One of my best friends is coming over on Saturday so that I can show her how to work with fondant so that she can make beautiful cupcakes. Years ago I was really fortunate to work (in an administrative capacity) with one of Toronto's most talented cake decorators and by osmosis I learned some of the basic techniques for decorating cakes.
My first attempt at putting that knowledge to work was for my son's first birthday - at the time I was so afraid of putting too many decorations on it and making it look really amateur, that I didn't put enough on. Nonetheless, for a first time I still don't think it was too bad!
My son's Saggy Baggy Elephant 1st Birthday cake
His 2nd birthday cake ended up being much better (in my opinion) and I've done 3 other cakes as well. Each one is a learning experience and even though I love doing it, it ends up being pretty stressful at times. It's the perfectionist in me that wants extraordinary results paired with a skill set that is far less advanced that what it needs to be to make the vision a reality!
Back to the cupcakes. My friend sent me this image last night:
I'm so happy to see that what she has in mind is pretty straightforward and other than the mini-cutters, I have everything on hand.
I guess I'll do the baking tomorrow. I have some buttercream in my freezer that I hope will still taste ok (it's a couple months old). I'll thaw some tomorrow as well to test it out.
If everything turns out well - I'll post the recipes and how to make simple fondant decorations :)