National Cup Cake Week 2015

Monday, 14 September 2015  |  Georgina@thevanillavalley

It's the sweetest week of the year! National Cupcake Week! We'd love for you to share your bakes with us and we'd love to share some fab ideas with you this week. The two elements of amazing cupcakes that should always be considered is great flavour and stunning decoration.

Experimental flavours in cupcakes are such a treat and these Raspberry Mojito cupcakes by sound and look absolutely delicious.

You can find the recipe here (and don't worry, it goes light on the rum!)

The recipe suggests using lime juice in the sponge mix and mint extract in the frosting, you could alternatively use the Lime Foodie Flavours Natural Flavouring and the Mint Foodie Flavours Natural Flavouring

Alternatives to the Wilton food colouring would be Rainbow Dust's Pro-Gels in Bright Green or Leaf Green. Sugarflair pastes in Eucalyptus or Mint Green are also great alternatives for colouring the sponge, and you could colour the frosting too. Both ranges are highly concentrated food colourings so a little goes a long way for excellent value.

You could even mix it up entirely to make a mint sponge and use the Key Lime Sugar Crumbs flavoured icing sugar for the frosting. To really mix it up you could try the Coconut Lime icing sugar. Raspberry Mojito Cupcakes
Vintage Lace Cupcakes by Hilary Rose Cupcakes

Vintage style cupcakes are increasingly popular and there are so many styles and variations that you can create.

These stunning cupcakes by Hilary Rose Cupcakes are a brilliant example of this style. You can see more from this talented cake maker here.

The lace effect can be created in so many ways from pressing lace fabric into your fondant or if you're good with your hands you could pipe your own design. We'd recommend using a lace impression mat with cutters to create your fondant topper; the Claire Bowman Zahara Cake Lace Mat which is designed for exactly this purpose with circular lace designs.

You could either leave these flat or for that domed effect use the Purple Cupcakes Foam Balls to sit your circle of fondant on to dry then secure in place and help the dome keep its shape with some buttercream.

Cupcake topper silicone moulds are also a great option for finishing off your cakes, there are loads of different choices for decorative motifs and mottos.

If you haven't got time to make the little decorations like the roses on these cupcakes, why not get some ready made ones, like these Pink Ombre Sugar Roses also available in Purple.

Why not add a little extra sparkle with a Sugarflair Lustre Dusts?

We have all of the essentials for your cupcake making here at the Vanilla Valley. Check out all these must have products!

JEM and Wilton piping nozzles only £1.29 Roll of 20 disposable icing bags only £1.49
Purple Cupcakes Foam Ball Halves set of 6 View our full range of cupcake cases available online

For more cupcake inspiration please check out our Cool Cupcakes board on Pinterest.

For more information on National Cupcake Week see the official website for more cupcake fun!

Check out our Cool Cupcakes board on Pinterest for cupcake inspiration


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