Cupcake Madness

Okay, some of you know where I stand on cupcakes. I’m not a fan. Of making them. (Big fan of eating them, however…) They’re time consuming and painful, literally! Have you have piped swirls on cupcakes? Hand cramps!

Anyhow, my friends know this, but they also know I can’t help myself and I love a challenge. So I was given the challenge to end all challenges… 200 cupcakes for a wedding. TWO HUNDRED.

The best part was when I realized I only owned one cupcake tin… that would have been an issue. Can you imagine me making 200 cupcakes 12 at a time? lol! Thankfully, I hit the thrift stores and found two and my wonderful mother in law let me borrow a 4th. I was all set!
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Just another day in paradise. No big.

The second best part was when I was baking and suddenly realized “Wait… Why do I have so many leftover cupcake liners..? I thought I bought 3 sleeves of 75… but I’ve only used a sleeve an maybe half… OH NO.” I only bought enough stuff to make 100 cupcakes. Fact: I am AWESOME at math. (NOT)

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Ok, so I went to the store and got the rest of the supplies lol. I had bought enough of some stuff and not enough of other stuff. Because I’m, evidently, only selectively bad at math.

Cupcake hell. Kill me.
In the end it all worked out and everything came together wonderfully. I admit to using the phrase “cupcake hell” at one point, but I can admit I was completely thrilled to see them all done and frosted.

I also made this little stand and cake to go with the set as a center piece. I used my Cricut Cake to cut out the heart and boarders!
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So… the moral of the story, I think, is do the math twice, shop once. Or… something like that.

And… buy a big piping bag, or you’ll end up cutting a hole in the powdered sugar bag and using that until it explodes.

Also, anything worth doing is worth doing right!
Oh, and I hope you’ve gotta big trunk… cuz I’m gonna put my cake in it…
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Cricut Cake: Take Two

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I sat down with my Cricut Cake again this weekend (and by sat down with I mean stood in my kitchen for hours covered in powered sugar…) and I got down to business on how to get things going with it.

I really need to get some gumtex or tylose powder or get/make some gum paste, but ya know what, I’m a busy girl. I haven’t had time yet.

Anyhow, I incorporated as much powdered sugar into this fondant as it would tolerate in attempt to make it a but more stiff..

Now, when you grease the mat with shortening, don’t glop it on, but make sure you’ve got a nice coating. You want to try to make it as uniform as possible.
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If you’re seeing a lot of white, it’s probably too thick.

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I roll the fondant pretty thin and then slap carefully place it on the sheet, trying to avoid air bubbles. Then I cut it down following the guides.
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If the fondant hangs over that guide line, it’s going to get smushed by the roller thing and it won’t be nice. It’s happened to me several times. Jussayin.

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I pop the whole thing in the freezer for 10-15 minutes. Let it chill a bit… then load it in to the machine.

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I’ve had the most luck with medium pressure and low speed.
I chose my image and quantity and hit cut…
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Gibson was pretty unsure about the whole thing. lol

At the end of the night, I’d managed to cut out these things…
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Not perfect, but I’m still learning and hey, I was told that marshmallow fondant probably wouldn’t even work with this! So I think I’m doing alright.

Since these photos were taken, I’ve actually decorated two cakes using the machine! You’ll get to see them soon! I need time to get those posts together!

Cricut Cake Day One

Well, I got my Cricut Cake yesterday and started trying to figure it out! I’d read that there’s quite a learning curve involved.

All I had laying around to work with was some week old marshmallow fondant. The machine works best with gumpaste or fondant you’ve added some tylose powder to, so I’ve read.

Anyhow, I didn’t have nearly the disastrous results I’ve read about online. I think the people who have so many issues are either not familiar with working with fondant (and other cake decorating supplies) or not familiar with working with technology lol

There was certainly some set up confusion for me. I didn’t understand where to place the fondant on the mat.
The manual said the bottom left side… So that’s where I put it. Well, that’s where I thought I put it anyway. Evidently I put it in the top… Right? I’m still confused on that one. In any case, it need to be in the top right when you feed the sheet into the machine!

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I also found taking the note to stick your sheet in the freezer helped a lot. The manual says to “liberally” coat the mat with shortening… It took me a while to get the consistency right. Not so liberally, as it the case may be. Then I rolled my fondant out pretty thin. Minimum pressure wasn’t hard enough and I ended up doing most cutting at medium pressure and low speed.

I didn’t have much luck with the super intricate designs, but I think I was trying to cut them too small. I had great success with boarders and butterflies though :)
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I have to figure out how to make those boarders connect lol

I want to use the machine on a cake I’m making this week, so I might save myself some headache and make some gumpaste.

Overall, I’m very excited to get into using this! I can’t wait to get more cartridges and start putting out some awesome designs!

And also- mad props to wordpress for the update to their iPhone app. I can’t believe I was finally able to post a decent post from my phone without issue!!!

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