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Thursday, 27 October 2011

Spider Web Cupcakes + New Dr. Oetker Products

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Dr. Oetker have some new decorating products available and they're rather good! I've been enjoying their bright food gel colours, which can be used in icings and cakes. I mixed a little red with the yellow to get a vibrant orange for the spider web cupcakes.

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Spider Web Cupcakes
Not really a recipe but here's how to decorate:

Make some cupcakes and cover with a generous helping of chocolate ganache (equal parts of dark chocolate to double cream).
When the ganache has set, pour 2-3 cups of icing sugar into a bowl, mix with a little water and colouring until you have a slightly runny mixture that can be piped. Put the coloured icing into a piping bag fitted with a no. 2 nozzle and pipe circles onto the cupcakes. Drag a cocktail stick through the icing to make it look like a web.

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The new range includes soft gold pearls and soft shimmer pearls - far nicer than those rock hard silver decorating balls. I really liked the cake release spray, which worked a treat on my bundt tin and although I haven't tried it yet, there's a gold shimmer spray which is suitable to use on cakes, chocolate and icings.

The little sugar decorations are perfect for cupcakes, my favourites were the blue and white polka dots which ended up on a birthday cake. The cute sugar butterflies and tiny sugar flowers are easy to sprinkle and come in lovely pastel shades.
Although the alphabet letters are fun to use, they are rather fiddly and it's quite time consuming to go through all the letters for a message or name. Children on the other hand might enjoy choosing letters for their cakes, I stopped after decorating one cupcake...

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The Dr. Oetker range is growing quite nicely and can be found in most of the larger supermarkets.

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With thanks to Sarah at Brando for Dr. Oetker, who sent me these products to review.

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Colleen said...

Oooooooh frisson.....that spider with that cupcake looks awesomely real and HALLOWEEN!!! Well done. I am enthralled by the Dr Oetker range...wish I could get my hands on some. Not here in SA. Those soft pearls sound wonderful. I also dont like the hard silver and gold balls but its all we ever have to use! xx

Finla said...

Here we get some of the products, i wish they sold the color gel here . Beautiful spider web you have made.

Julie said...

those halloween cup cakes look amazing. Dr. Oetker has great stuff, have not seen the bright colours yet..

Helen @ Fuss Free Flavours said...

I love those soft pearls, I worry horribly about breaking my teeth on the others.

Love the spider's webs.

Simplyfood said...

Ilove all these decorations and the spider web icing is so nice on the cup cakes.

Su-yin said...

Oooh I like the look of those gold pearls. Not seen them in stores, will have to look out for them!

grace said...

those webs are perfect--how impressive that they didn't all bleed together into one blob. :)

Sam said...

These look amazing, thanks for sharing!

Rosana said...

Hi Nic, I love the look of the spider's web cupcakes. Lovely post. Nice to meet you on Sunday and hope to see you soon. x

Anonymous said...

Thanks so much for the good & interesting tips !!

Those spiderweb cupcakes look like real winners & I also love the other stuff of dr. Oetker! Thanks for sharing it with us! ;)

Unknown said...

Those soft gold pearls look great for Christmas; I've used the pink/white version and really preferred the taste of them to the metallic kind.