Baking birthday cupcakes

Rose has been sick with a nasty bug going around, and I’ve agreed to make 2 dozen cupcakes for her nephews 3rd birthday party this weekend, so I’ve been busy playing nurse and baking the past couple of days. The cupcakes are starting to look wonderful… I spent Tuesday baking a test run of 3 dozen and trialing different methods of icing and storing them. I’m using a dipped fondant for the icing, in three shades of blue. I don’t want to be icing them all the morning of the party so I’ve tinkered and found that I can ice them all in advance and freeze them, provided I thaw them in the fridge for a couple of hours, then in front of the fan after that to reduce the condensation that forms as they thaw. The cupcakes themselves are lovely, a moist banana and spice flavor, in little green foil pans. Rose and I have also molded little air planes out of sugar paste: Which we are painting with edible silver paint. These will be glued onto the blue cupcakes with little white icing clouds. It’s been a bit stressful with the unexpected sickness and I’m feeling pretty rough around the edges, but it has been fun to crack open my icing set again… Hopefully it all comes together okay on Saturday. Next week it’s another big cake to prepare too… 🙂

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