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    Tuesday
    Nov302010

    Thor Cupcake

    fondant and modelling paste bust of Thor cupcake

    Thor's Hammer ;

    The Prose Edda gives a summary of Mjöllnir's special qualities in that, with Mjöllnir, Thor:

    ... would be able to strike as firmly as he wanted, whatever his aim, and the hammer would never fail, and if he threw it at something, it would never miss and never fly so far from his hand that it would not find its way back, and when he wanted, it would be so small that it could be carried inside his tunic.

    wikipedia

    Short post today with this special cupcake for my stepson Dan. I'm so behind the times, Daniel kept talking about that his "dream cake" would be Viking metal and Star Wars combined. I thought that meant the "Vikings" would be metallic, but no... "Viking metal" is music apparently! 

    Guess this means I'll have to learn the whole Star Wars saga whilst listening to Viking metal before I make Dan a cake ;)

    rough torso and adding nonpareils to hammer

    part way through working on the head of the Viking supported by a box of currants

    almost finished painting

    fondant and modelling paste coloured grey with americolor super black, painted with sliver food paint and finished with silver lustre dust.

    Today's cupcake was my first attempt at a "human" head, l learnt a lot and I'm looking forward to sharing it with you in a future post, but for now I'm back to Christmas baking.

    Happy Baking :)

    Thursday
    Oct282010

    Pumpkin Man Cupcake

    pumpkin man cupcake pick, mini pumpkin cupcake with swiss meringue butter cream frosting

    Peter Peter pumpkin Eater

    Had a wife but couldn't keep her;

    He put her in a pumpkin shell

    And there he kept her very well.

    As a child I never liked this rhyme, creepy Peter putting his wife in a pumpkin shell. As an adult it came as little surprise when I found out the rhyme possibly has murderous origins. 

    The first appearance of 'Peter Peter the pumpkin eater' was in the American Mother Goose, however from Europe we have Eeper Weeper a rhyme/song about a chimney sweep who murdered his wife and shoved her up a chimney. 

    Eeeper Weeper,

    Had a wife and couldn't keep her.

    Had another, didn't love her,

    Up the chimbley he did shove her.

    We can go back further to an earlier rhyme, where yet again we see the demise of the "wife". 

    Peter, my neeper,

    Had a wife,

    And he couidna' keep her,

    He pat i' the wa',

    And lat a' thet mice eat her.

    Whether kept in a pumpkin shell, shoved up a chimney or the mice having a nibble it's a suitably creepy Halloween conversation ;)

    Now on to cupcake picks, I've spoken before about my love of German dresden's and paper scraps, I just love the old world charm of these bits and pieces. My latest dresden the 'pumpkin man' is die cut and embossed on thin shiny card, these little oddities quickly become cupcake picks with the addition of a coloured toothpick.

    attach a toothpick with sticky tape or non-toxic glue 

    I purchased my pumpkin men from SilverCrow Creations a fun online store that carry a large range of dresden's and paper charms. 

    Your might also be interested in;

                             dresdens

    Wednesday
    May052010

    Shaping Knife

                                             victorinox shaping knives

    Tool time the kitchen tools and gadgets I love.

    One of most useful and least expensive tools I own is my red handled shaping knife. I use this small Swiss made vegetable and paring knife for a multitude of baking and decorating jobs; the curved blade is perfect for cutting the centre out of cupcakes ready for filling, shaping fruit garnishes & I use it to trim the rough edges from fondant, chocolate and candy work.

    They are super sharp so be careful wielding your blade, other than that a fabulous little knife that is ever so useful & in case your struck with a "cheffy moment" you can turn potatoes with it too ;) 

    I bought my Victorinox knife for $3.95 at Everten (Australia)

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