Tonight is a friend's baby shower and I am bringing cupcakes!
These were are my simple cupcake recipe from a previous post, but with 4 tbs of cocoa added to make them chocolatey. Mmmmmmmm...
For the embellishments I used these fondant cutters I bought four years ago and have never used before.
I've always been a little bit scared of them as they seem like the kind of thing that you can never get the fondant out of again, but I found this great video on Youtube and I was off!
Using a toothpick to extract the centres of the letters...
I took some chocolate fondant (you could also use sugarpaste/ gumpaste/ modelling paste - it's called so many different things!), and cut out the shapes, leaving them on a sheet of baking paper to dry off overnight.
Then I tinted some white fondant cornflour blue and cut some more shapes and letters.
Always use gel/ paste food colourings to tint fondant. Use a toothpick to draw the colour through, and then knead until blended.
Then I iced my cupcakes and topped them with the embellishments - simple!
The blue sprinkles were made by crumbling the circles of fondant in the top picture (they were going to be polka dots but I decided against using them.)
I hope the mum-to-be and guests enjoy them as much as I did making them!
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