Posts Tagged ‘cupcake’

Creative Cupcake Designs.

March 5, 2008

I found these gorgeous photos on flickr. It is incredibly inspiring. I love how we can design cupcakes to suit an occasion. Most of the time I would bake cupcakes for my friends birthdays. I like getting creative with these. ūüėÄ


Uploaded by Rakka
I love these mushrooms from mario!


Uploaded by frippy
“Arrrr haija! Pirates and Ninjas are a cool theme for a little boy’s party.


Uploaded by kylie lambert (Le Cupcake-Australia)
This is so creative and classy, combining a whole cake with other pretty little cupcake beauties.


Uploaded by PinkCakeBox
One word: awesome! ūüôā It is a little troublesome to be able to get the colours on the icing right, but it does look like it was worth the while.

I am so itching to decorate cupcakes now. *scratches.

Food Photography Tips, Part IV.

February 27, 2008

Part IV – The Continuation of the Composition of Food Photography

Today I’ll be covering the Rule of Thirds and Perspectives in Food.

1. Rule of Thirds

This rule doesn’t just apply to food photography, it applies to all types of photography.¬†It was created by painters in the Renaissance, who found that the eye doesn’t rest on the centre of the photograph. In addition, photos following this rule seem more professional looking. Below is a picture to depict the Rule of Thirds. Your main object of focus should fall¬†within the 4 green dots.


Source: photoinf

Here are some examples of mine.

Notice that the marshmallow ‘cloud’ decoration on the¬†cupcake (at the bottom left) is the focus of this photograph and that it falls within one of the ‘green’ dotted area, with reference to the earlier photograph.¬†

However, rules can¬†always be broken! ūüôā It really all depends on the photographer’s judgement. Let’s take a whole cake as an example. If you feel that a photograph of the entire cake right in the middle of a photograph would best express the message you want to bring across, by all mean ignore the Rule of Thirds. It is merely a guideline for you to follow.

This mini-flower cupcake was photographed to be in the middle of the photograph. It doesn’t follow the Rule of Thirds but in my opinion, I feel that it brings out the cupcake’s simplicity and uniqueness.

2. Perspectives in Food

Each person can have very different perspectives in life, and that applies to food too. Which perspective of a particular dish do you want to highlight? The choice is entirely up to you.  For owners of compact digital cameras, Kejie (one of the instructor from the course) advised us to zoom out first and then move the camera physically towards the food, before you take the photograph.

For this garlic fish dish, I wanted viewers to be able to picture themselves actually eating the fish.

For this amazing Chinese dinner prepared by my grandmother, I wanted my viewers to sense a family gathering. I included the chopsticks and individual dishes in this photograph, instead of just focusing on one particular dish.

Oh my goodness, this post is making me hungry. I did not manage to have a proper dinner today. *Scans the dining table for food.

Muffins & Cupcakes: Why they are different.

February 20, 2008

I found¬†a lot of¬†talk and misconceptions about the similarities and differences between a muffin and a cupcake¬†online. Some say a muffin becomes a cupcake when there is¬†frosting on it. Some say that cupcakes are smaller than muffins. That is incorrect, here is my take on it. Let’s conquer the cupcake first.

Cupcakes

  • A cupcake¬†is essentially¬†the same as a¬†whole cake. It is simply baked and served in a portion to serve one individual.
  • It is usually frosted (like those in the photos above) and decorated. It is common to see it at birthday parties and weddings.
  • It is sweet¬†and hence eaten mostly as a dessert or a sweet treat.
  • An un-frosted cupcakes does not¬†equate to a muffin.
  • Butter is usually used in a cupcake recipe.
  • Conclusion: A cupcake is a cake.

Muffins

Source: Wikipedia

  • A muffin is one of the easiest things to bake (although I’ve had my fair share of failures, will give you tips to succeed in baking a muffin). It is simply mixing the wet and dry ingredients together and some recipes do not even require the use of an electronic beater or whisk.
  • It can be frosted or not frosted. For fruit muffins, I like to use a crumble on top (recipe in the next post).
  • It can be sweet or savoury and is mostly eaten during breakfast or tea.
  • A frosted muffin does not equate a to cupcake.
  • Oil is usually used in a muffin recipe.
  • Conclusion: A muffin is a type of bread (quick bread).

I hope this clarifies the difference between a cupcake and a muffin better. Watch out for my next post on my experience with baking muffins.

The evolution of my cupcake designs.

February 6, 2008

I love baking cupcakes. It is so fun to decorate and it really allows me to get creative. Cupcakes are appropriate for many occasions too. I spot it at weddings, birthday parties and even at corporate events. It is also almost mess-free as I do not have to wash the cake tin as thorough, as compared to baking a whole cake.

Here’s how my cupcake designs vary from the year 2006 till now. I hope to give you bakers some inspiration.

A single mini-chocolate cupcake, lightly dusted with icing sugar. The recipe book behind is one of my favourite baking books.

Double chocolate cupcakes with chocolate fudge. A real delightful overdose of chocolate. These were baked for my church friends.

Mini-peanut butter cupcakes with chocolate fudge. This is one of my personal favourites.

My friends Calin and Elaine came over to my place for a baking session one day and we got really creative. It was a lot of fun. We used pink icing with marshmallows and chocolate chips. We made faces, flowers and somewhere in that photo lies an old man.

These chocolate cupcakes with colourful beaded sugars were for a Director friend on his big night at an SMU play.

This garden-themed birthday cake was for my friend’s birthday party. Calin, Elaine and I had crazy fun decorating this cake. It took us more than half a day. There¬†were¬†flowers, soil, grass, bees, butterflies, clouds, the sky and a rainbow found in this cupcake creation.

I hope to bake more soon, probably after Chinese New Year.