Sunday, March 31, 2013

Jack's 1st Easter

 We celebrated Easter with baby Jack's Nana Linda (Cam's mom) this weekend. We visited a garden center event where Jack got to meet the Easter Bunny and participate in his first Easter Egg Hunt (with daddy's help of course). Here are some of the photos:

Hunting for eggs
Found one!


Thursday, March 28, 2013

Royal Icing Flowers

I recently whipped up some cupcakes for a potluck event and wanted to make them interesting. I didn't have much time to spend experimenting - I have a new baby after all - so I tried something quick and simple.  Flower decorations made of royal icing!

Specifically, Swirl Drop Flowers:

1. Using my royal icing recipe (tutorial here) I created a stiff consistency and coloured it blue. I prepped my piping bag with icing tip 2D and spread out a sheet of parchment paper to work on. 

2. Holding the bag upright (90 degrees) I held the tip just slightly above the paper and turned my hand 1/4 turn while squeezing out the icing. Getting the flowers right took some practice, so I only kept the best looking ones. 

3. I placed an edible pearl in the center of each flower and let them dry overnight. 

4. Once they dried I stored them in a plastic container until I was ready to decorate my cupcakes. 

I loved that I could make these in advance. I could see myself making a few different types of flowers in a variety of colours and storing them so I always had something on hand to decorate my cupcakes or cakes with if I wanted to do some last minute baking. 

And voila, I think these flowers add a little something to otherwise simple cupcakes: