Black Jewel Cupcakes
I got a call from a friend the other day. She wanted me to make some cakes for a party. That wasn’t it though and I didn’t expect it to be, this friend always has interesting ideas.
She asked for cupcakes if I had time and preferably in black oh, with some white on them. She said they needed to match her dress. I thought that was cute. I have never made cupcakes to match a dress. This turned out to be a special dress and the reason I was keen to make the cupcakes. The dress was kind of getting “built”. How exciting.
Creative People are cool
I thought that this called for more special cupcakes and so I set about deciding what to make. Meantime the arty friend sent me drawings of the dress she wanted to create and a picture of the flowers she bought from spotlight to go with it. It consisted of a striped bustier in black and white and underneath a black dress was going to sit a kind of table so she would be able to put the cakes and the flowers on to the table and then walk around the party handing out the cakes from her dress.
Phew, the minds of creative people. This is what she sent me. Love it, serviette action.
I made small two bite cakes suitable for a cocktail party and then covered them with ganache. You can see from the picture that some of them were also injected with ganache too.
I then covered them with black roll out sugar icing , cutting them off neatly at the bottom and popping them on a small cake round. I then decorated them with hand made flours and black and white chocolate balls and silver cachaus. These were all stuck on with egg white and icing sugar “glue”. I popped them in a box and took them to my friends house so that we could do a trial run.
The Invention of the Tray Dress
So this is what it looks like when you invent a tray dress. It became more refined on the night. The hair was done the pins were gone and the party went till the wee hours once everyone had their sugar.
I love it when things work.
Here she is on the night with flowers, macrons and black cupcakes on board. Clever gorgeous girl, that one…
- 300 gram flour plain 2 cups
- 500 gram caster sugar 2 1/2 cups
- 75 gram Cocoa Dutch process dark 3/4 cup
- 2 teaspoons baking soda
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 250 ml of oil 1 cup
- 500 ml buttermilk 2 cups
- 20 ml vinegar 1 Tablespoon
- 2 eggs or lemon juice, large
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 Tablespoons water Extra of water if very thick
- 150 gram dark chocolate lindt or callebaut - 60-70%
- 100 ml cream
- 750 gram black sugar icing roll out
- 160 gram icing sugar plus extra for dusting the bench, powdered sugar
- 36 little decorations- whatever you like
- 1/2 egg white
- 1 drop lemon Juice