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Sunday, 9 January 2011

Hello 2011 + Cupcake Decorating

Happy New Year!

Many thanks to everyone for reading this blog and a special thank you to all those who made a recipe or commented on my posts. I've had a lovely blog break and am looking forward to 2011.

I was going to do a round-up of my favourite recipes from 2010, but to be truthful, I enjoyed every recipe I made and really couldn't decide. So instead I have done a year list in photos, where you can click on the link below the photo, taking you to the original page where you will find the recipes or links to the recipes.

2010 Recipe Links With Photos

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Back in November, I wrote about a cupcake decorating competition with Tesco's Real Food. The two winners of that competition were invited to London to a cupcake decorating class. I was also invited, along with other food bloggers as a thank you for helping to judge the competition.

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Ready for the cupcake frenzy

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Watching the cupcake master at work

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It doesn't take long to make a mess...

The decorating class was held at the Make Lounge with top cake decorator and designer Mich Turner from the Little Venice Cake Company. We were shown how to pipe buttercream and make Christmas decorations for our cupcakes, including sugar paste roses and twirled fondant candy canes. It was a thoroughly enjoyable afternoon, with plenty of glitter and sparkles.

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Mich Turner making sugar paste roses

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Roses coming together

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Buttercream onto the cupcakes

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Adding piped decoration

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Cupcakes finished

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Champagne & edible glitter does not make for good photos (or good cupcake decorating!)

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My roses ready to be cut down and given the edible glitter treatment

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Ahem, must try harder...

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Beautiful cupcakes from Feeding Boys and a Firefighter

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A display of fabulous cupcakes from Mich

Many thanks to Tesco Real Food, Jai Kotecha, The Make Lounge and Mich for a super afternoon.

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Helen @ Fuss Free Flavours said...

It was fun. I am now cupcake addicted and spent a small fortune on edible glitter after the class.

Lovely to have met you.

Valerie Harrison (bellini) said...

They are all so pretty it would have been hartd to make a decision. Welcome to 2011 and all that it promises.

Johanna GGG said...

gorgeous cupcakes and wonderful round up of 2010 - your photos are so gorgeous that I want to make everything

Chele said...

Welcome back! The cupcake decorating class looked like lots of fun, what a treat to have a masterclass with Mich! Very jealous ;0)

Abitofafoodie said...

Happy New Year - what gorgeous cupcakes and what a fun class to attend!

Maggie said...

Lucky you Nic! A class with Mich Turner must have been inspiring.

Deeba PAB said...

Have a wonderful New Year Nic. What a fab experience; would have loved to be there! Just my kind of day out! BTW, dreamt I stopped by your place over Christmas, looked in through the clear glass window by a beautiful red armchair, the table was done beautifully - and then I woke up!! xoxo

Finla said...

Wish they had so;ething like this here loved seeing all those pictures.
Happy newyear.

Unknown said...

sounds so much of fun and they all look just fab! wish to be there just to see all those gorgeous cupcakes :)

Patricia (La Chatte Gitane) said...

Happy New Year, Nic !
I think I am going to start a new rage/trend here in Belgium.

1. Cup cakes / Fairy cakes
2. Decorating them in the most fantastic dresses of coloured icing and edible glitter.

Better start practicing the decorating. Me, Klutz.

They look stunning, well done to all the participants.

Jan said...

What a fun day out - love all the fancy decorations!
A Very Happy 2011 to you Nic x

grace said...

cupcakes and champ-ag-ne--sounds like a fun time to me!

Choclette said...

That looks like a fun class and just what I need - I'm so rubbish at decorating.

Lisa@ButteryBooks said...

Edible glitter? I have not seen that before but I will definitely be hunting for some.

nic@nipitinthebud said...

Happy 2011 Nic. May it be filled with health and happiness and beautiful baked aromas :o) x

Lisa said...

Gorgeous cupcakes! You do have such a way with beautiful decorating. I always admire your sweet creations!

Sarah, Maison Cupcake said...

That was such a fun afternoon and I was delighted to see you again after so long. So hilarious too travelling back home with a box of cupcakes on my lap and everyone ogling them.