Over the past several months, I've gotten the love bug for cupcakes. My mom got me a book for Christmas that was all about cupcakes with different recipes and decorations and then my friend, Sandra Salamony, sent me her wonderful book, 1,000 Ideas for Decorating Cupcakes, Cookies & Cakes with glorious pictures of all sorts of different decorating ideas. Of course, I wanted to make them all in food form, but what I *really* wanted to do was to make them out of blown glass. Wouldn't that be spectacular??
Of course, I had a number of other jobs going on at the time and couldn't get to thinking about figuring out how to make cupcakes out of glass for a while, but finally, I had a little bit of free time with the kilns, so gave myself permission to give it a try. I didn't know if I could even make anything decent looking, but I wanted to know, yes or no. I gave myself two days to play with different techniques to see what could be done.
I decided the best course was a blown glass cake section and then swirl on solid glass for the icing. Making solid cupcakes will come about soon too, but since the first ones I was trying were the "jumbo" size, making them solid would use a lot of glass and weigh a ton. As it is, the blown glass ones, with the solid icing still weigh over a pound each. I first made a clear one, just to try out the techniques and see what worked best. Then, let it cool overnight and see if it actually looked good.
When I saw it the next morning, I knew I was in love! I progressed right away into making colored cupcakes. After a few days of different colors, I'm finding which colors work best with the techniques I'm using and also moving into trying some other color combinations, including translucent bright colors. Here is a trio of Chocolate with pastel sprinkles:
I really love the sprinkles! But the chocolate is dark dark, so the next day, I tried to make a lighter one. I succeeded in a darned fine Red Velvet with Cream Cheese frosting:
With red sprinkles. Then the following day, my partner suggested the crystal colors, so I made several each of a few bright, but very see-through colors, so that the refraction of the glass can be seen and appreciated instead of being solid. That was just yesterday and here is how those turned out:
I must say that I just *love* making these glass cupcakes! With sprinkles! What do you think? Do you like them? Have suggestions? Please leave a comment!
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