Wednesday, 30 October 2013

Tutorial: Bones cupcake

Pile of bones cupcake, as made by EJ
The pile of bones cupcake couldn't be easier to decorate, you don't need any special tools to craft the bones - a toothpick will do. They're also a good option if you need to create something spooky for a party but don't have much time. You could gore these bones up a little with a few smudges of red gel food colouring, but I've kept them clean for this tutorial. I first created these bones in my early days of blogging when I made these pirate cupcakes for my nephew's first birthday.

As with the other Halloween cupcake designs, you can find my recipe for vanilla cupcakes and buttercream here.

To decorate the cupcakes you will need:
  • White sugar paste
  • Black sugar paste
  • A little cornflour (to dust your work surface)
  • One quantity of buttercream (using the recipe linked to above)
  • A rolling pin & board
  • An 8cm round cutter
  • A cocktail stick
  • A pallet knife
Click on image above for a larger view of the step-by-step process
Repeat these steps for each cupcake:

1) Dust your surface with a little cornflour if needed. Roll small pieces of the white sugar paste into cylinders approximately 3.5cm long.

2) Press the edge of a cocktail stick gently into either end of each cylinder to create an impression. Using your index finger, gently roll each bone so that it becomes a little narrower in the centre. Repeat steps 1 and 2 until you have as many bones as you need.

3) Leave the bones to set.

4) To make the dome on top of the cupcake, place a heaped tablespoonful of buttercream on top of the cupcake. Smooth into a dome shape using your pallet knife.

5) Roll out the black sugar paste to a thickness of approximately 3mm, use the 8cm cutter to cut out a circle.

6) Lift the circle and lay it over the buttercream dome, smoothing the sides down evenly with your hands.

7) Pile the bones on top of each cupcake.

Repeat this process for each cake, it really couldn't be easier :)

Watch out for the remaining two Halloween cupcake tutorials, coming very soon...

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