It really is true that inspiration can come from anywhere, as I was wandering through my local department store recently, I saw this lovely perfume bottle and my first thought that would make a lovely cupcake. Now, it maybe that this says something about my current state of mind and looking back it seems that a more appropriate thought might have been, "I wonder what that smells like" Obsessed? Me? I have since been back for a sniff and unsurprisingly it smells, erm, floral.
A Rose Mould (I used the rose mould above from Alphabet Moulds.)
Moulding the Rose
The Secret of the Dome
Making the Domes
- Roll out the fondant using a little vegetable fat underneath to stop it sticking
- Cut out the fondant (you may need to experiment to get the right size cutter - usually one size bigger than you think) and gently drape it over the mould.
- Use the palm of your hand to gently cup the fondant and shape it over the dome.
- Leave it there for a while whilst you make some ribbons
Make the Ribbon
- Roll out some black petal paste very thin using vegetable fat to stop it sticking to your work surface
- Cut into strips using a knife or a ribbon cutter
- Lay and arrange the ribbon strips over the dome, sticking them down with a little edible glue.
- After attaching the ribbon strips carefully paint on some edible glaze
- Position the rose on top too using a little edible glue
You now need to fill your fondant dome with buttercream or whatever frosting or topping you want to use. You can either pip or spoon it onto the cake or pipe or spoon it into the dome. I usually spoon it in to the dome. You need a little less that you think.
Then carefully invert the dome over the cupcake and gently press the sides down to meet the cake
Don't press on the top of the dome.
One of the things that I have discovered on my journey through sugar land, is that whilst people love the look of the fondant domes, they tend to prefer to eat a buttercream topped cupcake. With this in mind, I developed the version below, with a visible buttercream swirl
In my show them to the world tests, the green and pink version seems to be more popular, which do you like best?