After the success of my first bake I was asked by a colleague to support her fundraising campaign for Great Ormond Street Hospital‘s London Santa Dash.
As it is December and it is Christmas I thought the theme was simple = Christmas, and after lots of umming and arrring…I decided on three designs;
- Orange-tasting Christmas Trees
- Chocolate and Salted Caramel Penguins
- Orange-tasting Red and Green Swirls
Over the past month I have been a little experimental with my cakes and have come up with a few nice recipes including one that is an orange-tasting cupcake. I even made some ‘Maternity Leave’ orange-tasting cupcakes which went down rather well using the recipe. Yes the mother is a Marvel-Fan!)
After a bit of an annoying Chocolate recipe (tastes amazing but a lot of changing mixing speeds and gradual adding of ingredients) and a relatively simple orange one my cupcakes were made. Yay!
Now onto the decorating….
I decided on the following design after being sent a link on Facebook – however as you can see my attempt wasn’t so grand. Unfortunately, for some reason every time I added the green colouring to my icing it lost all composure and melted…. (Any suggestions would be grateful?!):
(Thanks LydiaBakes: http://www.cupcakesgarden.com/mini-christmas-tree-cupcakes-by-lydia-bakes/#.Vlyq89_hBaY)
…..therefore this design was scrapped!
A lovely design, yes, but what I didn’t count on was the 5 hours of decorating that the penguins would take.
Finally, onto the last design!
Red and Green Swirls
To finish off the cupcake I needed a quick-fuss free design (especially after the mess of the Christmas Trees, and the effort of the Penguins).
I ended up finishing on my red and green swirls – a common design of mine and I think they ended up looking rather festive!
Finally due to my disaster of a Christmas Tree, and my accidental mixing of too many penguins I had three cupcakes left over which I trialed an on-the-spot design:
These didn’t make the final 24 for two reason; one, the gingerbread man on the left gives me the Heebie-Jeebies, two; in order to sit up they have a toothpick in them and I wasn’t aiming to maim anyone just yet.
As you can probably guess by the scattered order of this entry, these cupcakes were a bit of a mission to make; the designs were constantly changing and ended up taking me almost a whole Sunday to make. However, despite my creativity running a little wild I raised – £55! This will go through to Great Ormond Street Hospital via my colleague’s JustGiving page (http://tinyurl.com/ox4xbvv)