Sunday, October 31, 2010

Numero Uno

While it has been a long time coming, my first blog entry is here! I have finally made the transformation from a 'gonna' to a 'do-a'. I thought it only right to start my blogging journey with the ever-lovable and popular Cupcakes. Making, decorating and very importantly eating cupcakes is the real driver behind my growing love for baking.

About a year ago I took an eye-opening cupcake decorating class with my good friend Mrs Ladybird. We learnt how to use fondant (ready-to-roll icing) from a very talented cake decorator and blogger, Sharon Wee. From this moment, creating beautiful fondant decorations on top of melt-in-your-mouth cupcakes has become a slight obsession. This obsession means I have a flourishing collection of baking and decorating tools and of course cupcake books. I don't know how I'm ever going to need almost 1000 cupcake recipes, but never say never right?

I have been making celebratory cupcakes for family, friends and work colleagues ever since Sharon's class. My most favorite decorating book for fondant inspirations is the Planet Cake book. This book has the most amazing fondant cake and cupcake creations with very detailed, easy-to-follow instructions and equipment descriptions. I would recommend this book to anyone wanting to try their hand at cake decorating. While I have yet to cross the bridge of using fondant to decorate a whole cake (it will happen, I promise), this book is a great place to start for cupcakes too. Even better, Planet Cake's new book is dedicated completely to cupcakes and I hope to make it mine in the near future.

I hope to share with you my love of baking through these blog entries. And so it begins...