|Me, Melissa and Courtenay|
Though my break hasn't been terribly long or interesting it was still nice to spend it with friends and family and of course it was nice to have a break from study!
One of the exciting things that I got up to in my break was a high tea picnic with my friends from Baking Makes Things Better.
We organised a little get together where we baked new recipes and tried each others baking. It was lots of fun and was a great way for me to get to know them (we had never met before then!)
We had lovely weather and once all the baking, styling and photographing was over we were able to relax and enjoy each others company.
I'll be sharing my photos and little more about the fun day later on in the week, in the mean time check out Baking Makes Things Better for the whole story.
I made cupcakes and mini club sandwiches for my contribution, very un-original I know. But I see them as high tea essentials!
My cupcakes were made using the vanilla cupcake recipe which I'll be posting over at Baking Makes Things Better later in the week. The flowers on top of the cupcakes are so easy to make that I thought I would share a little tutorial on how to make them.
They are made without cutters which is a bonus (I think). You can use them without all the tools I listed, just using your hands to flatten the fondant, I just find this way works best for me.
Please excuse my voice, I know everyone hates to hear themselves on recorded things but I especially hate it. Hate hate hate it. Just concentrate on my pretty zebra striped nails rather than the voice okay? Actually, concentrate on the tutorial itself if you like.
Mini Fondant Rose Tutorial
You will need:
Plastic cutting board/mat
Mini rolling pin
Mixture of icing sugar and corn flour (I put this in an unused Chux cloth and tie it up to make a dust puff)
- Roll icing into a pea sized ball.
- Sprinkle some icing sugar/corn flour mix onto the matt and flatten ball with rolling pin, the fatter you do it the more cute it looks, if you're going for a more elegant flower then try flattening it until it's quite thin on the edges.
- Roll the flattened fondant from right to left and place on matt.
- Roll another pea sized piece of fondant and flatten again.
- Attach fondant on the seam of the last piece and slightly above it.
- Roll another 1 - 2 balls of fondant and flatten them.
- Attach to the rose on the seams.
- Gently pinch and curl the petals on the rose until you like how it looks.
- Turn the rose over, pinch the amount you want to take off and set the fondant down to set.
This was the first time I tried filming a tutorial this long and with voice commentary (scary!) and it was a lot harder than I thought!
I had to buy a new memory card, got Mr S to try and operate the camera (which he knew nothing about) and I had pretty much no video editing software except what came on my laptop, but all in all I'm reasonably happy with it...although it's a lot clearer on my computer than on Youtube!
Let me know if you have any other tutorials you would like to see and I'll do my best to accommodate!