As I mentioned in my previous post (Australian Lace Butterfly Cupcakes) I had lots of left over royal icing from making the lace butterflies the other day. Didn’t want to throw it out, or should I say not all anyway, because after painting these biscuits I still had a lot left. It was my first time to make royal icing, next time I will probably know that one egg and less sugar is more than enough for a small project…
I had Digestive Biscuits in my cupboard so there was no need to actually bake this time. I covered few with 3 different shades of pink fondant and using a small PME piping tip (nr 2) I started to pipe on the fondant then with a fine paint brush I finished the design.
My photo version, but I couldn’t apply my watermark on this one, that’s only available on my husband computer.
My daughter’s birthday is coming in April and we talked about having a butterfly themed birthday for her. This is how I came across a youtube video about how to make Australian Lace butterflies piped from Royal Icing. Very beautiful and very easy!
I made these cupcakes for a farewell party of my son’s preschool teacher. She was also my daughter’s teacher and she will be very much missed and thought I make her something special as a thank you gift.
For this occasion I baked my so loved chocolate cake recipe and for the frosting I made pink ganache cream from double cream and pink strawberry flavored chocolate buttons.
Sadly I must admit that my cupcakes didn’t come out as usually. I really don’t know why…..or maybe because this time I only made a half batch using half of the quantity of everything. Could this be the reason it didn’t come out as good as always? That’s just too bad especially that I was confident with this recipe and expected the best, and never failed with it before.
To pipe the butterflies I made Royal Icing from 2 egg whites and 500 gr of icing sugar and juice squeezed from half of lemon. To be honest I ended up with a large amount of royal icing, far more than I needed (that’s why you will find cookies decorated with left over royal icing using brush embroidery in my next post 🙂 .
Before I was a total virgin when it comes to royal icing, this was my first attempt. It is easy to make it, I used my electric mixer fitted with a stand. I let it make the hard work for about 30-40 minutes or so, my only task was to add the sugar with a spoon for time to time. Easy but messy! My kitchen was covered with sugar dust after this in spite of being careful. But all in all it was worth the trouble, my butterflies were fine, delicate and not one has broken, so I was pleased in the end.
My husband shoots the photos for me but sometimes I make few photos too 🙂
This is a good close up from a lace butterfly.
The cupcakes are ready to be delivered 🙂
Does anyone know the American TV show called Cake Boss? Or maybe The Next Great Baker? Buddy Valastro is the “BOSS” -he is a hell of a baker and cake decorator, I really like his shows, and guess what: we watched it together with Szonja on my computer, because she loves it too 🙂 On one of the series Buddy made a special cake for his wife, and he used a decorating technique called brush embroidery, which means that you paint with butter-cream (it might work with royal icing, but I could be wrong here) on the fondant with a paint brush. It was the first time I saw this and I instantly knew I have to try it myself! And that’s what I did! Last week I put aside few cupcakes (from the wild roses batch), and frosted them with pale green sugar-paste, let them dry a little, then painted it with butter-cream. It was easy-peasy, fun and elegant 🙂 Now I’m feeling that I’d like to decorate a big cake with this technique!