2013, but I had so many Halloween posts leading up to that day that I thought I should relax a bit. I also put a hold on it as I haden’t practiced or got myself all the tools needed, even though I had the sugar skull cookie cutters from my prize money for my Mini-Jumble Berry Tarts. Christmas rolls around and Bulk Barn is now selling pre-made gingerbread cookies and houses and royal icing. That’s perfect for me as I can just concentrate on the decorating aspect and not worry about making the gingerbread. I bought my supplies and what happens again, I have so many Christmas recipes and posts that I run out of time. Now it’s the first week in January and I am practicing now. The only good thing to my procrastination was that everyone in my life for Christmas either gave me cooking, baking or photography related presents and my second mom (she’s more like big sister and mom – my mom has always said if anything should happen to her this is my new mom) and that’s exactly how it worked out. Anyway back to the story, she and one of her sons (my god-son) gave me a unique measuring cup set that looks like seashells, as my god son thought they were unique just like his aunty C.C. and an icing pen set with all the decorating tips and the much needed offset spatula. Now I had everything I needed and I had no excuse, and I broke in my new icing set.

Supplies
• Gingerbread cookies
• Royal icing
• Sprinkles, quinns, coloured sugar (as decorations you like)
• Offset spatula

Assembly
1. Lay out cookies.
2. Pipe outlines around the edges of the cookie.
3. Let the outline set for 1 hour before flooding the interior.
4. Thin the icing in the microwave or add a little water at a time until runny.
5. Let the icing stand for 5 minutes to allow bubbles to rise to the top and then flood the cookies inside your outlines.
6. Use an offset spatula along with a toothpick to help the icing reach the edges.
7. Let cookies set for 1 hour and then pipe details or the next colour on top. Or when you have finished flooding the cookie sprinkle the sprinkles, quinns or coloured sugar on top immediately so they can adhere to the icing.

Tips
• I found it easier to work with the royal icing if it was slightly warm to get a more liquid consistency.
• Another option is to add water, a little at a time until the runny texture is achieved.

Please Enjoy

My thoughts
My first cookies was a real disaster, you can always tell your first when your practicing something new. By the second cookie I had the hang of it (I was expecting this to take me longer, but maybe my artistic background kicked it). For my first practice at cookie decorating I am quite pleased with myself. I just have to work on my flooding technique and using the offset spatula. I am now feeling more confident and by November 1st 2014 I will have that El Dia Los Muertos (Day of the Dead) Sugar Skull cookies post up for you to try.

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