Chocolate leaf cupcakes

cucakes creme anglais chocolate leaves (4)I was asked to bring dessert to a party last minute. I popped some cupcakes into the oven but how was I going to decorate them?
I looked in my cupboard for inspiration and found a small box of chocolate leaves that were given to me as a gift. Perfect! I filled the cupcakes with some creme anglais, then piped on some buttercream, a drizzle of melted chocolate and then topped them with the moulded leaves. I think it worked really well.


Happy Robbie Burns Day

A few years back I was invited to celebrate and pay tribute to Robbie Burns, the great Scottish poet (1759-1796) who was born on January 25. Dinner faves included the piping in of the haggis as well as deep-fried Mars bars.
I thought I’d have some fun and brought cupcakes, decorated with tartans made up of buttercream piping. One fellow, dressed in his Scottish regalia, grabbed a cupcake that came pretty close to the tartan on his kilt!
As the official Burns website says, “…Burns suppers range from stentoriously formal gatherings of esthetes and scholars to uproariously informal rave-ups of drunkards and louts.”
The dinner I attended was somewhere in between.

Quilter’s cupcakes

cupcake-quilterI did these cupcakes for Cheryl who has just discovered a love for quilting.
I had so much fun thinking of what to put on the cupcakes besides a fondant quilt as a backdrop. So…I made spools of thread, needles and thread, a thimble, scissors, a measuring tape and buttons, all out of fondant. The birthday message is made to look like it’s cut from fabric with pinking shears.
Apparently Cheryl loved them. They were lemon cake, filled with lemon curd and topped with lemony buttercream. Yum!

Go Leafs go!

cupcakes-toronto-maple-leafsI was asked to do a pile of cupcakes for a luncheon in honour of a fellow who passed away and loved the Toronto Maple Leafs hockey team.
I’m a Montreal Canadiens fan but I was thankful I didn’t have to do that team’s logo 100 times. A bright blue leaf lent itself well to these cupcakes. And I think the honouree was smiling down from above, dreaming of his beloved Leafs and that elusive Stanley Cup.