They look fab, too... lovely rich, smooth buttercream!
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Thanks guys. :)
Awwww.... Pudsey is fabulous! The ears look fine, but something else to try would maybe to have used half a circle instead of the whole circle... or perhaps kept the whole circle thicker and just thinned out the lower bit... like this: http://www.flickr.com/photos/smallthingsiced/4116686551/
I'm not saying this to criticize... it's only because you mentioned it that I thought perhaps it would give you ideas to try next time!! :)
Thanks for your comments Suzanne. To be completely honest, I'm glad to receive your pointers. I'm certainly all for constructive criticism. Otherwise how do we ever learn? :) The ears in the picture you linked to were what I was trying to achieve and I think it may actually have worked but it didn't, partly because (like you say) I needed to make them thicker so they were easier to pinch thinner at the bottom end and partly because I cut them out ready for my daughter to put on once she returned from school and then went to pick her up, during which time they dried out a bit and were not as pliable. Lesson learnt! Any more tips please DO send them my way :)
Loving your cupcakes cupcakemaker. I NEED to get the nozzle you used for the butter cream.
PS does anyone have any ideas of what to do with left over buttercream? Don't want to throw it out but don't know what else to do with it... something quick and simple that the kids could maybe help with would be great.
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Yes, I'm sure the fact they were cut out and left was a main factor. But honestly, they DO look GREAT!
Leftover buttercream - either freeze for another time. Or cakepops! Kids will love helping make those! Crumble cake into crumbs, then add just enough buttercream so you can squish it together into balls. I don't want to teach my grandmother how to suck eggs so won't go into the whole thing now, but if you do need more just let me know. x
I LOOOOOOOOOOOOve cake pops never mind the children lol. There seem so many ways to make cakepops so it's good to read your recipe :) Thing is... I don't have any left over cake so I'd have to make cake before making the cakepops. It might be something we could do on Sunday IF I get enough housework done this weekend lol.
The other easy option I've just thought of... and I'm not convinced it would actually work is... rum truffles. Do you think rum would mix in with the butter cream or not? If so I could add rum and the roll in chocolate hundreds and thousands and refridgerate and tadaaaaa :)