Arrgghh, me hearty! It's Riley's Birthday!!

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Hi! This week my nephew Riley turned the big 3! He was having a pirate party so I jumped at the chance to have another go at using fondant and made some fondant skulls. And I was also excited to master the art of red buttercream. Colouring buttercream red or black can be extremely difficult, I threw out a whole batch of Italian buttercream once because I destroyed it tying to get the colour right.

Anyway the way to do it is:

For american buttercream: Use red powder colour to the milk you will be using for the buttercream, let it sit in the fridge overnight. The colour will also intensify as it sits so if possible make 24hrs before hand,

For IMBC or SMBC: I have not tried this way yet but I would suggest colouring the water for the syrup the same way as the milk. I will let you know how I get on if I try it.

So anyway back to the topic Riley's chocolate cupcakes with red blood (vanilla) buttercream and fondant skulls...they had to be chocolate Riley and Aunty Jaye's FAVOURITE!

(*Note IMBC= Italian Meringue Buttercream /SMBC= Swiss meringue Buttercream)