I wanted to do some baking for the party but I knew I didn’t have time to make a big cake with everything else we were organising, so instead I took my time over the days and made cupcake toppers in advance and made the cupcakes on the Friday afternoon.
I went with three different flavours; classic vanilla (one to please everyone!), salted caramel and dark chocolate chips and lemon and white chocolate chips (my favourite!). I made them in blue and white cases and topped them all with an aqua blue vanilla buttercream to match our colour scheme. Coloured with Sugarflair Aqua concentrated food colouring.
For all three flavours, I started with a classic vanilla cupcake recipe, (you can find the one I use here as well as the buttercream recipe I use) and I then added either lemon or salted caramel flavouring and 100g of dark or white chocolate chips. Nice and simple!
For the toppers, there were two designs. One of white shells made from Karen Davies Marshmallow Sugarpaste, which is my favourite thing to model with, in a silicone shell mould from Iced Jems sprayed with a pearl lustre spray. The second was a heart, also cut out from the Karen Davies paste, ‘B&T’ letters made from Mexican paste and Tappit cutters (read my blog on these beauties here) and little shell and pearl sprinkles also from Iced Jems. The mermaid tail cupcakes were made using a mould from Iced Jems and Karen Davies sugarpaste, coloured with Sugarflair Aqua and sprayed with pearl lustre spray.
I was super pleased with the end result! They were delicious and fit the beach theme perfectly! I showed them off on a square perspex stand I hired from The Unique Cake Company in Rainham.
Hope you like them as much as we did!