I went on another cake pop course at The Classic Cupcake Company with my friend to make Cake Pops that we found on one of those voucher sites. I had made cake pops ages ago but they weren’t the best and now know how to make them properly! Cake pops are simply to make and can use left over cake with some buttercream. You roll them into balls and cover in chocolate or icing.
I work within the travel industry, and I work with Alex, who is an aviation geek, so I thought I would make him an aeroplane themed birthday. This involved designing and making cupcakes with aeroplane toppers and making him a token aeroplane out of felt to use as a bookmark.
It took me about a week to decide what sort of cakes to make – originally, I was going to go for the chocolate cake by Half Baked Harvest – although I knew I would use her icing as it’s fab. I then decided that I would do something that involved aeroplanes – and I then had to work out how I was going to do it! Finally, I decided I would make cupcakes with aeroplane toppers and went about deciding how to make them!
I had bought a tube of modelling icing while on the Alice and Wonderland Cupcake course so was able to use this, with some food colouring gel to make everything I needed for the aeroplane toppers!
First I made the aeroplane body – I rolled out balls of plain white icing, and rolled them into tubes, making one end have a point, and flattening the other end. I then cut small rectangles for the front window and stuck this to the flat side of the body.
For the wings, I coloured some white icing with some blue gel colour, and cut out some rectangles using a cutter. I then cut the rectangle in half to create two triangles.
I then placed the plane parts into an box, lined with greaseproof paper for the icing to dry out – I left this for about 2 weeks due to other commitments, but you can leave it to dry for less.
I made the chocolate butter icing, using white chocolate, and coloured a small amount blue, to create a marbled affect – the icing would represent the sky.
I presented the cupcakes in cupcake boxes so they could be easily transported to work and carried home easily (they wouldn’t move around!). Alex loved his aeroplane themed birthday 🙂
For the felt aeroplane I made, I drew this up by hand as I was unable to find any templates – I will draw up the template and put it on here so keep a look out!
Me and a friend recently went on an Alice in Wonderland Cupcakes course, where we learnt the skills to decorate cupcakes. This course was hosted by The Wright Partners, out in Neutral Bay and we had a fantastic time! The teacher and the other people taking the course were lovely and learnt some useful tricks along the way. The course runs quite often so check out their site if you are interested.
I have put some of these skills to practice to make some aeroplane toppers which I will be putting up soon! We learnt how to shape the icing in different ways as well as getting to use different stamp cutters and it was great to work with a range of icing colours. Definitely the perfect cupcakes for an afternoon tea. I enjoyed making the bunny the most as it was simple to do but very effective.
I am looking at doing the ruffles course soon so pictures will follow…