Tuesday, 6 July 2010

Bling up your Cupcakes

It used to be that the only decoration found on a cupcake was a sugar flower or a smartie ~ oh how times have changed.  Nowadays cupcakes, like their big brothers the full sized cake, are canvasses for artistic outlet.

As a term, 'Cake Jewellery' is still fairly new but its popularity is growing. The addition of wired and beaded cake toppers to birthday and wedding cakes has become pretty common in the last few years, and with most cake jewellery being bespoke it's a sure fire way of making sure your cakes and cupcakes are totally unique.

Designs range from using a few clustered beads to form a pretty centrepiece to a cupcake, to a fountain of shimmering beads to create a real 'wow' factor. The beauty with cake jewellery is that you're not constrained by cutters or shapers, your only limit is your imagination and the beads and wire you can lay your hands on. 0.2mm wire is best for multi-beaded cupcake creations like the one above as it's very flexible and can be easily moulded into shape. For creations using heavier beads Hamilworth Paper Covered Wire is great, it's sold in most cake decorating shops and comes in a variety of thicknesses.

But what about the Hygiene / Health and Safety aspect of wires and beads in food I hear you ask. Not a problem, the birth of the mini cake pick means you can insert wires to your hearts content, though removing them before eating the cake is (hopefully) an obvious given.

Thanks for reading, and if this has whetted your appetite in any way and you fancy having a go yourself why not attend one of our classes, held frequently in the Beds, Bucks and Herts regions.

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