Cupcake, Buttercream and Cookie Recipes

Cupcake Recipe Quantities make 12 cakes using Wilton baking cups in a 12-hoIe muffin tray. For domed cakes 150g butter, softened 150g caster sugar 3 medium eggs 150g self raising flour 1-2 tablespoons milk For slightly domed cakes 125g butter, softened 125g caster sugar 125g self-raising Hour 2 medium eggs 2 tablespoons milk For flat cakes which don’t fill the cases: (if you want to flood icing over the top) 100g butter, softened 100g caster sugar 100g self-raising flour 2 medium eggs 1 tablespoon milk Set the oven to 190°C/Gas 5. Method Beat together the butter and caster sugar until mixture
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What is Pastillage?

What is Pastillage? Pastillage is a special form of sugar paste especially suitable for moulding and rolling. It is often used to make sugar greeting cards, picture frames, bells, boxes or other containers which can then be decorated with piping or sugar flowers. There are a variety of ready-made mixes that you can buy in a bag, just add the water. A mixture of sugar paste and Mexican paste can be used or pastillage can be made as follows:-  Examples of pastillage, photographed at the British Sugarcraft Guild,National Exhibition, Telford Recipe Sift 454g (1lb) icing sugar and 2.5ml(½ tsp) of
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Sugar Flowers

Sugar Flowers Sugar flowers can be made by anyone with a basic knowledge of sugarcraft techniques. Others are more intricate and the accuracy of the colouring or shading can be the key to making the flowers look realistic. For your information, reproduced in this section are instructions and tips on how to  make some varieties of flowers. Iris Take a 24g hooked wire and a pea size piece of petal paste made into a teardrop shape. Push a cocktail stick in the fat end and open up a cup shape. Push hooked wire in the other end and glue. With
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Harrogate Sugarcraft Guild Demonstration by Ann Kent Cocoa Painting

Introduction  Cocoa Painting is an attractive medium, used similarly to oil painting, resulting in several shades of brown. It can be executed directly onto the cake or onto a plaque, which could be removed and kept as a memento. This form of decorating enables one to re-produce pictures in sepia tones. Any picture requiring a monotone effect such as cameos, family photos and old scenes are ideal for this medium. Materials This method works well on tones of cream/yellow /apricot, so lightly colour the sugar paste before rolling out, for cakes or plaques. (White can prove too stark a contrast).
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