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Saturday, 6 April 2019
We Bare Bear cupcakes for a birthday party
rice paper rolls. It had been so long since I had made them that it took quite a few til I hit my stride. It was a messy and fun thing to do. My mum came to help which made the party much easier.
Cartoon Network). It was a good ice breaker because they all had their personalities to discuss. Sylvia and one friend were the solitary, stoic and clever Ice Bear whereas the third kid was the easy going outgoing Grizz. Sylvia had wanted a cake decoration party. They started by making some tick tock teacups. We had heaps of buttercream icing so it was useful here.
I looked into Sylvia doing a cupcake decoration course but they were so pricey that we decided to do it at home which was pretty easy. After all, part of these courses are just having the chance to experiment. It was very interesting watching the three girls at work and their different approaches.
To celebrate 10 years of Sylvia's birthdays, I have made a collage of her previous 9 birthday party cakes. I wonder what sort of cakes and celebrations the next 10 years will bring!
Baby Pram, Dinosaur Farm, Georgie Pig's dinosaur
Middle: Pirate Treasure Chest, Toadstool House, Frozen Castle
Bottom: Minion, Hedgehog, Cat cupcakes
How to make We Bare Bears Cupcakes
1 dozen of vanilla cupcakes (or cupcake of your desire)
Buttercream (see below recipe)
Mini oreos (or other small dark round cookies or chocolates)
Mentos mints (or other small white round mints or candy)
Dairy milk melts
Edible black pen
Icing sugar (confectionery sugar)
Wooden boards (not smelling of onions)
Small rolling pins
Round cutter (for faces)
Spreaders for buttercream
To decorate cupcakes:
1. Firstly check you have a round cutter that will cut a circle about the size of the cupcake top as you will want to cover it. If you don't have a scone cutter or cookie cutter, you can use a well dusted (with icing sugar) glass or cup of the right size.
2. Take a small blob of white fondant and keep the rest of fondant in an airtight container. Roll out the blob on a wooden chopping board with a rolling pin, keeping both board and rolling pin lightly dusted with flour. The fondant can stick: to avoid this, pick it up and turn over regularly while rolling out. The fondant should be about 2-3mm thick. While it is important to use the icing sugar to stop the fondant sticking, it is also better not to have lots of icing over the fondant, esp the brown one.
3. Spread buttercream in a thin layer on a cupcake. If required, neaten buttercream around the edges so it isn't ragged. Cut a circle of fondant and place over the buttercream on the cupcake. Smooth it down with your hands.
4. To make Ice Bear: Use buttercream to stick on white mentos as ears. They should be sticking out of the circle of the face slightly. Use buttercream to stick on candy eyes almost halfway down the circle and have them fairly close together (about 0.5cm apart) With a black edible marker draw on a nose about the shape but smaller than a jelly bean and a wry smile (or do your own style of nose and mouth).
5. To make Panda: Repeat steps 2 and 3. As for step 4 but use half a mini oreo with no icing for ears and half a mini oreo with icing for eyes.
6. To make Grizz. Using brown rather than white icing, repeat steps 2 and 3. As for step 4 but use milk chocolate melts for ears.
125g icing sugar (confectionery sugar)
dribble of milk
Beat butter 3-5 minutes until pale and creamy. Gradually add icing sugar until it is absorbed by butter. If it is creamy, you can stop here. However mine was little pellets of sweet butter and needed me to beat in a drizzle of milk at a time until it just turned creamy but still was able to hold its shape.
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