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    Friday
    Oct302015

    Haunted Portrait cupcake

                                        haunted portrait cupcake

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    I love zombies as much as the next person but when I have reached my flesh eating critter weekly limit, I like an old school movie with a haunted portrait or you're haunted by the portrait. 

    Hichcocks 'Rebecca' 

    Otto Premingers 'Laura'

    Oh, oh, oh and I love, Oscar Wilde so 'The Picture of Dorian Gray' 

    Momentarily lost my camera this week (ok a longish 27 hour panic), but "yay" I found it for the cupcake shot and "awww" didn't have it for the tutorial, ummm but I have a few dodgy badly lit phone photos... a quarter of a "yay" at least for that! Today's haunted portrait themed cupcake starts with the frame. 

    I don't use moulds much but I do like these small frame moulds. The moulds were lightly dusted with cornflour, fondant (or modelling paste) is pressed in. I put mine in the freezer for a few minutes for fast release from mould. 

    Once dry the frame was painted with copper and gold food paints, when that's dry a little black petal dust was used to bring out the details and add a vintage feel. 

    Head shaped.

    The hair is made from a base piece of fondant then spirals I made on a toothpick are attached with a dampened paint brush. 

    I started by fitting base of dress into the frame, before adding bodice, arms and head. 

    And this is about when the panic of not being able to find my camera really set in and I stopped taking pics.

    The rest is joining the bits and bobs together and colouring with petal dusts and food marker. 

    I could contemplate now whether I should make a new years resolution now about "better tutorials", but for now I might just go with.... 

    HAPPY HALLOWEEN!!!!  

    Something quick and easy for Halloween treats and mix up some Chocolate Peanut Butter Spiders

    Saturday
    Oct032015

    The Monkey's Paw cupcake

                                                             'The Monkey's Paw' cupcake

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    "The first man had his three wishes, yes," was the reply. "I don't know what the first two were, but the third was for death. That's how I got the paw."                          W. W. Jacobs 'The Monkey's Paw'

    The Monkey's Paw: Ahhh haaaa my step son Dan and I love this tale, a supernatural/horror story by W. W. Jacobs first published in England in 1902. 

    In the short story, three wishes are granted to the owner of the monkey's paw, but the wishes come with an enormous price for interfering with fate

    And proving yet again I've watched too many episodes of 'The Simpsons'...'Treehouse of Horror 2' season three, episode seven. 'The Monkeys Paw' :)

    The Monkey's Paw itself is described in the short story as "it's just an ordinary little paw, dried to a mummy."

    Ok, lets make a little mummified paw.

    I went with 50% fondant / 50% white modelling chocolate... I used "orange" just so the demo photos are clearer, that or I was thinking of Bart's shirt.  You could use 100% dark modellling chocolate and do away with colours. 

    Started with a ball

    Squished the ball on one side and roughly sliced my monkey "fingers" into the rounded opposite side. 

    Shaped my paw into what I thought I mummified monkeys paw would look like. I mainly used the toothpick to apply the details. 

    The wrist was trimmed at this stage and I added a jagged cuff cut from rolled 50/50 mixture. 

    After the paws were dry, I used a black food pen to mark out features then dusted with a little nutkin brown petal dust and finished with dogwood brown petal dust.  If you used 100% dark modelling chocolate, a brush of cocoa and drinking chocolate will add interest without have to add colourings.  

    Thread a toothpick into the palms of the paws and attach to your fondant or frosted cupcakes. 

    Happy Baking :) 

    You might also be interested in making a 'Catrina' for Day of the Dead.  

    Wednesday
    Sep252013

    A Trip to the Moon Halloween Cupcake

    A Trip to the Moon (French: Voyage dans la Lune)

    A Trip to the Moon (French: Voyage dans la Lune), is a 1902 French silent film directed by Georges Méliès. It was named one of the 100 greatest films of the 20th century by The Village Voice, ranking at #84, and in 2002 it became the first work designated as a UNESCO World Heritage film.  Wikipedia

    Sweating modelling chocolate today, but first a bit on 'A Trip to the Moon'. It was fantastic a hand coloured print of the short silent film was found in the 1990's and fully restored in the 2000's, however for me it did lose a little of it's "innocence" once I saw the blood coming from the moons eye. My parents are to blame of course. Mum told me it was "dripping cheese" coming from the moon... and I believed it ;) 

    black and white still of the iconic moon

    colour still of the moon 

    And you can watch it now on You Tube (it's black and white... think of cheese).

    Ok on to "sweating modelling chocolate". Modelling chocolate is brilliant when you are making figures or highly detailed pieces that you need to spend more time on than fondant alone would allow. The problem is "temperature", it's fairly cool in Melbourne at the moment but already my modelling chocolate is starting to sweat/fat seperating. 

    Now you can put your modelling chocolate in the fridge to firm up again, but as the temperature rises, and rises, over summer it's a losing battle. But you can still have the benefit of a bit of extra time to sculpt by mixing it with your fondant or modelling paste. 

    sweating modelling chocolate (sorry for the phone photos... bit of colour glitch)

    I thought "hmmm, might be ok?"

    But no, scrapped that and mixed fondant, a little CMC powder, modelling chocolate just till the sweating disappeared. 

    In the height of summer I use 50/50 fondant and white modelling chocolate... you can adjust the amounts to the weather conditions where you are. 

    Here you can see I still made a lot changes to moon after this point, the modelling chocolate content allowed me to work longer without the surface crusting. The mixture is soft and malleable. 

    I use this recipe, though any modelling chocolate recipe would suffice. 

    Have fun sculpting and happy baking :) 

    You might also like Swamp Zombie!!