Luckily for me, I've been off work this week so I've had time to relax and do things I love that I may not have time to do normally. This isn't at all cake related (and I like to gush about things I love in general) but I have watched four cycles of America's Next Top Model and loved it. It always raises my spirits and I like the process of witnessing the models improve and blossom. It's interesting to watch if you have a love of fashion photography as you see how to move/place your body and play with the light to achieve the best results. I do have the biggest girl crush on Tyra Banks though, she's inspirational and absolutely stunning and I think it's important to have positive role models.
Anyway, back to cake... ! I've had time to really sit down and play with the cake toys I've accumulated and found it very therapeutic. I have OCD (obsessive cupcake disorder!) so I typically buy a lot of cake tools, some of which will take a lot of practise to master, but I like to aim high! My confidence has grown since starting the cake decorating and sugar craft course, so I dip my toe in the water that bit more as it grows. America's Next Top Model and Bruce Springsteen's new album Wrecking Ball have been my soundtrack this week whilst baking and creating my Easter cupcakes. I think it's made me more creative! I ended up making three different designs.
The rabbit family
I think these are incredibly sweet and capture the essence of how I characterise Easter - spring time, flowers, Easter bunnies, family.
I embossed the letters with the typewriter effect set from Pretty Witty Cakes.
The humble Shredded Wheat nest! - a staple to all Easter baking.
Nestled on top of a french swirl achieved by the Wilton 8B nozzle
Easter egg hunt
I adore the idea of an Easter egg hunt out in the country and the eternal child in me would love to take part in one - I tried to embody this by creating a garden, with a mystical toadstool, daisies and the beautifully domineering petunias.