So I'm hoping that by now you've come across Cakeopoly, as it's been a few weeks since I threw it out there to the public and ended up winning my first ever baking competition (Star Baker prize for the Faringdon Bake Off). While I've mentioned Cakeopoly in previous posts, I felt it deserved a special post of it's own, so I can show you the process I went through to make these super cute cupcakes!
The recipe is my tried and tested vanilla cupcake sponge mixture which didn't fail to deliver as usual. I did a practice run the week before the competition to test out my general design, so themed the cards to my friend's names...
I'm so glad I did the practice batch as they went down well with my lovely friends but it also helped me to decide which of the iconic Monopoly designs to go ahead with.
The competition called for 12 cupcakes, and I had the brill idea of covering a big square cake board in fondant to look like the game board (I never decorate cake boards usually - why waste good tasty icing?!). I figured this would be an amazing way of nicely presenting the edible monopoly elements, and meant that the different board game spaces I was creating could be placed strategically...
The decorative edible cards were so much fun to make - I'm much more at home with painting and decorating flat surfaces than sculpting in 3D, so this was the perfect type of decoration for me. I simply figured out what size to cut the squares and then treated them as little cute canvases to paint on (food colouring pastes and vodka are the edible versions of watercolour paints!). I bought a brand new super-fine paintbrush which worked a treat, and meant I could even manage to hand-paint all the little lettering details on the cards :)
Another lovely new cakey tool I used for the first time here was my new piping nozzle set and disposable piping bags (christmas pressies yay) - which instantly created that amazing cupcakey swirl of buttercream and really helped to give them that extra finishing touch :)
And here are the final products on display! I was completely happy (which never happens!) with how they turned out, and I genuinely can't wait to make them again. I'm planning on having this theme as a decorative option on my online customisable cake shop (coming very soon), and also developing a baking kit with customisable cakeopoly decorations which hopefully can be shipped out to anyone in the UK (also coming very soon on blog.littlemisscakemaker.com). So keep checking back as there is SO much exciting developmentness going on behind the scenes right now :)