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Tuesday, 13 December 2016

Christmas Crafts: Cupcake Toppers

Cilla Said

It's Christmas time and that means calories don't count, right? Well, probably not - but I, for one, certainly couldn't give a shit about how many calories I'm consuming at this time of year. Diets and health kicks are for New Years Resolutions and should probably just end there, if you ask me. 






Sure, being healthy is a wonderful thing, but so is stuffing your face full of mince pies, cup cakes and gingerbread. It's really just all about where you lay your festive priorities, and I'm firmly in camp cupcake. Care to join me?



I love to bake at any time of year, but there is something about making things during the festive season that really appeals. You can give them away as gifts, share them with friends who've popped in for a coffee, brighten up the office with a random act of kindness or simply keep them all for your well deserving self.

My only problem with baking, is that I'm pretty impatient when it comes to decorating my cakes. I find it very difficult to wait until they cool, which usually results in melted icing all over the show and my innate clumsiness leaves me with few options for fine art. So, whenever I can get away with it - I cheat!

Patience is a virtue I'm unable to manufacture but luckily cake decorating accessories are easy to come by, so I can jazz up my cakes without completely ruining them. So, when I was introduced to My Cupcake Toppers - they seemed like the perfect solution. Nothing fiddly, nothing complicated and the promise of a finished cake that looked professional and delicious!

The website itself is simple to use; with a variety of predesigned toppers as well as a design your own service, which I took full use of and loved, and an in house design service should you need a helping hand. I ordered loads of different designs for different occasions, so I always know I have the perfect home made gift to hand, but today I'm focusing on the Christmas toppers.

There are a few different options for Christmas designs, all of which are lovely, but I went for the Beige & Blue Christmas design and have to say I was a little disappointed when they arrived.



My Cupcake Toppers offers two different standards of rice paper as well as edible icing and I had ordered my Christmas Toppers on both rice paper qualities and found that neither really did the design justice. The colours didn't pop enough for the design to stand out, but I do think if I'd ordered something with a brighter baseline they would have worked better - as all the other designs I chose show up great, regardless of the material choice I made.

However, once on the cakes the colours did stand out a little more and I was much happier once everything came together. I probably wouldn't order the same design again, but even with the muted colours, they still provided a really simple, effective and affordable way to decorate my cupcakes.



I'd recommend My Cupcake Toppers to any bakers out there - especially the lazy ones and can't wait to share another set with you all soon.

Let me know if you have any tips for lazy baking below, I've just discovered icing in a can and am on the look out for other great ways to cheat a little with my decorating!

Cilla Said / Author & Editor

I’m a 25-year-old freelance writer, I studied English Literature in London and have an incessant love for all things fictional, I currently live in Manchester with my partner; Nathan, and our growing menagerie of household pets.

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