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Delicious Bites: Petal Cupcakes Recipe

Ready to bake some cupcakes with me? Hi everyone this is Jillian with some pretty cupcakes for you to make on Delicious Bites for August. Although I bake regularly, I’m not much of a cake decorator so I turned to the internet for some inspiration. I found lots of pretty images and decided to decorate my cupcakes with petal decorations made from coloured marshmallows. The base is a classic vanilla butter cake recipe and I decided to include some plain flour in the mix to prevent the cakes from peaking too much.The icing is my all time favourite cream cheese icing (frosting) which I whipped for 5 minutes until it was very light and fluffy. I refrigerated the icing for about 20 minutes until it was firm enough to pipe.

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I topped each cake with a rosette of the icing then decorated the cakes with a chocolate button and 4 marshmallow petals. The petals are easily made by snipping a marshmallow horizontally and like magic, the marshmallow forms the shape of a petal. You can let your imagination run wild while decorating the cupcakes. I tried out a few designs and combinations using different coloured marshmallows and different coloured chocolate buttons but decided I liked a single colour petal topped with the same coloured chocolate button grouped together en masse. Here’s the recipe and instructions for you.

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PETAL CUPCAKES (makes 12)

CUPCAKES
3/4 cup self raising flour
1/4 cup plain flour
100 gm (3 1/2 oz) unsalted butter, softened
1/2 cup caster (superfine) sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 eggs, lightly beaten
1/2 cup milk

CREAM CHEESE ICING
30 gm (1 oz) unsalted butter, softened
60 gm (2 oz) cream cheese
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 1/4 cups sifted icing sugar
1 tablespoons milk

TO DECORATE
24 coloured marshmallows
Coloured chocolate buttons or Smarties

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Line a 12 hole muffin tray with cupcake liners. Preheat a conventional oven to 180C/350F. Sift the self raising flour and the plain flour together into a small bowl and set to one side. In a large bowl cream the butter, caster sugar and vanilla extract until light and creamy. Gradually mix in the beaten egg, adding a tablespoon or so of flour if the mixture starts to curdle. Add the remaining flour and sufficient milk to form a soft cake batter. Spoon tablespoons of the cake batter into the cupcake liners. Bake the cupcakes at 180C/350F for 20-30 minutes or until the cupcakes are golden and cooked when tested with a fine skewer. Allow the cupcakes to cool a little before removing to a wire cake rack. When completely cool decorate or store undecorated in an airtight container. To make the icing, cream the butter, cream cheese and the vanilla extract together in a small bowl until the mixture becomes light and fluffy. Mix in the icing sugar and sufficient milk to make a soft icing. Whip for 5 minutes until the icing becomes very pale and refrigerate until the mixture is firm enough to pipe.

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To decorate, pipe a swirl of cream cheese icing over the top of one of the cupcakes. Cut 2 marshmallows in half horizontally. Pinch the ends to make petals. Place a chocolate button in the centre of the icing, then arrange 4 of the marshmallow petals on top. Put the cupcake to one side and decorate the remaining cupcakes. Set the cupcakes to one side to set before serving.

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Today is my final Delicious Bites column for decor8. I’ve been contributing to decor8 for 5 years now, initially contributing with photos to Holly’s blog posts (since 2009) then with my own column shooting shops for the Shopgirl Visits (May 2012 – December 2012) before turning to writing about my great love, food, in February 2013 and wrapping up the column here today. So after all these years on decor8 I will miss you all. I’ll still be baking and photographing for my own blog though, so please drop by to see what I’m up to. Wishing you all the best, Jillian.

(images/text: Jillian Leifboff)

Posted in Delicious Bites on August 05, 2014

nani IRO Fabrics From Japan

Hi friends, it’s Monday! A brand new week of inspiration and ideas, plans and dreams and hopefully progress! Let’s get started with a quick bite of inspiration. Are you familiar with nani IRO fabrics? These gorgeous fabrics are like paintings and really make me smile. I found out about this Japanese label designed by Naomi Ito a few years ago and have been a fan ever since. Here is a lovely photo showing her more popular patterns that I found on HI(NY) below. I have so many ideas for my home when I see these. I’m currently redecorating my work studio – I’ll show you the before and after on my blog this Autumn, so I’ve been mood boarding like a man woman! These are definitely part of my scheme.

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You can buy these fabrics here:
If you’re in Europe at Mondays Milk, Or buy directly from Tokyo at the etsy store of Miss Matatabi for US, Europe, etc. I just threw down a chunk ‘o change for some of these beauties from Miss Matatabi, I can’t wait to get them in my hot little hands and turn them into something pretty.

Please note: All products in this post are decor8 tested and approved.

How are you today?

(image: hiny)

Posted in textiles on August 04, 2014

Instagram Fave Friday: The Doctors Closet

Hey Hey Peeps! And no, you’re not reading the post title wrong, it’s totally Saturday here where I live too despite this being called Instagram Fave Friday. But I’m a little late and I still wanted the post to go up so I could show you guys that consistency means something to me despite how crazy upside down my schedule is since becoming a mom! I wake up not knowing what day of the week it is. I feel a bit like I’m in a dream, on vacation, on a roller coaster and moving in slow motion – all at once and I love it but man, I’m so glad I work from home because I don’t know how working moms who have to leave each day do it. Props. But back to the point of this post — Today let’s drool look at another Instagramer I adore. An inspirational instagramer, so perhaps this is an Inspirgramer? Let’s look at The Doctors Closet or @doctorscloset on IG and you tell me if this is the stuff inspiration is made of or what. doctorscloset3  About this lady: Monika Hibbs, a Vancouver-blogger who talks about everything home and fashion related with a huge focus on her home. She also has an online shop (I want everything!). Here is a glimpse of her IG world. doctorscloset2 doctorscloset1 As I was putting this post together, I saw that she’s a fan of Decorate With Flowers. Makes me proud and happy to see Canadian fans!  Isn’t this all just so pretty? Have a nice weekend everyone. xo (images: monika hibbs)

Posted in inspiration on August 02, 2014

Are You Using Issuu Clip?

You guys. I’ve been a pinning maniac today. I’m finding so much inspiration at the moment using the new CLIP feature on Issuu. Finally I can enjoy and save stuff from digital magazines over to Pinterest. So cool. Have you tried it yet? I hope you follow me on Pinterest so you can see more because I’m totally blowing up my feed. So much fun! Here’s what’s on my radar at the moment… First, lots of blue tones. Links are here. Most of these came from my friend Griottes so I can’t take all of the credit for sourcing them. These have a definite Autumn vibe.

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This insanely subtle, girly loft in NYC with a sofa to die for from Smitten magazine. The sofa looks like something that came from ABC Carpet + Home doesn’t it?

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Next, peachy pinks and a very summery bohemian feel. These are from Smitten magazine, volume 11.

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And finally a wall of art that made me happy from Anthology magazine, issue 16.

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Are you using Issuu Clip? You should be!

Happy Friday!

 

 

Posted in inspiration on August 01, 2014

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