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Today on Quick Bites, lots of fun with cupcakes!

Making Cupcakes

Amazing Cupcakes

 

It’s a safe bet if you read this blog with any regularity that you either bake or want to. Whether you’re a beginner or a pro, the time will come when you need to ship something, present something, or dress something up. You could spend a fortune on pre-made items, or you could read the following bits of awesome advice on DIY constructions, presentations, and shipments:

What are your favourite DIY tips to facilitate your baking presentations?

And remember: if you like it when people go to great lengths to give you free stuff others charge for, especially those printables, it encourages them to keep doing it if you post a comment of thanks when you use them!

 

Give a hoot about these…okay no. No more bad owl puns in this post, I promise. Just awesome confection tutorials!

 

During my demo at Day of Sharing, someone asked if, instead of turning gummy repeatedly in a silicon cup until it solidifies, could one cast a mold of a cupcake cup made of gummy by using one silicone cup pushed down into another with gummy in between.

This was an excellent question! I tested it yesterday. The answer is not really. The turning method, while tedious, produces a more structurally sound result with better user control.

To see lots of photos and much more data, visit my blog’s experiment post.

I think having a “You Asked, We Answer!” feature would be fun on this blog. Capital Confectioners has several members who love to experiment. Send those cake decorating questions that haunt you and can’t be answered by a simple Google search, or post them in comments, and we’ll do our best to hunt down answers or run some experiments for you!

And if you haven’t signed up yet, you can learn lots more about home-made gummy treats and advanced applications at our class on July 24.

 

I do these Quick Bites pages by surfing around for nifty dessert-related links, then occasionally gathering similar ones together in themed posts, or just tossing out a bunch of random stuff when I’m busy. But mostly I maintain an ever-lengthening list of coolness so I can attempt to sort.

This list currently has several of Dollhouse Bake Shoppe’s ice cream-themed treats and I figured I’d find some others to go with them. That is until today, when the kind folks over there posted a great big list of their awesomeness all on their own:

Dollhouse Bake Shoppe’s Ice Cream Treat Round Up

Go, read, drool, make!

PS It’s apparently National Peach Ice Cream Day, so that goes with the above and serves as a reminder that I’m looking for peach recipes for a forthcoming post, so send in your favourite peach recipes/links/etc!

 

In case you haven’t heard, there’s some kind of movie coming out today. Something about a hirsute boy wizard with a thing for ceramics and fermented dairy products. Wait, I’m confused…

In other words, today’s Quick Bites are all about the butterbeer, snitches, chocolate frogs, and other Potter goodies!

Late addition! I spied Bake at 350′s very own Butterbeer Cookies and since she passed on Sugarcrafter’s link above, wanted to make sure to include her own awesome cookies as well!

 

Capital Confectioners’ volunteers are still busy wrapping up Day of Sharing details and already on to planning for 2012′s That Takes the Cake! Show, and I’m plugging away at a booklet and other details for my Gummy class in a week and a half, so there’s no time for a themed post right now. So here are some fun links I found today in no particular order:

PS With peaches in season, I’ve been gathering a list of peach recipes. If you’ve got one, email me or post a comment here and it might get featured on a later post! Friday’s post will feature recipes from Day of Sharing, so if you donated a dessert and want to share your recipe, send it to me at press AT capitalconfectioners dot com.

 

Not much time for online stuff as we volunteers prep for Day of Sharing, but I happened upon these great links today so I’ll throw ‘em together and call it a post!

And a correction: on the first 4th of July post I wrongfully attributed the cake ball flag arrangement based on where I’d seen it posted. That has now been corrected on the post to give proper credit to My Juice Cup. My apologies.

 

The amazing Chris Cantrell and I are collaborating on a big showpiece cake that will be served at Day of Sharing. Here’s a teaser pic I just posted to my own food/cake blog in a post about how you can evoke emotion with googly eyes on fondant figures:

Monkey Teasers

Partially completed fondant monkeys.

If you want to see the completed monkeys, their friends, and the rest of the awesome cake in person, be sure to register for Day of Sharing right away! For those who are coming, I’ll be giving the monkeys away so bring a small container if you’d like to try to snag one to take home. There will only be 16, although there’ll be plenty of cake for everybody.

 

I don’t even have the words to describe what I just saw! Something along the lines of pure awesomeness! Second-hand information says this is a culinary school in Malaysia called The Quenary Academy. They use heavy cream.