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Post by dixie94 » February 22nd, 2009, 3:34 am
Another vanilla
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Post by dixie94 » February 22nd, 2009, 3:34 am
White Chocolate
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Post by marcy » February 22nd, 2009, 6:19 am
Dixie, you cupcakes look great and delicious.  Image  That is too bad you don''t have a craft store nearby.  We have 2 here which is surprising for a smallish city.  We don''t have any fabric stores here anymore but Hobby Lobby does have a fabric department. 
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Post by Irishgrrrl » February 23rd, 2009, 8:31 am
Ladies, I have never posted on this thread before, but I saw this and thought of y''all:  Diamond Cupcake Pendant  Image


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Post by Lulie » February 23rd, 2009, 9:48 am
Date: 2/22/2009 9:34:03 AM
Author: dixie94
Another vanilla

Ohhhh my fave from the bunch!
Mercy....I loved the grape ones Image can''t find my rose tip to try Image

Post by marcy » February 23rd, 2009, 2:11 pm
Date: 2/23/2009 2:31:42 PM
Author: Irishgrrrl
Ladies, I have never posted on this thread before, but I saw this and thought of y''all: Diamond Cupcake Pendant Image
Thanks Irishgrrl - that is perfect for this thread. 
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Post by marcy » February 23rd, 2009, 2:13 pm
Date: 2/23/2009 3:48:27 PM
Author: Lulie
Mercy....I loved the grape ones Image can''t find my rose tip to try Image

Thanks Lulie.  I am still laughing over my demented teddy bears.  I hope you find your rose tip.  I need to see what tips I need for course 2 that I will be taking next month.  Image
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Post by dixie94 » February 25th, 2009, 2:09 pm
Thanks Marcy! I am pretty excited b/c I went out browsing the other day and found some fun cupcake liners at Party City! I didn''t even think to look there before. I had fun using them on an order I delivered today. I''m also happy b/c I was able to get a store credit at a decorating store (my class didn''t turn out how I thought it would), so I bought a bunch of supplies I couldn''t afford.. fondant, fondant roller, cutters. I also found out that they have frosting colors and petal/luster dust. For some reason, I never saw it before so was able to experiment a little with my latest order.

Below is a Carrot Cake cupcake:
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Post by dixie94 » February 25th, 2009, 2:10 pm
Date: 2/23/2009 3:48:27 PM
Author: Lulie
Date: 2/22/2009 9:34:03 AM

Author: dixie94

Another vanilla


Ohhhh my fave from the bunch!

Mercy....I loved the grape ones Image can''t find my rose tip to try Image


Thanks Lulie, I liked that one too! All the pink just made me feel like a little girl again :)

Here''s another pic of the Carrot Cake:
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Post by dixie94 » February 25th, 2009, 2:10 pm
Here''s some Chocolate:
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Post by Skippy » February 25th, 2009, 2:36 pm
Dixie, those look DELICIOUS, please give me oneImage I love carrot cakeImage
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Post by dixie94 » February 25th, 2009, 2:56 pm
Thanks Skippy! Too bad you''re not a little closer, I have one left sitting in the ''frig.

Post by marcy » February 25th, 2009, 5:14 pm
Dixie your cupcakes look delicious and you did a very nice job decorating them. 
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Post by puffy » February 25th, 2009, 6:19 pm
dixie mmmmmm, YUMMY!! your cuppies look great!

Post by marcy » February 26th, 2009, 2:34 am
Here is my rose cake from the final night of Course 1.
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Post by FL Steph » February 26th, 2009, 7:46 am
Marcy, the cake turned out great! I need to take a class. Your roses are awesome!

Post by Skippy » February 26th, 2009, 9:19 am
Wow Marcy, great cake, looks like fun!!!!!!!  Are you signed up for the next class?
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Post by Tacori E-ring » February 26th, 2009, 3:15 pm
Marcy, so pretty! Your roses are great!
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Post by marcy » February 26th, 2009, 4:20 pm

Thank you Steph, Skippy and Tacori.  I told my mom to be watch for a major sugar rush with all the icing on that cake. 



Skippy, I did sign up for course 2 next month.  We will learn how to do more flowers and basketweave.  I don’t think I’ll take the courses on fondant or gum paste.

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Post by Skippy » February 26th, 2009, 4:34 pm
Date: 2/26/2009 10:20:18 PM
Author: marcyc

Thank you Steph, Skippy and Tacori. I told my mom to be watch for a major sugar rush with all the icing on that cake.



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Skippy, I did sign up for course 2 next month. We will learn how to do more flowers and basketweave. I don’t think I’ll take the courses on fondant or gum paste.

Awesome, my wedding cake was a basketweave!!  You are doing fabulous!
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Post by marcy » February 26th, 2009, 4:37 pm
Thanks Skippy.  Basketweave is pretty - it remains to be seen if I can do it.  LOL.  I bet your wedding cake was gorgeous.
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Post by dixie94 » February 26th, 2009, 6:00 pm
Marcy, Puffy and SDL, thank you!! I am having fun trying new things, just need more time in the day!!

Marcy, your cake looks great! You did a great job on the flowers. I wish you could come over and teach me!

I have a question. I played around with making some white chocolate toppers/designs tonight. First problem, I couldn''t get the white chocolate thin enough so it wasn''t really making the designs I wanted. I need to get another bag to use for these smaller tips but tonight just tried using a spoon back and forth.. didn''t really work! I ended up just sort of plopping the chocolate on the tin foil and then spreading it around with the spoon. This worked ok.
So, next problem... I put them in the freezer to harden. Maybe that was part of the problem, don''t know. I was afraid to leave them out to harden b/c I don''t think they would given the warm climate here. Once I took them out of the freezer, I was able to start peeling off of the foil and place on a cupcake. All seemed good! It almost immediately started to melt. Image After another few seconds, I couldn''t even remove more from the foil due to melting.

What am I doing wrong? Is there some trick? Would they harden outside of the freezer? Am I just out of luck w/chocolate toppers? Image I ended up doing chocolate curls/shavings on the white choc. cupcakes and white choc. shavings (didn''t curl, don''t know why) on the choc. cupcakes. Will post pics soon.

Thanks!!!

Post by FrekeChild » February 26th, 2009, 9:07 pm
Dixie.

What temperature was it inside while you were doing this? Also, what kind of white chocolate were you using? Do you happen to have the package and could you list the ingredients? And what was the chocolate doing when you were trying to get it to pipe? Also, what were you doing to try to thin the chocolate? And where do you live again?

It''d be a great help if you post pics...

Also, chocolate is a very difficult medium to work with, and I am FAR from an expert in it (I prefer to work with sugar--seems as though p chefs fall into the sugar or chocolate decoration categories...) but I know quite a bit still--enough to know I don''t like it as much as sugar! But chocolate is very temperamental and sensitive, so things like humidity and temperature REALLY throw it off.
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Post by marcy » February 28th, 2009, 3:49 pm
Thanks Dixie and San Diego Lady.  I start course 2 this week.  More flowers. 
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Post by lili » February 28th, 2009, 6:31 pm
Marcy-
Your cake is beautiful!
I''d never have thought that this is your first course in cake decorating.

Post by Lorelei » March 1st, 2009, 3:00 am
Date: 2/25/2009 8:36:08 PM
Author: Skippy123
Dixie, those look DELICIOUS, please give me oneImage I love carrot cakeImage

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Post by dixie94 » March 2nd, 2009, 3:29 am
Date: 2/27/2009 3:07:50 AM
Author: FrekeChild
Dixie.

What temperature was it inside while you were doing this? Also, what kind of white chocolate were you using? Do you happen to have the package and could you list the ingredients? And what was the chocolate doing when you were trying to get it to pipe? Also, what were you doing to try to thin the chocolate? And where do you live again?

It''d be a great help if you post pics...

Also, chocolate is a very difficult medium to work with, and I am FAR from an expert in it (I prefer to work with sugar--seems as though p chefs fall into the sugar or chocolate decoration categories...) but I know quite a bit still--enough to know I don''t like it as much as sugar! But chocolate is very temperamental and sensitive, so things like humidity and temperature REALLY throw it off.

Hi Freke, thanks for trying to help!  I don''t know the temp inside but I''d guess it was mid to high 70''s.  I used the white chocolate that comes in 1 oz segments, the baking chocolate.  I don''t have the package w/me but I will try to remember to list the ingredients when I get home.  All I did was stick it in the microwave to melt it.  Not the best method but I just wanted to try it and see what happens.  I live in a tropical climate so it''s very humid and always warm.
I will try to post pics later also.
Since then, I''ve heard that you need to use tempered chocolate and it''s best to use the chocolate melts that are sold in a bag. 
I didn''t have a bag that would fit my smaller tip so I just planned to put some on a spoon and drizzle it on the foil, making designs.  This didn''t work; it was too thick.  I ended up taking some with the spoon, putting it on the foil and then just made some random lines/designs with the spoon.  I put it in the freezer to harden b/c I figured it never would while sitting on my counter.  It did harden but after breaking off a piece and putting it on the cupcake, it started to melt.  So did the rest of the pieces on the foil.  They harden again when back in the freezer but quickly start to melt while on the counter.

Hope that helps and would love any tips!

Thanks!

Lorelei, maybe one of these days I''ll start to ship them and you''ll be first on my list!  Of course, not knowing where you live, it might take awhile to reach you but I''ll try!!

Post by DandiAndi » March 2nd, 2009, 6:35 pm
Hehe, DH is such a sausage sometimes. One of the guys he works with is working his final shift today, and all the lads had to bring a plate of food. He had asked me a while ago to make come cupcakes, and I was happy to, thought he wasn''t sure of the date, he would keep me posted. Well, of course, he didn''t, and he bounced out of bed this morning and realised he''d forgotton the afternoon tea was today! Yikes. I threw together a basic chocolate cupcake mix, but didn''t have time to go and get cream cheese for frosting, so I used *cringe* some stuff from a jar I had in the pantry (I know, I know, shock horror Image, but this was an emergency!) I used chocolate and vanilla swirled together, and popped a bit of peppermint essence into the frosting, which tasted surprisingly good. They didn''t look the best (probably because I had all of an hour to prepare them!!!) so I hid the imperfections with a corinthian biscuit Image They turned out fine I suppose, lucky for DH that I had the morning off work! Not my best by any stretch, but hey, cupcakes are cupcakes Image
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Post by marcy » March 3rd, 2009, 2:52 am
Thankis Lili.  I am in course 2 this month then I will be done with classes.

Dandi, your cupcakes look marvelous.  Image
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Post by Mara » March 9th, 2009, 8:58 am
It's been a while since I posted any pics--baking was on a hiatus for a while as we moved, though I started up again a few weeks ago. I did some cupcakes yesterday for a Cherry Blossom themed bday and they came out SO CUTE...I loved them. I think these might be my favorite thus far. Picture is not the best, but you get the idea.
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