Elephant & balloon cupcakes

elephant baby cupcakesThese sweet cupcakes were for a baby shower with an elephant and balloon theme.
I got a call from the mum-to-be’s sister who was putting on the shower, saying that the sex of the baby would be known on Friday afternoon. The shower was on Sunday. Could I make the cupcakes with a “gender reveal” interior?
On Sunday after lunch, the shower guests all held cupcakes and at the same time, took a bite. They had pink icing interiors. It’s a girl!

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Summer cupcakes

cupcakes watermelonIt’s almost the end of August (and it’s still summer!) so when asked to bring dessert for a lunch we were invited to, I opted for abstract watermelon cupcakes.
They were lemon cake with lemon curd filling topped with buttercream icing. No one quite got that they were supposed to be watermelon lookalikes but that was okay. They were gobbled up in no time anyhow.

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.