The Perfect Christening Cupcakes with Katy Sue Designs*

30 Aug 2018

You guys know me, I'm a cake lover - both of making cakes and of eating cakes. It's not often that I turn down baking a cake for someone, purely because I love being in the kitchen and getting creative with ingredients. So when my Auntie Claire asked me if I would bake the cake for my goddaughter's Christening, of course I said yes! We chatted a bit about what kind of thing she wanted, but me being me, I wanted to go one step further and do the cake that she wanted, plus extra cupcakes to dot around the edge. I figured that'd be ideal for kids (and me), so we chatted about what she wanted. Of course, she wanted something slightly traditional with a white fondant covering, and then it dawned on me... I don't really know what I'm doing with fondant! How on earth was I supposed to create a whole cake and cupcakes that featured fondant if I had no idea how to use it?! Luckily for me, Katy Sue Designs got in touch and sent me the most amazing product to help me out.

Katy Sue Designs is owned by a mum and daughter duo in South Shields. They design and manufacture a range of incredible crafting products, from items for paper crafting and clay modelling to cake decorating. Their products are sold all over the world, so I was very excited to be gifted something by such an incredible brand, especially considering they were helping me out for such a special occasion.

Instead of doing plain circles of white fondant on top my cupcakes to match the main cake, they suggested that I give their Mini Continuous Quilting Mould* a go. This would result in an incredibly detailed quilting texture all over the fondant, which I could then cut into circles and decorate in any way that I wish. So I absolutely had to try it out!
As my main cake was lemon madeira, I wanted all my cupcakes to be lemon-flavoured too, so I used my very own lemon cupcake recipe. This is pretty much my go to because it results in fluffy, soft cupcakes that are able to keep their shape instead of crumbling when the case is peeled back.

You will need:
190g plain flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
Half teaspoon salt
315g unsalted butter, softened
200g caster sugar
2 eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
120ml milk
Zest and juice of 2 lemons

  1. Preheat your oven to 180c and line a cupcake tin with 10 cases.
  2. In a medium bowl, mix together the plain flour, baking powder and salt. Set to one side.
  3. In a large bowl, beat 115g of unsalted butter with the caster sugar until light and fluffy. Add in the eggs and vanilla extract, and beat the mixture until well combined. Be sure to scrap down the sides and bottom to get everything mixed in!
  4. Gradually add your dry ingredients to the wet ingredients, and beat gently after each addition until the mixture becomes thick. Add in the milk, lemon zest and juice, and mix until just combined. Overmixing is not your friend!
  5. Spoon the cake batter into the cases, filling them until they're just over half full and bake for around 18-20 minutes. Remove them from the oven and allow the cakes to cool for 10 minutes in the tin before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.
Now, you have to remember that I'm a total beginner with fondant. I used it for my Baker Street cake for Cake Fest, but that was the very first time I've ever properly used the stuff. So it's fair to say that I felt a little bit dubious at first, but once I had a few practise runs, I was away!

What I loved most about this mould is that its design made it so incredibly simple to use. As it is made entirely from silicone, it is flexible instead of being stiff like many other lower quality moulds may be. This made it so easy to release the fondant from the mould without any tearing at all, resulting in a perfect impression every single time. There's a little tab at the top of the mould for you to grab on to help prize your quilted sheet out with ease too. And if you wanted to create a much larger sheet of quilting, this mould is designed in such a way that you can join separate sheets together seamlessly. That's ideal if you were wanting to cover a larger cake! It really is the perfect thing to have in your decorating stash, whether you're a beginner like me or more of a pro.

Here is the great video that Katy Sue Designs showing how to use the mould, however, I used it slightly differently.

So, I began by kneading my fondant on an icing sugar-dusted countertop to make it less stiff and a little more glossy-feeling. I didn't want it to be sticky, as I was worried that it would get stuck in the mould and I'd be left with a mess that I didn't really fancy cleaning up, so I kneaded until it became glossy but not too soft.

Then, I would use my finger to dust a little bit of icing sugar into the mould, whereas the Katy Sue Designs video suggests using vegetable fat. I'm certain that their method makes more sense, but I'll tell you right now, icing sugar works too! I laid my fondant over the top of the mould and gently pressed it into the grooves. For a little more assistance, I used my rolling pin and rolled over the fondant a few times, just to make sure that the quilting would definitely appear.

Next, I trimmed off the edges of the fondant. In the video, they rip the edges around the quilted diamonds to demonstrate how the two sheets of fondant would fit together, but because I was going to cut shapes from mine, I just used a knife to take off the excess, forming a rectangle.

Then I turned the mould over so that flat side of the fondant was against the counter, and gently peeled the mould away. Like I mentioned before, I had zero tearing from doing this and the fondant didn't stick at all. It came away completely clean every time! Then I simply used a circle cutter to get the perfect shape for the top of my cupcakes, and stuck them on top with a little spread of buttercream. I managed to get two circles out of each sheet, so I only had to repeat this process 6 times to cover all 12!
To finish each of them off, I topped them all with a fondant flower and added green buttercream leaves to match the main cake. Overall, the effect was absolutely gorgeous and I was overwhelmed by the amount of lovely comments they received. My eldest goddaughter was eyeing up the cupcakes straight away, so they were a definite win with her! She absolutely loved how pretty and 'princess-y' they looked - so much so that I'm not entirely sure if she could bring herself to eat one!

Now that I know how amazing Katy Sue Designs moulds are, I don't think I'll ever be stuck with cake decorating again. Who knows, now that I've tackled fondant, maybe I'll come out of my buttercream comfort zone and continue to try new things! I massively appreciated them sending me the Mini Continuous Quilting Mould*, so I'm off to see what other gorgeous things they have in stock!

All items that are marked with a * have been sent to me or gifted by a PR company for review purposes. This post contains affiliate links and these have also been marked with *.

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